HEREFORD Hockey Club captain Mark Allen believes it will be a tight game against county rivals Leominster this Saturday.

Both teams are struggling at the wrong end of of the Conference North division, with Leominster two places and four points better off than Hereford.

Leominster won the reverse fixture 4-3 last November.

"It has been a difficult season with a number of players leaving the club and others suffering long term injuries," said Allen.

"Leominster are also not having the best of seasons, and with relegation a possibility for either club, it may well be a scrappy game with so much on the line.

"Hopefully the local rivalry will bring the best out of both of us to make it a decent game."

Leominster secretary James Dunn agrees with Allen's assessment.

"We know each others games well with a number of county players in both sides," said Dunn.

"The reverse fixture before Christmas was incredibly tight and, although we dominated much of the play ,Hereford kept us pegged back and could have easily won the game if they had taken their short corner chances."

Hereford go into the game on the back of an encouraging 5-3 win against Devizes.

Andy Rogers scored twice for Hereford, with Danny Makaruk, Charlie Jones and John Morgan also on target.

Leominster drew 2-2 with Robinsons 2nds last time out; Josh Watkins and Dave Harvey scoring for the Herefordshire side, who trained 2-0.

Ross-on-Wye, meanwhile, travel to third-placed Cleevillians in De Cymru & The Marches 2 this Saturday.

Ross are top of the division on goal difference after beating Stroud 4-0.