A FESTIVAL of football takes place at the Herefordshire FA’s SSAFA County Ground on Saturday with a day packed full of action.

To mark Armed Forces Day the event will see Wellington Vets, Hereford Pegasus and Hereford Pegasus Ladies represent the county in fixtures versus the Army Reserve men, women and masters sides.

The first fixture kicks off at noon and the day will run through until 6pm. In addition to the football, there will be a range of activities for all the family and stands, including a bouncy castle, food stalls, ice-cream and a shooting range.

Entry is free, with an optional donation to SSAFA Herefordshire.

Anyone interested should contact info@herefordshirefa.com or visit the Herefordshire FA Facebook page.

In action on the day are Hereford Pegasus Ladies who have received confirmation that they have been promoted into the West Midlands Regional League next season.

Having ultimately finished in second position again in the Midwest Counties League - after experiencing a single reverse at the hands of champions Redditch Borough in September - Pegasus were hopeful that their consistency over the past three seasons would assist their cause in seeking promotion.

So it proved when the FA released their allocations for the 2023/24 season. Pegasus will ply their trade in Division One (South) next season, where fellow newcomers Alvechurch and Redditch Borough, will join Bewdley Town, Droitwich Spa, Kingfisher, Knowle, Leamington Lions, Long Itchington, Rugby Town, Sedgley and Gornal United, and Worcester City Development.

Promotion coincides with the tenth anniversary since West Midlands Regional League football previously graced the KGD Stadium when Pegasus were in membership of the Premier Division.

Captain Emily Morgan said: 'It's been a difficult few week whilst waiting to discover the outcome of our application.

“We are now pleased to be able to test ourselves at a higher level after missing out on promotion last year. We have strengthened the squad over the past six months and feel that the team are in a better position to meet the challenge.”