Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith has spoken of his excitement as former Football League outfit Stockport County visit Keys Park on Saturday, with the whole of the non-league pyramid celebrating Non-League Day across the country.
Despite struggling on their debut season at Vanarama Conference North level last campaign, County will bring a numerous away following and with no top flight football taking place this weekend due to the international calendar, Smith is hoping a boosted attendance can see his Pitmen team put on a positive show.
‘Saturday is a massive fixture, last season we played Stockport on a wet Tuesday night and the gate was affected badly. This year it should be a cracking match with both teams set up to win.
‘Stockport are a huge club and have had a very good start to the season. It’s a great fixture for anyone but with it being Non-League Day at home on a Saturday, the occasion is even bigger and one we are really looking forward to.’
Despite Hednesford’s 3-1 loss to AFC Fylde last weekend, Rob Smith’s team have coped admirably with a run of appalling luck on the injury front in their opening five games and Smith is hopeful that one or two players are beginning to recover, with major signing James Hurst making his long awaited debut in Lancashire on Saturday.
‘Getting any players back is a boost but James is a big player for us to have fit. He struggled a little in the second half as he was naturally tired but it’s great to have him in the squad.
‘Paul McCone will be fit for the game and Paul Sullivan could be available too, so it’s really positive to slowly see players returning to fitness.’
Football supporters throughout the area are encouraged to get their Saturday afternoon fix at Keys Park with a bumper attendance expected.
Admission prices start at £12 Adults, £7 Concessions with a family ticket priced at just £24 for two adults and two children.
With a good away contingent expected, it has been decided that there will be a ground segregation plan implemented, with the Stockport County FC supporters occupying the ‘Hednesford End’ of the ground, entering the ground via turnstiles 1A (Family Gate), 2A (Adults) and 2B (Concessions). This gives them the 300 seats behind that goal, as well as terracing either side, and the use of Strikers Bar and all facilities at that end of the Keys Park stadium.
Home supporters will enter the ground via turnstiles 3A (Main Stand), 3B (Pass Gate), 4A (Adults), 4B (Concessions) and 4C (Family Gate) and will have the use of the Chase Room facilities.