Hednesford Town, still harbouring hopes of a late charge to the play-offs, clash with a Kendal Town side in turmoil both on and off the pitch on Saturday at Keys Park.
Last week’s laboured 0-0 draw with Nantwich Town has left The Pitmen marooned, one place out of the play-offs, two points behind FC United and five behind Chorley but Rob Smith’s side have an ideal opportunity to get three points against the team from the Lake District.
The Keys Park faithful feel they have had it tough in recent weeks but ‘The Field’ have lost five in a row in the league, conceding seventeen goals in the process, eight in a row if you include cup games, and on March 30th the club had to issue a statement to its supporters reassuring them that their team would make it to the end of the season financially.
However, manager Rob Smith is stil wary of the challege the away side will provide.
‘On their day Kendal are a good side so it will be a difficult game for us despite their poor run and issues off the field. When the players get on the pitch everything happening off it does not matter.
We need to concentrate on improving in attack and winning our remaining games. I’m not sure the teams above us will slip up enough to give us a chance but we must concentrate on securing maximum points to take advantage if they do.’
Striker Gary Hay is a big doubt after limping off against Nantwich and Mark Beesley missing through suspension means Smith has Andre Landell and Nick Wellecomme at his disposal in attack. Central defender Jermaine Johnson is also struggling with an injury.
The last meeting between the two sides came in the balmy day’s of late August 2011 when Jamey Osborne looked to have saved a point for Hednesford with an eighty-fifth minute equaliser, until Marc Jospeh’s header won the game for Kendal three minutes later to end The Pitmen’s four game one-hundred-percent start to the season.
With the big derby at Chasetown looming large on the horizon, the first home win at Keys Park for six games or since, (and this depends if your bottle is half full or half empty), a 6-1 thrashing of Mickleover on December 10th 2011 would set Smith’s men up for their meeting with Chris Brindley on Easter Monday and keep the flicker of play-off hope alive in the distance.
Pitmen Form – DWLWLD
Previous Result – Hednesford Town 0 Nantwich Town 0 – Sat 31st March
Next Fixture – Chasetown (A) Mon 9th April 3pm KO
League Position – 6th
Kendal Town Form – WLLLLL
Previous Result – Kendal Town 0 Chester FC 3 – Tues 3rd April
Next Fixture – Chorley (H) Mon 9th April
League Position – 12th
KO – 3pm
Address of Ground – Keys Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, WS12 5DW
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