After a gap of just 66 days since the heartbreaking last minute defeat against Altrincham in the Skrill North play-offs, Rob Smith and his new look Pitmen side embark on their second season at step two in the non league pyramid with their annual curtain raiser against AFC Wulfrunians at Castlecroft on Tuesday night.
The pitch, setting and welcome from the club has meant that supporters, players and management alike have grown to thoroughly look forward to the opening match of what will be yet another interesting pre-season campaign ahead of Saturday August 9th’s big kick-off.
Pitmen boss, Rob Smith, was full of praise when speaking about the upcoming game and gave an indication of what supporters making the short journey to Wolverhampton can expect.
‘I know the Wulfrunians manager Steve Palmer really well and he is a top lad who I like to help out. Secondly, the playing surface is superb at this time of year and our players enjoy playing on it so the game is a good start.
‘It’s always a tough match to boot, which we need at this stage. The result will not be important but a good opening performance is. It’s also a chance for some of the new players to get to know their colleagues.’
With the departure of some well known faces over the Summer, several new players have come into the squad with further arrivals expected and, at this early point in Hednesford’s preparation, the chance is there for new and prospective signings to make a positive impression according to Smith.
‘Although Steve Diggin and Glenn Walker are on holiday, James Hurst and a few trialists will be involved so it is an early chance to impress. Dan Crane is also missing so we will have a guest goalkeeper for the match.’
Kick off is at 7.45pm with a bar open for supporters before and after the game as well as at half time.
Admission Prices: £4 – £2 concessions