Next Game: Preseason Friendly - Gloucester City Away on Monday 31st July at 7.45pm

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beadle - Tonight Was A Bit Disappointing


After this evening 5-1 defeat by Cardiff City, Hereford manager Peter Beadle spoke to the assorted media.

"We didn't expect the result but we expected the type of game we got.

"We had a really good spell for about ten or fifteen minutes after they scored. Got our goal back and we thought we would have gone on again but it didn't quite happen.

"And we got punished.

"I said to them before it's another challenge for us because they train every day, they'll be sharp, they'll be bright, they'll be quick amd what they will do is punish us for any mistakes we make.

"And that's exactly what they did today. They punished us for every little thing we did if we were not in the right position or we gave away a simple pass. We just didn't pick things up in time today.

"There's many factors that could into it. All our players are part-time so they've all had work today whereas these lot are fresh and they've come and prepared properly.

"We've had to do it the other way around and work hard.  The last thing you want when you've done a full days work is chasing a 21 year old who is like a whippet anyway.

"But it's exactly what we needed, we need a game like that to square us off, to give us that focal point.

"Even take all that aside I thought we were disappointing especially after we had a decent spell.

"We looked lightweight, we didn't look bright, we didn't look sharp and I can't understand why.

"I thought Saturday was a real tough game. But we are short on numbers, four are away at the moment, we didn't want to work them too hard before the game tonight so they have been off since Saturday so they should have rested well and recovered from any knocks.

"But for whatever reason it wasn't our night performance wise.

"The result is irrelevent, it's awful I know but look at the players they've had out, Kennedy, these players have played in the Championship and the Premiership, some of them.

"And that was the difference, they showed their class and they were backed up really well by some of their younger players. I thought they did really well tonight."

Cardiff looked clinical in front of goal.

"Exactly that, they punished us, their first goal down the side, the two centre halves have got a little bit caught out and the lad has gone throught the middle of them. One across the face of goal, a little bit unlucky who was going to get the first tough on it,  but he just got his toe in. Then the deflection.

"You could go through all of them, pick things out but you have to remember who we are playing against. These lads train every single day on exactly the things like that, balls flashing across the box, rebounds, keepers spilling one.

"It was a great workout for us again but we are light in numbers and that's tough as in tough on the players. Some have played 90 minutes Saturday and some ninety minutes tonight but it's good preparation and just the game we needed and probably the result we needed just to re-focus us.

"We need to go again now and we'll prepare properly for Monday with a couple of sessions between now and then."

Beadle has brought in WBA keeper Ethan Ross as cover for Martin Horsell.

"I thought he didn't have much of a chance with too many of the goals.  What he did do he looked quite good.

"We'll have another look at him on Monday and see where we go from there.

"He will have loved the experience of getting out and playing in a proper game and hopefully he'll do the same on Monday.

"In general I thought his play was pretty good.

"We're probably looking to do something longer term. There are not a hugh number of keepers around that we could easily pick up. They've all been signed up clubs because we are so close to the start of the season.

"The other option is could we take Ethen for a little bit longer. West Brom are happy but it just depends what we do with him after he's had a couple of games.

"He did quite well today. He's a good size and outside of the goals which he didn't have much chance with he did quite well. He had a decent start."

Some positives for Hereford?

"We had to be careful with Lance Smith as he was blowing a bit first half, I think he had a stitch in the first half  but that can happen when you miss so many games.

"So we got an hour out of him which is good but he was flagging towards the end. We didn't want to risk any injuries with him so we brought him off after an hour.

"I thought Keyon was lively tonight. I thought he played extremely well tonight.

"Outside of that I think it was a bit of a disappointing performance and, I don't know, it lacked a bit of heart or something. There wasn't that fire there that we had on Saturday.

"Whether it was a Wednesday night, or the opposition we've played, or the lads have been at work or they are feeling a bit leggy maybe, I don't know. 

"But it's pre-season. It would have been lovely to have put on a sparkling performance and beat them 5-1 but it was never about that and tonight was a bit disappointing."

Next on Monday is Gloucester City.

Hereford 1 - Cardiff City U23s 5


Hereford hosted Cardiff City’s Development Squad at Edgar Street on Wednesday evening with three first team players making the trip. Welsh International Declan John, winger Craig Noone and midfielder Stuart O’Keefe all started in what was expected to be Hereford’s toughest preseason test to date.

The Bulls got the encounter underway attacking towards the Blackfriars End in the first half, but it was the visitors who drew first blood. After some good passing football down the left, Declan John’s cross was met by Matthew Kennedy at point-blank range to open the scoring. 

The Whites weren't behind for long as eight minutes later Mark Preece equalised. A Pablo Haysham free kick from 30-yards was flicked on by Preece. Despite the keeper getting his hand to the ball, it wasn’t enough to prevent the centre-back from scoring his first goal of preseason.





New-recruit goalkeeper Ethan Ross then palmed away Craig Noone’s shot from an acute angle, but the resulting corner was efficiently dealt with my Mike McGrath.

On the half hour mark, the Bluebirds scored their second courtesy of Declan John. After Mark Preece intercepted a pass from Stuart Preece, the ball fell to John who had little trouble in striking it low past Ross with his right-foot.

A third goal for the visitors followed two minutes later. A solo-run from Ibrahim Meite resulted in Ross charging off his line, but Meite coolly slotted the ball across the face of goal and in at the far post.
Meite could've had a second moments later, but the keeper beat him to the ball, punching away a powerful cross.

Two minutes from half time, a rasping shot from Keyon Reffell was turned away with a strong hand from Brian Murphy.

HT: Hereford 1 - Cardiff City U23s 3

Early in the second half, Hereford were forced into making their first change of the game after Rob Purdie was replaced by Garyn Preen. Purdie left the field limping with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

The Bulls looked the brighter of the two sides after the restart, with a number of good saves by 34-year old keeper Murphy. Firstly, James Bowen cut in from left wing, but he saw his shot palmed away by Murphy. 
After Hereford worked the ball back into the box, Jimmy Oates was unlucky to see his athletic effort was tipped over the bar.

In the 62nd minute, a tame shot from Keyon Reffell was easily gathered by the keeper, before Garyn Preen also went close with two chances. Murphy continued his fine performance, tipping a rising shot from 18-yards over the bar, and somehow getting a hand to a shot from distance to push it around the post.

The Bluebirds then put the game to bed as they added goals four and five to the tally.
In the 75th minute, Ross spilled the ball under pressure from Ibrahim Meite, and Craig Noone was on hand to curl the ball home into the back of an unguarded net.

Five minutes later, Noone scored his second of the evening. After evading a challenge from Keyon Reffell, Noone worked the ball onto his favoured left-foot before his powerful shot took a deflection off Mark Preece on its way into the back of the net.

Substitute John Mills couldn’t reduce the deficit in the dying stages of the game, his overhead kick from James Bowen’s cross was denied by the upright.

FT: Hereford 1 - Cardiff City U23s 5
Att: 1,115

Hereford: Ross, Oates, Bowen, Edge, Deaman, Preece, Reffell, McGrath (Mills), Smith (Hayes), Haysham, Purdie (C) (Preen).
Subs not used: Franklin, Pugh, Richards, Harris.

Cardiff City U23: Murphy, Coxe (Trialist), Young (Duffus), Trialist, John (Trialist), Weymans, Humphries (Veale), O’Keefe (C), Kennedy, Noone, Meite.
Subs not used: Byrne, Trialist, Trialist.

Next Game: Preseason Friendly - Gloucester City Away on Monday 31st July at 7.45pm


Cardiff City Assistant Manager - Kevin Blackwell Interview

After tonight's 5-1 defeat to Cardiff City. I spoke to the Bluebirds Assistant Manager Kevin Blackwell. I started by asking him what it was like working with the manager Neil Warnock.


Clinical Cardiff Put Five Past Hereford

In this evening's preseason friendly at Edgar Street, Cardiff City's development side beat Hereford 5-1.

Cardiff took the lead with nine minutes through Matthew Kennedy, with Mark Preece equalising eight minutes later.

But further goals for the Bluebirds from Declan John, Craig Noone (2), and Ibrahim Meite rounded off the scoring.

More later, including interviews, pictures and a full report.

Bulls Bring in Keeper from West Brom

This from the OS:

The Bulls will have a new keeper between the sticks on Wednesday night.

West Brom have agreed that 20 year old stopper Ethan Ross can make two appearances for the Bulls over the next week.

Ethan, who has experience in National North over the past two seasons with Worcester City, where he scooped the Young Player of the Year award last term, will play in tonight's match and Monday's game with Gloucester City at Evesham

Travel To Gloucester Friendly


HEREFORD  AWAYDAYS 


Monday  31st  July  


GLOUCESTER  CITY  v  HEREFORD  7-45KO


Venue - Jubilee Stadium , Evesham WR11 2LZ
Good clubhouse - Catering and 300 seats 
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Coach Details 
Hereford - Radfords         5-00pm 
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Coach fare.....£10-00
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Booking 
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First Home Friendly Of Pre-Season Tonight


Hereford FC play their first home friendly of this pre-season at Edgar Street this evening. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

To date all five games they've played have been away partly because time was needed for the Edgar Street pitch to 'grow' after work carried on it in May. 

Tonight's opponents are Cardiff City U 23's. However Hereford manager Peter Beadle hopes a couple of first team players may feature.

"Hopefully, they'll have a few players who don't get enough minutes on Tuesday who will come along and play on Wednesday.
"It will be another tough test for the players."

Last night Cardiff took a team to Shrewsbury Town and were defeated 2-1. 1744 watched the game including 213 in the away area.

Admission to this evening's game is Adults £9, Concessions £8, Juniors £1 

Please note the Len Weston Stand will only be available for Cardiff supporters.

Etheridge, Peltier, Manga, Bamba, Richards (84), Mendez-Liang (45), Gunnarsson (63), Halford (63), Harris (78), Tomlin (63), Zahore (63) Subs: Pilkington (45), Ralls (63), Ward (63), Damour (63), Kennedy (63), Meite (78), Coxe (84),

Read the full article via shropshirelive.com at: http://www.shropshirelive.com/2017/07/26/pre-season-match-report-shrewsbury-town-2-1-cardiff-city/
Etheridge, Peltier, Manga, Bamba, Richards (84), Mendez-Liang (45), Gunnarsson (63), Halford (63), Harris (78), Tomlin (63), Zahore (63) Subs: Pilkington (45), Ralls (63), Ward (63), Damour (63), Kennedy (63), Meite (78), Coxe (84)

Read the full article via shropshirelive.com at: http://www.shropshirelive.com/2017/07/26/pre-season-match-report-shrewsbury-town-2-1-cardiff-city/
Etheridge, Peltier, Manga, Bamba, Richards (84), Mendez-Liang (45), Gunnarsson (63), Halford (63), Harris (78), Tomlin (63), Zahore (63) Subs: Pilkington (45), Ralls (63), Ward (63), Damour (63), Kennedy (63), Meite (78), Coxe (84)

Read the full article via shropshirelive.com at: http://www.shropshirelive.com/2017/07/26/pre-season-match-report-shrewsbury-town-2-1-cardiff-city/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

U18's Friendly This Evening


UITC's under 18's are in action this evening.

They play Bromyard Town FC at Central Park.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm. 

Update 9.30:

Not the best night for UITC as Bromyard won the game 6-0.

PSF Results: Week Three


Preseason friendlies are well underway for clubs in the Southern Premier. 

Here are the results from the games played between 17th - 23rd July:

Monday 17th July
Dunstable Town 5 - Sky Sports News 0

Tuesday 18th July
Easingston Sports (step 6) 2 - Banbury United 0
Basingstoke Town A - Woking (step 1) A (Abandoned at half time with Woking winning 1-0)
Biggleswade Town 4 - Biggleswade United (step 5) 0
Bishop's Stortford 0 - Southend United (League One) 4
Colney Heath (step 5) 2 - Chesham United 2
Frome Town 0 - Northampton Town (League One) 5
Bishops Cleeve (step 4) 1 - Hereford 5
Hitchin Town 0 - Luton Town (League Two) 2
Brackley Town (step 2) 2 - Kettering Town 2
Fakenham Town (step 5) 1 - King's Lynn Town 6
Leverstock Green (step 5) 0 - Kings Langley 3
Redditch United 2 - Kidderminster Harriers (step 2) 3
St Ives Town 5 - Peterborough United XI 0
St Neots Town 4 - Stevenage (League Two) 2
Boldmere St Michaels (step 5) 2 - Stratford Town 3
Tiverton Town 0 - Truro City (step 2) 1
Weymouth 1 - Exeter City (League Two) 0

Wednesday 19th July
Merthyr Town 1 - Newport County (League Two) 1

Thursday 20th July
Bemerton Heath Harlequins (step 5) 1 - Gosport Borough 0
LGC Eagles (step 7) 2 - Hitchin Town 1
Bugbrooke St. Michaels (step 6) 3 - Kettering Town 4
Highgate United (step 5) 3 - Redditch United 1

Friday 21st July
Poole Town (step 2) 1 - Dorchester Town 2

Saturday 22nd July
Banbury United 3 - Chippenham Town (step 2) 2
Bracknell Town (step 5) 3 - Basingstoke Town 5
Newport Pagnell (step 5) 0 - Biggleswade Town 1
Bishop's Stortford 2 - Billericay Town (step 3) 6
Dunstable Town 0 - Hendon (step 3) 2
Frome Town 1 - Yeovil Town (League Two) 2
AFC Telford United (step 2) 0 - Hereford 0
Hitchin Town 4 - Baldock Town (step 6) 0 
Kettering Town 1 - Northampton Town (League One) 1
Peterborough Sports (step 4) 1 - King's Lynn Town 1
Hertford Town (step 5) 3 - Kings Langley 3
Penrhiwfer AFC (South Wales Alliance League) 2 - Merthyr Town 5
Haringey Borough (step 4) 4 - Royston Town 1
Slough Town 2 - Metropolitan Police (step 3) 1
AFC Rushden & Diamonds (step 4) 1 - St Ives Town 2
St Neots Town 1 - Harlow Town (step 3) 3
Bedworth United (step 4) 2 - Stratford Town 2
Weymouth 0 - Torquay United (step 1) 1


Merthyr Scrap CEO Role


The role of Chief Executive Officer at Merthyr Town has been scrapped after a review of their business model.

The club thanked Robert Price for his work, and said they will work with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

A statement from the Board of Directors said: "The club would like to place record its thanks for all of the hard work and dedication shown by Robert Price over the last few years, in delivering the new building within budget and setting the foundations for the club to continue to grow within the community of Merthyr Tydfil and the wider area."

"The board are working with all the staff to ensure a smooth transition to the new model. 

"There is a supporter’s meeting on Thursday 3rd August at 7pm where the board will answer any questions."

McDonald Joins Cinderford


Former UITC under 18 player Matt McDonald has joined Cinderford Town.

Midfielder McDonald is expected to play a part in Cinderford's pre-season friendly against Weston-super-Mare this evening.

Meanwhile winger Tristan Plummer, who was with Hereford FC last season, could be in the Weston squad for the friendly.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Gulacsi Tracked By Newcastle


Press reports are suggesting that former Hereford United loanee goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is being tracked by Newcastle United.

Currently with RB Leipzig, Gulacsi is well known to Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

When just 17, Benitez signed Gulacsi from MTK Budapest. However the youngster never played for the Liverpool first team despite being sent out to Hereford United, Tranmere and Hull to gain experience.
 

Hereford United v Cardiff City - From the archives

The Bulls and the Bluebirds have always had a healthy rivalry. On the 14th April 1976 a crowd of 35,459 at Ninian Park witnessed Cardiff defeat Hereford 2-0 in the old Division Three. Unfortunately I don't have footage of that game, but I do have a selection of matches from the early to mid 1990's . Cardiff always bought a good following to Edgar Street.

Welsh Cup Semi Final - 4th April 1990 - Hereford 1-3 Cardiff (We won 4-3 on agg)


Division Four - 20th October 1990 - Hereford 1-1 Cardiff

Another angle of Paul Wheeler's equaliser in the above game


Division Four - 22nd February 1992- Hereford 2-2 Cardiff


Division Three - 13th September 1992  - Hereford 1-1 Cardiff


Division Three - 26th November 1995 - Hereford 1-3 Cardiff


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£9 Million Jackpot in next Bulls Lotto Draw

Hereford supporters have a chance to win an estimated jackpot of £9 Million in the Bulls Lotto on Wednesday.
The growing Lotto means Hereford fans are both helping the club and regularly winning cash prizes with draws continuing to take place on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s throughout the summer months. So why not join and help raise funds for the Bulls. You have a 1-in-10 chance of winning something.

The Bulls Lotto has already raised over £1,750 for Hereford Football Club, which will no doubt assist the budget ahead of the upcoming Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.
The latest Lotto Draw took place on Saturday, 22nd July 2017.

Winning numbers were: 05-27-37-41-45-47, plus the Star Number 7.

The Prize Categories:

6 Numbers + Star             £7,805,693.22

6 Numbers                         £486,894.23

5 Numbers                         £2,688.30

4 Numbers                         £32.98

3 Numbers                         £8.87

Star Number                      0.5 Free Lotto Entry

The Bulls Lotto always provides fans with two opportunities a week to win huge sums of money in the knowledge all proceeds are donated to the Hereford United Supporters Trust AND REMEMBER EVERY PENNY of the minimum 26% (39p) and a maximum of 50% of each Bulls Lotto entry that HUST receives goes to assist the growing Hereford Football Club budget.
 
Prizes are on offer for matching one number or more and it’s easy to enter. Simply click https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm to get started and be in with a chance of winning.
 
All of the cash prizes are funded by the Lotto Network.
Enter your lucky numbers by joining here:  https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/index.htm

If you currently enter other lotteries, why not make Hereford Football Club your “good cause” by entering the Bulls Lotto instead? You can register in less than 60 seconds with entries from £1.50 per draw.
 
The next Bulls Lotto draw is on Wednesday, 26th July 2017 with an estimated jackpot of at least £9 Million.
 
For more details visit the Bulls Lotto website:   https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/lotto.htm

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hereford Were Excellent Said Telford Manager


Rob Edwards, the AFC Telford manager, felt that yesterday's friendly opponents Hereford had given his side a decent game.

"Today was real to what we are going to face in a few weeks time." said Edwards as reported by the Non-League Paper.

"Hereford were excellent and they are going to have a fantastic year.

"We are looking at bringing reinforcements in to make the group stronger.

"We lacked that killer edge." 


It's Cardiff City At Edgar Street On Wednesday


Cardiff City are Hereford's opponents on Wednesday evening in the first friendly of this pre-season to be played at Edgar Street.

How strong a team the Bluebirds will bring remains to be seen but Hereford manager Peter Beadle thought that some senior players could be included in what had been originally described as an under 23 side. 

"With Neil Warnock in charge and the people they've got there, they will look to do it right.

"I think they will look to do it as a proper football match.

"Jenks has spoken to Ron Jepson, he knows Ronnie quite well, he played with Ronnie a few years back.

"I think they play Shrewsbury on Tuesday. They've got quite a big squad.

"So, hopefully, they'll have a few players who don't get enough minutes on Tuesday who will come along and play on Wednesday.

"It will be another tough test for the players.

"(Yesterday) we got through the game with flying colours, we've put in a really good solid performance. On another day could have nicked it but it's not about the result."

Tickets for Wednesday's game are available online at https://herefordfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/cardiffu23 and also from the club on Wednesday from 10am. As it's a friendly it's all pay.

Cardiff supporters will have the Len Weston away area.

Prices are: Adults £9, Concessions £8, Under 18's £1.

Around The Bucks Head


A few pictures from yesterday afternoon taken around Telford's ground.

Hereford Supporters In The Main Stand

The Hereford Bench Plus Jamie Molyneux And Jamie Cuss

Joanie Roberts From Hereford Goals

Hereford Supporters In The Terrace Area

The Two Managers, Rob Edwards And Peter Beadle

After The Friendly


Match Pictures From Telford


BN's selection of match pictures from Hereford's friendly at Telford yesterday afternoon.











 

Battling Bulls Keep Bucks At Bay


Rob Purdie Captained Hereford
Hereford FC travelled to AFC Telford this afternoon for what was probably their toughest pre-season friendly to date. 

Manager Peter Beadle was without Mike Symons, Craig Dinsley and Ryan Green who are away on holiday. And yesterday he was told by keeper Ollie Davies that he was leaving the club after just a couple of weeks.

Just as the friendly was about to kick-off, the rain started but soon stopped. The Telford pitch was in good condition and both teams started the game looking to move the ball around.

Hereford had a couple of early chances and probably settled better than the home side. One fell to Mike McGarth.



And another to John Mills.

John Mills
Keeper Martin Horsell had to be alert to ensure this strike went wide.

Martin Horsell Diving To His Right
On 22 minutes John Mills was brought down by Telford Keeper Jasbir Singh but the Hereford striker's well struck penalty was kept out as Singh dived the right way and got a hand to it.




Telford came into the game after the penalty and chances for Hereford were few and far between.

Jimmy Oates was yellow carded for a challenge on Newby.

Keyon Reffell, who looked lively on the right wing, might have done better with this cross


which went straight to the keeper.

Half-time Telford 0 Hereford 0

The second half was pretty even with both sides having limited chances. On 60 minutes Beadle took off John Mills and gave a start to Lance Smith.


Lance Smith
And a few minutes later Garyn Preen replaced Rob Purdie.

Telford's Mathew Barnes-Homer headed wide and John Marsden hit the bar before on 78 minutes Pablo Haysham tried his luck but his shot went inches wide.


Haysham had another effort close to the end of the game which flashed past the keeper but again was just wide.


Final Score: AFC Telford 0 Hereford FC 0

Hereford: Horsell, Oates, Bowen, Edge, Deaman, Preece, Reffell, McGrath, Mills, Haysham, Purdie

Subs: Preen (for Purdie), Smith (for Mills), Pugh, Hayes, Richards, Harris

As Beadle said in his post match interview this was a useful friendly to test out his defence. Telford are in National North and on the day were the more physical of the two teams but credit to Hereford who defended well whilst not creating many chances.

The attendance wasn't announced but maybe 450 with around 150 supporting Hereford.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Just What We Needed Said Beadle



This afternoon's friendly at Telford was 'just what we needed' said Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle in his post match interview.

The game ended goal-less and Hereford's defence had to work hard to stop Telford from scoring.

"A fantastic friendly," said Beadle.

"I spoke to Rob (Telford manager) just coming off there and he said it was exactly what they needed as well.

"We really felt the benefit of that. A lot of the lads had ninety minutes.

"In spells I thought we played really well so it's been win win again today.

"I thought for the first twenty minutes we were good, we started really well, a couple of half chances, got the penalty. I thought we were in the asendancy.

"And then they had their spell, fifteen, twenty minutes towards the end of the half when we were pegged back a little bit.

"They never caused us what I would call a real major problem but it was tough because we had to defend a lot.

"It's not normal for us to be without possession for that amount of time so it was brilliant for us to ensure we had our shape right and the position of one or two people so a really good workout.

"Second half I thought it was a bit more even throughout the game. We had a decent spell, then they had a decent one.

"So I was really pleased with what we've done.

"We said before the game what would be nice was to have a clean sheet and I thought we deserved a clean sheet. It was a real team performance today."

Keeper Martin Horsell had plenty to do but was up to everything sent his way. However he took a knock in the first half when he was clattered by a Telford player.

"I suppose this is the difficulty in pre-season friendlies referees knowing how hard to come down.

"I thought the tackle on Pablo was a yellow card, I thought the tackle on Preece to push him over Horsell was a yellow card and then he books Jimmy for a yellow which looked not too much different to the one on Pablo.

"But it's their pre-season too but I think sometimes you need to stamp it out because players think that being a pre-season game they are not going to be sent off so they'll just do a reckless one and get away with it.

"It's a nasty knock on his knee but he is now going away on holiday so he will get a chance to rest it in the sun!

"Oliver Davies has had an offer to do a week at Yeovil. I spoke to him on Thursday and they wanted him there to the end of the week. I presumed they were speaking to him on Friday.

"I spoke to him yesterday to ask him if he was with us but Yeovil wanted him to play in their game at Frome this afternoon, I think they were going to make a decision then.

"But he also said that Newport had made him an offer so either way he was going to take one or the other. So Ollie has moved on which is a shame and I'm disappointed as we worked hard to get him here, spent a lot of time doing the deal to get him here and we were looking forward to seeing him work.

"I understand why he's done it as he wants full-time football and that's what he's done.

"But it leaves us a bit short on Wednesday. We'll have Max but Max is going to Aston Villa on Monday for a week which is fantastic for us, Rory has gone to Shrewsbury, Ollie has now gone to Newport or Yeovil.

"Villa rang us about having a look at him for a week's training but he is going to be available on Wednesday but being a friendly as well I wouldn't take the risk of playing him if I can get cover.

"So we are going to work hard this weekend to try and get cover, If not I might put myself in there. No I won't I wouldn't do that to anybody given the sight of me in a goalie kit.

"It's just one of those things but part and parcle of pre-season.

"We've played well again today without Green, Dinsley and Symons. All in all a decent day."

Keeper Davies Leaves Bulls

Goalkeeper Oliver Davies has left Hereford. BN understands he's received a better offer from elsewhere.

More on this later.

Goalless Draw at Telford

The Bulls drew 0-0 with the Bucks in a preseason friendly.

Hereford had a penalty saved during the first half, and right at the death Haysham couldn't break the deadlock with a powerful drive.

Report to follow.  

Randolph Linked With Move To Middlesborough


Former Hereford United loanee keeper Darren Randolph could be moving to Middlesborough from West Ham.

England keeper Joe Hart is joining West Ham on a season long loan deal from Manchester City so Randolph is looking for another club.

He is set to travel to Middlesborough today for a medical.

The Irish born keeper came to Edgar Street on loan from Charlton at the start of the 2008/09 season but fell out with manager Graham Turner.


UITC's Summer Soccer Schools


A reminder that UITC's summer soccer schools start next Monday.

Here are the main details:

United in the Community’s summer programme begins in Hereford next  Monday 24th July. This kicks off six weeks of delivery across the county and will include a trip to St. George’s Park, as well as a Girls Only Soccer School. Children aged 5-14 (some venues may vary) and of all abilities are welcome to attend; each day will run from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm. Prices start from just £15 per day and places are subject to availability.

Week 1 - 24 to 28 July - Hereford Week 2 - 31 July to 4 August - Ledbury Week 2 - 31 July to 2 August - Hereford (Girls Only 7 to 12) Week 3 - 7 to 9 August - Hereford
(includes a trip to St George's Park)
Week 4 - 14 to 18 August - Leominster Week 5 - 21 to 25 August - Ledbury Week 6 - 29 to 31 August - Hereford

Full courses can be booked online now, offering a £10 discount. All other payments will be cash on the day. (Junior Bulls and HUST members will receive a £2 cash refund on the first day of camp when booking the full course online.)

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Preview: AFC Telford United vs Hereford


Hereford travel to fellow phoenix club AFC Telford United this afternoon for a preseason friendly.

The Bulls are yet to face the National League North side since reforming, but Hereford United did play their Shropshire neighbours frequently over the years.

The most recent meeting was on the final day of the 2012/13 season, which was the Bulls' first season back in the Conference. Hereford had already secured a 6th-placed finish, and comfortably beat the Bucks 4-0.

Sam Clucas, who had just been named as player of the year, scored twice, with Marlon Jackson and Josh O'Keefe also finding the back of the net.

A Very Happy Brain Smikle With Scorer Josh O'Keefe In The Middle Of The Group
Meanwhile, Telford's new manager Rob Edwards will be keen for his side to put in an improved performance compared to Thursday night - a young Bucks side were thrashed 14-1 by Welsh Premier side The New Saints.

His arrival is part of a wider shake-up at the club, apparently as a result of new investment. BBC Shropshire's Nick Southall was told it was too good to turn down (link).

For Bulls fans making the journey, one option is to take the train.
For fans wanting to make their way straight to the ground, catch the 12:28 Holyhead service from Hereford, changing at Shrewbury to catch the train towards Wellington. The New Bucks Head stadium is a 15/20 minute walk from Wellington station.

But for those driving, the postcode is TF1 2TU. Allow one and half hours, and there's ample parking at the stadium (charged at £3).

Hereford manager Peter Beadle will be without Mike Symons, Ryan Green and Calvin Dinsley who are away, but it's hoped Garyn Preen will have recovered from the knock he picked up last weekend.

New signing Lance Smith should also play a part in the game, he trained on Thursday night after returning from holiday.