Next Game: Hitchin Town at Home on Saturday 18th November at 3pm

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hereford FC Contender For Top Honour In H&W Sports Awards

Hereford FC are one of six contenders for the top honour in this year's Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.
All will be revealed at a ceremony at Worcester Warriors on November 23rd which will be hosted by BBC H&W's Kate Justice.

The six contestants for the top honour, the 'Sports Personality of the Year', are Bromsgrove Sporting FC, Daryl Mitchell, Droitwich RFC, Evie Richards, Hereford FC and Johnny Arr.
The 'Sports Personality of the Year' winner is the sportsperson or organisation, judged by a public vote, deemed to have achieved the most in 2017.
The public vote is now open on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership website at:

The poll closes on 11.59pm TONIGHT Sunday 19th November.

Help Merthyr With A Capacity Crowd On Boxing Day Said Beadle

The financial problems at Merthyr have been well documented here and elsewhere. Yesterday their development side travelled to Chesham and lost 13-1 as most of their senior players have left with Eliot Richards set to sign for Hereford.

Hereford manager Peter Beadle spoke about Merthyr in his post-match interview.

"I don't know the whole ins and outs," said Beadle.

"I know they've gone to Chesham with a really young side by the sounds of it.

"I don't understand why because I think they could have put out a stronger side today.

"They gave us a lot of help when we reformed so it's a sad state of affairs for them. We just hope that they can come through it and we go there on Boxing Day so hopefully we can give them a big helping hand in them getting back on track.

"It won't solve their problems but it might help.

"I'm sure they would like a capacity crowd on Boxing Day and a competitive game and everybody go there in good spirits and hopefully we can help them out.

"Outside of that we don't know what the problems are, all we can do is do our part as they did for us when we reforming.

"We will give them any help we can." 

With the signing of Richards does that mean that Peter Beadle currently have a large enough squad?

"We're always looking," said Beadle.

"We're not looking for anyone in particular but we're always looking in case something raises its head.

"You are always looking to strengthen, you never know what is around the corner, you don't know whether you will pick up any more injuries or whatever, or anything long term.

"But I wouldn't say we are actively looking to bring anybody in."

Birch Returns To Sutton Coldfield

Former Hereford FC midfielder Aaron Birch has returned to Sutton Coldfield.

He recently quit to move to Stourbridge but, reportedly, the move didn't work out.

Birch joins another former Hereford player Michael Townsend at the 'Royals'.

Hereford 5 - Hitchin Town 0

Lance Smith Scored A Hat-Trick For Hereford
As league action returned to Edgar Street yesterday with the visit of Hitchin, Hereford manager chose to hand starts to recent signings Tyrone Duffus and Cameron Pring, despite the pair yet to train with the squad. 20-year old Duffus started alongside Rob Purdie in midfield, with Pring starting at left-back as Jamie Bird dropped to the bench.

Hitchin got proceedings underway attacking the Meadow End in the first half, but couldn't create anything meaningful from a corner within the opening five minutes.

Down at the Blackfriars End, John Mills created a great chance for Keyon Reffell, but visiting keeper Michael Johnson did well to get enough on the shot to send it wide.

Two goalworthy chances followed for the Canaries, but neither Ben Walster's free kick or Jonny McNamara's low shot could get past Horsell in goal for the Bulls.

With the visitors looking the brighter of the two sides so far, that all changed when Tyrone Duffus opened the scoring in the 17th minute.
With a corner being put behind by a Hitchin defender, Garyn Preen once again delivered the ball into the box. Duffus was on hand at the near post, diving to powerfully head the ball past the keeper to score on his debut.

John Mills somehow didn't score goal number two with 30 minutes on the clock. Dara O'Shea made progress down the right, as he picked out Mills in the box with a low cross. Under little pressure, the 27-year blazed his right-footed shot over the bar.

Horsell continued to look strong in goal, snatching the ball from the feet of McNamara after he brought down a long ball.

A well-worked attack by Hereford then saw Tyrone Duffus grab his second goal of the game. Duffus intercepted Dan Webb's header on the halfway line, he quickly found Lance Smith ahead of him. After some neat passes, Keyon Reffell cross from the left was all-too-easily tapped home at the far post by the Cardiff City loanee.

Both sides had chances in the final five minutes of the half, but weren't able to capitalise on them. Firstly Ben Walster blazed a penalty hopelessly high and wide for Hitchin, before Garyn Preen saw his shot saved by the keeper after skipping past three defenders.

Hitchin Players Appeal For A Penalty
Lance Smith scored Hereford's third goal before the break, having little difficulty in finding the back of the net. With the keeper well off his line in an attempt to deny John Mills, he offloaded the ball to Smith who was easily able to slot home.

HT: Hereford 3 - Hitchin Town 0

An off-the-ball foul within the 18-yard box was picked up by referee Bradley Hall, who awarded the second penalty of the game. No other than John Mills stepped up, but the keeper did well to dive low down to his right to keep the marksman's spot kick out.

Three minutes after the restart Duffus came agonisingly close to completing his hat trick. His shot from point-blank range smashed against the underside of the crossbar, but with the ball failing to cross the goal line, Hitchin worked quickly to clear the danger.

Just shy of the hour mark, the Bulls further increased their lead as Lance Smith scored his second. With his back to goal, Smith was on hand to flick home Cameron Pring's free kick into the top left-hand corner of the net.

Lucas Kirkpatrick was booked for a foul on Duffus, but captain for the afternoon Jack Deaman couldn't quite get onto the end of Garyn Preen's free kick from the right.

The fifth goal of the afternoon then killed off any hopes of Hitchin salvaging a point as Lance Smith completed his hat trick. John Mills looked to try a shot from the right-hand side of the box, but with the ball looking to be going wide, Smith was well-placed to redirect the ball past the keeper.

The Canaries' best chance of the half came courtesy of Lucas Kirkpatrick in the 77th minute. After getting onto the end of a corner, his rising shot was kept out by the crossbar.

Hitchin finished the game with ten men as Callum Donnelly was dismissed after picking up two yellow cards in under ten minutes.

FT: Hereford 5 - Hitchin Town 0
Att: 2,104 with 17 in the away enclosure
Sponsors' MotM: Tyrone Duffus

Hereford: Horsell, O'Shea (Oates - 69'), Pring, Purdie, Green, Deaman (c), Preen (Bird - 78'), Duffus, Mills, Reffell (Page - 78'), Smith.

Subs not used: Symons, A. Harris.

Hitchin: Johnson, Rolfe, Walster, Dowie, Webb, Bickerstaff, Kirkpatrick, C. Donnelly, B. Donnelly, McNamara, Smith.

Subs: Vincent, Bailey, Green, Charles.

Next Game: St Ives Town at Home on Tuesday 21st November at 7.45pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017

First Hereford Hat-Trick For Smith

Lance Smith scored his first hat-trick for Hereford in their 5-0 win over Hitchin this afternoon. Afterwards he talked to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"Playing in front of all those people and scoring just one goal is good but three is amazing," said Smith.

"There were a couple of minutes when we switched off a little bit but all in all there was a strong performance from everyone from front to back.

"The first one was a nice little finish but my favourite was probably the second, a flick in the corner.

"A good team performance today."

Smith and fellow striker John Mills appear to be forming a good partnership.

"He's had a few chances today, he'll come and knock three or four in next game. We'll take it in turns. 

"Today I thought was a really big game. We had a lot of cup games but this is what we are here for, promotion. The cups are a bonus. The league is what we need.

"The two new lads that came in today have done well. It was good all round today.

"We went in at half-time 3-0 up. We couldn't take them lightly.

"The football was really good today, enjoyable."

Hereford have another home match on Tuesday.

"We need six points out of these two games. We've just got to keep going. This league is want we want, to get promotion."

Second Half Pictures From Hereford's 5-0 Win Over Hitchin

A selection of pictures from the second half of Hereford's 5-0 win over Hitchin.

First Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A selection of pictures captured during the first half of Hereford's 5-0 win over Hitchin this afternoon.

Pring's Debut In Five Goal Charge By Bulls

New signing Cameron Pring seemed well pleased with his debut for Hereford this afternoon when he spoke after the game to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It was great," said Pring.

"To win 5-0 on your debut and to get an assist from a free-kick, it was a good day.

"It's hard getting used to what players are like and how they play but I thought I fitted in quite well. All in all I think I did all right.

"A goal would have been nice on a debut but I'm happy with the performance."

Rob Purdie Places The Ball Ready For Cameron Pring To Take A Free-Kick
Did Pring know any of the Hereford players?

"I know Adam Page from Cheltenham when I was at Cheltenham a couple of years ago but apart from that I only know names."

The game is more physical at Hereford than Bristol.

"It's a side of the game I need to get used to, I think this is the perfect place to get used to it.

"It's a great club, the atmosphere today was great. It's perfect for me, I'm sure I will enjoy it a lot."

Pring was asked about playing alongside Ryan Green.

"He was talking to me constantly through the game, helped quite a lot."

Tyrone Duffus also made his debut this afternoon.

"He was very good in mid-field, he bossed it today." 

Pictures From Before Kick-off At Edgar Street This Afternoon

A selection of pictures taken before kick-off this afternoon at Edgar Street where Hitchin were the visitors.

Peter Beadle

Jack Deaman Leads Out Hereford

Two Players Made Their Debuts For Hereford - Cameron Pring and Tyrone Duffus.