Hednesford Town make the long trip north to Cumbria on Saturday to face Workington, one of the sides that are bearing down behind them as they chase a place in the top five.
It has been some four years since the Pitmen last faced Workington in a competitive game at Borough Park – with that October afternoon seeing both sides having to settle for a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
In recent years Workington have become a potent force in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, narrowly missing out on promotion through the play-offs. After a slow start to the season this time around, the Cumbrian side are just starting to build up some steam, being unbeaten in the last five games at home.
The Pitmen head into the game with somewhat of an injury crisis, having four players missing through injury while left-back Cohen Bramall is suspended.
Manager Paul Casey was under no illusions that it would be a tough game for his new side – due to the amount of players that are unavailable for the game.
“With this game being one of our longest trips of the season and Workington on a good run of form at home, we know that it will be another tough one for us. However, I am up for the challenge that lies ahead.
“This week has seen us work hard to try and bring in players to help bolster the squad, with us suffering both injuries and suspensions. Hopefully we will have some new faces in the squad before the weekend.
“We do have Gavin Hurren (assistant manager) available for us though if required, as he is fully recovered from an injury that had been troubling him.”
The manager is set to be without Danny Glover (hamstring), Jim Mutton (foot)and Simeon Maye (ankle) all due to injuries, while Lewis Wright is also a doubt due to a knock picked up in the last week.
£11.00 – Adults
£7 – Concessions
£1 – Under 16