Date: 2nd February 2007 at 10:55pm
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Stockport County head to Edgar Street on Saturday in search of 3 more points to consolidate their promotion push against Hereford. County travel on the back of four straight league victories, which also includes four clean sheets.

Having not conceded since new years day and winning several crucial games since County find themselves placed in 6th spot with everything to play for. Another crucial game against Hereford awaits tomorrow.

Hereford come into tomorrows game with just one win from the last six games coming against Notts County last weekend in a 3-2 score line. They also pulled back from 2 goals behind on Tuesday night to draw with Bury. County haven`t lost in any of their last 3 trips to Hereford and their last visit included a 2-0 victory in the F.A cup last season.

Our last meeting came on the opening day of the season when County somehow found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-0 score line after dominating the match throughout. One things for sure now though, County are a much better team for the struggle at the beginning of the season!

A win tomorrow could bring County to within 6 points of automatic promotion if other results were to go our way.

Kick-off time is 3 p.m. However there will not be full commentary on Imagine FM due to a lack of technological facilities at Edgar Street, John Keighren and Des Hinks will however provide regular updates via mobile phone on Imagine FM.

Vital Quotes:

Jim Gannon: “To have another away game on the back of an away game is tough, especially for Hereford who will look to be closing the gap on us. The lads have come off the training pitch a little bit chirpier than normal and we look forward to tomorrow. If we can close the gap on the teams above we can bring those teams to Edgeley Park and look forward to putting the heat on them”

Speaking to Herefords official website Graham Turner said, “We`ve had a good week results wise and if we can build on that with a win on Saturday then we will all be delighted. Last Saturday`s home performance was one of our best of the season and we must strive to live up to the same standards against Stockport. We have shown what we are capable of on occasions, what we need to do now is deliver that type of performance more regularly.”

Hereford United Team News:

Defender and captain Tamika Mkandawire will be available to face County but must then serve a one-game suspension.

Meanwhile, new signing Danny Thomas, who arrived from Shrewsbury last week, will be hopeful of making the Bulls squad for the first time along with deadline day left sided, loan signing Steve Jennings from Tranmere Rovers.

Midfielder Andy Ferrell is also pushing for a recall but back-up goalkeeper Glyn Thompson is a doubt with a thigh injury.

Player to watch: Andy Williams

Andy Williams, Herefords top scorer on 7 goals has put in some impressive performances and speculation was rife that he could have left before the end of the transfer window.

Stockport County Team News:

Jim Gannon has no new injuries to worry about after the squad came through the Wrexham game unscathed. Keith Briggs (broken leg) and Michael Raynes (ankle) are long-term absentees. Damien Allen meanwhile joined Royal Antwerp on a 6 month loan deal earlier this week.

Stephen Gleeson will play his last game before returning to Wolves after a tremendous 3-month loan spell. Anthony Pilkington will be pushing to regain his place in the starting XI after being dropped to the bench to be rested midweek. Meanwhile upfront Tes Bramble will be hoping for a starting birth after some impressive appearances as a substitute of late.

Player to watch: Stephen Gleeson

Stephen Gleeson will be hoping to leave with a bang and has shown all the attributes required to make it in the premiership one day, a cracking find and could play a huge role in ripping Hereford apart.

Match Facts & Stats

Hereford – 5/4
Draw – 11/5
Stockport – 7/4

Ref Watch:

Officiating the game will be former premiership referee Mr D`Urso. He has refereed 28 games this season and handed out 67 yellow cards and 4 red cards. He has not refereed either of tomorrow`s teams this season however.

Next Fixtures:

STOCKPORT COUNTY V Mansfield Town – Saturday


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