Proud Smith Takes Solace From Evo-Stik League Awards

Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith was keen to accenuate the positives of two of his players receiving recognition at Sunday’s Evo-Stik Awards Night following his sides devastating 5-1 defeat away to Chorley on Saturday.

Central defender Cheyenne Dunkley, a reliable rock in The Pitmen defence, received the ‘Facebook Fans Player of the Year’ award and midfielder Chris Clements, who undoubtedly has the best passing repertoire in the division, received the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award a day after their side fell out of the play off places for the first time since September.

‘I was a proud man on Sunday to see two of our players in the ‘Team of the Year’, and watch them collect two major awards. It shows what we have done has got recognition and the two lads thoroughly deserve it.

With regard to the Chorley game, I thought in general play it was even. The difference was clear for all to see though as Chorley were ruthless. We wern’t and haven’t been for a while now.’

In a strange way, the defeat hasn’t changed what The Pitmen must do to secure a play off place in that Rob Smith’s young side must look at winning all four home matches and win the derby at Chasetown on Easter Monday, to give themselves a strong chance.

‘In some ways the pressure is off us now, we know we have to win five out of six games and I can assure all of our supporters that we will give it our all and go all out to win.’

The first of Hednesford’s must win games is on Saturday afternoon at Keys Park, 3pm KO, when they welcome mid-table Nantwich Town with Smith’s team counting on the support of The Pitmen faithful to spur them on to a vitally important three points.

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