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Preview: Hereford (A)

Preview: Hereford (A)

By Amar Sharma
25 October
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Reds head to the Bulls looking to return to winning ways

Fifth placed Alfreton Town make the journey to Edgar Street tomorrow afternoon to take on ninth placed Hereford in the National League North, kick off is 3pm.

The Reds will be looking to bounce straight back from last Saturday's 4-2 home defeat to Farsley Celtic, our second straight home league defeat.

We got off to the perfect start with Nyle Blake slotting into the bottom corner after just 37 seconds but we then went on to concede three first half goals, all of similar nature as three headed finishes gave the Celts clear daylight at the break.

Ex-Red Tom Allan powered home at the far post before two headers from James Spencer saw a 3-1 lead at half-time. We pulled one back through Conor Branson with 52 minutes gone as he hit a stunner from 25 yards into the top corner.

However our momentum took a massive hit as Charlie Andrew spilled a left wing cross into the path of Syers who converted from a few yards. Although the Reds didn't play particular badly within the contest, the manner of our defensive duties would have concerned boss Billy Heath with Alfreton conceded four very soft goals.

However we must take the positives again from the game after excellent starts to both periods which resulted in goals as we look to wrestle back league form and maintain a play off position.

We head into tomorrow's clash having lost three of our last four games in all competitions and two of our last three in the league. We will be looking for back to back away wins however, after our last outing being a success at Leamington (0-1).

The Reds have hit 27 league goals thus far, making us the second highest scorers in the league behind Chester (31).

Hosts Hereford currently sit in 9th place in the league table with 21 points from 14 games, they are four places and one point below us.

Their current playing record stands at: P14, W6, D3, L5.

The Bulls head into the game off the back of two straight defeats in the league, both away from home and both by a 3-2 scoreline at Bradford and then Southport in mid-week. The hosts will be looking to avoid a third straight league defeat tomorrow.

Hereford's last win came on the 1st October at Leamington (0-2), we'll face as expected a difficult test at Edgar Street tomorrow with Hereford unbeaten at home in the league so far this season (W3, D3). The Bulls will be looking for a third win on the bounce in the league at home, after wins against Kettering and Gateshead prior.

Ground Address:
Hereford FC, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JU.

Adults - £14, Concessions - £12, 16-18yrs - £7, U16s - £2.

Tickets are available online for Reds to purchase, you can collect your pre-purchased ticket from the Matchday Ticket Office from 12noon onwards on the day of a Saturday home game. Tickets are also available on the day from the Matchday Ticket Office which is located in the corner of the Club car park, next to Radford’s Bar.

Please note that there will be no cash turnstiles in operation on the Meadow End or Away End. All tickets must be purchased either in advance or on the day of the game from the Matchday Ticket Office. Tickets are available right up until kick off from the Matchday Ticket Office, which accepts cash and card.

Information for travelling Reds:
Reds enter the ground through turnstiles 9,10 and 11.
Matchday Bars (Addison’s and Radford’s) sell a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as a selection of bar snacks. You can go to these bars before entering the stadium, but we would advise you to buy your tickets first so you avoid any last minute rush at the ticket office!
There are also a number of food concessions within the stadium itself selling hot and cold drinks and a range of food. Please note that no alcohol is allowed to be consumed within the stadium.

Programmes - £3

Car parking in the club car parks on a matchday is limited to players, staff, visiting teams and their officials, match officials and club volunteers.

There is no public or media car parking available in any of the club car parks on the day of the game. There are a number of pay and display car parks within 5-10minutes walk of the ground, including the large Council owned car park adjacent to the ground.

Form (Last five):
Reds - DLLWL
Bulls - WDLLL

Last Meeting:
Tuesday 9th April 2019: ATFC 1-1 Hereford
Our last meeting with the Bulls saw a 1-1 draw at the Impact Arena back in April. Owen-Evans gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot before Richard Peniket salvaged a point on 67 to see the points shared.

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