HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling has asked players not in his first team to impress during tonight’s Herefordshire County Cup game against Westfields.

The Bulls boss says he will use tonight’s quarter-final game at Edgar Street to allow those coming back from injuries or left on the bench to impress him along with some players from the club’s under-18s.


This could see the likes of Victor Sodeinde, Pa Njie, Harry Pinchard, Maziar Kouhyar, Zeli Ismail and Yan Klukowski all feature.

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“There are a lot of lads in the squad who have not played minutes so they’ll be playing," said Gowling.

"It gives the lads who haven’t had the opportunity to come and stake a claim for the Saturday game against Kidderminster.

“It’s a great opportunity in the County Cup for lads that have not played to get minutes.

“We’re going to use the County Cup games for what it is.

“No disrespect to the County Cup but we have to priorities our competitions which is the FA Trophy and the league.

“For us the County Cup will be the players who need minutes to put themselves in the frame for Saturday and some of the young lads to put themselves in the mix.

“Victor (Sodeinde), Pa (Njie), Harry (Pinchard) is on his way back, Maziar (Kouhyar) players like that have got to use this opportunity to get that shirt.

“Tom (Owen-Evans) and Dan (Smith) played in a behind closed doors game against Pegasus. They showed that they were a class above and were then picked on a Saturday.

“Those lads have got to do the same.”

Meanwhile players from the Hereford under-18 community side will also get an opportunity to impress the Hereford boss.

“We’ve got some up and coming young lads who I’m excited to see, they’ve done well when they’ve played in the County Cup games,” added Gowling.

“They will be playing as well. Then if we have injuries we know that we can then can call upon some of the youth lads and bring them in to train.”

Jamie Bird featured for Westfields in their FA Vase defeat on penalties to Coventry United on Saturday and is due to start against his former side.

Westfields manager Phil Glover says he will also give some of the club’s under-18 players the chance to play against Hereford.

“It’s about us keeping momentum,” said Glover.

“It’s always nice to pit our wits against Hereford, the best side in the county.”