Date: Tuesday, 15th September 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 7:45pm\r\n\r\nLocation: Keys Park, Hednesford\r\n\r\nFollowing on from the Tigers 3-0 defeat to the hands of North Ferriby United on Humberside on Saturday, Tim Harris’ side head to Hednesford looking to get back to winning ways.\r\n\r\nIn a game which saw the Tigers have 2 Joe Hanks goals disallowed and Sam Avery harshly sent off for handball, North Ferriby’s strength in-depth shone through.\r\n\r\nThe result leaves the Tigers in 16th place, however just 1 point separates the Tigers from the top half, with only another 2 points between City and 10th placed Chorley.\r\n\r\nOur opponents Hednesford Town go into the match off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Alfreton Town at the weekend, but the Pitmen fair marginally better in the league standings than the Tigers, sitting 1 point above them in 14th place.\r\n\r\nShould the Tigers win on Tuesday, it will equal their best ever points haul after 10 games in the National League North, matching the 13 points achieved after 10 matches in 2010/11.\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nThe club was formed in 1880 by the merger of two leading Hednesford clubs, the Red & Whites and Hill Top, and after many years in local competitions joined the Southern League in 1984.\r\n\r\nIt was not until January 1990 that the club’s fortunes turned for the better. The 1989–90 season had been a long hard struggle and, at the beginning of the year, the club were in a deep relegation battle and with attendances below 300, relegation from The Southern League Midland Division looked a distinct possibility.\r\n\r\nIn an effort to avoid relegation the club appointed former goalkeeper, John Baldwin, as manager and he gradually began to turn the club around and relegation was avoided.\r\n\r\nIn 1995–96 the Pitmen commenced their first season in The Conference at their new Keys Park home and in the club’s first season in the top flight of non-league football they finished in third place behind champions Stevenage Borough and Woking.\r\n\r\nThe 1996–97 season saw the Pitmen reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 72 years, eventually losing in the fourth round to Middlesbrough, in front of 27,500 supporters.\r\n\r\nThe 2005–06 season saw the Pitmen again reach the first round of the FA Cup but the team were defeated 4–0 away at Histon.\r\n\r\nThe team continued to leak goals and, as a result of a number of poor results and the team sinking to the bottom end of the Conference North, Chris Brindley left the club by mutual consent in early December 2005.\r\n\r\nBrindley’s assistant manager, former Wimbledon star, Steve Anthrobus, was appointed Manager but he was unable to save the club from relegation, after playing out a 0–0 draw at Vauxhall Motors. They were subsequently placed in the Northern Premier League, their first foray into Northern League football.\r\n\r\nHednesford were promoted from the Northern Premier League to the Conference North during the 2012–2013. During this season they also won the Staffordshire Senior Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup.\r\n\r\nHednesford finished fourth in the Conference North in 2013/14 and qualified for the play-offs where they faced Altrincham fc in a 2 legged semi-final.\r\n\r\nThe first leg at Keys park finished 2–2 but Hednesford lost the second leg 2–1 away. Hednesford also reached the FA Cup 1st round proper where they were beaten 2–1 by league one side Crawley Town at Keys park.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nMike Green is still struggling with a knock and won’t be available for selection.\r\n\r\nMatt Williams is fine to return to the squad, as is Adam Connolly. James Bowen is also ok to play following a slight knock picked up in the final few minutes against North Ferriby.\r\n\r\n 

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