Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith is understandably wary of reading too much into the league table ahead of his side’s midweek trip to Vanarama Conference North strugglers Hyde.
The Greater Manchester outfit have started the season with five defeats and two draws following on from last season’s disastrous Conference campaign, which saw them win just one game all year, but Smith believes they have been unlucky not to have picked up more points this term.
‘Anyone looking at the league table may be fooled into thinking this is an easier game than some we have faced so far. Hyde could quite conceivably have won at Gloucester on Saturday and the week before Tamworth grabbed a late goal. They are a young, hungry and improving team and, make no mistake, this is a difficult game.’
Ahead of the match, Smith took time to single out three players for particular praise following the Non-League Day draw against Stockport County as his stretched squad continue to work extremely hard to pick up valuable points.
‘I thought Danny Glover was outstanding on Saturday, he has really stepped up to the plate with his three goals and the effort he puts in. A massive bonus was having Tom Thorley back too, who again was fantastic despite playing with a protective cast on his arm.
‘Chris Westwood was outstanding in the centre of defence for us on his debut, using all of his experience to read the game superbly.’
Marvin Robinson picked up an injury early on during Saturday’s game and will be out on Tuesday, as will Ben Bailey who is not travelling with the squad.
Kris Taylor faces a late fitness test but Paul McCone makes a welcome return to the fray after missing the previous fixture as Hednesford look for their first away win of the season.