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Friday, January 11, 2002

Jan 11th 2002 - Bulls hope to avoid another upset

Hereford United will not want to repeat their performances against lower-graded sides like Newport IOW, Hitchin Town and Billericay Town when they take on Chesham United in the FA Trophy tomorrow at the Meadow, kick off 3pm.

The defeats still cause bad memories for Bulls officials and fans alike and with Chesham pushing for a top place in the Ryman League Premier Division, the Generals will be eager to cause another upset. The winner of the third round tie is awarded £1,000.

Hereford United manager Phil Robinson told the Evening News: "In the recent past Hereford have not done very well against teams from lower divisions and this is a potential banana skin so we have to be fully prepared in order to get a result at Chesham.

"I think it will be a fast, furious affair and they will be wound up and keen to show what they can do to a team from a higher division. The manager thinks he has got a good team and believes he has created a lot of interest from Football League scouts. Out of the three feeder leagues into the Conference the Ryman's is probably the strongest and Canvey Island's recent run in the FA Cup shows what they can do."

The date of the Trophy final is May 12th at Villa Park, a date that Robinson is well aware of. "When you embark on a cup competition your ambition is to go all the way even though the final is a long way off," he said. "Obviously you have to take every game as it comes but I would like to think that any team involved has those ambitions to win it and we are exactly the same.

"We had a taste of it last year when we reached the semi-final and hopefully we can go one better this time but we know we have a tricky tie ahead of us."

Hereford have doubts over Gavin Williams' knee and Danny Davidson's ankle. Midfielder Scott Gooodwin starts a two match suspension after his sending off against Stalybridge Celtic.