Next Game: Basingstoke Town Away on Saturday 17th March at 3pm

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Game On At Basingstoke

This latest update from Basingstoke:


✅ The pitch is perfectly playable at this time! The match referee will be arriving early should the weather deteriorate! #UpTheStoke ⚽️🔵

Update From Basingstoke At 11am

There will be an update from Basingstoke at 11am regarding this afternoon's Southern Premier League match against Hereford.

The club has tweeted that, as at 10.16am, snow is falling although the pitch is 'perfect'.

The radar picture for Basingstoke currently shows a line of light rain/snow from the east coast through London towards Bristol.

Update: As at 11.10am nothing from Basingstoke so it's assumed the game goes ahead.

Harry McShane Played For Both Hereford United And Manchester United

Yesterday BN published a short article about a player who turned out for Hereford United in 1946/47 and went on to play for Manchester United.

Today we can confirm that player was Harry McShane.

Below is his pen-pic complied by Ron Parrott. 
Born Holytown, near Motherwell 8th April 1920, died 12th November 2012

Christened Henry, Harry as he was always known, started his career playing for his local Boys Brigade and was a reserve for the Scottish Schoolboys team v Ireland in 1934. He then had one season at Bellshill Athletic before signing up as a 17-year-old professional for Blackburn Rovers in April 1937, where he made two first-team appearances for them that season. When war broke out, Harry served with the RAF in North Africa and in Italy. By consent, he was allowed to turn out for Hamilton Academicals during the war years, as well as guesting for Manchester City, Blackpool, Reading and Port Vale. 

When Harry was de-mobbed in Hereford in November 1946, he played twice for the club before being transferred to Huddersfield Town. A skilful left-winger, his first game for United was played out of position at centre-forward in a 4-0 SL defeat at Yeovil Town and in his rightful position on the left wing in a 3-1 Welsh Cup defeat at Oswestry. 

He made 15 league appearances for Huddersfield before signing for Bolton Wanderers in 1947, where he scored six times in 93 league games over four seasons. He then moved on to Manchester United in 1950 and in another four seasons scored eight times in 56 league appearances, helping them to runners-up spot in 1950/51 and going one better to win the First Division the following season. Harry then moved a short distance away and scored five goals in 41 games for Oldham Athletic before dropping into non-league football as player-coach with Chorley and finally ending his career with Wellington Town and Droylsden. After retirement, Harry coached Stalybridge Celtic before returning to Old Trafford in a scouting capacity, where his biggest discovery was Wes Brown, as well as acting as the stadium announcer during the sixties. Harry's son Ian McShane is a famous actor and played the title role in the TV series "Lovejoy".

Friday, March 16, 2018

Southern Prem Pitch Inspections

Given the weather forecast there's the chance that there will be pitch inspections in the Southern Premier League this weekend.

Already announced is that there will be a pitch inspection at Royston, who play Banbury, at 10am. Update: Match postponed.

Stratford will have a pitch inspection at 11am ahead of their game against Kettering. Update: Games goes ahead.

The games at Hitchin, Tiverton and St Ives have been called off.

Basingstoke Town v Hereford
Bishop's Stortford v Slough Town
Frome Town v Kings Langley
Gosport Borough v Redditch United
Hitchin Town v Dorchester Town - OFF
King's Lynn Town v Farnborough
Merthyr Town v St Neots Town
Royston Town v Banbury United - OFF
St Ives Town v Chesham United - OFF
Stratford Town v Kettering Town
Tiverton Town v Biggleswade Town - OFF
Weymouth v Dunstable Town

Preview: Basingstoke Town vs Hereford

Gwladys the Bull takes a look ahead to tomorrow's game:

Following the postponement of the game at Biggleswade on Tuesday, Hereford FC are still looking to put last weekend’s disappointment against Kings Lynn behind them and get back on the winning trail. With a week of heavy rain - and yet more snow forecast on Saturday - it remains to be seen if the fixture at Basingstoke Town manages to beat the weather.

Hereford could welcome back Ryan Green who missed the Kings Lynn game through injury and was also set to miss the game in midweek. The failure of that game going ahead will have been a benefit to him and it is hoped that he will slot back into one of the centre-half positions. With the forward line drawing a blank last weekend, it is likely that Pete Beadle will review his options up front with John Mills still chomping at the bit for a start. A full week off is no bad thing and the Bulls should be close to full strength.

Basingstoke have been on a decent run of late with narrow victories against Stratford, Hitchin and St Neots and an impressive 1-1 draw away at Slough. The Dragons currently sit in 10th place and look set for a mid-table finish. They have only been beaten twice in league matches at the Camrose Stadium all season: losing 3-1 to Frome on the opening day and a 2-1 defeat to Kings Lynn.  Former AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot manager, Terry Brown, will celebrate two years in charge at Basingstoke next week, but with such tremendous home form, he will be slightly disappointed that his side aren’t closer to the playoff positions.

Hereford remain top of the pile and following Kings Lynn’s win over Slough in the week the gap was further narrowed to just 4 points. In the space of four days, the Norfolk side gained 6 points on the leaders although having now played two games more. A win for Beadle’s side is vital, but Basingstoke must be treated with respect. Three points in this game would then be followed by three consecutive home fixtures that could provide a decent opportunity to reaffirm Hereford’s healthy advantage as league leaders.

Clucas Proved Hereford Critics Wrong

Sam Clucas scored for Hereford at Telford in 2014 in what turned out to be his last game in non-league

Swansea midfielder Sam Clucas has spoken to the Guardian about his rise from non-league football.

When Clucas signed for Hereford United in 2011 he was widely criticised and very few would've expected him to be playing in the Premier League seven years later.

Here's some of the article, but the full piece can be read here.

Rejected by Leicester City, released by Lincoln City and turned down by MK Dons after scoring a hat-trick in a trial game, Sam Clucas has proved a few people wrong along the way, including one particular supporter. “I used to look on the fans’ forum when I played for Hereford and you would see people saying: ‘He’s the worst player we’ve ever signed.’ There was one – I actually took a screenshot of it on my phone – who wrote: ‘If he ever plays higher than League Two, I’ll eat my hat.’ That’s one that always sticks in my head,” the midfielder says.

Defying the critics has become the story of Clucas’s career in many ways, with last summer’s move to Swansea presenting a familiar set of challenges for a player whose colourful CV includes a stint operating the till in a cafe at Debenhams. Jeered off when he was substituted at the Liberty Stadium against Brighton in November, Clucas was given a standing ovation by the same fans two months later after he scored twice for Swansea in a 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

That road to redemption is a well-trodden path for Clucas, only these days he has mechanisms in place during the bad times, especially when it comes to social media. “I used to be one of those players that types his name and sees what people are saying but it does get you down at times. So I thought to myself that I had to block it out because it was getting to the point where I was losing confidence going into games, thinking I was going to get slated. Now I’ve turned all my Twitter notifications off, so if I have a bad game I don’t see: ‘Clucas was rubbish, get out of my club.’

“Fans are obviously trying to vent their frustration but they don’t realise the knock-on effect it has on the player. And obviously if that player is going to a game not full of confidence, it has a knock-on effect to the team. It’s the most frustrating part of being a footballer because, to be honest, it’s hard to bite your tongue at times. Some of the tweets, I think: ‘I wouldn’t say that to anybody.’ So if you’re going to be on social media, you’ve got to develop a thick skin, because it can be a vicious place.”

News Round Up

The ongoing problems at Dulwich Hamlet have seen them locked out of their ground and the club name trademarked by US property investors Meadow Residential, but Southwark Council have agreed plans to buy the club's Champion Hill stadium. The south London club are currently second in the Bostik Premier League, but allegedly owe £120,000 in rent and have breached the terms of their license to use the ground.

Banbury United manager Mike Ford has set his sights on a top five finish, but admits that his side's home form has let them down this season. Ford told the Banbury Guardian they're going into Saturday’s game on a good run of form and he has agreed with the players the targets for the remaining games. 

Neil Young has returned to National League strugglers Chester as a volunteer advisor to help with first team matters. Young achieved three successive promotions when the club was reformed in 2010, but was sacked during their first season in non-league's top flight. On the last day of the 2013/14 season the Blues were relegated, but were later reinstated after Hereford United's expulsion. 

Ex-Bull Marley Watkins says it's an honour to be named in the Wales squad ahead of their China Cup tour. Watkins said he looks forward to working with new manager Ryan Giggs who announced the full side at yesterday's press conference at St Fagans National Museum of History. The 27-year old Norwich midfielder made 34 appearances and scored 5 goals for United in the 2012/13 Conference season.

Former Hereford youth team keeper Owen Evans has also been called up. He's currently on loan to Sutton United from Wigan Athletic and will be part of the U21 squad.

Barry Cavilla has been appointed the new chairman of St Neots Town. Cavilla said he wants to improve the club's community facilities, with the board of directors adding he is a well-respected individual and has previously been successfully involved with St Neots and other local clubs.

Frome Town have launched a new fundraising initiative to drive the club forward, according to the Frome TimesThe club are looking for individuals and businesses to join the Centurians Club by donating £500 a year, either in monetary form or goods, services or voluntary hours. Football and operations director Gary Collinson said the club are in danger of stagnating on the field but want to be able to produce an entertaining product each Saturday.

Basingstoke Sign Defender Leggett

Basingstoke have signed defender Tom Leggett on non-contract terms until the end of the season.

He will go straight into their squad for the visit of Hereford tomorrow subject to league approval.

22 year old Leggett trialled for Eastleigh pre-season having been released from the youth section at Aston Villa at the end of last season.

Hereford United VP Ties At Auction

It's usually match programmes that feature at auctions but currently two Hereford United VP Club ties are on offer.

They are being sold by Midlands Sports Auctions and are lot 83. 

Bidding starts on 31st March 2018 and closes on Sunday 15th April.

“Who Said Being A Club Historian Is Boring?”

Hereford FC historian Ron Parrott has been doing research into former players and has set a question for BN readers.

A left-winger who turned out twice for Hereford United in 1946/47 went on to:-
1.   Win a runners-up medal with Manchester United in 1950/51
2.   Win a First Division champions medal with the Reds the following season
3.   Was stadium announcer at Old Trafford in the sixties
4.   Scouted for the Reds and was the one who recommended Wes Brown
5.   Had a son who played the leading role in the TV series series “Lovejoy”
So who was that player?
We'll have the answer tomorrow.

Saturday's Southern Prem Fixtures

There is a full programme of fixtures in the Southern Premier League tomorrow. However last night's heavy rain may cause problems at some grounds leading to possible pitch inspections.

Leaders Hereford will be back in action at Basingstoke (10th) after their away game at Biggleswade was postponed last Tuesday. Manager Peter Beadle had hoped that after defeat by King's Lynn at Edgar Street last Saturday his side would bounce back with a win at Biggleswade which, on paper, looked likely.

However a win at Basingstoke isn't a foregone conclusion given that the 'Dragons' have an excellent home record. Currently they have won their last six home games.

Basingstoke 9/4  Draw 3/1  Hereford 10/11 

Meanwhile King's Lynn (2nd) should overcome Farnborough (15th) to keep up their challenge on the Bulls.

Weymouth (3rd) should defeat Dunstable (23rd) but Kettering (4th) may find it difficult to take all three points from Stratford (14th) who have drawn seven of their home games so far.

Slough (5th) travel to Bishop's Stortford and although they lost at King's Lynn last Tuesday will be fancied to win this one. 

Basingstoke Town v Hereford
Bishop's Stortford v Slough Town
Frome Town v Kings Langley
Gosport Borough v Redditch United
Hitchin Town v Dorchester Town
King's Lynn Town v Farnborough
Merthyr Town v St Neots Town
Royston Town v Banbury United
St Ives Town v Chesham United
Stratford Town v Kettering Town
Tiverton Town v Biggleswade Town
Weymouth v Dunstable Town 

Top of the Southern Prem:

Hereford 35/83
King's Lynn 37/79
Weymouth 37/75
Kettering 34/70
Slough 32/64
Chesham 37/62

Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Physical Side' To Face Hereford At Basingstoke

Basingstoke manager Terry Brown has said that he will pick a 'physical side' to play Hereford on Saturday.

"I think for Hereford I will pick the most physical side I can," said Brown as reported by the Gazette.

"I felt at their place, it was very much men against boys.

"I have been telling the lads this is the biggest game left this season and our aim is to finish in the top 10."

Brown will be without striker Ben Wright who has joined Gosport on loan for a month.

"Ben’s loan saves us money and also means he will get first team football."

Basingstoke have a decent home record with six straight wins leading up to the game.

Gosport Sack Manager Pike - Again

For the second time this season Gosport Borough have parted company with manager Alex Pike.

Pike was dismissed in September by acting-chairman Iain Sellstrom, before being reappointed in December by his successor Iain McInness.

But after failing to win any of his 14 games in charge and the club four points adrift at the bottom of the table, there had been speculation over Pike's future after the board discussed it 'at depth' last week.

As reported on BN yesterday, the pair were due to meet today and a club statement was issued a short time ago.

McInness said: "Alex Pike and I agreed to take some ‘time out’ over the deliberations on his continuation in the role of manager. As reported Alex did have some family issues that needed his personal and acknowledged attention, as a private matter.

"Now I can confirm that Alex will not be returning to the club as manager and that much has been agreed and accepted. Any ongoing matters regarding that arrangement will be strictly a matter between myself the board and Alex as appropriate. 

"There will be no further statement from anyone at the club as that aspect of the matter is now confidential and closed."

Striker Rowan Vine, assistant manager Louie Bell and coach Jay Keating will take care of first team duties.

Former Hereford Player Running Hull Marathon For Cancer Research

Scott Goodwin played in a game between the Hereford and Worcester Supporters Trusts in August 2014

A former Hereford United midfielder is taking part in the Hull Marathon in September to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Scott Goodwin's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, and with a young family, he said it was a difficult time for them all.

Goodwin said: "My wife Lucy Goodwin got diagnosed with breast cancer on the 3rd February, as you can imagine it was a big shock and heart breaking.

"With young children it was the hardest thing to explain to them that mummy was poorly, it’s been so hard but if I’m honest Lucy has been so positive it’s unreal and she has really as kept us all going.

"To see your loved ones go through pain and repeated hospital appointments is a hard pill to swallow. For me doing the marathon is nothing compared to what Lucy will go through in the next 18 months or so, but it will help if you could all raise a bit of cash and support this worthwhile charity."

The midfielder made 32 appearance for United during the 2001/02 season and is hoping to raise £5,000 for the charity.

"The support we’ve had from family and friends has been overwhelming.

"The staff at Spires Hspital in Leicester have been fantastic, fingers crossed in 18 months or so we’ll all be celebrating the good news that Lucy has the all clear - that will be some party!"

Throwback Thursday | Chester City 1-3 Hereford United - 26th October 1996

For this week's episode we head to the Deva Stadium the home of Chester City. Hereford went 1-0 down early on, but fought back with goals from Adrian Foster (2) and John Brough.
Line up
1 Andy deBont
2 David Norton
3 Trevor Matthewson
4 Dean Smith
5 Nicky  Law
6 Mike Forsyth
7 Garry Cook
8 Gareth Stoker
9 Adrian Foster
10 Chris Hargreaves
11 John Brough
Attendance 2,301

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

One Southern Prem Result

One game was played in the Southern Premier League this evening.

Frome 0 St Ives 1

HFA Sunday League Survey

Herefordshire FA is looking to give their Sunday League a boost and want your ideas to help.

Herefordshire FA have now been responsible for the running of the County League for almost two seasons and are interested in gaining feedback on players, teams and coaches experiences so far. In particular they want your opinions and ideas relating to the Sunday League. You can provide them with your thoughts by completing a quick survey - It doesn’t matter if you currently play, coach or volunteer Sunday League football or not!

Sunday football has a proud tradition in the county and the HFA are looking into ways of increasing the team numbers and level of competition in the current league.

Please complete this short survey and let them know your experiences with the current HFA Sunday League. They are looking to hear from past, current and future Sunday League players. If you used to play Sunday league but stopped, currently play Sunday league, or would like to in the future your feedback is equally important.

The suggestions and responses received in this survey will help us shape the future of Sunday League football in Herefordshire. Some of the things under consideration include:
· Changing kick off times
· Using Central Venues
· More flexibility around fixtures
· Cheaper match fees
· Less administration

Once Herefordshire FA have gathered as much information as possible from the survey they will be looking to host a Sunday League focus group to consult and discuss the results and suggestions with current, previous and potential new teams.

Take the Survey:

News Round Up

Speculation continues over the future of Gosport Borough's manager Alex Pike, who missed last night's 2-1 loss at Bishop's Stortford for personal reasons. Since Pike was reappointed in December, Boro have only picked up two points from 14 games and remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the Southern Premier table. According to the Portsmouth News, Chairman Iain McInness said the board have discussed his future 'at depth', and the pair are due to meet tomorrow [Thursday].

Tiverton Town remain hopeful that they can secure a top five finish, according to manager Martyn Roberts. Tivvy currently occupy 8th place, but after their 7-1 win against Dunstable on Saturday, Rogers told Devon Live they have a slight chance but have a lot of work to do.

The arrangements for the Challenge Cup have been announced, with the usual two-legged final being abandoned due a lack of available dates. Didcot Town will travel to Hitchin Town on Monday 19th March in the League Cup final, with kick off at 7.45pm. Should the score be level after 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalties.

Former Bull Jarrod Bowen has featured in Sky Sports' Best Championship XI for the season. In the 'power rankings', the striker is ninth in the Top 50 English Championship players, with another ex-Hereford United player Tom Barkhuizen ten places behind.

Worcester City manager John Snape has allowed Redditch United to speak with Tyler Weir after waiving the standard seven day approach. Snape told the Worcester News he doesn't want the 27-year old to leave, but understands that he may need a new challenge. Weir made seven appearances for Hereford during a three year spell at Edgar Street.

Segregation In Place At Basingstoke

Hereford are set to travel to Basingstoke on Saturday and the ground will be segregated - but the match won't be all ticket.

Home fans will be allocated the Mansfield Road side of the ground, the Town End and a small area of the Clubhouse End. Access will be through gates 1 & 2.

Hereford fans will access through gates 3 & 4 and be allocated the remaining areas of the ground and stand.

Basingstoke have arranged extra stewarding, toilets and food/bar facilities. After the game, Hereford fans will not be permitted entry to the clubhouse.

Unlike most games, tickets won't be available online.

Gates will open at 2pm.

Adult £12
Concession £8 (over 60s, students (with valid student card), registered disabled, unemployed, acting servicemen and all emergency services showing a current valid ID.
U16s Free

Weymouth FC In Profit

Weymouth FC, who are currently third in the Southern League, made a profit of £13,287 in the year to May 31st 2017. In that season their gates averaged 517.

In the previous twelve months the club made £74,519.

Obviously club circumstances are different but for comparison Hereford FC made £5,709 in the year to May 31st 2017. Gates averaged 2821.

Bulls News Potential Points Table

After last night's results, the BN Potential Points Table looks like this:

1 - Hereford 35/83 - 116 (currently on 83 points)
2 - King's Lynn 37/79 - 106
3 - Weymouth 37/75 - 102
4 - Kettering 34/70 - 106
5 - Slough 32/64 - 106
6 - Chesham 37/62 - 89
7 - Royston 34/61 - 97
8 - Tiverton 35/59 - 92
9 - Banbury 37/58 - 85
10 - Basingstoke 36/52 - 82 (Can not overtake Hereford)
11 - Hitchin 35/50 - 83
12 - Frome 34/50 - 86

Currently Hereford need to win eight of their remaining eleven games (or win seven and draw three) to ensure they lift the Southern League Title.

Hereford's Remaining League Fixtures:

Sat Mar 17: Basingstoke Town (a)
Tue Mar 20: Frome Town (h)
Sat Mar 24: Gosport Borough (h)
Sat Mar 31: Royston Town (h)

Mon Apr 2: Redditch United (a)
Sat Apr 7: Chesham United (h)
Mon Apr 9: Hitchin Town (a)
Sat Apr 14: Bishops Stortford (a)

Tue Apr 17: Biggleswade (a) TBC
Sat Apr 21: Kettering Town (h)

Sat Apr 28: St. Ives Town (a)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

King's Lynn Close Gap On Hereford

King's Lynn have closed the gap on Hereford to four points at the top of the Southern Premier League. However the leaders have two games in hand.

The Linnets won their game against Slough 1-0 this evening.

On a very muddy pitch, Tom Ward scored for the home team after 65 minutes. Seconds later Slough were reduced to ten men after Matt Lench was sent off.

Bishop's Stortford 2 Gosport 1
King's Lynn 1 Slough 0
Royston 5 Merthyr 1
Hereford 35/83
King's Lynn 37/79
Weymouth 37/75
Kettering 34/70
Slough 32/64
Chesham 37/62

‘Lilac’s Little Legs’ Grateful of Deaman’s Support

Jack Deaman with Lilac and her family
The mother of a three year old girl who is at the heart of a fundraising campaign so she can walk properly for the first time.

Lilac Jackson was born critically ill at 34 weeks and was on life support after contracting sepsis.

She pulled through, but before her first birthday was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy - a condition which tightens leg muscles.

With the operation not available on the NHS, £80,000 is being raised to fund the procedure and the equipment needed for the rehabilitation.

Lilac was the match mascot at Edgar Street on Saturday with Jack Deaman helping to organise the day. Lilac’s mother was thankful of Deaman’s support, saying they’ve come away with a lifelong friend.

Leila Jackson said: “Jack got involved with ‘Lilac’s Little Legs’ quite early on in our campaign, so going back to the end of 2017. He’s opened so many doors to us, so many opportunities have come our way.

“Our daughters are in the same nursery, which is how we came to cross paths. But more than that, we’ve come away with a lifelong friend. It’s really quite a special situation which has come out all of this.

“He’s opened doors with Hereford and we’ve been quite prolific on twitter off the back of some of his contacts. It’s quite amazing in the build up to this game how the fan base have got behind us, and the impact it’s had on our JustGiving page - in the past 48 hours has been just mind blowing.

“It’s allowed us to touch people we otherwise wouldn’t have touched and our story is just spreading.”

Other than a bucket collection at Edgar Street next Tuesday, the family have received a lot of support from other clubs and events closer to their Gloucestershire home.

“We’ve had some good support in Cheltenham, the football club have supported us quite nicely which is exciting. Cheltenham Town Ladies have as well which is particularly special to us.

“We’re going to a charity football match at the end of the March which I’m particularly excited about us I must say! There’s a Steps and Blue concert happening locally which Lilac is going to be the special guest for, she’ll do the meet and greet and we’ll do a bucket collection too.

“The sporting world in particularly has been really kind to us, we’ve had some good opportunities with some dart places as well. An awful lot of the success of this campaign has come through sporting families. It allows us to get our story out there and because of the family feel and that’s how the reach has grown and grown.

“Our fundraising has been just incredible, it’s been hugely successful and totally blown our expectations out the water. We never expected to be where we are today when we started back in October.”

Biggleswade Game Postponed

Tonight's game between Biggleswade and Hereford has been called off after a pitch inspection.

The match is now expected to be played on April 17th.

Also postponed is the game between Kettering and Tiverton.

Preview: Biggleswade Town vs Hereford


Gwladys the Bull takes a look ahead to tonight’s game:

Hereford will be looking to bounce back immediately following the 2-0 home defeat to King's Lynn on Saturday with a midweek away trip to 18th placed Biggleswade Town. Whilst a disappointing result at the weekend, the Bulls still maintain a healthy seven point advantage at the top with a single game in hand remaining. 

King's Lynn completed their double over Hereford with a very professional performance and - having grabbed their goals - they saw out the remaining half-hour with relative ease. Hereford failed to take their best chances and were left to rue hitting the crossbar twice and Symons and Reffell both missing close range opportunities. 

John Mills and Lance Smith were used as late attacking substitutions and both will be hoping for an opportunity to start with the forward line drawing a blank on Saturday. Ryan Green picked up a slight knock in training last week and is set to miss his second successive game with Pete Beadle stating that he didn’t want to risk playing the long-serving defender too soon. His presence and experience were certainly a loss against Kings Lynn, but he is expected to return against Basingstoke. It’ll likely be left up to Jack Deaman and Dara O’Shea to fill the centre half positions again for the trip to Bedfordshire. 

Biggleswade ran Hereford close in their 1-0 defeat at Edgar Street just a little over a month ago. The Waders looked to have secured a hard-earned point until Keyon Reffell popped up in the third minute of added time to snatch all three points for the home side. 

It’s been an indifferent season for Biggleswade who have only picked up 9 points since the turn of the year and they will be trying to secure a mid-table finish over the course of their remaining fixtures. Manager Chris Nunn will be looking to again stifle the Hereford attack and will hope that striker Jack Bowen will continue with his recent pleasing performances that included the winner against Redditch.

Hereford supporters will be keeping a close eye on events at Kings Lynn who face a tricky home game against Slough. However, the Bulls must focus on the job at hand and ensure that they return to winning ways as quickly as possible. 

Three points is an absolute must!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Five Southern Prem Games On Tuesday Evening

Weather permitting there are five Southern Premier League games set to be played on Tuesday evening. Several of these feature clubs vying for promotion.

After their defeat by King's Lynn on Saturday, leaders Hereford will hope to get back to winning ways at Biggleswade (18th).

The Linnets (2nd) have a tough looking home match against Slough (5th) who have only lost twice on their travels this season.

Kettering (4th) play Tiverton (7th) and should keep up their challenge for promotion given the visitors have lost ten of their seventeen away games.

Biggleswade v Hereford
Bishop's Stortford v Gosport
Kettering v Tiverton
King's Lynn v Slough
Royston v Merthyr 

Top of the League:

Hereford 35/83
King's Lynn 36/76
Weymouth 37/75
Kettering 34/70
Slough 31/64
Chesham 37/62
Tiverton 35/59

Pitch Inspection At Biggleswade Tomorrow Morning

There will be a pitch inspection at Biggleswade tomorrow morning in advance of the game against Hereford.

The inspection is being held because of 'yet more rain' at the home of the Waders.

It's Biggleswade Tomorrow

Hereford FC travel to Biggleswade tomorrow for a Southern Premier League fixture.

Here's some information for those going to the game from Biggleswade FC.

On-site Parking
This is on a first come, first served basis and we do have other users at the facility, we would ask that you do not park on the driveway leading to the club house as this causes issue with access for other users and also can restrict access for emergency vehicles. Once the car park is full, the gates will be closed to any further traffic.

The local train station is roughly a mile away (map below)
Exit left out of the station platform/stairs and continue straight, proceed down Saffron Road (past the council building on your left), the road will bear left and then right (you will pass a car garage) at the traffic lights, turn left on to the B659 (Hitchin Street) and follow the road straight. There are 2 roundabouts, continue straight passing Eldon Way (on your left), proceed under the flyover for the A1 and we are located a short walk on the right hand side.

Off-site Parking
Parking on the roadway directly outside of the football ground is not permitted, the nearest parking would be in Albone Way, there will be local restrictions in the area as with any local roadways.

Address: Langford Rd, Langford, Biggleswade SG18 9JT

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Southern Prem Weekend Review

The Evo-Stik League South Premier title race took another twist on Saturday.
King`s Lynn Town had suffered a couple of indifferent results, while Hereford FC had moved ten points clear after a seven-game winning run.
However, in front of a crowd of 3,424, the Linnets completed a league `double` over the Bulls, thanks to goals from Ryan Fryatt after 58 minutes and Toby Hilliard on 63 minutes
It was Hereford`s first defeat at home since 17th October.

Weymouth are just a point behind Lynn after edging out Biggleswade Town 2-1 at Langford Road.
The Terras got off to a great start when Thiago Da Silva put them in front after just 3 minutes.
Brandon Goodship then doubled the visitors` lead right on the stroke of half-time.
A Will Dennis own goal 12 minutes from time gave the Waders hope, but the Terras held firm.
Kettering Town`s game was off at Gosport Borough, and Slough Town are fifth after a 2-1 Arbour Park win over mid-table Frome Town.
The Somerset visitors led at the break, thanks to an 11th minute George Miller goal.
Three minutes after the interval, Chris Flood equalised and Simon Dunn won it for the Rebels on 66 minutes.
Chesham United could have gone level on points with Slough, but remain in sixth two points behind after being held to a 0-0 draw at the Meadow by another mid-table outfit, Hitchin Town.
Tiverton Town were in devastating form, however, hammering second-bottom Dunstable Town 7-1 at Ladysmead and are five points behind the play-off places.
After Jordan Rogers had given the Yellows a 21st minute lead, Tom Bath bagged a brace in the 33rd and 43rd minutes to take the hosts into the break 3-0 up.
Rogers scored again 2 minutes into the second half and Bath completed his hat-trick 2 minutes after that.
Arel Amu reduced the deficit from the penalty spot after 64 minutes, but Michael Landricombe on 76 minutes and Jared Lewington in stoppage time stretched Tivvy`s lead to 7-1.

Banbury United are a point behind Tiverton and had Elliot Sandy hitting all four goals in their first ever win over Farnborough.
Sandy scored either side of half-time and, after Jayden Antwi-Nyame had pulled one back for Boro after 56 minutes, completed his hat-trick from the spot on 75 minutes for which Farnborough keeper Craig Bradshaw received a straight red card for fouling Ricky Johnson.
Then on 89 minutes a free-kick made it 4-1 and all four for Sandy.
Royston Town are level on points with Banbury and won 4-0 at Garden Walk against fourth-bottom Kings Langley.
Adam Marriott scored the only goal of the opening half after 17 minutes.
But Danny Braithwaite after 54 minutes and a second for top scorer Marriott 11 minutes later made it game over, with Rohdell Gordon adding a fourth in the 88th minute.
Elsewhere, Ian Traylor bagged a brace in the 16th and 47th minutes as Merthyr Town won 2-1 at the Avenue Stadium against Dorchester Town, whose Luke Winsper replied just past the hour-mark.
A goal from Sam Smart 2 minute before half-time eventually proved enough for Basingstoke Town at the Camrose against St Neots Town, and Bishop`s Stortford made it back-to-back home wins with a 3-0 success against Redditch United.
Marvel Ekpiteta broke the deadlock to give the Blues the lead on the hour-mark and veteran Jamie Cureton added a second 6 minutes later, with Mark Hughes scoring the third 13 minutes from time.

Green Could Be Back For Basingstoke

Hereford defender Ryan Green could be fit to play at Basingstoke next Saturday.

He missed out yesterday after picking up a knock at training last Thursday.

"He came in this morning and wasn't quite right," said manager Peter Beadle yesterday.

"There's no point playing Ryan when we've got other defenders.

"Hopefully he'll be recovered, Biggleswade may be too quick, for Basingstoke.

"We'll wait and see."