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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

27 July 2021 Venue Edgar Street Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)


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Preview: Hereford

27 July 2021

For a second Tuesday in a row Cheltenham Town take on National League North opposition as part of the build up to the new League One season.

The Robins head to Edgar Street this evening for a game with last season's FA Trophy finalists, Hereford (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Originally Cheltenham were also due to play Hungerford Town this evening, however that game has been cancelled, so all eyes are on a visit to face the Bulls.

Hereford are recommending that fans buy in advance ahead of this evening's game online or by calling their club shop.


Preparing for their fourth season in the National League North, Hereford boss Josh Gowling will be hoping for no covid-19 disruptions to their campaign this time around.

Despite their league season being cut short last term they did however go all the way in the FA Trophy. They reached the final at Wembley, but despite beating two National League sides on the way, they lost the final to lower level Isthmian Premier Division Hornchurch.

They'll be aiming to challenge for promotion to the National League this coming season in a very competitive division.

The experience of former Forest Green duo Jared Hodgkiss and Yan Klukowski will be key to that, while midfielder James Vincent is another vital cog in their machine having made the move this summer from Scottish side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Another to make exactly the same move from Scotland is forward Miles Storey to add to a squad that already included the likes of ex-Newport County man Tom Owen-Evans and the versatile Ryan Lloyd.

Match information

Hereford are advising fans to buy in advance ahead of tonight's game. Cheltenham fans will be located in E Block of the Len Weston Stand and the Away Terrace beneath.

You can buy online and then print your ticket off at home or have it to show on your mobile device when going through the turnstiles, which open at 6.45pm. You can buy over the phone by calling 01432 268 257 up to 4pm today.

The matchday ticket office will be open before the game at Hereford but with limited capacity. Card payments are also preferred if choosing to buy at the ticket office.


Adult £10
Concessions £8
U16 £FREE – All U16s still require a ticket. This can be claimed via the online ticket platform.


Adult £12
Concessions £10
U16 £FREE – All U16s still require a ticket. This can be claimed via the online ticket platform.


Stay up to date with events at Edgar Street if you're not making the trip by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter.

Visit the club website to read a match report and for reaction after the game.

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Match Reports

Full-time: Hereford FC 1, Robins 8

27 July 2021

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Cheltenham Town coasted to a comfortable win against ten-man Hereford in the penultimate pre-season friendly at Edgar Street.

Alfie May and Andy Williams bagged a hattrick apiece while Liam Sercombe added a goal of his own. Will Armitage, the promising 16-year-old defender, made it eight in the closing stages.

The game though was spoiled as a contest following the 11th minute sending off of defender Luke Haines, handing the Bulls an uphill task for the majority of the game.

He clipped Chris Hussey in a goal scoring position and was handed his marching orders, and his side never recovered. Michael Duff campaigned to keep the striker on the pitch but his plea fell on deaf ears, leaving the Bulls to complete the game with a numerical disadvantage.

But despite the lopsided match there were plenty of positives for Duff and his management team on the night.


"We wanted to keep 11 players on the pitch because it doesn't help either side," said assistant manager Russell Milton afterwards.

"They had to adapt, we had to adapt and we had to change it a bit to make sure the game had the right tempo to it.

"We wanted to keep our standards up and keep the tempo high and work on our fitness. We also tried to limit it to three touches to keep the ball moving. We didn't want to get sloppy.

"It was a pleasing night overall."


Williams had shaved the outside of the left upright with only 15 seconds on the clock before he notched his first in the ninth minute, guiding home May's deflected shot on the volley from six yards.

He added his second on the night three minutes after the dismissal, deceiving goalkeeper Brandon Hall with an effort that beat him at his near post. Hall went on to produce a string of decent stops on the night to keep the score in single figures.

The third arrived after 17 minutes when May took advantage of some defensive uncertainty to lob the Hereford number one with a clever effort using the outside of his right boot. Sercombe slotted home from close-range four minutes before the interval.

May rolled home a fifth in the opening minutes of the second half after some good work by Sean Long down the right and completed his hattrick in the 52nd minute, rounding Hall and sliding it home from a tight angle down the right.


Midfielder Elliot Bonds made his return 28 minutes from time, following his lengthy lay-off through an injury collected in the match against Scunthorpe United in October.

Williams completed his hattrick with 18 minutes remaining while 16-year-old defender Armitage made it eight in the closing stages, stabbing home at the third attempt.

The loudest cheer of the night was reserved for Ben Pollock's goal with the final kick of the game, giving the home faithful something to cheer on a tough night for the National League North side.


HEREFORD FC: Hall, Hodgkiss, Hancox, Lloyd, Owen-Evans, Butlin, Haines, Pollock, Forsyth, Kouhyer, Trialist. Subs not used: Klukowski, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): Flinders; Long, Boyle (c) (Raglan 46), Horton; Blair (Freestone 62), Sercombe (Miles 78), Barkers (Trialist 46), Chapman (Bonds 62), Hussey (Armitage 78); May (Lloyd 62), Williams (Ebanks 78). Subs not used: Evans (Gk).


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Ticket News

Hereford trip up next on Tuesday

26 July 2021

It's a visit to Hereford's Edgar Street next on Tuesday night for Cheltenham Town.

Kick-off against the National League North side is at 7.45pm.

The other scheduled friendly that evening against Hungerford Town has been cancelled so all of the squad will be heading to Herefordshire to take on the Bulls.

Fans are being advised to buy tickets in advance for the game. You can print-at-home or show your ticket on your mobile.

You can buy online via Hereford's ticket website.

If you wish to buy over the phone you can do so during 10am to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday by calling 01432 268 257.


Adult £10
Concessions £8
U16 £FREE – All U16s still require a ticket. This can be claimed via the online ticket platform.


Adult £12
Concessions £10
U16 £FREE – All U16s still require a ticket. This can be claimed via the online ticket platform.

There will be no tickets available on the turnstiles. Cheltenham fans will be located in E Block of the Len Weston Stand and the Away Terrace beneath. Turnstiles open at 6.45pm.

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