Match Preview: AFC Fylde (A)

Two In Two Out As Pitmen Prepare for Fylde Trip …
Hednesford Town embark on another tilt at FA Trophy glory with Rob Smith’s men looking to build on Tuesday night’s convincing 4-1 victory in the Birmingham Senior Cup against Halesowen, with an undoubtedly tricky away fixture against fellow Vanarama Conference North promotion chasers AFC Fylde.

When the draw was made it was clear that the Pitmen had been given one of the most difficult fixtures possible and their bad luck has continued with both Paul Sullivan and Chris Westwood being ruled out for up to a fortnight.

Westwood hobbled out of last Saturday’s defeat to Tamworth with a calf muscle injury which is expected to keep him out for weeks rather than days and Sullivan, a player who made a positive impact in the eventual defeat to the Lambs, aggravated a hamstring injury in midweek which will need further rest and recuperation.

Speaking ahead of the game, Hednesford assistant manager Larry Chambers also revealed Danny Glover will undergo a fitness test on a bruised rib, but the return of captain Darren Campion and Richard Batchelor from suspension sees the Pitmen’s squad, one which has laboured with injuries to key players all season, bolstered by the availability of the popular left back and influential midfielder for selection.

The Travel Club coach leaves Keys Park at 9.30am on Saturday morning while fans not making the trip can follow all the updates on the HTFCSA forum and via @hednesford_town on Twitter.

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