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Preview: Hereford (A)

17 July 2019

The Robins step up their pre-season preparations another level this evening with a trip to Hereford for the club's second pre-season friendly (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Southern Premier Central Stratford Town were the opponents on Saturday, and it's up another level to National League North Hereford who will pose the Robins latest challenge this evening.

Michael Duff will use it as another opportunity to give his full squad a run out in what is a busy week of pre-season fixtures, with a trip to Taunton in the offing on Friday as well as a home clash with Premier League Leicester City on Saturday.

Kick-off at Edgar Street this evening is at 7.45pm and tickets are available to buy in advance and from the ticket office at Hereford, which closes 15 minutes before kick-off.

Team news

Reuben Reid continues to miss out having now had surgery on his knee injury. Chris Hussey may also not feature as he continues to nurse a knock.

Summer arrival Dan Bowry may feature through after not playing against Stratford.

Opposition

Tonight's fixture will be Hereford's fifth pre-season game of the summer. They've already taken on Wellington and Cinderford Town, while in a training camp down in Devon also played Yeovil Town and Bideford.

They are preparing for their second consecutive National League North campaign having ended last season 17th in the division. Since reforming as a new club away from the former Hereford United side that spent so long in the Football League, the Bulls have enjoyed three promotions in four seasons from the Midland Premier League.

Under the management of Head Coach Marc Richards, and Director of Football Tim Harris - who are both former Cheltenham players - they have recruited well ahead of the upcoming season.

Jason Pope and Jacob Cane are two notable additions from Weston-super-Mare, while Gibraltar international striker Reece Styche has also joined their ranks.

Former England C shot-stopper Brandon Hall can be called upon as a new face in between the sticks, adding to a group of players that already included ex-Grimsby Town centre back Josh Gowling and former Newport County midfield duo Tommy O'Sullivan and Tom Owen-Evans.

Player connections

There are a number of former Robins in the Bulls squad. Centre back Martin Riley spent the 2010-11 season at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and has moved to Hereford this summer.

Kieron Thomas is an under-18s graduate who has been at Hereford following spells at Cinderford and Gloucester City in between.

Welshman Eliot Richards is another former Cheltenham face on their roster.

From a Cheltenham perspective, George Lloyd spent time on loan on two occasions last season with Hereford, either side of Christmas.

Tickets

Hereford operate cashless turnstiles so tickets must be bought from the ticket office, which closes 15 minutes before kick-off.

You can also purchase your match tickets online by clicking here.

They are priced at:

Adults: £10
Concessions: £9
16-18 year olds: £5
Under-16s: £2
Under-5s: Free

Cheltenham fans will be located in Block E of the Len Weston Stand and the terrace underneath.

Supporters using wheelchairs need to book into a dedicated spacing at the earliest possible opportunity by calling the club office on 01432 268257.

Coverage

Keep up with the action at Edgar Street on social media by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter, and for updates on the club's Facebook page too.

Post-match you can read a report from the game and check out the reaction from the squad on the club website.


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