Hednesford Town take their eyes off the league campaign for a short time this weekend as we prepare to travel to Kettering Town in the Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round.
Tomorrow sees us heading to the side that are currently top of the Southern League Central Division – with them having tasted victory in four of the five games that they have played at home in all competitions so far this season.
This will be the first time that we have ever crossed paths with Kettering in the FA Cup – although we have met numerous times over the years in various leagues.
Manager Rob Smith will looking for his side to pick up where they left off on Tuesday evening after the Pitmen recorded a 2-1 victory at Grantham Town.
“I was delighted with the way that the team responded in our last game – as it came on the back of a disappointing result against Marine last weekend.
“We know that it is as tough a draw, as Kettering are flying high in the Southern League Central Division, but we shall once again be looking for a professional performance from the team as we have seen in the previous two rounds.
“Tomorrow is a big occasion for both teams and I’m looking for the players to again show they have the character to put in a performance for the supporters and myself.”
The manager will be without Matt Dodd, Charlie Gatter and Josh Craddock through injury while Jed Davies is suspended. Winger Sam Grimshaw will also face a late fitness test to see if he can be take his place in the matchday squad.
The game kicks-off at the usual time of 3pm and we’d like to thank those supporters who are making the trip to Kettering as we look to move into the Fourth Qualifying Round for the first time in five years. If a replay is required then it will take place at Keys Park on Tuesday 9th October, 7.45pm kick-off.
Latimer Park has matchday parking on site but does hold a limited number of spaces. There are regulations for on-street parking which are covered by the Traffic Management Act for all non-residents – please be aware that Penalty Charge Notices could be issued to all drivers who ignore the regulations.