Hednesford Town take their eyes off the league campaign for a short time this weekend as we prepare to host Tamworth at Keys Park in the Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round.
If things had gone the way they were planned we would have been playing against Tamworth in the Southern League Central Division this season, however they haven’t and after a slow start the Lambs have now started to find their feet in that new league set-up.
This will be the seventh time that we have met in the FA Cup with our last fixture coming some 22 years ago when we famously triumphed on the way to a Fourth Round appearance.
Manager Rob Smith will looking for a response from his side following the disappointment of Tuesday evening’s defeat to Stafford Rangers.
“What can I say about Tuesday night against Stafford? Firstly, I can only apologise to the supporters who turned up in numbers. We were simply dreadful on the night, and I cannot really explain why.
“We know that this is as tough a draw as we could have had, but in some ways for me this fixture against Tamworth is a perfect game.
“Tomorrow is a big occasion and the players have to show they have the character to put in a performance in front of home supporters and myself who will be looking for a reaction.”
Smith will pretty much have a full squad of players to choose from although Charley Edge will be assessed after missing the last two games due to injury. Meanwhile striker Tom Hill has departed Keys Park after not returning to the club following his holiday which saw him miss the first two weeks of the season.
The game kicks-off at the usual midweek time of 3pm and we look forward to your support at Keys Park as we look to gain our first victory at home this season.
The game will be segregated and will follow similar procedures to previous derby fixtures. Hednesford supporters, who are asked to enter via turnstiles 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B, will be allocated the Main Stand and Heath Hayes Terrace while Tamworth fans, who can enter through turnstiles 2A and 2B, will have the Hednesford End of the ground. No supporters from either side will be allowed on the Wimblebury Terrace – with this stand being closed.
The Chase Suite Bar will be open for Hednesford fans while Tamworth fans will have the use of Strikers Bar. As the Club Shop sits in the segregated area, for this game it will be situated in the Chase Suite.
As supporters will have seen work continues to take place on the approach road and car park at Keys Park.
For Saturday’s game we are asking Pitmen supporters to park at the Heath Hayes End of the ground while Tamworth fans will be allocated some of the spaces on the main car park.
All spaces will be available on a first come first served basis so please give yourself plenty of time to get to Keys Park.