Emergency keeper could return for Hereford FC

HEREFORD could be forced to ask emergency-loan goalkeeper Ollie Battersby to play again on Saturday.

Before Hereford’s trip to Blyth Spartans, both goalkeepers Brandon Hall and Wolves loanee Andreas Sondergaard came down with Covid-19.

Hereford manager Josh Gowling says both goalkeepers are still out ahead of Alfreton’s visit on Saturday.


“Andreas (Sondergaard) still tested positive,” Gowling said.

“Brandon wasn’t well, we’ll see how it goes before the weekend.

“We had goalkeeper training today (Thursday) so we’ll see how it goes before the weekend.

“Wolves were brilliant and were going to loan us another, he was just a 17-year-old so we have that option.

“We will talk to Grimsby if we need to bring Ollie (Battersby) back for another game.

“I’m sure if we have to do this, we can do it.”

Grimsby Town goalkeeper Battersby, 20, was brought on the 11th hour before the Blyth game last weekend and had not met his Bulls team-mates before the game.

The National League have granted Hereford special dispensation to bring in the goalkeeper on emergency loan.

“The league has no choice either to get one for a game or not to play the game,” Gowling added.

“We’ve had games canceled during the year due to Covid but we don’t want that.

“We’re on a good streak now and we want to play as much as we can.

“We made it clear to the league (last weekend) that we were making phone calls and they gave us this special dispensation and we were able to get one.

“He looked a bit hairy at one point to be honest.”

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