Hednesford Town travel, rather confusingly, 100 miles south to 6th placed Histon on Tuesday evening in The Skrill North as Rob Smith’s side look for their first away win since their superb 4-0 victory on the opening day of the season against Stalybridge Celtic.
Manager Smith, while conceding there’s not a lot his side can do about it, spoke of his frustration, not at playing twice in four days, but being required to travel such a long distance on a week night for such a difficult game.
‘It’s not so much the two games in four days, we are used to that, it’s the ridiculous journey we have to do. For the life of me I cannot understand why we have to travel to Cambridgeshire on a Tuesday night when we have teams like Solihull and Leamington around the corner. It’s not fair on the players and supporters alike, but we have no choice so we have to get on with it.
‘Histon are on a great run, they have won all their games at home and are on the back of a superb win at Harrogate so will be full of confidence. They are a very bright, young, excellent footballing side.’
The worrying injury list which loomed over Saturday’s fixture against Vauxhall Motors has eased somewhat with only Wayne Riley now unable to play tomorrow night and new signing Matthew Regan looking to build on a positive debut at the weekend that impressed his new manager.
‘I thought he was excellent considering he only joined up with us on Thursday, the injury worries from Saturday have cleared up somewhat so we go into the game full of confidence.’
Histon have started their campaign well and came away from well fancied Harrogate Town with three points at the weekend, and as Smith noted, have a 100% home record from three games played so far this season.
The last meeting between the clubs came almost eight years ago when Hednesford, led by current assistant manager Chris Brindley, were drawn against their Southern Premier League rivals in the FA Cup First Round only to travel to Cambridgeshire and get well beaten 4-0.
The Pitmen supporters making the long midweek journey will certainly be hoping for a better return come 10pm tomorrow night and, with their team once again looking the part against Vauxhall Motors, certainly in the first half, they would hope to see the season’s fine start continue with at least a point in a very tricky looking fixture.
Hednesford Form – WWDWLW
Previous Result – Hednesford Town 2 Vauxhall Motors 0 – The Skrill North – Saturday 14th September 2013
Next Fixture – Guiseley (A) – The Skrill North – Saturday 21st September 2013
League Position – 3rd
Histon Form – LDWDWW
Previous Result – Harrogate Town 0 Histon 1 – The Skrill North – Saturday 14th September 2013
Next Fixture – Barrow (A) – The Skrill North – Saturday 21st September 2013
League Position – 6th
KO – 7.45pm
Address of Ground – Glass World Stadium, Bridge Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9PH
Adults – £11.00
Concessions – £7.00
Students with NUS Card & Under 16 – £3.50
Under 5 – Free