Following Saturday’s dream start to life in the Skrill North, Hednesford Town will be keen to follow up their 4-0 victory over Stalybridge Celtic with another three points against a fellow newly promoted side, Leamington.
Pitmen boss Rob Smith was suitably enthused by his team’s start against The Celts at the weekend but he stressed his squad are under no illusions as to how tough an opponent Leamington will be on Tuesday night.
‘It was a fantastic win on Saturday and although the scoreline did not reflect how close the game was our work ethic was a credit. At times we had to hang in there but we spoke about that before the game and we remained organised and always looked a goal threat.
‘Tuesday will be the exact opposite to Saturday’s game. It will be a real physical contest and it should be a great match, we both know each other inside out so it will be keenly contested.’
Tomorrow’s match is the opening fixture at Keys Park this season and Smith noted the importance of the supporters in creating an atmosphere in which his team can continue to thrive. Hednesford’s home record, especially towards the end of last season, was very strong and the manager gave credit to the fans in encouraging their team.
‘The supporters were superb on Saturday. All we heard was them throughout the match and, as I’ve said numerous times before, the players thrive off it.’
Leamington were promoted as champions from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division last season and beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-0 at the weekend with prolific Stefan Moore, scorer of over 100 goals in the past three seasons, bagging his first goal of the season. Winger Matt Dodds, also a scorer at the weekend, is another one to watch for the away side.
Hednesford have won four of the last five meetings, including a dramatic and, at times, tempestuous affair in the Southern League Play-Offs in 2011, so continued vocal support from the Keys Park faithful could prove pivotal in Rob Smith’s team recording another victory in a game that always carries a pronounced edge to it.
Previous Result – Stalybridge Celtic 0 Hednesford Town 4 – The Skrill North – Saturday 17th August 2013
Next Fixture – Oxford City (H) – Skrill North – Saturday 24th August 2013
Previous Result – Leamington 2 Bradford Park Avenue 0 – Saturday 17th August 2013
Next Fixture – Boston United (A) – The Skrill North – Saturday 24th August 2013
KO – 7.45pm
Address of Ground – Keys Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 2DZ
Adult Main Stand: £12
Adult Terrace: £11
Concessions Main Stand: £7
Concessions Terrace: £6
Adult/1 Child* Terrace Ticket: £12
Adult/2 Children* Terrace Ticket: £13
Family** Terrace Ticket: £22
* Child under 16
** 2 Adults & 2 Children (under 16)