Hednesford Town travel to the ‘Help for Heroes’ stadium on Saturday afternoon, planning to take advantage of a rare quirk in the fixture list and pile more pressure on their title rivals by taking home all three points against fifth placed Witton Albion.
The Pitmen could be nine points in front of third placed FC United and one point behind leaders North Ferriby before their clash on Sunday afternoon, but manager Rob Smith wants his team to do their job first and then follow the game 24 hours later knowing that at least one side will drop points in undoubtedly one of the biggest Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division games of the season so far.
‘The only sure thing is that something has to give on Sunday somewhere, so if we can do our job, we can only benefit, but I rate Witton highly; they are undoubtedly one of the better teams in the league and I like the way they play football.’
A victory would certainly send a strong message to The Red Rebels and The Villagers. Hednesford will be in an attacking mood following the signing of Kyle Patterson last week with the Club now having no less than five strikers on their books – a fact Smith believes can only help as the season nears its dramatic end.
‘We are certainly blessed with attacking talent and in my opinion, you can’t have too many because it gives us great options to change things during games throughout the run-in.’
The Pitmen will most likely feature two starters up front, from a choice of Neil Harvey, Michael Lennon, (Sean O’Connor – now on loan), Kyle Patterson and Aaron Rey, with only Alex Melbourne missing through suspension. The youngster Asa Wright, impressive in a handful of Cup appearances this season, will travel with the squad as The Pitmen look to build on a satisfactory but frustrating previous away result, a 2-2 draw with Ashton United, with a tenth victory from sixteen on the road.
Witton themselves certainly have promotion aspirations, albeit through the play-offs, and despite a dour 0-0 draw away to Stafford Rangers in midweek, The Albs will prove a strong barrier between Hednesford and three points, which would leave the Keys Park faithful in relaxed mood when listening out for news from Stalybridge on Sunday afternoon.
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Previous Result – Hednesford Town 3 Port Vale 2 – Staffordshire Senior Cup Semi Final – Tuesday 19th February 2013
Next Fixture – AFC Fylde (H) – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division – Tuesday 5th March 2013
League Position – 2nd
Witton Albion Form – LWWWWD
Previous Result – Stafford Rangers 0 Witton Albion 0 – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division – Tuesday 26th February 2013
Next Fixture – Ashton United (A) – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division – Saturday March 2013
League Position – 5th
Travel Club Departure Time and Prices
Departs Keys Park: 11.45am
Adults – £14.50
Concessions – £11.50
Contact – Ken Leese – 07935723290
KO – 3pm
Address of Ground – Wincham Park, Chapel St, Wincham, Northwich CW9 6DA