Match Preview: Whitby Town (a)
Pitmen Form – DWLLDD
Previous Result – Frickley Athletic 1 Hednesford Town 1 – Sat 25th February
Next Fixture – Northwich Victoria (H) – Sat 10th March
League Position – 3rd
Whitby Town Form – WDLWLW
Previous Result – Worksop Town 0 Whitby Town 1
Next Fixture – Burscough (A) – Sat 10th March
League Position – 20th
KO – 3pm
Address of Ground – Upgang Lane, Whitby, Yorkshire, YO21 3HZ
Travel Coach Departure Time – 8.00am
Travel Coach Cost – £19 Adults £15 Concessions
The Pitmen travel to Whitby Town on Saturday for one of the longest journeys of the season looking for their first victory in the league since beating table-toppers Chester on January 21st.
They face a Whitby side who have had their fair share of struggles this season, namely taking thirteen attempts to win at The Turnbull Ground, and currently sit five points from safety.
Rob Smith’s side will hope to capitalise on The Seasiders poor home form to keep themselves in a play off position but FC United’s victory over Matlock Town on Wednesday night has ensured they have very little margin for error in North Yorkshire.
The Pitmen have three injury doubts in the shape of Kyle Haynes (pulled calf muscle), Jermaine Johnson (hamstring) and Jamey Osborne (foot) but welcome back captain Darren Campion from suspension.
The return of the combative left back is a real boost in the eyes of manager Smith.
‘We have missed the balance of having Camps in the team, Kyle Haynes has done a good job covering but its obviously much better to have a natural left footer in the left back position.’
Smith took the opportunity in mid-week to watch FC United and Northwich and believes that both sides rightly have serious aspirations of making the play-offs alongside his team.
‘To be fair to Stafford and Matlock, they both had a real go but Northwich and FC were very impressive. Both were very good indeed going forward and, in my opinion, will make the play offs.’
Hednesford’s rivals have tricky games against sides who have scalped The Pitmen this season with Northwich, Marine and FC United travelling to Worksop, Chasetown and Rushall respectively.
Chorley host inconsistent Mickleover Sports in the other game which could affect the play-off positions come 5pm on Saturday.