Bulls’ suspension could aid Puritans’ cause

Banbury United’s fight to stay up could be boosted by the news that Hereford United have ben suspended by the FA.

Hereford have been suspended “from all football activity” by the Football Association who have also suspended majority shareholder Alan McCarthy.

An FA statement read: “Having failed to provide the requested further documentation by the deadline, both Hereford United and Mr McCarthy shall remain suspended until such time as the order of the Independent Regulatory Commission has been complied with to the satisfaction of the Commission.

“The FA understands the importance of football clubs to their local communities and will continue to work with all relevant parties to ensure senior football returns to Hereford at the earliest opportunity.”

The club is expected to return to the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday to contest their winding-up order, which has been adjourned eight times since the summer.

Hereford were due were set to visit Dunstable Town for Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League premier division fixture and have already completed the double over the Puritans. Depending on what happens on Monday, or any action the Southern League takes, will determine what happens to their playing record.