HEREFORD FC players have agreed to cut out spitting in training and during matches in a bid to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

This is in addition to the National League guidance that has seen the postponement of the pre-match handshakes at all matches in the competition.

Hereford's players, who visit Farsley Celtic in National League North on Saturday (3pm), agreed on a self-imposed fine system for anyone caught spitting during training sessions and matches.

The players are also following the current government advice that includes washing hands more frequently to help limit the spread of the virus.

“Football is a contact sport so we’re never going to rule out all forms of contact between players,” said Bulls boss Josh Gowling.

“Spitting is one thing that we can cut out straight away.

“The players are all aware of the importance of increasing the frequency and time spent washing their hands and we’ll continue to follow government advice."

A National League statement said: “In light of the government’s campaign and as a precaution, pre-match ‘fair play’ handshakes between players and match officials will not take place in the National League until further notice."

The 17th-placed Bulls look to build on Tuesday's stunning 4-1 win at leaders York City which was Gowling's first victory as interim manager.

West Yorkshire side Farsley are eyeing a late bid for the play-offs from ninth place.

But they have enjoyed just two wins this year with one at high-flying Brackley Town and the other against struggling Blyth Spartans in their last outing a fortnight ago.

After the midweek triumph at York, Bulls skipper Jared Hodgkiss said: “Every single one of the lads played their part.

“We changed our formation and to be fair York just couldn’t live with us.

“As a group we know what we are capable of and now we have to be able to do it on a more consistent basis.

“The gaffer wants us to play football and express ourselves, working within a structure, and that is exactly what we did in our last game.

“We were buzzing at the end but now we have to be able to back it up at Farsley.

"This will be a completely different kind of test but we’ll take the belief from Tuesday and hopefully come home with another positive result.”

Lenell John-Lewis bagged a brace at York while Martin Riley battled on despite suffering another shoulder problem during the game.

The two teams met at the end of November in a 1-1 draw as Farsley grabbed a late leveller.