TOWN legend Andy Booth knows his way to goal – but it’s map, compass and sat-nav to find a route to Hereford!
Barring a few of the new stadiums, the 35-year-old marksman has played on all the old grounds in the Football League apart from Hereford’s Edgar Street.
So tomorrow’s match completes a career clean sweep and he’s aiming to celebrate the occasion with a goal and a much-needed Town victory.
“I’ve not only never played there, but I don’t remember ever going to Hereford,” said Boothy, desperate to pep up a points haul which reads four from 21 since the home win against Leeds.
“To be honest, I’d no idea where Hereford was until the lads started talking about it in midweek, because a few of them have played there in the past.
“If you’d stuck me in a car a week ago and said ‘drive to Hereford’ I would probably have set off in completely the wrong direction!”
Hereford, on the Wales border, is still the home of the SAS and Boothy knows it’s a case of ‘who dares wins’ in the first meeting between the two clubs at Edgar Street since Town’s 3-1 win there en route to the Fourth Division title in 1980.
It’s only their 10th League meeting full stop, and Booth said: “Hereford had a good win against Carlisle in midweek (2-1 away from home) so it won’t be easy for us – no game is at this stage when people are fighting for their lives – but it’s important we are positive and pick ourselves up from what’s been a disappointing run.
“It’s been very lively on the training ground all week because that’s how the gaffer and staff make it, we’ve been looking forward rather than back and while we’ve got two tough trips coming up in quick succession (it’s Bristol Rovers away on Tuesday) everyone is keen to get stuck in.
“We know it’s been a disappointing run with seven matches without a win, but there’s not a lot wrong with the team and how we are performing.
“Those three late goals by Stockport, Colchester and Millwall hurt us to the extent that without them, we’d still be sitting right on the edge of the play-off chase and full of confidence.
“A few of us have made individual errors in recent matches which are getting punished all the time, and it just seems to be a few little things each time which are stopping us from turning things around.”
On his own contribution after back surgery, Booth added: “I’m feeling fine at the moment and my back is no problem at all.
“If you’d said to me three or four months ago that I’d be in the starting line-up for the last 10 games of the season I would have thought it laughable, but now I’m here I feel good.
“I’m probably still not fully match fit, but that will only come with games and I’m looking to finishing the season as well as I can because I’m thoroughly enjoying it at the moment.”
Hereford, beaten 2-0 by goals from Nathan Clarke and Gary Roberts at the Galpharm in December, have made two loan additions in a bid to make up an eight-point gap to beat the drop.
Having had Town’s Lionel Ainsworth on loan from Watford to help their cause earlier in the season, they have drafted in two wingers ahead of the loan deadline to perk up their attacking options.
Graham Turner has signed Shrewsbury winger Marc Pugh until the end of the season, along with Bristol City flier Jennison Myrie-Williams, who was with the club earlier in the season.
In fact, Myrie-Williams scored the opener in their 2-0 victory over Leeds.