Thursday, January 19, 2017
By Organic Bull
Yate Town FC are looking forward to the visit of Hereford on Saturday and have made extra provision for the 800 to 1000 they expect to watch the game. Normally their gate is around 175.
Yesterday evening director Lawrence Wortman, director of football Nigel Hawkins and manager Paul Britton spoke to BBC Radio Bristol.
"It's a massive game for us, we're really looking forward to it," said Britton.
"It's the sort of game you want to play in and the sort of game you want to manage.
"Peter Beadle is in charge for Hereford and he's done a terrific job to be fair.
"He took them over when they were in a bit of trouble and he's had success all the way.
"The club has had to rebuild and make their way back up the leagues. They started in the Midland League. They won that and they are flying in this league this year.
"We played them just before Christmas and there were 2500 there. The game they had at home over Christmas there were 4500. So they are a really well supported team, really loyal fans and we are expecting a large following from Hereford to come down.
"If you are pulling in crowds like that you can get the players you want pretty much. We can't compete with them financially and on the pitch that is showing at the moment.
"They are top of the league and looking like they will be champions and rightly so.
"We've got to go out on Saturday and compete and do ourselves justice."
So what about Saturday?
"Admission is £9, £6 for concessions and £2 for juniors. Under 11's with an adult is free. We think that is reasonable.
"We've been planning for this game for a couple of weeks.
"We've got additional catering facilities and additional security. We're concious of that.
"We've got a team of volunteers who have been involved in the planning and will be available the day before and on the day.
"For us this have been a big exercise and there must have been about 20/25 people involved.
"We hope, touch wood, the weather will be good for us and we can get the fans through the door and people have a great day and make Yate Yown football club proud.
"It's great to have Hereford in our league and to watch them go through.
"I think it's fantastic for the lads playing them on the pitch and also for the supporters."
Britton spoke about his preparations for the game.
"We trained last night and train again tomorrow. That will be a lighter session. We are all buzzing.
"We'll be working on how we can stop them and how we can hurt them."
Who are their stand out players?
"They've got Ryan Green, a former Bristol Rovers player.
"They've got some good players, the centre forward is decent. They are a good side."
The teams met at Edgar Street earlier in the season.
"Unfortunately we went a goal down after three minutes but we stayed in the game until the last fifteen minutes."
Hereford lost their unbeaten record to Taunton last Saturday. How do you think they will respond?
"I hoping they will feel more vulnerable and they don't come out all guns blazing.
"They will probably make a few more signings!"