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Looking Ahead to Hereford

Saturday, 17 February 2018 19:52


The danger in the Southern League fixture list being published for the whole season in July, is that a postponed Saturday match due to weather or precedence for FA Cup or FA Trophy matches is likely to send an unfortunate team to a far-flung extremity in midweek.   Such is the case for St Neots on Tuesday when they must visit high flying Hereford who are most peoples fancy for the championship and automatic promotion come the end of the season.   So, Matt Clements and his players must set out mid-afternoon on Tuesday for their 290 miles round trip to Edgar Street.

St Neots’ only other trip to the then newly promoted Hereford was on the first Saturday in the 2014/15 season when they encountered a huge local fans demonstration outside the ground against the takeover of that famous old Club.   With as many fans outside as in the stadium the match was played in a strange atmosphere, but St Neots prevailed with a 2-0 victory thanks goals from Matt Nolan and Nathan Frater.   Two months later the return match, rearranged at the Premier Plus Stadium because both sides out of the FA Cup had a free Saturday, ended in a 1-0 home victory with Drew Roberts the marksman.   Six weeks later Hereford folded and withdrew from the Southern League, and St Neots lost six valuable league points.   This season Hereford came to St Neots on August Bank Holiday Saturday winning 3-1 in front of St Neots best home crowd of the season, Scott Sinclair claiming St Neots’ consolation goal.   Hereford were, prior to last Saturday’s matches, second in the table one point behind leaders Kings Lynn with three matches in hand so dependent on the weekend results a victory for the Bulls could take them to the top of the table for the first time this season.


John Walker

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