HEREFORD could be forced to ask emergency loan goalkeeper Ollie Battersby to play again on Saturday.

Before Hereford's trip to Blyth Spartans both goalkeepers Brandon Hall and Wolves loanee Andreas Sondergaard came down with Covid-19.

Hereford manager Josh Gowling says that both goalkeepers are still out of action ahead of Saturday's visit of Alfreton.


"Andreas (Sondergaard) is still testing positive," said Gowling.

"Brandon has been unwell so we'll see how that goes before the weekend.

"We've had some training goalkeepers in today (Thursday) so we'll see how it goes before the weekend.

"Wolves have been brilliant and were going to loan us another one, he was only a young lad, 17, so we've got that option.

"We'll speak to Grimsby if we need to bring Ollie (Battersby) back in for another game.

"I'm sure if we need to do that we can do that."

Grimsby Town goalkeeper Battersby, aged 20, was brought in at the 11th hour ahead of the Blyth match last weekend and hadn't met his Bulls team-mates before the match.

The National League granted Hereford special dispensation to bring in the goalkeeper on an emergency loan.

"The league have no choice either we get one in for a game or we don't play the game," added Gowling.

"We've had games called off during the year due to Covid but we don't want that.

"We're on a good run now and we want to play as much as we can.

"We made it clear to the league (last weekend) that we were making phone calls and they gave us that special dispensation and we were able to get one in.

"It was looking a bit hairy at one point to be honest."