Hereford FC v Fleetwood Town: Bulls battling to get FA Cup tie on

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Hereford FC fans battle to clear Edgar Street of snow

Hereford FC have enlisted the help of a JCB and fans with shovels at snowbound Edgar Street to ensure that Thursday's televised FA Cup second-round replay with League One side Fleetwood goes on.

With the prize of a third-round home tie against 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester City, victory would be worth an estimated £250,000.

The reformed seventh-tier phoenix club are expecting a capacity crowd.

"There's a lot riding on it," said Hereford spokesman Jamie Griffiths.

"The game was massive anyway then along came the Leicester City draw and the news that, if we won, it would be on TV too," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"The battle is now to get the game on. The pitch itself is in great condition underneath the blanket, but there's a tremendous amount of snow on top.

"Had it been Tuesday night, when the game should have been played, we'd have had no chance.

This is Hereford FC's first home tie against Football League opposition in the FA Cup since the new club was formed in 2014
This is Hereford's first home Cup tie against EFL opposition since the new club was formed in 2014

"But we had an army of fans literally banging on the door at 10 this morning. The volunteers are doing a terrific job. And there's a JCB at the Blackfriars End piling the snow to one side.

"We'll get the floodlights on tonight and we'll be working on it through the night get it on."

The Bulls' ground capacity is now just short of 5,000.

They are currently averaging gates of 2,332 this season in the Southern Premier League - better than four clubs in League Two, three levels higher up.

Peter Beadle's side are currently fifth in the table, nine points behind leaders King's Lynn but, with five games in hand, due to their preoccupation with the FA Cup - and they have lost just twice in 18 league matches.

Hereford set up Thursday's replay by drawing at Fleetwood in the first game on 2 December, having accounted for fellow reborn non-league side AFC Telford United in the first round.

Hereford's groundsman faced a similar battle to clear a snow-covered pitch before Hereford United's famous 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Newcastle United in 1972
Hereford's groundsman faced a similar battle to clear a snow-covered pitch before Hereford United's famous 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Newcastle United in 1972

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