Hednesford Town make their longest journey of the season tomorrow to the Suffolk coast to face relegation threatened Lowestoft Town.
A much improved attacking performance on Tuesday night enabled the Pitmen to take the lead three times but unfortunately Tamworth equalised each time for a share of the points and the Pitmen will be looking to build on this as they ended their run of three successive league defeats.
It was at the beginning of October when Hednesford, who were 4th in the league at the time, overcame Lowestoft in a comfortable 2-0 win at Keys Park earlier this season, with a second half own goal adding to Todd Parker’s first half strike. Lowestoft were missing striker Jake Reed that day who has scored 13 league goals this season despite the struggles that his team have endured. Teenage striker Joshua Harvey and midfielder Ryan Jarvis are next on the scorers’ list with five goals each, and in their recent match with Biggleswade, Owen Lane made his first team league debut for the club at the age of just 16.
Lowestoft will be desperate to win this game as they are currently in the relegation places and have 12 points fewer than the Pitmen. Their recent form includes a thrashing of Barwell in January, a win over high flying Peterborough in February, and a narrow last-minute home defeat to in form side AFC Rushden & Diamonds last weekend, so it is clear that the players are determined to maintain the club’s place at step three and have the ability to produce impressive results.
Lowestoft have averaged exactly 400 supporters from their home games this season and are 11th in the attendance league, but despite the win against Peterborough they have lost the other five of their last six games, they are second bottom in the form table and have conceded more goals than any other team apart from St Ives.
Hednesford have been boosted by the return of goalkeeper Oliver Basey on loan from Birmingham City and a win for the Pitmen could lift the club four places up the table depending on other results and with the home side needing to win it should make for a intriguing encounter tomorrow afternoon at Britain’s most easterly football club.
Ground address: Crown Meadow, Love Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2PA