Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bulls must win to keep in touch

Hereford United face Canvey Island at Edgar Street tomorrow afternoon in a fixture which, on paper, favours the hosts to take all three points from, but we all know it may not be as simple as that.

United demolished Canvey at Park Lane earlier this season with a thumping 4-0 victory; it is expected though, that they will have learnt from their mistakes and will probably sit deep and intend of blockading their goal. The Bulls must take full advantage of this home tie and build on their excellent performances on the road at Aldershot and Barnet in recent weeks.

Hereford's biggest absentee will be Joe Anyinsah, whose loan spell expired earlier in the week. However, Graham Turner is hopeful that he may return to Edgar Street in the near future. The manager will have to draw in at least one player to his starting eleven to cover for this loss.

Speaking to BBC H&W Turner said, "We will obviously miss him, but I think we've got enough now coming back from injury, the likes of Lee Mills and Adam Stansfield. We've got a number of alternatives to choose from in terms of coping with Joe's (Anyinsah) absence. It's just a matter of picking the side, adjusting one or two positions and getting the focus on the game."

Adam Stansfield, who scored after being subbed on at Underhill last week, is a doubt with an ankle problem for the Bulls. They have other concerns over the fitness of Jamie Pitman who was a calf injury and Danny Carey-Bertram who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Stansfield, Pitman and Carey-Bertram have all missed training this week but Graham Turner told the Hereford Times that he expects them all to be fit for the game. Everyone took part in training on Thursday morning.

Canvey Island have good news over the fitness of Ben Chenery, who was feared to have broken a leg in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Northwich Victoria. It was revealed that he had severe bruising and possible tendon damage to his leg but it was not broken. He will definatly be sidelined for the trip to Edgar Street. Also, Canvey have released goalkeeper Ryan Harrison.

Last night midfield player Mario Noto, previously with Tottenham and Reading, signed a contract with the Club until May 2006.

The travelling squad for the match is: Potter, Harrison, Kennedy, Duffy, Theobald, Sterling, Ward, McGhee, Smith, Midgley, Keeling, Sedgemore, Williamson, Noto, Minton, Berquez, Gregory, Boylan, McDougald, Burton.

Canvey are currently seventeenth in the Conference with just 32 points from 29 games. They have a goal difference of -7.

With a full squad to pick from, Graham Turner will have some difficult decisions to make on who to leave out. Lee Mills might be at a disadvantage, as the manager has recently praised the movement and pace of Carey-Bertram and Purdie in the Bull's attack.