Captain ready to send United up
Following the departure of Ian Wright, Hereford United's new captain is Tony James.
Not that he's new to the role, though, as his defensive partnership with Andy Tretton kept Wright out of the team last season, and was given the armband as a reward.
"I'm glad to be captain, I get on with all the lads really well," HU-FC.co.uk heard. "I'm not the biggest talker in the world, but hopefully I can lead the lads on to some good things."
This season's pre-season campaign has been impressive, in that the Bulls haven't lost a match so far. "We've started off quite well, are passing the ball really well and have a fit enough squad at the moment."
Having conceded just three goals so far, James continued: "It can be a bit false and you could go into the first game of the season and get hammered, but you have to try and play games to keep clean sheets and score goals, and that's what we're doing at the moment.
The last of the pre-season matches is a home match against local rivals Kidderminster Harriers. "It will be our toughest game, and a good test a week before the start of the season and hopefully, we'll play our strongest side and give them a really good game.
James, who will be taking Hereford United's penalties this season, commented: "If we can improve on last year, obviously we've got a chance. We've got to take each game as it comes, win as many as we can at home and look for points away."
Meanwhile, several triallists played last night. Ryan Green had signed before the match, but three appeared on the bench. Danny Moon has been written about previously, but defender Pierre Ennis is a new player completely. He played for Aston Villa as a trainee, featuring in their under 17s side a couple of years back. A prominent defender, Ennis is of Irish nationality and has been capped for their under 19 side, as well as at schoolboy level.
Goalkeeper Jamie Hales also has an interesting background. A YTS player with Cheltenham Town, Hales has since played for both Cinderford Town and Wellington.