Match Preview: Stafford Rangers (H)

The Pitmen renew rivalries with Stafford Rangers again this weekend for the first time in two and a half years as the First Leg of the Mike Hughes Memorial Trophy takes place at Keys Park.

Hednesford haven’t come up against Rangers since January 2013 when Rob Smith’s side triumphed 3-0 on their way to claiming the Staffordshire Senior Cup during that memorable treble-winning campaign.

Both sides have experienced differing fortunes since that date but Saturday’s game will be a tough prospect for Town with Neil Kitching sides always providing us with a challenge over the years, something which Smith is all too aware of: “I think it will be another test for us again, they will be more physical, in your face – which is what you need.

“We know what it means to the fans. Even against Chasetown it’s a local derby, so you know what I’m like, I want to win games of football.”

Smith is set to have Ahmed Obeng available again after the striker suffered a cut to his leg in the opening pre-season game against Walsall Wood while Pablo Mills and Jake Heath are both set to play after impressing in Thursday evening’s 2-0 victory over Chasetown. Defender Kyle Morrision is also set to be available for the first time.

Admission prices for the game, which kicks off on Saturday at 3pm are: Adults £6 and Concessions £4. The game will not be segregated with both sets of supporters being allowed access to the bar.

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