Hereford, Kidderminster & Worcester face tough FA Cup ties

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The FA Cup fourth qualifying round has thrown up three long away treks for the trio of Hereford and Worcestershire-based teams left in the competition.

Kidderminster Harriers have the longest trip, Worcester City the trickiest, round the M25 to Bromley in Kent, and cash-strapped Hereford United take on FC United of Manchester at Gigg Lane.

"I don't want any excuses on Saturday," said Bulls boss Martin Foyle.

"I don't want anyone feeling sorry for themselves from the rumours you hear."

Up against a mid-table Evo-Stik Northern Premier team who average almost identical home league crowds (FC United's 1,749 is just less than the Bulls' 1,793), Hereford know that a good Cup run is more important than ever this season.

BBC Hereford & Worcester reports that they will shortly owe close to £200,000 in VAT, PAYE and wages.

And a fighting fund has been launched among the fans, in an attempt to stave off the threat of relegation.

But Foyle insists: "I had a good chat with the players yesterday and told them that the minute I hear something, they'll be the first to know."

Kidderminster Harriers head for Cleethorpes to take on Grimsby Town without on-loan Luton Town midfielder Adam Watkins, as the Hatters do not want him cup-tied.

But on-loan Fulham striker Richard Peniket is available.

"It was a tough tie when it came out," Harriers boss Steve Burr told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"But, if we can play like we did at Stockport, and get in amongst the goals this time, then I'm confident we can get through."

Prior to last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stockport, the Harriers had not lost in nine games, including a 0-0 home draw against Grimsby at Aggborough.

Fourth-placed Grimsby are 17 places - and 12 points - above them in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

But Burr insists: "I'm sure Grimsby will know that we've been on a good run ourselves and won't be that keen on facing us."

Also bidding to be included in Sunday's televised first round draw are Worcester City at Bromley, looking to improve on last Saturday's 2-1 Blue Square Bet North defeat by Stalybridge Celtic.

"We know what we're going to get," City boss Carl Heeley told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"They've got big strong lads with plenty of pace, but we believe in ourselves and it could have been a lot worse at this stage of the competition."

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