Hednesford Town welcome Colwyn Bay to Keys Park on Tuesday night as both sides look to follow up encouraging results at the weekend with another victory.
The Pitmen, currently clear at the top by a single point from rivals North Ferriby United, have played two games less than The Villagers and also one less than fourth-placed Altrincham and fifth-placed Solihull Moors, so Tuesday represents a fantastic opportunity to increase their surprise lead at the top of The Skrill North.
Saturday’s victory over Altrincham served as another benchmark of the progress the Club have made under Rob Smith this season, but the manager was keen to stress that the fact that Colwyn Bay ended Solihull’s undefeated start to the season shows that tomorrow’s game is no walkover.
‘We know by now that there really is little difference in this league between the top teams and the bottom teams and as a team we understand that we have to be at our best to get any result. The test is to back up Saturday’s performance with a similar one on Tuesday.’
With the small matter of Crawley Town at home in the FA Cup on Saturday, Smith has also been impressed by the performances of players pushing for inclusion in that team with injuries and suspensions affecting the likes of Darren Campion, Aaron Rey, Dave Macpherson and Ben Bailey. Paul McCone, Robbie Thompson-Brown and Alex Melbourne all excelled against Altrincham and will again be pushing for inclusion in the team tomorrow night.
‘It was, indeed, very positive to see the players play well. The squad was very stretched on Saturday and the really pleasing thing for me was how well the lads who came in performed. They showed that we have a very strong squad.’
The Pitmen squad will have to be further utilised as Campion, Neil Harvey, Rey and Nathan Woolfe are still doubtful, however Smith did hint that there may be a new arrival at the Club before the game.
The Keys Park faithful will no doubt look to 19-goal top scorer Elliott Durrell to continue an increasingly astonishing run of form but, with a squad all looking to be selected for the biggest Cup game in several years this Saturday, The Pitmen are favourites to record a sixth straight home win of the season.
Hednesford Town Form – WDWDWW
Previous Result – Altrincham 1-3 Hednesford Town – The Skrill North – Saturday 2nd November 2013
Next Fixture – Crawley Town (H) – FA Cup First Round Proper – Saturday 9th November 2013
League Position – 1st
Colwyn Bay Form – WLWDLW
Previous Result – Colwyn Bay 3-1 Solihull Moors – The Skrill North – Saturday 2nd November 2013
Next Fixture – Boston United (A) – The Skrill North – Saturday 9th November 2013
League Position – 15th
KO – 7.45pm
Address of Ground – Keys Park, Keys Park Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffs WS12 2DZ
Adult – £11
Concessions – £6
Adult and Child Ticket – £12
Adult and 2 Child Ticket – £13
Family Terrace Ticket – £22 (2 Adult, 2 Children (under 16))