HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling says 'it's all to play for' heading into the last nine games of the season.

The Bulls sit just three points outside the play-offs ahead of tomorrow's trip to 19th place Blyth Spartans.

Six of Hereford's last nine games are against bottom half sides.

"From Chorley down it's all to play for," said Gowling.

"All those teams have to play each other.We've probably done that round, we've got Fylde to play and towards the end Brackley and Gateshead.


"If you look at the form table a lot of the teams in the play-offs are lower in the form table.

"I heard people say after the draw against Darlington that the season was over.

"It's not at all. We got a draw at Kettering and now we're three points off the play-offs.

"We'll keep fighting until the death to try and get that spot.

"Playing away at Leamington and Kettering on the surfaces that we've played on, they're good points.

"It shows the steel of the lads. We implemented a new system on Tuesday night, a 3-5-2 the first time all season.

"You look at the results, York were on a seven-game winning streak when we played them, Darlington are pushing the play-offs like we are and the Leamington and Kettering games.

"Although you want to win them games and it's frustrating that we haven't, it's actually put us in a really good place."

Team news

Storey is set to miss Saturday's trip to Blyth Spartans while the club await news of his hamstring injury.

However, Ryan Lloyd could return while captain Jared Hodgkiss and James Vincent are also back in training.

The Bulls could also give a place in their squad to new signing Andre Wright.

Hereford Times: Ryan Lloyd in action for Hereford. Picture: Steve NiblettRyan Lloyd in action for Hereford. Picture: Steve Niblett

"Ryan (Lloyd) has been back training which is pleasing and will be part of the squad on Saturday," added Gowling.

"Jared (Hodgkiss) has been back in training as well which is pleasing.

"We're going well. Losing Maz (Kouhyar) and Miles (Storey) has left us light in that area, but lads are coming back into contention.

"James (Vincent) is coming back in after being ill. He had a good session today (Thursday), he's had a really bad sickness bug him and his family."

Blyth away

The Bulls head to Blyth on a run of one win in their last eight league matches.

The hosts sit just three points outside the bottom relegation place and have won six homes games this season.

Hereford Times: Dan Smith breaks the off-side trap to score against Blyth in Hereford's 2-0 win in NovemberDan Smith breaks the off-side trap to score against Blyth in Hereford's 2-0 win in November

"It's going to be a long old day," added Gowling.

"We've got to go there stick it on them and start turning these draws into wins and hopefully Saturday will be first of many.

"When we played them at our place (Hereford won 2-0) I said that they weren't the worst team that we've played.

"They have got some players who can hurt you on any given day.

"They've got a good front line and midfielders, they've got some decent players.

"They looked dead and buried at one point but have had a resurgence.

"We can't worry about them we've just go to worry about what we can do, if we're at 100 per cent we're capable of beating anyone."