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15 January 2013

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Our take on tonight's trip to Telforc


Where? The New Bucks Head, Watling Street, Wellington, Telford. Punching in TF1 2TU into your sat-nav will get you safely to the ground.

How to get there. It’s a case of heading north on the M1 and then take the M6. Leave the M6 at Junction 10 and take the M54 towards Telford. Leave the M54 at Junction 6 and turn right at the roundabout above the slip road (SP A5223 Telford West/Whitchurch/Hospital). Go past Tesco on your left and then over two roundabouts. At the third roundabout turn left. The entrance to the club car park is a short way down this road on your right.

What to expect. The Bucks moved to the New Bucks Head from the old Bucks Head. Makes sense if your nickname’s the Bucks I guess. However, the stadium, completed in 2003, is a smart 6,300-capacity ground that has an attractive seating stand running on one side of the pitch and two
covered terraces at either end – one of which will be used to house Hatters fans.

We’ve been here before, right? Absolutely. Last season the Town triumphed 2-0 thanks to a brace from Amari Morgan-Smith on a Tuesday night in mid-September. That game was due to take place on the opening game of the season but was postponed under police advise. Of course we were due to play this fixture on 22nd December but the rain put pay to that so it’s another Tuesday trip.

How they doing? As if you’d need (or want) reminding, the Bucks beat the Town earlier in the season 1-0 at Kenilworth Road but going into tonight's game they find themselves in the bottom four after Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Braintree. The Bucks haven't won in the Blue Square Bet Premier since 9th October. That’s 13 games with victory.

Team news. Town boss Paul Buckle is hopeful striker Andre Gray has shrugged off a knock that saw him hobbling at the end of Saturday's FA Trophy win over Skelmersdale. JJ O'Donnell is "touch and go" to be fit according to Buckle as continues in his recovery from a broken nose sustained in the FA Cup triumph over Wolves. Garry Richards and Danny Spiller remain the only long-term absentees. 

Pay on the night. Town supporters can pay on the turnstile this evening. Admission prices are £14 adults; £11 concessions; £6 14-18-year-olds and £2 Under 14s. £1 transfer for seating area. 

Live and online. As ever we'll have live match commentary on Hatters Player but live text commentary on social media and via our #COYH feature on the official website. Post-match we'll have a full report, photographs, reaction and interviews for you too. So stick with us!

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