Hednesford Town travel south to Bedfordshire to take on relegation threatened Biggleswade Town looking to banish the memory of last week’s home defeat to Alvechurch.
Whilst the Pitmen’s management team will be watching these last few games with an eye on next season, today’s opponents Biggleswade are in deep trouble at the bottom of the table. Although they have two games in hand over Barwell, they only have four games left to play and they are five points behind Barwell, and are in one of the two relegation positions. This game represents a must win for the home side in their battle to avoid the drop. The Waders did show tremendous battling qualities in their last game on Tuesday night as they came from 2-0 down to score two goals in the last ten minutes, including one four minutes into injury time, to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw against promotion chasing Coalville Town.
It was Biggleswade who put an end to Hednesford’s winning run at the start of the season as a 92nd minute equaliser from Shane Bush saw the Waders take a point from a 1-1 draw and deny the Pitmen a fourth straight victory. Biggleswade also went through an extraordinary patch in October when in the space of four days they beat Barwell 7-0 and Stratford 7-1, then failed to score any goals at all in the following three games.
The town of Biggleswade in situated in Central Bedfordshire, 11 miles south-east of Bedford and perhaps unbelievably, is the home of three Non-League clubs as Biggleswade United play in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division and Biggleswade FC play in the Southern League Division One Central.
Biggleswade’s league goals this season have been scored by 21 different players but their two highest goalscorers no longer play for the club having both left in February for higher ranked teams. 21 year old striker Joe Neal had scored 11 goals but has signed for National League South neighbours St Albans City and attacking midfielder Ronan Silva had scored eight goals, but he signed for League Two side Crawley Town and has since been loaned to National League Eastleigh for the rest of the season. Of the players that remain at the club, none of them have scored more than three league goals all season.
Biggleswade have picked up a couple of wins in the last month against Needham Market and Bromsgrove to keep their hopes of staying up alive and have one point more than Hednesford have from the last six league games, but the Pitmen will want to finish the season on a high so it should be an interesting afternoon of football.
Ground address: Yvette Brewer stadium, Langford Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9JT.