Hednesford Town resume their Southern Premier Central campaign with a relatively short trip into north-west Leicestershire tomorrow with a visit to third-placed Coalville Town. After a break last weekend the Pitmen haven’t played since the 0-1 defeat at Alvechurch ten days ago which was played the day following the appointment of new manager Steve Burr.
Since then Steve has announced the appointment of Neil Tooth as his assistant and new signings Adam Livingstone and returning Pitmen hero from years gone by Chris Clements have arrived at the club.
We have a dreadful recent record against Coalville Town although we did manage a 0-0 draw there last season and played well at home in 0-2 defeat. Coalville are a well established football club at this level and are improving every year. They have a settled and consistent squad of players which undoubtedly has assisted them in moving up the table year after year. This is their fifth season at this level if you take out the two Covid affected seasons and after two bottom half finishes they have since finished 6th and last season’s high of 3rd, which culminated in the Ravens being beaten by Peterborough Sports in the promotion play-off final.
Coalville manager Adam Stevens was appointed in May 2018 which saw him return to the club having already managed the club to a promotion and FA Vase final in his first spell. Despite their success last season the club have been able to hold on to all of their players and have had a good start to the season. They started the season with three wins scoring 11 goals against Rushall, Alvechurch and Mickleover, and they also won 4-1 at Tamworth at the end of August. However, they have lost their last two league games, both at home, to Basford (0-1) and Ilkeston (1-4). They have progressed in the FA Cup with wins over Shepshed and Macclesfield to set up a third qualifying round tie against AFC Sudbury next Saturday.
The Pitmen are still looking for their first win of the season but no doubt confidence amongst the fanbase will have been boosted by recent arrivals on and off the pitch.
The management team have a fully fit and available squad to choose from although midfielder Luke Rowe has a little knock that is being monitored and is the only concern for tomorrow. The management team have been delighted with how the players have applied themselves in training since the last match. They said: “It’s never easy when things change but we have to give the lads a lot of credit as they have been superb and taken on what we want them to do very quickly. We have had three really good sessions this week and that’s been really pleasing.”
Looking forward to the game tomorrow against Coalville, the management team said: “Coalville are a really good side and it’s never easy going to play them. Stevo (manager Adam Stevens) always has them well drilled and fit and they have players who can really hurt you but when you look at our team so do we. We are all looking forward to going up against them.”
The kick off tomorrow is 3pm and it would be great to see a big following of Hednesford supporters travelling to support the lads as a new and exciting period of the club’s history has started.
Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium, Owen Street, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3DA