Hereford will entertain League Two side Cheltenham Town in a pre-season friendly at Edgar Street, on Wednesday 17 July,  with the Bulls warm up programme ahead of the new Vanarama National League North campaign now beginning to take shape.

Local side Wellington host the Bulls’ first friendly on Saturday 6 July, before Hereford travel to Cinderford two days later in a Monday night match at the Causeway Ground.

Tim Harris and Marc Richards are then taking the new-look Hereford squad on a three day ‘boot-camp’ style bonding weekend in Devon, with matches scheduled to take place on Friday 12 July and Sunday 14 July at the Sports Ground, Bideford.

Hereford will face Southern League Division One South side Bideford on the Sunday, whilst the Friday night opponents are Yeovil Town. However, Hereford will be hoping the current turmoil at the Glovers, who have just suffered relegation from the Football League, does not mean replacement opposition for the Bulls has to be drafted in at the last minute.

The Bulls’ head of football, Tim Harris, said, “It’s a weekend to gel the team as we have a very short period of time, and it’s not just about the football but the characters. It will be an important weekend for the coaches and players.

“We will play on the Friday night, train on the Saturday, and then play again on the Sunday.

The Bulls’ first home friendly at Edgar Street this summer sees Cheltenham Town as the visitors with George Lloyd, who featured 19 times for Hereford on loan last season, expected to line up against some of his former colleagues.

The date of the match at Ludlow has been moved to Saturday 20 July with Town boss Chris Waldron looking forward to the Bulls’ visit.

“It will be a great event for the club and a great experience for the players. I’m hoping Hereford will bring a strong team.

“Hereford have a good fan base in the Ludlow area so it will give some of those supporters a chance to watch them closer to home. I think it’s fantastic that a club the size of Hereford are supporting grassroots football like this”.

The Bulls pre-season schedule so far outlined is as follows:

Saturday 6 July   Wellington  A

Monday 8 July  Cinderford  A

Friday 12 July  Yeovil Town  A (at Bideford)

Sunday 14 July  Bideford Town  A

Wednesday 17 July  Cheltenham Town  H

Saturday 20 July  Ludlow FC  A

Wednesday 23 July  Wolves U23  H (not confirmed)

Saturday 27 July  PSF  H (opponents TBC)

Images: Cinderford & Bideford FC

By Editor

Lifelong Hereford supporter who has endured the rise and fall of the club through progressive generations. Sports journalist, broadcaster and commentator who will never forget his Edgar Street roots.

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