Tonight's league fixture at HOME to Stourbridge has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. We will advise everyone of the rearranged date in due course.


Hednesford Town v Stourbridge

Tuesday 15/02/2022

Hednesford Town return to Keys Park on Tuesday night when they face Stourbridge in another local derby in the Southern League Premier Central division.
Hednesford are on a run of six league games unbeaten after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Redditch as they continue to try and bridge the gap to the play-off places. However, Stourbridge will provide a formidable challenge to the Pitmen despite the Glassboys exiting the FA Trophy at the weekend at the hands of Solihull Moors by a single goal. Stourbridge have played two games more than the Pitmen and are two points adrift so this is a vitally important game for both teams.
After a torrid start to the season which saw Stourbridge adrift in the relegation places, experienced manager Mark Yates left the club and was replaced by two legendary playing figures in Leon Broadhurst and Stuart Pierpoint. Broadhurst made 780 appearances for Stourbridge over a 16 year period and Pierpoint made 152 appearances in four seasons and together they have galvanised the club and the players to lift them well clear of the drop zone. Their recent form has been patchy though with some excellent 4-0 wins against Tamworth and Redditch combined with defeats against Rushall, Rushden and Banbury, where they failed to score in any of them. Stourbridge are the second best supported club in the division (only four behind Bromsgrove’s average attendance) and they attracted over 1,700 supporters to their FA Trophy game on Saturday.
Stourbridge’s leading goalscorer is experienced striker Reece Styche, who has scored 14 league goals since his arrival in September after starting the season here at Hednesford. Fellow striker and former Pitmen loanee Montel Gibson scored 10 league goals before his recent departure. The team have had difficulties in defence though with eight conceded against Peterborough, six against Nuneaton, five against Alvechurch and a trio of 4-0 defeats against Tamworth, Hitchin and Rushall leaving them with the fourth worst defensive record in the division.
Hednesford’s best performance of the season came in the away game at Stourbridge in August when we scored two penalties in a 2-1 win having completely dominated the game. The two teams also met just 21 days ago when Stourbridge won 3-0 here in a Birmingham Senior Cup quarter-final tie. As well as Styche, the visiting squad includes a number of former Pitmen including defenders Ben O’Hanlon and Kyle Rowley and midfielders Reece King and James McQuilkin.
Stourbridge should be backed by a large following tonight and there should be a fantastic atmosphere inside Keys Park under the lights for a game which is one not to be missed!


Related Articles

Recent Posts