HEREFORD FC’s Head of Football Tim Harris will be warning his players that their pre-season weekend in Devon is not a ‘holiday camp’.

The 'team bonding' weekend will see the Bulls play a friendly match on Friday, July 12, (opponents yet to be confirmed) before training the following day and facing Bideford AFC on Sunday, July 14.

Speaking about the weekend in Devon, Harris said it will be a good chance to spend more time with the players prior to the season beginning.

He added: “It’s a weekend to gel the team as we have a very short period of time and it’s not just about the football but also about characters.

“For the coaches and players it will be an important weekend and we’re looking forwards to going down there.

“We will play on the Friday night, train on the Saturday and then play again on the Sunday. It won’t be a holiday camp.”

Prior to their weekend away Hereford start their pre-season campaign with a trip to fellow Herefordshire side Wellington on Saturday, July 6 before travelling to Cindeford on Monday, July 8.

 “We want to engage with local club and it was difficult as we get hundreds of requests from clubs wanting to play Hereford because of our fan base," said Harris

“We can’t play everybody but it is important that we share it around and look after local clubs as well like Wellington who are very good to us.

“We have got a good following in the Forest of Dean area so playing Cinderford Town will give us a good mix.”

Hereford travel to Ludlow Town on July 17 and Ludlow boss Chris Waldron says the game is a real coup for the West Midlands Division Two club, as well as being a test to relish for his players, who ply their trade six levels below Hereford.

Waldron said: “It will be a great event for the club and a great experience for the players. I’m hoping Hereford will bring a strong team.

“It’s something to look forward to, especially for the young lads here, and it will be fantastic for the town of Ludlow as well.

“It’s a great opportunity for the players to play in a fixture like this and we are expecting a great turnout from the supporters.

“Hereford have a good fan base in the Ludlow area too so it will give some of those supporters a chance to watch them closer to home.

“We emailed various clubs – Shrewsbury, Kidderminster, Hereford and others – to see if they would be prepared to bring a side to us.

“Tim Harris [Hereford Head of Football] was the only who got back and said he was willing to help. I think it’s fantastic that a club the size of Hereford are supporting grassroots football like this.

“I think the lower levels of football would be supported much more if other clubs did things like this. With the fan base Hereford have, this is something that will help support us throughout the season.”