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Taylor: Starting Place?
Taylor: Starting Place?

Grimsby v Hereford

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 27/09/2007

SO the first win is finally under our belts and now Town face two home games in a week, starting on Saturday against a Hereford team trying to avoid "second season syndrome"

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The Opposition

Overview

Hereford were elected to the Football League in 1972 after a successful spell of non-league football, notably a win over top flight Newcastle in the preceding season. The Bulls were rapidly promoted and reached Second Division status by 1976. However most of the succeeding years were spent in the basement division until they were relegated to the Conference on the final day of the 1996-97 season. After several years in the Conference Hereford finally regained their Football League status at the end of the 2005-06 season by winning the play-offs. Last year the club's first season back in the Football League saw them finish in 16th position, recording league wins over five of the top eight clubs. Manager Graham Turner (left) is the second longest serving manager of a club in the Football League after Alex Ferguson, having been with Hereford since 1995 and also the majority shareholder of the club since 1998.

This Season
At the start of this season it looked like the campaign could go one of two ways for Hereford. They could build on last season's place and push for a play-off spot, or suffer the infamous second season syndrome and have a relegation battle on their hands. However their current form has pointed to the first possibility because they have been outstanding away from home, where they have a 100% record on their travels. The Bulls however have struggled at Edgar Street where they have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 1. Hereford can also point to a 4-1 thrashing of Russell Slade's Yeovil in the Carling Cup as a notable scalp, although they eventually were knocked out by Premiership side Birmingham City. Overall though Hereford have exceeded expectations and currently lie second in League Two, having only lost one league game.

Up front ex-Cheltenham striker Stephen Guinan (left) will be familiar to Town fans as he scored the goal which beat the Mariners in the play-off final. Two Watford players are currently on loan at Edgar Street: forward Theo Robinson and French midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, although the pair have hardly featured for the Hornets. Captain Karl Broadhurst plays in central defence and joined Hereford in the summer from Bournemouth, where he spent nine years, making almost 200 appearances.

Key Player
Trevor Benjamin has played for an impressive 16 league clubs, mainly on loan, and is still only 28. Benjamin was once linked with a loan move to Blundell Park when Lennie Lawrence was manager but reportedly did not want to come to Grimsby. Benjamin has already scored four goals this season, and has found the net in each of Hereford's three away victories to date. Benjamin is a big strong target man who happens to be in prime form.

Recent Form

TownHereford
WLincoln(h)2-1
DStockport(h)1-1
LAccrington(a)1-4
WHuddersfield (JPT)(h)4-1
LShrewsbury(a)1-2
Currently 18th in League Two.
WBradford(h)4-2
WMorecambe(a)3-0
LMacclesfield(h)0-1
WWrexham(a)2-0
LBirmingham (CC)(a)1-2
Currently 2nd in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownHereford
Paul Bolland3
Ciaran Toner3
Ainsworth4
Benjamin4
Robinson4

Team News

TownHereford

  • Alan Buckley's biggest decision is whether to continue with the 4-5-1 formation that won at Lincoln or revert to the 4-4-2 the Town boss has preferred at home of late.

  • This decision is partly made for Buckley though as midfielder James Hunt is ruled out after a collision with Fenton on Saturday which means a likely start for Andy Taylor alongside Rankin up front.

  • Paul Bolland is a doubt for the Mariners after picking up a ankle problem in mid-week training.
  • Graham Turner has no injury concerns in the squad but may contemplate bringing Trent McClenahan back into contention for a starting place. However the chances are McClenahan will have to settle for a place on the bench.
  • Probable Teams

    TownHereford
    G1Barnes
    D14Mulligan
    D5Fenton
    D5Bennett
    D3Newey
    D7Till
    M8Bolland
    M11Boshell
    M10Toner
    F20Taylor
    F12Rankin
    G1Brown
    D4Rose
    D28Beckwith
    D6Broadhurst
    D10Taylor
    M7Ainsworth
    M8Smith
    M11Easton
    M20Diagouraga
    F12Benjamin
    F9Guinan

    Subs

    TownHereford
    13Montgomery
    5Bennett
    18Bore
    19Jones
    9North
    21Webb
    22Robinson
    14Ingham
    15Gwynne
    5McCombe

    Head to Head

    With Hereford only having been elected to the Football League in 1972 and having had a lengthy spell in non-league since, there have only been 14 meetings between the two clubs, who have also tended to avoid one another in the league. Overall it's been fairly close between the two sides, but a 3-0 win to Grimsby would completely restore parity!

    P 14 W 5 D 3 L 6 F 15 A 18

    Hereford Head-to-Head (61st on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Hereford 0-1 Grimsby (Saturday 10th March 2007)

    Town did the double over Hereford last season, winning the match at Blundell Park 2-1 live on Sky TV. The corresponding fixture at Edgar Street saw Paul Bolland settle the tie with the only goal of the game.

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    Prediction

    Both teams will feel confident going in to the game but the pair may have to settle for a point each. A 1-1 result would set a new club record of four consecutive home league games with the same scoreline.

    Grimsby 1-1 Hereford

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