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Match Preview: Hereford v Pompey

All you need to know about FA Cup contest

4 November 2022

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Hereford v Pompey

It is fair to say that most people watching tonight’s Emirates FA Cup clash between Hereford and Pompey (7.55pm kick-off) will be rooting for the home side.

The romance of the competition means that Danny Cowley’s men visit Edgar Street to face a side from three tiers below in the first round.

It is a banana skin they will be determined not to slip on, as the Blues look to clear the first hurdle for a fifth successive season.

They have plenty of experience of meeting non-league opposition, with Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Harrogate, Altrincham, King’s Lynn and Harrow all accounted for in recent years.

Back in 2014, however, there was the disastrous meeting with Aldershot, who knocked Pompey out in a replay.

Their next hosts were formed in 2014 as a phoenix club following the sad demise of Hereford United.

The Blues had a few meetings with their predecessors over the years, most recently for a 2009 League Cup tie.

Frederic Piquionne, John Utaka, Niko Kranjcar and Richard Hughes all netted that night in a 4-1 success at Fratton Park.

Josh Gowling’s Bulls currently sit 14th in the National League North standings and beat Curzon Ashton 3-1 in their last outing.

Please note that in the event of a draw after 90 minutes, a replay will be held at Fratton Park on a date to be confirmed.

Tom Lowery (hamstring) and Marlon Pack (hamstring) have both returned to training, although this evening’s game could come too soon.

There is a doubt over Michael Jacobs (hamstring), while Joe Rafferty (stomach), Jayden Reid (knee) and Louis Thompson (leg) are all on the long-term injury list.

Hereford’s squad includes forward Miles Storey, who netted three goals in 22 appearances during a loan spell at Pompey in 2014.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Michael Morrison ahead of the game.

Pompey: 7 wins
Hereford: 1 win
2 draws

On the road
Pompey: 2 wins
Hereford: 1 win
1 draw

*Includes matches against Hereford United

Pompey have sold their full allocation for this game, so please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.

A marquee has been set up next to the away section for Blues fans, which includes a bar, food and toilets. This will be open from 5pm, with access via the turnstiles.

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off to remember former Hereford player – and FA Cup legend – Ronnie Radford, who passed away earlier this week.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistants: Joe Simpson and Justin Amey
Fourth Official: Sam Allison

Supporters in the UK can watch the match live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online, with coverage starting at 7.30pm.

It will be shown on ESPN+ in the USA and overseas fans can click here for a list of The FA’s global broadcast partners.

All iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 7pm.

Please note that the game will not be shown live on iFollow, either in the UK or for supporters who are based abroad.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Saturday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

Pompey are the 31/100 favourites with VBET to progress tonight, while the hosts can be backed at 6/1.

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Match Reports

Hereford 1 Pompey 3

Hackett, Bishop and Pigott fire Blues into second round of Emirates FA Cup

4 November 2022

Reeco Hackett scores for Pompey at Hereford in the Emirates FA Cup
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey avoided becoming an FA Cup scalp after battling from behind to win at National League North side Hereford.

They were poor before the break and Reeco Hackett’s error allowed Miles Storey to score against his former club.

But Hackett made amends by levelling the scores and it was a different story in the second half, with the Blues in total control.

Colby Bishop celebrated his 26th birthday by giving them the lead before Joe Pigott came off the bench to make sure the visitors would book their place in the second round.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that drew with Shrewsbury in the league last Saturday.

Hackett and Ronan Curtis were both recalled to the starting line-up, with Owen Dale and Dane Scarlett not being given permission to feature by their parent clubs.

Adam Payce, Koby Mottoh and Josh Dockerill were all named on the bench, just a day after helping the academy progress in the FA Youth Cup.

The visitors looked to get off to a bright start and when Clark Robertson’s corner was only partially cleared, Ryan Tunnicliffe’s shot was diverted into Dale Eve’s arms by Connor Ogilvie.

Then, after a spell of patient passing play from Pompey, a left-footed curler from Hackett had to be beaten away by the Bermuda international keeper.

It was Hereford who grabbed a shock lead midway though the first half, however, after being given a gift by their opponents.

Hackett was caught in possession by Storey, who raced away and slotted a confident finish past Josh Griffiths.

Not that the Blues were behind for too long, however, and HACKETT redeemed himself by levelling just nine minutes later.

Ogilvie’s cross from deep on the left was nodded down by Curtis for the forward – playing in a central role – who took a touch and lashed the ball home.

The clear-cut chances were not flowing, but there was one opportunity for Pompey to take the lead just before the break.

Josh Koroma swung in a corner from the right and it was met by Bishop, who could only send his header down into the turf and wide.

Half Time: Hereford 1 Pompey 1

There was a tactical tweak at the start of the second half, with Curtis moving central and Hackett heading out to the right.

The visitors were showing a lot more urgency and pinning their opponents back, but unable to find that bit of quality in the final third.

Pompey were totally dominant and were just finding it tough to break through with so many Hereford players behind the ball.

They almost found a way on the hour mark, with Curtis denied by a fine Orrin Pendley block as he tried to meet Zak Swanson’s cut-back.

Cowley responded with a double switch, as Curtis and Jay Mingi made way for Pigott and a fit-again Tom Lowery.

And they went ahead moments later, with a deft BISHOP header enough to divert Robertson’s corner into the net.

That was the cue for the Bulls to show a bit more attacking ambition, but it was still Pompey looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Another goal almost arrived when Griffiths’ long ball was flicked on by Pigott, only for Bishop to see his angled effort saved by Eve.

The victory was wrapped up moments later, however, as another Robertson corner was nodded on by Bishop and flicked into the net by PIGOTT.

Pompey kept attacking and Eve got down low to keep out a Koroma free-kick after the forward had been fouled.

That was it for the scoring, however, and the noisy travelling support could start looking ahead to who their side would get in Monday’s second round draw.

Hereford (4-4-2): Eve; Hodgkiss (c) (Derricott 90+2), Pendley, Amadi-Holloway, Evans; Mclean (Caton 86), Hanson, Thompson-Sommers (Thompson 65), Pinchard (Haines 65); Storey, Barnett
Goals: Storey 26
Booked: Evans
Subs not used: Wade, Osment, Summers, Klukowski, Campbell

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Griffiths; Swanson, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie (Hume 85); Mingi (Lowery 61), Tunnicliffe; Curtis (Pigott 61), Hackett, Koroma; Bishop
Goals: Hackett 33, Bishop 63, Pigott 80
Booked: Mingi, Koroma
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Freeman, Morrison, Dockerill, Payce, Mottoh

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Attendance: 4,912 (681 Pompey fans)

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