Hereford FC Groundsman Ben Bowen and General Manager Jamie Griffiths spoke to Your Herefordshire this afternoon about the importance of getting tomorrows match against Gateshead to go ahead.

The Bulls haven’t played a home match since 11th December, with two big home matches against Kidderminster Harriers and Gloucester City postponed over the Christmas period due to outbreaks of COVID-19 within the squad.

Frost covers are being put on the Edgar Street pitch this afternoon with a sharp frost expected again overnight in Hereford

The Bulls put a call out for volunteers earlier today and at 1pm this afternoon a small number of supporters had come along to support the efforts of groundsman Ben Bowen. General Manager Jamie Griffiths also led by example by getting involved too!

Supporters helping to cover the pitch with frost covers

Bulls Chairman Jon Hale spoke to the clubs official website yesterday and said he is looking forward to an exciting month of football.

“After a break of over a month since our last home game, we’re extremely excited to be welcoming you all back to Edgar Street this Saturday. I’ve spoken previously about the issues caused by Covid and the disappointment following the loss of our two home fixtures over the festive period, but I wanted to write to you all today to focus more on football matters and look forward positively to the rest of the season.

“Firstly though, I know there have been one or two comments regarding our finances, and while Covid has certainly caused problems financially for a large majority of football clubs like ourselves, I can reassure all supporters that we remain in a stable place. Our football budget remains realistic and we continue to work hard alongside Josh and his management team to ensure we are getting the very best out of it.

“The key for our club is to be sustainable whilst remaining competitive – an ongoing challenge, but one that we enjoy. Our long-term aim of a return, firstly, to the National League and then the Football League remains very much on our minds. In the short-term our aim remains the same as it was at the start of the season, and that is to challenge for the play-offs and promotion.

“We enjoyed a very successful November, and although December was largely washed-out, we are now looking to get the positive results we need to move ourselves back into the top half of the table. We want to take full advantage of the games we have in hand on some of the sides above us in the table, and January gives us a few opportunities to take points from teams in and around the play-offs.

“The coming months certainly have some exciting fixtures to look forward to. We ran league leaders Brackley close last weekend – I felt we were unlucky to come away with nothing – and now we eagerly await the visit of another in-form side, in Gateshead to Edgar Street on Saturday. It is sure to be an exciting game, one that I am thoroughly looking forward to, and I am sure Josh and the players will be quick to tell you all how important your support is in helping spur them on.

“It would be brilliant to see as many fans as possible coming back to Edgar Street this weekend and I know it’s a cliché, but you really can be our 12th man!

“So, please rally around your friends and get along to Edgar Street this weekend if at all possible, not only will your support help us financially, but it will also help inspire the team in their quest to reach the play-off places.

“Don’t forget that we’ve got the rearranged game vs Kidderminster here at Edgar Street on Tuesday, it would be fantastic to see as many of you as possible for that game as well.

“Thank you once again for your ongoing support, we really do appreciate it.

“Forever United.”

You can purchase tickets for Saturday’s game vs Gateshead, and Tuesday’s game vs Kidderminster, here.