HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling says tomorrow’s home game against AFC Fylde will be a ‘litmus test’ of where his side are at after the opening two games.

Fylde have won their opening two games, beating Guiseley and Boston United, scoring five goals and conceding two in their bid to win the league.

They have also got the early leading goal scorer in Nick Haughton with three goals from the two games.


“It will be a tough game,” said Gowling.

“They are probably the favourites to win the league, they’ve recruited well in the summer and kept the bulk of their squad.

“They finished top on points per game last year so it’s going to be a really tough test. It’s going to be a litmus test to see where we’re at this point.

“It will be an entertaining game and we’ll take it to them.”

However, the Bulls could be without midfielder Tom Owen-Evans who awaits clearance after suffering concussion.

The midfielder also missed last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bradford (Park Avenue).

“It’s a bit annoying because we’re not full-time,” said Gowling.

“If we were full-time you would train every day and the doctor would be there so unfortunately because we only train twice a week it becomes a longer process.

“He is still going through that process now. So until we get the all clear he will not be available for selection.