FORWARD Miles Storey has been a big miss for Hereford, according to manager Josh Gowling.

League defeats against Gloucester City, AFC Fylde and Alfreton Town have seen the Bulls outside of the play-off positions since the 28-year-old suffered a hamstring injury last month at Kettering.

Gowling says in them matches his side have missed the experience of Storey.


"We've missed a lot of opportunities this season to put ourselves in the play-offs and cement our place in it," said Gowling.

"You've also got to look at what we've missed, we've not got Miles (Storey), Maziar (Kouhyar) moved on to York, Jaanai (Gordon) has gone to Brackley, so if you look at that front three they would be pivotal in our run-in now.

"Where you've got periods in games like Monday (at Gloucester) where lads are looking leggy and tired you would have good replacements.

"Unfortunately we just don't have that. We've got to rely on lads who are at times learning the game still.

"You want to lean on your experience in these moments and we don't have it.

"That's what you pay for, your experienced players especially at the top end of the pitch.

"Ryan (McLean) and Harry (Pinchard) it's their first full season at this level.

"So the likes of Miles (Storey) is a massive miss with his hamstring.

"If you look at their back line (Gloucester) and how he could have stretched them with his power and pace he really causes problems.

"We have missed that more than the others (Gordan and Kouhyar)."

However, with just two weeks remaining of the season Gowling hopes to have forward Storey back playing.

"He's stepped up his work again in training so we're hoping that we'll possibly see him before the end of the season fingers crossed," added Gowling.

"He's not going to be back Saturday but hopefully we can get him back before the end of the season and get him some game time."