Match Preview: South Shields (H)

Hednesford Town return home tomorrow when South Shields visit Keys Park on Non-League Day.

This is the first time that our paths have crossed following South Shields promotion to this level last season – continuing their dramatic rise in recent years.

Our visitors on Saturday have enjoyed a fruitful opening couple of months and currently sit in fourth place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with 21 points accumulated from their 11 games.

Manager Rob Smith will be looking for a response from his team after a disappointing couple of results on the road in the last week.

The manager said:

“Despite a very good win at Grantham last Tuesday week, we have produced two disappointing performances and results in the last two games.

“We are definitely not producing the results I demand, and so if things do not improve I will have no alternative but to make changes.

“This weekend sees us taking on South Shields, a team who are most people’s favourites to win the league. They have great support and have been used to a lot of success recently. It will be good to pit our wits against such a strong side and we will have to perform very well to get anything.”

The Pitmen boss will be without Charlie Gatter, Josh Craddock, Matt Dodd, Jed Davies and Sam Grimshaw through injury. Meanwhile Goalkeeper Josef Bursik will once again be unavailable for selection with the shot stopper being on England U19s duty.

Our numbers off the field will be swelled on Saturday though with us being joined by friends of long-time supporter John Rafferty who sadly passed away at the end of September following a fall on holiday. I’m sure we will all be thinking of ‘Raff’ tomorrow afternoon – with him being a staunch supporter of the Pitmen for a number of years. Everyone at Keys Park sends condolences to his family.

The game kicks-off at the usual time of 3pm and we look forward to welcoming you to Keys Park as we look to get back to winning ways in the league.

 Admission Prices
£11 Adults
£8 Concessions
£12 Family Ticket (One Adult and One Child)

 Special Non-League Day Offer
As Saturday sees non-league sides up and down the UK embracing Non-League Day, in support of Prostate Cancer UK, we wanted to remind you of a special offer that is in place for all season ticket holders from Premier League and Football League sides.
Simply just show your season ticket to those manning the Concession Turnstile and you will be able to enter Keys Park for just £8.

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