WELLINGTON manager Gary Stevens knows that his side will face a tough task when they host Hereford FC in both side's first pre-season friendly on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Despite sitting four levels below Hereford in the non-league pyramid Stevens hopes his side can put on a good show in front of a large crowd.

"Technically they should be better and physically a bit fitter," added Stevens.

"We will be competitive, will be organised and hopefully give them a good game. Two years ago when we played them they were quick, smooth and technically better. You could see why their players were playing in a higher league.

"We competed very well with them and got the draw (1-1). We got a little bit fortunate but had two occasions when we could have scored before equalising.

"They underestimated us last time but I don't think they will this Saturday but it will be interesting to see.

"It's going to be a nice occasion and we would like as many people as possible to turn up and have some fun.

"We would like everybody to enjoy the game and we have plenty of areas for kids to play football away from the ground also."

Stevens has other commitments on Saturday and his side will be led by coach Jon Pugh with the help of club stalwart Will Perkins.

Perkins is recovering from an ankle injury and hopes his side can put on a show for the crowd.

"It's good for the club and hopefully the lads put on a decent show," said Perkins.

"It's a good opportunity for us for the lads to test themselves. We have got some good players so it is nice to get that opportunity to play against a team who are a bit stronger. Hopefully we can step up for that occasion."

Wellington will play this season alongside Lads Club and Pegasus Juniors in the Hellenic League Division One West.

"The lads are excited about it and it's a refresh for the players who have been at the club a while like Phil Jones and Sam Pearson," Perkins added.

"They look sharp and want to have a go at it. It's an opportunity to win something."