Hereford United Independent Supporters Association (HUISA) chairman Keith Dodd wary of AFC Hornchurch threat in FA Cup (From Hereford Times)
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Hereford travel to Ryman Premier high-fliers AFC Hornchurch in FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
SUPPORTER Keith Dodd knows the importance of an FA Cup run for Hereford United this season.
With poor home gates at Edgar Street, the Hereford United Independent Supporters Association chairman believes a good cup run could ‘bring back a bit of atmosphere’.
Hereford travel to Ryman Premier League high-fliers AFC Hornchurch in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday, October 26.
Dodd said: “When you’re playing a side who are two leagues below you and who are scoring goals, you have to be careful, because it is a potential banana skin.
“But, if we go on a good cup run, we can bring back a bit of atmosphere to Edgar Street.”
Hornchurch are second in their league having scored 31 goals in 13 games.
Hornchurch hammered fellow Ryman Premier side Wealdstone 6-1 in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup last weekend.
The Essex side, nicknamed the Urchins, reformed as AFC Hornchurch in 2005-06 following financial difficulties.
The previous season saw them compete in Conference South and were managed by former Dagenham manager Garry Hill, who is in charge of Woking.
AFC Hornchurch secretary Pete Butcher thinks the Hereford tie could attract between 1,500 to 2,000 fans.
“West Ham aren’t at home, so it should be a good attendance,” said Butcher, who watched the Bulls thrash Dagenham 9-0 in 2004.
“We are pleased about the draw and are playing well, so it should be a good game.
“We’re thrashing people at the moment, but we haven’t played a Conference team yet.
“But, looking at Hereford’s record, it is a winnable game for us.”
The winners of the tie will net £12,500, with any replay likely to be played at Edgar Street on Tuesday, October 29.
If the cup-tie is drawn, United will face a congested week with a televised away game at Salisbury taking place on the Thursday.
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