Bernard McNally’s side begin their FA Cup campaign this Saturday when Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Bedworth United visit Keys Park.
After suffering defeat at the first hurdle last season, the Pitmen will be looking to draw on experiences from two years ago when a run to the first round was only ended by a narrow 2-1 defeat against Crawley Town.
Although they come up against a Bedworth side that have struggled to adapt to life following promotion last time around, McNally knows that it will certainly be no easy task to make progress into Monday’s third qualifying round draw.
“It doesn’t matter who you are playing in the cup, you can’t go into it thinking it will be easy. It is going to be a tough game, the first requisite for us is that we can have players who roll their sleeves up and put their foot in, just like they did on Saturday, and then hopefully footballing ability will come through in the end.”
Hednesford and Bedworth have played each other on three separate occasions at this stage of the competition, with the Greenbacks holding the advantage by having won all three matches. More recently the Pitmen defeated Bedworth in the FA Trophy in two successive seasons, with the last game seeing a 3-1 victory here at Keys Park in 2012.
The Pitmen are set to be without Tom James due to a groin strain and long-term injury victim Adam Thomas will also be missing.
Admission for all parts of Keys Park is as follows:
Under 16s £3
If a replay is required then it will take place at The Oval, the home of Bedworth, on Tuesday 29th September, 7.45pm kick-off.