The Pitmen end their home league campaign with a local derby this afternoon against Stafford Rangers as Gary Birch’s side look to go out on a high in front of their own supporters.
This will be the fourth time that we have played Rangers this season, having crossed paths in the FA Trophy earlier in the campaign as well as the league defeat which we suffered on Boxing Day at Marston Road.
Rangers currently sit just two points behind us in mid-table following, like ourselves, what has been a mixed campaign to date. With local bragging rights once again being up for grabs the game at Keys Park will no doubt be another tight encounter.
Manager Gary Birch had drummed home the importance of this game to his players.
“We know that this is an important fixture for everyone involved with the football club and we have made it abundantly clear to all of the players. Some of them have of course played in this derby game before so that will help those who haven’t.
“They also know that they have come up short in our targets which we set them and we are hoping to go out onto the pitch and end the season on a high for our supporters at Keys Park.”
On the injury front the manager will be without Tom Thorley (calf) and David McDermott (calf) while Stuart McNaught, George Washbourne and Dan Crane all picked up knocks at the weekend but are expected to be fit. Remeao Hutton has also recently been suffering from an injury while Bradley Peace-McDonald should return today after having a prior commitment that saw him miss Saturday’s game.
NOTE: Today’s game will be segregated with Stafford fans being housed in the Hednesford End of the ground, they are advised to enter the ground through turnstiles 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B where access can also be gained to Strikers Bar.
Hednesford fans meanwhile will access to the rest of Keys Park with Pitmen supporters being asked to use the Chase Suite.
Finally a reminder that the End of Season Awards will be held in the Chase Suite after the game and we are asking all supporters to come and join us and the team afterwards with proceedings due to start at 5.30pm.
£13 Family Ticket – One Adult and One Child