By Stephen Burton
Blyth Spartans take on Hereford at Croft Park this Saturday as Lee Clark’s side look to win their first points of the campaign.
Spartans currently find themselves at the foot of the fledging National League North table after Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at home to early pacesetters York City.
The hosts will be hoping for a better outcome than when the sides met at Croft Park last January. Despite goals from Kieran Green and Bradley Fewster, Hereford ran out 3-2 winners.
After finishing in 17th last season, Hereford have enjoyed a decent start to the season with two wins and a draw in their opening four matches and currently sit fifth in the table.
The Bulls’ last outing was a 1-0 win at home to Telford United with Rowan Liburd grabbing the only goal of the game after 57 minutes.
Tim Harris is currently acting as interim manager as Head Coach, Marc Richards, was relieved of his duties just three games into the season.
Harris is currently The Bulls’ Head of Football, but has had previous managerial experience with Gloucester City, as well as a brief stint as caretaker boss at Newport County and extensive playing experience in the Football League.
6ft 5’ striker Rowan Liburd promises to be a handful for the Spartans defence this weekend, with the striker having opened his account for the season in Hereford’s midweek encounter with Telford. The St. Kitts and Nevis international scored an impressive 14 goals for Guiseley last season before making a late season move to Hereford for an undisclosed fee.
Liburd began his senior career with Billericay Town before his goalscoring exploits earned him a move to Championship side Reading in 2015. He also gained Football League experience with Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage before heading to Guiseley in 2017.