Thursday, March 24, 2005

New signings should boost Bulls

The Bulls travel to Cherrywood Road for the second away game in four days and are in great need of a victory to trigger a much needed charge up the Conference table.The squad for the Easter period has been strengthened by the arrival of two loanees from Walsall.

Farnborough have also made new signings in time for the match. Andy Petterson, who played for Portsmouth and Charlton, has been signed until the end of this campaign to try to save Boro from the drop. He will provide vital cover in goal for Boro, as young 'keeper Cole suffered fractured ribs in their last game. Ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Gavin Heeroo is another signing made by Neil Sillit in time for the fixture against Hereford, in which his side will hope to end a run that has seen them without a victory in seventeen games. Former Redbridge defender Anthony Fenton is the other man Sillit has drafted in.

Terry Parker and Kevin Helmsley both serve one match bans for Boro and they are also without Chucki Eribenne, who spent a spell with Hereford, as he has been recalled by Weymouth. Farnborough also have a couple of players who are doubtful for the game due to flu. Lee Miles and Scott Canham will both struggle to recover in time.

Hereford should have Tamika Mkandawire back, having recovered from the flu but Ryan Green is unlikely to figure as he has a minor knee injury sustained last Tuesday. Green's knock is likely to mean that Simon Travis will probably play despite suffering from a hernia. He, and Rob Purdie, have had injections to help them play through their injury problems. Ben Scott missed out once again on Tuesday with his shoulder problem and is not expected to have recovered for tomorrows game. Tony James is United's only other absentee.

Darryl Taylor and Leroy Williams, the two loan players, will both go straight into the squad for the trip to Farnborough, but it is unlikely that either will play the full game. Taylor, who can play anywhere in the midfield will surely be an option for Graham Turner as he hope to solve his sides problems on the left flank. Williams may struggle to displace the Bulls strikers straight away.

A repeat performance of the 3-1 win for Hereford on first day of the season when the two sides last met is just what the Bulls need. If they fail to take all three points, the play offs will be looking that much further away for Hereford United.