Lutterworth Town 0 Hednesford Town 3 - Report

A late Kieran Wells hat trick saw the Pitmen through to the next round

Lutterworth Town 0 Hednesford Town 3
Lutterworth Town 0 Hednesford Town 3

The Pitmen travelled to Leicestershire to take on Lutterworth Town in the FA Cup First Round Qualifying, looking to put last week's disappointing league defeat at the hands of Market Needham behind them.

A competitive opening to the game saw the first chance fall to the home side when Jordan Small was brought down by James Hurst, earning the Pitmen right back a yellow card. The subsequent free kick cannoned off the defensive wall for a corner.

At the other end Hurst's cross evaded Kieran Wells before falling to Sam Griffiths who saw his effort blocked.

Wells found himself through on Warren Butlin in the Swifts goal, his shot beating the keeper but being cleared in front of the goal line by a home defender.

Kris Scott came close to breaking the deadlock narrowly heading over a delivery from Wells. The visitors were living dangerously when Lutterworth's pacy number 10 Small played an inviting ball across the face of Daniel Platt's goal on forty minutes. The last chance of the half fell to the Pitmen, when Tom Elliott played in Scott who hit the post.

The Pitmen began to pile the pressure on the resolute home side in the second half. Butlin doing well to take the ball of Wells' head from an incoming freekick, before the same player headed wide from a Hurst cross. Butlin did well to keep the scores level making a good save from Danny Glover.

On 67 minutes, the Pitmen made a decisive double substitution bringing Osebi Abadaki and Matt Curley into the action. A minute later the substitutes combined to set Kieran Wells up to drill home from close range.

The Swifts nearly found a quick equaliser when Marshal Keenan found himself through on goal and with Platt beaten, a goal line clearance from Sam Griffiths preserved the Pitmen lead.

Abadaki continued to torment the home defence and it was his assist that put the result beyond doubt in the 82nd minute, delivering the ball for Wells to finish with a headed at the far post.

Kieran Wells completed his hat trick and claimed the match ball shortly before the final whistle heading home from close range a cross from substitute Brad Wells. The third goal put the gloss on a professional performance by Hednesford against a Lutterworth side who were determined to take something from the game.

Teams

Lutterworth Town; Butlin, Riley, Samuels, Warren (Clarke 84),Peace, Cooper, Tyers, Johnson, (Roberts 63),Keenan, Small, Adams. Subs not used; Leslie, Lewis, Allen, Parish, Smith

Hednesford Town; Platt, Hurst (Curley 67) Griffiths, Bailey, Morris, Elliott, Scott, Glover (Abadaki 67), Fry (B Wells), K Wells. Subs not used; Truslove, Gatter, Reid, Veiga

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