Saturday, January 29, 2005

Shots and Bulls in crunch match

Hereford United travel to Aldershot tomorrow afternoon for a crunch match, from which the Bulls really need to take at least a point. Poor recent league form has seen Hereford drop from third position to eighth in the table, and Aldershot currently hold the third position. However, United can draw equal on points if they are victorious at the Recreation Ground, kick off 2pm.

The game is not only big in terms of the league standings, but history from last season will surely spice this game up. The Hereford players, who were eliminated from the play offs by the Shots, will be hoping to get one over on their opponents. Hereford have a very good league record against Aldershot since their return to the Conference. In three meetings, the Bulls have won all three including a 2-0 win at Edgar Street earlier this season.

Terry Brown will have to change his strike force for the game, as loanee Johnny Dixon was recalled by Wycombe earlier this week. Roscoe D'Sane is still out with a long term injury and will not feature despite earlier reports that he was targeting this game for a comeback. New signing Tarkan Mustafa is short of match fitness but could make his debut, but it is more likely that he will start on the bench.

Hereford still have a number of players missing through injury, but are boosted with the return of Joe Anyinsah who was cup tied for the LDV fixture in midweek. Both Andy Tretton and Ryan Green will miss out in the defence with back and hamstring problems respectivly. The experienced duo of Lee Mills, ankle, and Graham Hyde, unknown illness, are also major doubts for the game. David Brown is expected to have fully recovered from his injury, but it is beleived that Adam Stansfield, who limped off in the second half game last Tuesday, will have to face a late fitness test. It was the second consecutive game the striker has been substituted due to injury and Graham Turner confirmed to BBC Hereford and Worcester yesterday that he is a big doubt for the game.

There is a good chance, following the performance against Wrexham on Tuesday, that Hereford will revert to the 3-5-2 formation that was so sucessful last season. There were many improved performances as a result of the tactical change, the most notable being Rob Purdie's and United's midfield. However, the Bulls did finish the game on Tuesday with a 4-4-2 formation so it is not yet definite that the change, so many supporters have been calling for, will happen.