Football: Conference side Hereford United will book themselves a tie against Everton in the FA Cup third round if they can beat Cheltenham in their replay at Edgar Road tomorrow night.
League Two side Cheltenham were held to a 1-1 draw by the Bulls last Monday, with the prize of a lucrative home tie against David Moyes’s Premier League side waiting for the eventual victor.
Hereford manager Martin Foyle will no doubt be boosted by his team’s latest triumph, a 2-0 win over Barrow, which means the Bulls have only lost once in their last 11 games.
However despite the run of good form, Foyle is refusing to put too much pressure on his side even though a win would create a huge cash windfall for the club. “It’s not the end of the world if we get knocked out but, financially, we know it’s sat there for us and it’s the future of the club,” Foyle said.
Cheltenham manager Mark Yates is taking Hereford’s threat seriously after they denied the Robins passage to the third round last week.
“There’s no way we’re going to take them anything other than majorly seriously,” Yates said.
Elsewhere, Conference rivals Barrow and Macclesfield will do battle to book their place in the next round and a tie against Championship side Cardiff.
The pair meet in a rearranged second-round tie after the original fixture was called off on December 1 due to a frozen pitch.
In the other games, Notts County will face Rotherham with an away tie against Aldershot up for grabs while Southend take on Bury to earn a third-round match against Brentford.
Brentford had been due to replay their game against Bradford until the Bantams were kicked out of the competition by the FA for fielding an ineligible player in their second-round tie last Friday.