Hednesford Town continue their hectic pre-season friendly programme at Keys Park tonight, with a challenge of a different kind. Having emerged with two draws and then two wins against teams from lower down the non-league pyramid, the Pitmen welcome National League Chester in what will undoubtedly provide a sterner test.
Manager Rob Smith will continue to consider his options, both from those players who are already committed for the season ahead and others who are still looking to impress enough to earn a place in the squad.
Chester, managed by former Pitmen favourite Steve Burr, arrive on the back of their first pre-season victory on Saturday, a 1-0 win at Trafford FC in which they used 21 players and striker Tom Peers, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Keys Park last term, featured prominently in the first half.
While the cliché has it that pre-season results don’t matter, Chester fans making the journey may be looking for a change in fortunes against this opposition, after Hednesford beat their team at home and away in the League and in the League Cup in Chester’s successful promotion campaign in the Evo-stik Northern Premier League in 2011-12; since then both clubs have achieved promotion to their current level, though both will be aiming to improve on last term when Chester finished mid-table and Hednesford’s bid to make the play-offs petered out disappointingly.
Admission prices for the game, which kicks off at 7.45pm are:
Adults £7 and Concessions £5.