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Sunday, January 06, 2019

'Cool Fellow' Gowling Is A Breath Of Fresh Air For Richards

Hereford rescued a point against league leaders Chorley with Josh Gowling netting an emphatic equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time at Edgar Street.

Head Coach Marc Richards says the centre-back has been 'a breath of fresh air' since he signed for the Bulls from Torquay United last month.

Richards felt Gowling's goal yesterday was a little out of character, as he's usually a calming influence off the pitch.

"He's a great lad and since he's come in he's been a breath of fresh air really," Richards said after the game.

"Physically he's quite powerful in terms of his stature, but he's given us that experience and leadership. Not necessarily from a vocal perspective out on the pitch, but in the changing room he goes around all the lads making sure they're okay.

"He's a calm fellow  he's pretty cool and collected so for him to volley that in in the 96th minute - I was buzzing for him!"

The 35-year-old former Kidderminster Harriers defender also scooped the sponsors' man of the match award for a second time. Chosen before the end of normal time, the winner is awarded with a prize - usually an alcoholic drink.

But because Gowling doesn't drink, it leaves Richards trying to prise the prize from him.

"I keep trying to get his man of the match award because he doesn't drink. I was like 'any chance Josh?' but no chance!

"I think he must be giving it to a family member or something that like."

Following the goal tempers flared at Edgar Street as players and coaches came together. Richards said when this happens it's usually only a scuffle in the heat of the moment and nothing more.

"I didn't see what happened, it's usually handbags, there's nothing in it and I'm sure that's exactly the case today. 

"Nothing to read into that."