Bulls can retake top spot
Hereford United could retake top spot in the Conference this weekend if they can beat Halifax Town and current leaders Chester City lose at Accrington Stanley.
Saturday's fixture list contains several games of interest to Bulls supporters. All the top teams are in action except Aldershot who have a FA Trophy semi-final second-leg match.
Hereford travel to the Shay to play a Halifax team who have lost their last seven matches. The Bulls will start favourites to win this one but there has to be a thought, however small, that Halifax can't go on losing for ever. Whether Hereford can equal or even better their 7-1 Tuesday night victory over their rivals at Edgar Street earlier in the season is being talked about, but that evening Halifax scored first before the Bulls got going. It could also be a game where Steve Guinan has the opportunity to increase his goal tally to keep up his challenge to become top scorer in the Conference this season.
Current leaders Chester play at Accrington. This could be one of the games where Chester drop a point. Accrington have a good home record as Hereford fans will testify and they will be fresher than Chester as they will not have played for ten days. Chester defeated Telford on Tuesday but reports suggest that it wasn't until late in the game (again) that Chester looked the better side. By this time ex-Hereford United player Matt Clarke had been sent off. Some Hereford fans have even pointed out that when the Bulls went to the Bucks Head they won 3-0 against eleven men for all of the game!
The match of the day will probably be at Shrewsbury where the home team will be looking to keep up the pressure on the leaders by defeating Exeter. The Shrews could still top the Conference if Chester and Hereford hit the buffers, but that is looking less likely as time goes on. For the Shrews this will be the third game in a row against other top clubs and after their win at Barnet last Tuesday should be hopeful of another scalp.
Last Saturday Exeter just defeated Leigh RMI with three goals in the last couple of minutes.
Lastly Barnet should return to winning ways against Scarborough, who have only won three games on their travels this season. Paul Fairclough, who has been confirmed as their new manager to take over from Martin Allen, will be expecting a good start from his new team.