After two months of training and 11 pre-season fixtures Hednesford Town finally return to competitive action tomorrow afternoon as we prepare to host Scarborough Athletic in our first Evo-Stik Northern Premier League game of the season.
The Seadogs head to Keys Park on the back of a very successful season last time around, one that saw them earn promotion to this level of football. Meanwhile for ourselves it has been a turbulent few months with us being moved south only to have to prepare for life back in this league once again.
Manager Rob Smith has had to put that behind him though and slowly but surely the squad of players has come together and will be looking to get off to a good start tomorrow afternoon.
The manager said:
“We’re looking forward to getting underway on Saturday. Scarborough are a club very much on the up with great support, and will be buoyant from an excellent promotion last season. I know they are a side full of Conference North quality and fully expect them to be one of the top six this year, so we could not have asked for a more difficult start.
“It is going to even more difficult for us after a summer which I can only describe as turbulent! Notwithstanding this, the squad we have got together have worked unbelievably hard for a long period now.
“I know the supporters will back us all the way as always, and would ask for a little patience, it may take some time to be exactly where we want to be, but one thing I can guarantee is maximum effort from all of us at all times.”
Smith will be without midfielder Jermain Hollis, who begins a three-game ban, while striker Tom Hill is also missing due to a prior engagement. The manager will also be without Jed Davies who will be missing through injury.
The game kicks-off at the usual time of 3pm and we look forward to welcoming those travelling from the north-east and a number of Pitmen fans as we aim to get the season off to a good start.
Car Park Update
As supporters will have seen work continues to take place on the approach road and car park at Keys Park.
Supporters are asked to use the current tarmac car park outside the entrance of the ground, unless informed otherwise.
Meanwhile travelling coaches will be parked on Sunflex Ltd in order to free up space on the main car park.
We can only apologise for the continuing disruption as Taylor Wimpey continue to bring the car park up to its 251-space design capacity by end of September as announced previously.