Hereford face second winding-up order

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HEREFORD United's future has been plunged into further doubt after they were served with their second winding-up order of the season.

The Bulls need to find £78,000 by Monday, April 7, to pay their latest HM Revenue and Customs PAYE demand.

In January, they narrowly avoided being wound-up after raising the required £36,800 at the 11th hour.

Hereford also reportedly owe £22,000 by the end of June to football creditors, which includes clubs who have loaned players to the Edgar Street outfit this term.

The Skrill Premier outfit also announced a record loss of more than £500,000 at their annual general meeting and last week parted company with manager Martin Foyle.

Bucket collections are expected to take place at tomorrow's home match against Grimsby Town (3pm) in a desperate bid to raise some of the money needed.

The possibility of Hereford being placed in administration remains on the cards, although any 10-point penalty for such a measure would now be enforced next season.

Yesterday was also the deadline for clubs registering players, although Hereford are still under a transfer embargo.

It all paints a bleak picture for a club that is also in freefall on the pitch, having failed to win any of their last 11 games.

United, now under the caretaker charge of youth-team boss Peter Beadle, are just four points above the relegation zone.

Beadle lost his first game at the helm 2-0 against play-off-chasing Barnet at Underhill last Saturday.

But, despite the doom and gloom, skipper Luke Graham insists the players, who are still owed wages, will not be throwing the towel in.

He said: “Clubs have been in this situation before, the likes of Grays, Weymouth, Kettering and Histon and they have all gone out without a whimper and been thrashed every week. That won’t happen here.

“I think you could see our togetherness in the second-half (last week). On another day, we would have got a goal back and gone on to get something out of the game.

“But I’m delighted with the lads. It’s well documented what is going on but they are still putting their bodies on the line and they will be doing so until the end of the season.

“We are all in it together and that can only be good for the club."

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