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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Evo-Stik Southern Premier is Next

With Hereford securing promotion from the Southern League South and West last month, Bulls News takes a look at the teams the Whites are likely to play next season.

The Southern Premier is made up of 24 teams, two more than the South and West.

Here's the final table from the premier division:

Finishing at the foot of the table is Cinderford Town. The Foresters would've been Hereford's closest rivals, but will go straight back down into the South and West after winning promotion last season.

Other 'local derbies' could be Merthyr Town or Redditch United.

Should Merthyr miss out on promotion via the playoffs, then Penydarren Park would be the biggest ground the Bulls would visit. Their 10,000 capacity is over 3,000 more than the next highest - Weymouth's Bob Lucas Stadium.

The lowest ground capacity is at Kings Langley which stands at 1,000. This is closely followed by Stratford Town's 1,400 capacity DCS Stadium.

The longest trip out of the current teams would be King's Lynn Town, with the drivers on the road for three and a half hours (according to Google).

St. Neots and Dorchester will be no strangers to Edgar Street, as they played Hereford United in the season in which they were wound up.

In that season, 265 watched the Whites come from behind at Frome Town 3-1, with current player Bradley Williams on the bench for the visitors.

Of the teams down towards the bottom of the step two tables, trips to Gosport Borough, Bishop's Stortford or Worcester City could be on the cards. Realistically, Worcester need to beat champions AFC Fylde on Saturday to avoid relegation from the National League North.

City have only played Hereford once since the turn of the century, a goalless preseason friendly in 2012. Sam Clucas started for Hereford, who has since gone on to play for Premiership side Hull.

Since the league's formation changed from 22 to 24 teams in 2013, Poole Town hold the record for the highest attendance. 2,203 watched the title-decider against Corby Town on the last day of the 2014/15 season, which Corby won 3-2.

Other records include Adam Marriott scoring the most goals in a season (35 with Cambridge City) and the biggest home win was a 10-0 win for Hemel Hempstead Town against Bashley in 2013.

This season's champions Chippenham Town hold the points record with the 103 points racked up during their title-winning campaign.