‘Relieved’ Smith Looks Forward to Cup Adventures Ahead

Hednesford Town boss, Rob Smith, has spoken of his relief after The Pitmen booked their place in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round following Saturday’s narrow 3-2 victory against Midland Combination minnows Nuneaton Griff.

The Keys Park outfit were then drawn with fellow Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division team Buxton on Monday lunchtime, with the game to be played on Saturday 6th October at Keys Park, but Smith was keen to stress that although a home draw is favourable it would be no easy game.

‘I am very relieved to be through to the next round. I have to give Nuneaton Griff massive credit, although we were poor, they played very well on the day and pushed us all the way.

To get a home draw is obviously nice but Buxton are a very good side and it should be an interesting match.’

The Pitmen banked a further £4,500 in prize money after the victory and Buxton now stand in the way of another £7,500 and a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round where a meeting with Football Conference luminaries such as Luton Town, Kidderminster Harriers or AFC Telford could be in the offing.

Smith said his team feel no pressure as long as they give their all and stated he relishes Cup competitions, but only if his team does well in them.

‘As long as we prepare properly and give it our best shot, no one can complain. There is a bit of luck involved in Cup matches, but so far we have done ok. Cup competitions are nice distractions from the league, as long as you win.’

Hednesford beat Stone Dominoes 4-1 in the Staffordshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night before preparing for the opening game of their FA Trophy campaign against Bedworth United at Keys Park on Saturday, 3pm KO.

The draw for the monthly Pitmen Prize Draw was made last week with Ian Galloway scooping the top prize of £50 and Phil Bowyer receiving £25 for second prize. New members are always welcome to join and pledge £5 per month which supports both the Club and the Supporters Association by contacting Keith Harley via Keys Park on 01543422870.

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