Less than 48 hours after the final whistle from the fixture against Whitby Town, Liam McDonald’s Hednesford Town side find themselves back in action again as they travel to Halesowen Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
It has been a somewhat mixed start for our hosts with them currently sitting in 19th place with four points from five games and still looking for their first home victory of the new season.
The Pitmen’s last two visits to the Grove have certainly been high scoring ones with a 4-1 victory two years ago in the Birmingham Senior Cup being preceded by a 6-0 triumph for us on the last day of the 2010/11 campaign.
McDonald felt that it would be a much tighter match this time around as his side look to put the disappointment of conceding a stoppage time goal on Saturday behind them.
“It was a tough one to take, but I said to the lads that I was proud with how they played in the game and I felt that they applied themselves really well.
“I’m looking forward to the game on Monday as it is a local derby and I also used to play for them. I went down last week to watch them and we know that it is going to be a testing game for us as Halesowen will be strong and will want bragging rights.
“It gives us a chance to bounce back with a positive performance in front of what should be a good crowd.”
The manager is set to be without two of his strikers for the game with both Jamie Matthews and Tristian Dunkley missing due to suspension. For Matthews it is his second game of a three match suspension while Dunkley misses just this fixture after being sent off for two yellow card offences.
The good news is that there is now a clean bill of health on the injury front for the Pitmen, with Lewis Wright having recovered from a hamstring problem which has kept him out of the last four games.
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