Hereford United: Bulls concentrate on FA Trophy after Cup exit

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Hereford United manager Martin Foyle is worried about the thinness of his squad as the Bulls take on Chelmsford City in the FA Trophy on Saturday bidding to avoid a second cup exit in five days.

Top scorer Ryan Bowman was the latest casualty, with a medial knee ligament injury in Tuesday night's FA Cup second round replay loss to Cheltenham.

"We've got to get to 1 January and bolster," Foyle told BBC Sport.

"The squad is getting smaller by the week," added the Bulls boss.

"We've got eight league games in January, the same in February and that doesn't make things any easier," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Although relieved at the way the Bulls' four-match FA Cup run staved off the very real threat of the club being forced into administration, settling their debt to Revenue & Customs, Hereford chairman David Keyte is already aware of just how thin their squad is.

"It looked like it was a game too far on Tuesday night," he said "We've had the same squad of players for several matches now.

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"There were some tired legs out there and losing Ryan Bowman early on was a big blow. That could be a few weeks out.

"We play a system with Ryan Bowman on his own up front and, once we'd had to make that change, we had nobody up there to hold onto."

Josh O'Keefe's second-half strike earned the Bulls a 1-0 victory at Ebbsfleet in the last round.

But Keyte warns his side not to take anything for granted against Blue Square Bet South side Chelmsford, who got through with a 3-2 replay win over Hampton & Richmond.

"With respect to the bottom end of the Blue Square Bet Premier, they're better than a good few in our league," Keyte told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Saturday's game is the second of a run of seven games out of 10 at Edgar Street for the Bulls, who stand 11th in the table, seven points adrift of the play-off pack,

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