Manager Barry Yeo wants fans out in force for Barnstaple Town’s Southern League clash with Hereford


BARRY Yeo has called on the town to get behind his Barnstaple side as they prepare for the visit of non-League giants Hereford FC.

With Hereford expected to bring upwards of 500 fans to North Devon for Saturday’s fixture, Yeo hopes the Barum faithful can help that attendance reach close to 800.

The target is a realistic one, with crowd numbers in the mid to high 200s for Barnstaple this season, and more sure to be attracted by the Bulls.

Yeo, who will celebrate his 150th game in charge of the club on Saturday, said the calibre of game is just what his players deserve.

“I would hope that nearly everyone who is available to come to the game on Saturday would come,” said Yeo.

“If we could get 800-plus it would be a great feat for the club. It would be nice for the lads to get that sort of support as they (Hereford) will have a great following.

“I want the lads to realise how far they have come, they deserve these kind of games for what they have done and I hope they enjoy it.

“It’s a huge day for the club.”

A one-time FA Cup fairytale when they beat Newcastle United 2-1 in 1972, Hereford United were wound up and reformed as Hereford FC in 2014.

The club stormed to promotion from the Midland League Premier Division last season.

They have continued that form in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West, topping the table from the outset.

Hereford are the only side in the division to have won all four games, scoring 14 and conceding just three.

Yeo knows his side will have to be on top of their game to get anything from the contest.

“We are expecting them to bring about 500 (fans) which is a credit to them,” he said.

“We want to do our best by making it a good day for them, but we have a job to do on the pitch.

“We will do some work on nullifying their threat and on being positive going forward.

“I can’t go back (in history) and say how big the game is, but Hereford coming is something we could have only dreamed of a few years ago.

“They are on a great run already, which is the way it was always going to be.”

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