Next Game: Preseason Friendly - Newport County At Edgar Street on Saturday 21th July at 3.00pm

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Shortwood Visit Edgar Street On Saturday

Saturday's visitors to Edgar Street are Shortwood United who are currently second in the Southern League South and West.

Last August Hereford defeated the Gloucestershire club 3-0 on a lovely summer's evening at their ground which is quite close to Forest Green.

Shortwood manager Alec Sykes knows Edgar Street quite well. His mother lives in Hereford and as a youngster Sykes played for the Hereford United youth team and later Westfields.
"I know the area and the ground very well," Sykes told GloucestershireLive. 
"I also know there will probably about 3,000 there on Saturday and that is something my players have to deal with.

"We'd definitely have taken being second to Hereford at this stage, especially after the start we had.

"There was some soul searching, but we've enjoyed a fantastic October, going to two teams previously unbeaten at home.

"It's all about trying to consolidate now, but this is almost like a free game for us."

When the two clubs met last August Sykes felt Hereford dominated the game.

"We need to stand up and be counted this time.

"We are a lot more settled now and we worked really hard at Tiverton last week and came back with a fantastic result.

"I still feel we are a bit under the radar and the wheels could easily come off if we get ahead of ourselves."

Sykes will be without regular keeper Rhys Lovatt who was sent off at Tiverton.

Nick Peare, Andy Lewis and Nathan Marks will miss the game and Steve Davies is a doubt.