Hereford United Vs Gillingham, Sat 17 Sep 2011


Jamie Pitman will again make a decision on the fitness of Rob Purdie as his Hereford side host Gillingham looking to reverse their fortunes.

The midfielder has not featured since the 4-0 home defeat to Macclesfield in mid-August due to a thigh injury but has now got training under his belt as he steps up his rehabilitation.

However, it remains to be seen whether he is ready for first-team action.

Defenders Stefan Stam and Benoit Dalibard (both hamstring) and goalkeeper Adam Bartlett (thigh) will not be ready for another couple of weeks.

Pitman has called for a huge improvement from his charges in both penalty areas, insisting Saturday represents "a fresh start - we've got to regroup".

Tuesday's disappointing 2-0 home reverse to Aldershot made it back-to-back defeats for the Bulls and they remain with just one league win to their name this term.

Frank Nouble could make his debut for an otherwise injury-hit Gillingham, who are looking to get back to winning ways.

The striker, 19, has completed an initial month-long loan switch from West Ham and is in contention to make his debut at Edgar Street. Skipper Andy Frampton is also set to return from a thigh problem.

Elsewhere, however, midfielder Danny Spiller was substituted in the 77th minute of Tuesday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at 10-man Southend nursing a knock to his ankle and is expected to miss out.

Matt Lawrence was forced off just minutes earlier having suffered concussion, while fellow defender Matt Fish suffered the same fate in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Ipswich on Wednesday afternoon.

Both are now forced to miss out for the mandatory period of seven to 10 days, which provides another problem for manager Andy Hessenthaler with Fish also doubling up as second-choice goalkeeper on the bench, while Paulo Gazzaniga recovers from mumps.

The latest trio join midfielders Jack Payne (knee) and Curtis Weston (thigh) as well as striker Adam Birchall (knee) on the sidelines.

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