Hereford United chairman relishes Aston Villa cup tie

David Keyte
Keyte took over as Herefrod United chairman in the summer of 2010

Hereford chairman David Keyte says being drawn against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup is "perfect" for the club.

The Bulls will travel to Villa Park for their second-round tie and Keyte says it will be a great night for the fans.

Keyte told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "I think it is probably the perfect one for Hereford at this stage.

"To get a Premier League side and the one most local to us geographically is probably the best draw for us and our supporters to have a great night out."

United earned their place in the second-round draw with a 1-0 home win over Brentford in the first round, with Yoann Arquin scoring the injury-time winner.

In terms of what the tie might mean to the club financially, Keyte says it is important to remain realistic.

"These midweek games don't attract big numbers but at Villa I would hope for 15-20,000," he said.

"Quite honestly it will depend on how many we take up if it captures the imagination.

"Usually you agree on ticket prices that are attractive so we could be seeing an even share of perhaps £120,000 in this game."

Keyte accepts that few people will give Hereford a chance of victory at Villa Park, but he is confident the squad will give a good account of themselves.

"I have absolutely no doubt that they will be flying for this one," he said.

"We've now got a squad with younger lads who are looking to get on in their careers.

"Then there are one or two older heads that still think they can do it so it will be a great incentive for them."

The second round of the Carling Cup is expected to be played in the week beginning Monday, 22 August.

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