On Tuesday 30th January, Hednesford will make a second attempt to play their Staffordshire Senior Cup first round tie when they entertain Northern Premier League West table toppers Leek Town after the original game scheduled for December 12th 2023, was postponed.
It will be the second time this season that the two sides will have met, Leek coming out 3-0 winners in the league game at Harrison Park. After an even first half, Leek moved up a gear after the break and goals from Rob Stevenson, Dan Trickett-Smith and Tom Carr gave the home side the three points.
Hednesford have won the Staffordshire Senior Cup three times and have been runners-up twice while Leek have won it just once, finishing as runners-up on seven occasions. Hednesford’s first win came in 1969/70 when they beat Kidderminster Harriers and they also won it in 1973/74 beating Stoke City and again in 2012/13 with a victory over Rushall Olympic. Leek’s only win came in 1995/96 when they beat Newcastle Town. The Senior Cup is the oldest and most prestigious competition that the Staffordshire FA provides and has been played for since 1881. The present holders are Rushall Olympic who beat Leek 1-0 in last season’s final while the previous season’s winners, Stafford Rangers were dumped out of this season’s competition 6-0 by Kidsgrove Athletic.
Jai Verma and Daniel Gyasi both featured in Walsall Wood’s 3-1 win over Stafford Town in this season’s competition so will be unavailable while Hayden Reeves and Keiron Boucher were both unused subs in that game. Lucas Yeomans and Sam Paddock are still out through injury and Jack Kelly is doubtful after limping off during Saturday’s game against City of Liverpool.
Tuesday’s game will kick off at 7.45pm with reduced admission prices of £5 adults, £4 concessions and £1 U16s with a quarter final tie at Chasetown awaiting the winners.