For the first time in almost five years Hednesford Town go into a league game without either Rob Smith or Larry Chambers after the management duo, along with coach Steve Wynn, left to join AFC Telford United on Thursday.
Instead, caretaker manager Chris Brindley will be assisted by Andy Todd and Marvin Robinson for the first meeting with FC United of Manchester since the play-off final at Keys Park in May 2013.
With a large away support expected to travel down from Manchester, Brindley has called on the Pitmen supporters to get behind the team after a difficult 48 hours.
“There are a lot of young lads in this team and they need support as it is a tough league and we know that,” he said.
“We will be sending 11 lads out who are committed to the club in front of what should be a great crowd and hopefully they can get behind us.”
Brindley is set once again to be without long-term injury victims Paul McCone and Adam Thomas, but after John Disney returned to training on Thursday evening the defender could be involved at some point over the weekend.
The game will see the usual segregation policy being applied at Keys Park with visiting supporters being allocated the seated Hednesford End of the ground as well as the appropriate terracing to either side. We request that FC United of Manchester supporters enter the ground through Turnstiles 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B.
Hednesford Town supporters will be housed in the Main Stand, Heath Hayes End and Wimblebury Terrace. Supporters will be able to enter the ground through Turnstiles 3A, 3B (Pass Gate), 4A, 4B and 4C.
With the match being segregated a single tier price structure will apply of £13.00 Adults and £8.00 Concessions, however, the ‘Adult/Child and Family Terrace Ticket’ prices will still apply for both sets of supporters.