Hednesford Town are on their travels again this weekend as we face Kings Langley in the BetVictor Southern Central Premier. The Kings are currently eleventh in the league, four points and five places behind the Pitmen with a game in hand.
Manager Gary Hayward has a near full squad available for selection. James Hurst managed to play for over an hour at Lutterworth last weekend after a lengthy lay off, while Matt Curley has recovered from a slight knock. Ben O’Hanlon is due to have his cast removed this week and can start to make progress towards full fitness.
In other squad news, Liam Truslove has departed Keys Park. Liam’s first team appearances have been limited this season and he has decided to seek opportunities elsewhere. Everyone at the club would like to thank Liam for his efforts, including the match-winning penalty against Tamworth, and wish him well for the future.
Eagle-eyed Pitmen supporters may have spotted Gavin Hurren on the bench with Gaz and Wardy at Lutterworth on Saturday. We are pleased to confirm that the former Gresley manager and Pitmen player has re-joined the club as part of the management team. Gavin will be responsible for scouting opponents as well as coaching with the academy and first teams. Gavin is currently working towards his UEFA B licence and will be a real asset to the club.
Gary Hayward was pleased with the 3-0 win at Lutterworth in the FA Cup First Round Qualifying, which saw the Pitmen earn a home tie with Barwell in the next round;
“It was a difficult game in a hostile environment, the pitch was not great and the opposition tried their best to unsettle us. Although they frustrated us, they only had one chance, which Sam Griffiths cleared up. I could see that they were fading so it was important for us to hold on, make the changes at the right time and over run them in the last 25 minutes – which we did. We have prepared well this week and we will be looking for a positive result against Kings Langley on Saturday.”
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