Jim Gannon’s County side will be looking to continue two extraordinary feats tomorrow at Edgar Street.
County visit Hereford tomorrow in search of breaking another club record – going the first 6 away games of the season unbeaten. This is an achievement that has not been seen at County since 1929.
It doesn’t end there though, as County will be looking to grab their 4th straight win at Edgar Street, the last three all coming in the last three consecutive seasons.
In 2005-06, County took time out from a depressing relegation battle to beat then Conference side Hereford 2-0. Mikael Wolski and Jermaine Easter got the goals.
Then, in the 06-07 season, County grabbed their 5th win in a row in a 2-0 win at Hereford. In the 5th of the ‘9 game run*, Tes Bramble and Anto Elding got the goals.
Then, of course, in the midst of a fierce battle with the Bulls for the last automatic promotion spot, County beat them yet again at Edgar Street last season. Dicko got the only goal from the penalty spot to secure an important three points for the boys in gold.
County will be hoping to continue both well deserved feats tomorrow.
Jim Gannon: ‘I don’t know what it is. (The unbeaten away run)’
‘We don’t play any different formations and we stick to our principles.’
‘We’ve considered over the last couple of games resting players and giving other players the opportunity to play.’
‘But you can’t justify leaving the keeper out because he needs a rest. Fraser deserved to be in the team and he justified that at MK Dons.
‘It was also right to leave James Tunnicliffe out last Saturday then bring him straight back for the game at MK Dons.’
Hereford Team News:
Hereford United will go into tomorrow’s League 1 clash with Stockport with an almost full compliment of players to select from.
Only long term absentees, Moses Ashikodi, Sam Oji and Robbie Threlfall are set to miss out, with the rest of The Bulls squad available for selection.
Striker Ashikodi will resume training over the weekend and would soon be back in contention.
Sam Oji is currently receiving treatment at Lilishall and is not yet ready to make a comeback, whilst Robbie Threlfall, who has returned to parent club Liverpool to receive treatment still has someway to go before a possible return.
Player to watch: Bruno N’Gotty
Probably not going to cause the County backline any problems tomorrow, and not the most skilful of players in the Hereford squad, but the 36 year old fromer Milan and Marseille defender adds some much needed strength and experience to the leaky Hereford defence and will be a tough opposition for lone man Peter Thompson tomorrow.
County Team News:
County will still be without Matty McNeil, after his head injury sustained in last week’s controversial match against Colchester – Matty will be resuming training on Monday. Michael Raynes, who limped out of that game with what looked a serious problem, thankfully only has a hamstring strain and should be ready to face Carlisle at EP next week. Apart from those two, Jim Gannon should have a full squad to choose from.
Player to watch: Gary Dicker
Left out of the 16 man squad completely on Tuesday night, and didn’t even travel down to Milton Keynes with the squad.
The instrumental midfield man has not quite reached his top form this season so far, but he is still a terrific footballer. After the Irishman missed out on Tuesday though, you have to wonder if Dicker is in Jim Gannon’s good books at the moment.
Hereford – 11/8
Draw – 21/10
County – 13/8
1-0 County. County will collect their annual 3 points at Edgar Street tomorrow, with Peter Thompson grabbing his third goal of the season.
Of course, Hereford will get their annual 3 points of the season at Edgeley Park later on in the season…
Tue 28 19:45 H Tranmere FL1