Hereford United travel up north to Christie Park for the Nationwide Conference fixture against Morecambe this evening, kick off 7.45. The Bulls, curently three places and three points in front of their hosts, are on a run of six unbeaten league games but need to change draws into victories to push back into the play off places. Morecambe have a good home record and are unbeaten at Christie Park since mid November.
The Shrimps have two major doubts for the visit of the Bulls. David Perkins and Michael Stringfellow both missed the visit to Edgar Street a couple of weeks ago, when the teams drew 1-1, and remain on the sidelines for Jimmy Harvey's side. It is hoped that the game will be more entertaining than the previous meeting this month, in which Morecambe's negative tactics made the game a rather boring spectacle.
Hereford have captain Tony James out with ankle ligament damage so Andy Tretton should continue to cover for him. Ben Scott is the only other doubt having missed the last couple of game with a shoulder injury. It is unknown what the situation with Brian Smikle is; the youngster, on work experience from West Brom, has been absent from the side for the last two games, but there has been no news of him being injured. It will be interesting to see if he returns this evening.
Graham Turner is hopeful that the Shrimps will play a different style at home, which may suit United better as they struggled to break them down at Edgar Street. Speaking to BBC H&W he said, "We go to Morecambe on Tuesday (today) and that's going to be a very difficult game. I think their a decent side, they came here a couple of weeks ago, they defended with ten men and we found it difficult to break them down. I don't know if there will be a different approach at their place, the possibilty of that is that there will be."
"We've got two big games coming up now against Morecambe and Farnborough, but for some of the other Conference sides in contention for the play off places there's some massive big games coming up."