Match Preview: Northwich Victoria (H)

Pitmen Form – WLLDDW
Previous Result – Whitby Town 0 Hednesford Town 2 – Sat 3rd March
Next Fixture – Burscough (A) Tues 13th March 7.45pm KO
League Position – 3rd

Northwich Victoria Form – DLWDWL
Previous Result – Kendal Town 4 Northwich Victoria 1 – Tue 6th March
Next Fixture – Nantwich (H) Sat 17th March
League Position – 2nd

Kick Off – 3pm
Address of Ground – Keys Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, WS12 5DW

Admission Prices
Adult (Terraced): £9.00
Adult (Main Stand): £10.00
Child/OAP (Terraced): £5.00
Child/OAP (Main Stand): £6.00

Family Prices (Terraced)
Adult + Child (U16): £10
Adult + 2 Children: £12
2 Adults + 2 Children: £18

The Pitmen welcome second-placed Northwich to Keys Park on Saturday in what is, without doubt, the biggest game of their season so far.

Last weekends important win away to Whitby Town was Hednesford Town’s first win for four matches and took them level on sixty-one points with their next opponents.

Northwich Victoria have had their fair share of problems off the pitch this season with the ongoing uncertainty over the ownership of their ground meaning the Cheshire side are leading a rather nomadic existence at present having played home games at Nantwich Town, Macclesfield Town and Kidsgrove Athletic in recent weeks.

The Vics’ on the pitch season has been equally as dramatic with the former Conference outfit reaching the quarter final of the FA Trophy, having three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player, seeing manager Andy Preece leave for Airbus UK, his replacement Paul Simpson then left for a new role in Portugal, and recently appointing former York City manager Martin Foyle.

Northwich’s new managerial appointment didn’t help them on Tuesday night as they were roundly thrashed 4-1 away to Kendal Town as they face a busy end of season schedule to make up their games in hand.

The Pitmen have three main fitness doubts in the shape of Cheyenne Dunkley (Ankle) Ben Jevons (Hamstring) and Gary Hay (Groin). Right-back Kyle Haynes is still struggling with the calf injury which kept him out of the Whitby game.

Goal scoring hero from last weekend, Jamey Osborne, is in contention to keep his place at the right side of The Pitmen defence and Rob Smith admitted that Osborne’s performance has firmly put him in contention for a starting place again.

‘Jamey did very well on Saturday so he will no doubt be a consideration, of course our line up is still undecided due to the other three players carrying injuries so we will give them all right up until kick off to recover.’

Smith was also keen to stress how good the atmosphere in training was this week and how much his players are looking forward to such a huge game.

‘Training is always a good place to be following an important win and all of us are really looking forward to Saturday, injuries will have a say on the final team selection but the atmosphere in the camp is very positive.’

Saturday’s game will be featured match in the Non League Paper and is undoubtedly ‘Match of the Day’ in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

Hednesfords play off rivals face less glamourous assignments as Bradford Park Avenue travel to Marston Road to face Stafford Rangers, Marine host mid-table North Ferriby and FC United welcome Stocksbridge Park Steels while Chorley and league leaders Chester do not have a scheduled fixture.

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