HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling says his side have tweaked their pre-season friendlies to suit some of their higher graded visitors to Edgar Street.

The Bulls will play three home fixtures in pre-season on Wednesday, July 13; Sunday, July 24 and Saturday, July 30.

Details of who Hereford will play have yet to be announced but Gowling thinks that fans will be pleased.


"I've got a few decent contacts in the game so one of them is a very good team we've never had before," said Gowling.

"When that gets announced people will be happy with that one.

"We had to accommodate some of the higher graded teams.

"Those are the days that they could fit in. The games that aren't announced one on a Wednesday and one on a Sunday.

"Those are the days they could fit in so we've had to tweak things slightly to accommodate them.

"One of the teams will be a select 11 so there will be under-23s in that as they're up this way anyway.

"The other one is a mixed team as well. If we'd have played another day we might have got all the under-23s which isn't quite the same game.

"I'm very concious of trying to get a few first team players within that to give the best opportunity we can have.

"I think under-23s can be a bit false at times and not the real football we're going to play in the league."

The Bulls will start their pre-season preparations with a trip to Hednesford on Saturday, July 9.

This will be followed by away friendlies at Malvern Town on July 16, Coalville Town on July 20 and Alvechurch on July 27.

"Sometimes you can play some nice friendlies in pre-season," said Gowling.

"You don't really get the match feel or intensity. They are going to want to beat us and take our scalp, playing those games will be tough for us and a good fitness test."