Rotherham Utd vs Hereford Utd

Don Valley Stadium, April 16, 3pjm

THIS season represented a new era for Hereford United, one without Graham Turner who had been with the club as manager and chairman for 15 years.

New owners, new boss in former Barnsley supremo Simon Davey and virtually a new squad meant the future was difficult to predict for the Bulls.

But the struggle of last season would not depart and Davey was gone by Christmas to be replaced by physio Jamie Pitman.

The young boss has kept Hereford away from the danger zone withjust four defeats from 20 in 2011 and next term is likely to see renewed optimism.

MANAGER

TALK about a baptism of fire into the managerial world.

Jamie Pitman started this season as physio for a Hereford side who really struggled last term and by December he had been appointed boss until the end of the season.

While the struggle goes on, the 34-year-old former Bulls midfielder has kept Hereford out of the bottom two throughout 2011 and survival looks highly likely.