LEDBURY Town First Team Manager Ian Merrick is hoping his team’s good form will give his team the edge when they host Hereford Pegasus at New Street in the HFA County Challenge Cup on Tuesday night.

The meeting is the third consecutive season that Ledbury have met Pegasus in this round of the competition, with the Hereford side beating Ledbury in close matches in both 2021 and 2022. 

Both teams come into this match winning four out of their last five matches and Ledbury’s recent home games have seen some superb entertainment with late goals becoming a feature at New Street.

"We had a slow start to the season and dropped points after failing to kill teams off," said Merrick.

"But we lost four players who made over 80 appearances collectively last season and we had a transitional period where new players had to settle.

"We’ve shown great character and resilience in some games where we looked dead and buried, and I feel we’re starting to find a bit of form again now."

Merrick reflected on this upcoming fixture against Hereford Pegasus, and the last two meetings in the HFA County Challenge Cup. 

"No doubt it will be another tough encounter," he added. "Mark Hibbard has built a really good squad at Pegasus and they have some top players.

"Both previous games have been closely fought and I imagine it will be no different this time around. We’ll have to show Pegasus respect because they are a quality outfit."

Part of Town's recent form has been down, in part, to new striker signing Ryan Dobbins, who has joined on a dual registration from Hellenic Division One’s Shortwood United.

Dobbins has already scored four goals in two appearances, including late winners against Pegasus Reserves and Kington Town. 

"I am delighted Ryan has joined us," said Merrick. "Having worked with him previously, I know the qualities he will bring to the team. His goal scoring record speaks for itself.

"He is a phenomenal centre-forward.” 

The manager also highlighted the importance of the home support as a crucial factor in boosting the team's performance on the field. 

"If we can get a big crowd at New Street supporting the boys then, of course, we have a chance," Merrick continued.

"We will need to be at our best, but a vocal New Street is a fantastic place and will give the lads a massive lift."

The match on Tuesday November 21st kicks off at 7:45pm at the New Street football ground.