Match Preview: Worksop Town (H)

After Saturday’s superb 2-1 victory at promotion rivals Chorley on Saturday, Hednesford Town welcome Worksop Town to Keys Park on Tuesday night aware that a victory could send them top of the pile before a two week break from league action to chase their dreams in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

The Pitmen now sit one point behind Rushall Olympic having won five of their opening seven games and with Nathan Woolfe, among other stellar performers, on top form in the early stages of the season Rob Smith’s side look in great shape.

Manger Rob Smith stated how impressed he is with the spirit in his camp, a fact proved by The Pitmen recovering from a goal down on five occasions already this season.

‘It would be nice not to have to keep coming from behind but the character of the team is there for all to see. They have a real desire to keep the unbeaten run going, and this showed in the second half on Saturday.

The team spirit is as good as I have ever known but the acid test is when things aren’t going so well. The players genuinely get on with one another and at the moment it is a very happy camp.’

Sean O’Connor is still very doubtful for Tuesday’s game with a back injury, Jamie Osborne will again be missing through suspension but Smith will pick his strongest side, irrespective of Saturday’s massive game on the horizon.

‘I will pick the best team available for Worksop, the FA Cup game is of no importance or relevance to me until I wake up on Wednesday morning. To be honest our home performances have not been good so the challenge from me will be to put on a decent show at Keys Park.’

Worksop currently sit 15th in the league standings, fresh from a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Stafford Rangers on Saturday, with ex-Pitmen striker Danny Quinn doing the damage for the away side as The Tigers let a 2-1 lead slip in the second half.

Worksop have lost all three games on the road this season but past meetings have brought mixed fortunes for The Pitmen as last season saw them held to a nervy 0-0 draw on the final day at Keys Park and a controversial penalty gave Worksop a 1-0 victory in December 2011.

Another positive result will set Rob Smith’s team up nicely for a huge match away at Nuneaton Griff in the FA Cup on Saturday where the Pitmen face a team three leagues below them for the lucrative prize of £4500 and a place in the Third Qualifying Round, just two games away from the First Round proper and a first appearance on Match of the Day since 2005.

Pitmen Form – WDDWWW
Previous Result – Chorley 1 Hednesford Town 2 – Sat 15th Sept – Evo-Stik Northern Premier
Next Fixture – Nuneaton Griff (A) – Sat 22nd Sept 3pm KO
League Position – 3rd

Worksop Form – DLWLLL
Previous Result – Worksop Town 2 Stafford Rangers 3 – Sat 15th Sept – Evo-Stik Northern Premier
Next Fixture – Goole or Curzon Ashton (A) – Sat 29th Sept – FA Trophy 2QR
League Position – 15th

KO – 7.45pm
Address of Ground – Keys Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford

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