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Watkins set to wing his way back into the Bulls squad for replay

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

WINGING IN: Marley Watkins in action for Cheltenham against Hereford

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FORMER Robins winger Marley Watkins could return from injury to play a part in tonight's FA Cup second replay at Edgar Street.

The skilful Welshman missed the original tie and also sat out Friday's 2-0 Blue Square Bet Premier win at Barrow, but boss Martin Foyle hopes he will be able to play some part in tonight's action.

Dangerman Ryan Bowman netted the opener at Holker Street, with Ryan O'Keefe, scorer of Hereford's equaliser at the Abbey Business Stadium, also on target.

Harry Pell, so influential for the Bulls against Cheltenham, set up Bowman for his 11th strike of the season while defender Stefan Stam was the provider for O'Keefe's headed effort.

Hereford are expected to be unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 at Cheltenham, with Watkins likely to have to settle for a place on the bench if he is passed fit.

Michael Townsend (back) remains sidelined, but fellow ex-Robins Brian Smikle and Andy Gallinagh are set to start along with goalkeeper James Bittner, who spent time on trial with Cheltenham a decade ago.

Tonight's winners will scoop £135,850 as their third round tie will be televised live by ESPN on Monday, January 7.

The victor will also net £27,000 in prize money and a share of the gate receipts for a guaranteed sell-out against David Moyes' men.

Bulls chairman David Keyte estimates the opening match, also screened live by ESPN, has already netted crisis club Hereford in excess of £100,000.

"Our financial situation has been well publicised but I think it has brought all of us together - and the people of Hereford, too," he said.

"The support at Cheltenham was fantastic and took me back 40 years.

"We would love to play Everton but we have to beat Cheltenham first and at the moment we're only at half-time."

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