Brewers hope to stop Bulls rampage
Hereford United will be looking for some revenge over Burton Albion tomorrow after the Brewers beat the Bulls twice last season. Burton currently lie seventeenth place in the Conference but have won two and drawn one of their five away games to date. However, despite their lowly position they are the only team in the league to have defeated leaders Barnet at Underhill. They have also beaten Stevenage away and claimed a point away at Carlisle in front of Sky TV cameras.
The Brewers have Nigel Clough as their manager and he still plays regularily for his team. Also on the books is former Hereford United captain Ian Wright, but he has been suffering with injuries for most of the season so far and is unlikely to feature tomorrow.
Andy Corbett may return to the squad as he is back in training after picking up a knee injury, but captain Darren Stride has fractured his cheek bone and is a major doubt. Sam Shilton, who has a hamstring injury, and Dale Anderson (groin strain) are also doubts.
Burton did not feature in the LDV this week, which will have given their players seven days to recover from the 2-0 defeat by York last Saturday. Clough is working with smallish squad though and may be forced to name one or two not quite fit players on the bench.
Clough told the Derbyshire Telegraph earlier this week that he had to play four players last Saturday who were not fit. "We've played the last three weeks with the same 13 or 14 players. The effort was there but there just wasn't an awful lot in the tank.
"Now we have a clear week. It'll give the lads who've been playing a rest and we'll try to get a couple of others back on the pitch. We're delighted with the points tally in the last three weeks and we'll try and pick it up again at Hereford."
As reported yesterday, Hereford United will be without Ryan Green and Jamie Pitman for the match. Although Rob Purdie has resumed training he isn't expected to be in the starting line up but he may be in contention for a place on the bench. Tony James could return to lead the team if he comes through a late fitness test. James may be the only change that Graham Turner makes to the team that started the LDV game on Tuesday, when the Bulls last played and, after extra time, defeated Scunthorpe on penalties.
With Hereford United undefeated in their last four Conference games, they will be looking to extend the run. The Brewers though, have reason to be confident after some very good results against sides well placed in the league and with their successes over the Bulls last season.