Hednesford Town travel East to Grantham Town on Saturday looking to keep the pressure on at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division and preserve their unbeaten away record.
Despite losing to Ashton United and drawing with Nantwich Town in their last two fixtures The Pitmen have games in hand on all the teams above them and a win against a struggling Grantham side could see them move up to fourth place into the play-off places should results elsewhere go their way.
Hednesford boss, Rob Smith, staunchly defended his teams start to the season following their 1-1 draw with Nantwich on Tuesday night, pointing out that two defeats from ten is a satisfactory return.
‘We have lost two games in ten in the league, unbeaten away in five having faced some very tough opposition with the likes of Chorley away and FC United away. It’s vital that we stay with the leaders so a win is important to us.’
Discussing his teams performance against Nantwich, Smith stated that he was happier with his sides shape and, a fact that has been obvious all season, he couldn’t fault his sides commitment and effort.
‘We had to match them in midfield which I thought we did. We need to tighten up all over the park but the shift the boys put in on Tuesday really pleased me, we worked very hard and should have won the game.’
Darren Campion will again be missing through injury but both Alex Melbourne and Neil Harvey are available for a return to action. Sean O’Connor, a player who made a threatening substitute cameo on Tuesday night, also appears to be making his way back to full fitness.
‘Sean is getting there with his fitness, we will assess him in training on Thursday night and make a decision.’
The Pitmen’s opponents on Saturday go into the match in freefall having lost their last six matches and surrendered a two goal lead to lose 3-2 to high-flying North Ferriby United on Tuesday night but, as Smith has been at pains to point out regularly this season, there are no easy games in this league.
Continuing the show of commitment from the team will help ensure that Grantham do not break their losing run on Saturday as Hednesford look to secure an important three points.
Pitmen Form – WWDLLD
Previous Result – Nantwich Town 1 Hednesford Town 1 – Tuesday 16th October – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Next Fixture – Witton Albion (H) – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division – Tuesday 23rd October
League Position – 9th
Grantham Town Form – LLLLLL
Previous Result – Grantham Town 2 North Ferriby United 3 – Tuesday 16th October – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Next Fixture – Ilkeston (A) – Monday 22nd October – Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
League Position – 15th
KO – 3pm
Address of Ground – Trent Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 7XQ