Next Game: Kings Langley at Home on Saturday 21st October at 3pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I Think We're Strong Enough To Win The League Said Watts

General manager James Watts was confident Hereford would defeat Eastleigh in the FA Cup last Saturday and he also feels that the club is strong enough to win the Southern Premier League this season.

"I was very confident when the draw came in against Eastleigh," Watts told BN. 

"I've watched a lot of football at this level. I knew a lot of players at Eastleigh from watching them before and when the draw came out I was very confident we could beat them.

"A lot of people thought I was over-confident but it was never in doubt for me that Hereford could go there and win.

"I actually tweeted Newport County see you in the first round, just because I was so confident we would do it.

"Telford will be difficult because with us being at home the fans will expect us to turn them over.

"Again I think we can do it, this team is capable of putting up a good fight against any National League team and I think on a one-off they could turn over a League Two side.

"They are well organised, well structured, they play for each other. I'm really impressed.

"I watched a couple of games before I joined the club and didn't think they were that strong, the game against Merthyr, the game against Tiverton but every game I've watched after even if they haven't been quite at the races they've had enough to win and I thought Saturday was exceptional.

"I think this league is a four horse race but I think we're strong enough to win it."  

Watts Praises Work Of Junior Bulls

Recently appointed Hereford FC general manager James Watts believes children are the future for the club and has heaped praise on the 'Junior Bulls product' at Edgar Street.

"It's a family club, you will see that that family ethos is crucial to me," Watts told BN.

"I believe that children are the future of the club. It's crucial to have mascots, it's crucial to have kids going in and out of the club shop, it's crucial to have kids around Hereford wearing the Hereford FC brand not Man Utd, not Liverpool. 

"A statistic I've found out is that most children select their football club before the age of six so that's the driver I'm saying to everyone.

"The Junior Bulls product here is brilliant, it's absolutely outstanding.

"Over the course of the season that is where we generate a new band of supporters, the numbers are growing, so the Junior Bulls is something I want to get involved in and I want to make the family feel of the club the main focus at this moment in time. That is something to take the club to the next level."

Does Watts see a potential problem with some of the language on matchdays and having lots of young children in the stadium?

"That's where signage will come in, there will be signage about bad language. You have to be strategic about where you sit families because you don't want them listening to bad language. You don't want families going away saying they've had a negative experience.

"But from what I've seen so far this is a very family orienated club which shows that there can't be many problems and so we've got to deliver on that and develop it." 

The Hall And Cuss Partnership

The partnership of Keith Hall and Jamie Cuss will once again be behind the microphones at Edgar Street this afternoon to bring listeners to BBC Hereford and Worcester full match commentary on the game between Hereford and Kings Langley.

Radio Hereford FC will also have live commentary of the Southern Premier League match. 

Meanwhile for those going to the match there is plenty of room in the stadium with just a couple of blocks in the Main Stand full. 

Finally don't forget to send in your prediction for the game to BNPL.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Telford Players Subsidise Fan Travel to Hereford

Telford United's squad will subsidise supporters coach travel to Edgar Street, saying they will 'need their support' next Saturday week.

The team will donate £500 to the cause, which will bring prices down by £5. The club are also offering discount to those who went to the third qualifying round tie at Stafford Rangers.

The Bucks' captain, Shane Sutton, told the OS: "Our supporters have been fantastic all season, however the last month as a squad of players we have noticed them at a different level. 

"The noise on Saturday against FC United was unbelievable and if we can help pay towards getting as many fans as possible to Hereford then we will. 

"We will need their support."

In a statement, the club praised the players for their 'fantastic gesture.'

"The first team playing squad have made a fantastic gesture to subsidise supporters coach travel to the FA Cup tie at Hereford, to the extent of £500 in total.

"The subsidy from the playing squad will enable us to reduce the fare to Hereford to £7, and to £5 for supporters who travelled to Stafford Rangers on the coach."

Ticket Details For FA Trophy And FA Cup Games

Hereford FC have released details of ticket arrangements for their forthcoming FA Trophy and FA Cup games against Weymouth and Telford.

Tickets for our forthcoming FA Trophy and FA Cup games against Weymouth and Telford will go on sale next week.
Ticket prices for both games are our standard ‘top 6’ matchday prices:
£11 Adult
£10 Concession
£2 U18

£10 Adult
£9 Concession
£2 U18
Please note the following priority sales periods for each game.



Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th – 10am-4pm


Terrace tickets for the Weymouth game will go on general sale from 10am Sunday 22nd October.


Seated season ticket holders who wish to purchase their tickets via postal application are asked to send in the following information, to arrive at Edgar Street no later than 12noon on Tuesday 24th October.
VOUCHER B from season ticket book
Name, address, telephone number and email address

We will make contact with you to arrange payment, please do not send any cash in the post.
We will not post out tickets. Tickets will be available to collect from the Matchday Ticket Office on the day of the game.

SEATED GENERAL SALE (Including Online)

Wednesday 25th & Friday 27th 10am-4pm


Tickets will be available on the day of the game, subject to availability. Details will be confirmed closer to the game.


Due to the expected high demand for tickets, priority ticket sales for this game include both seated and terrace tickets.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS (Club Shop Only – Not Online)

Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th – 10am-4pm


Season ticket holders who wish to purchase their tickets via postal application are asked to send in the following information, to arrive at Edgar Street no later than 12noon on Tuesday 24th October.
VOUCHER C from season ticket book
Name, address, telephone number and email address

We will make contact with you to arrange payment, please do not send any cash in the post.
We will not post out tickets. Tickets will be available to collect from the Matchday Ticket Office on the day of the game.


Wednesday 25th, Friday 27th – 10am-4pm

GENERAL SALE (Including Online)

Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st, Wed 1st, Fri 3rd – 10am-4pm


Tickets will be available on the day of the game, subject to availability, although we expect seating areas to sell out in advance of the game, and terrace to be limited. Details will be confirmed closer to the game.

Preview: Hereford vs Kings Langley

As usual, Ben Chilman has previewed tomorrow's game for BN:

Hereford come into this game against Kings Langley with a few gaps in their squad after a week of mixed fortunes.

After the delight of the FA Cup victory at Eastleigh, there was a stark contrast with a drab Tuesday night game at a cold Edgar Street. The Bulls lost 1-0 to a well organised Farnborough side with the host lacking the creativity and width offered from the injured pair of Keyon Reffell and Garyn Preen.

Despite being sent off midweek, Mike Symons will be available for this weekend's game as the suspension takes seven days to kick in. 

The 31 year old will miss two games, the league game away to 8th placed Tiverton next Tuesday and the FA Trophy game at Edgar Street against Weymouth, a week on Saturday.

Calvin Dinsley will miss out with a hamstring injury, as will Garyn Preen. On the plus side, Pablo Haysham and Keyon Reffell are expected to play some part after recovering from knocks picked up in recent games.

The search for a new left-back is still on after the departure James Bowen earlier this week. Winger Adam Page played in a wing back role on the left midweek, but Beadle is looking for a longer term replacement. 

Speaking to the OS on Friday, Beadle admitted he'd had two offers rejected, but was considering making a third offer. 

"Personally, I don’t think the deal is dead in the water yet, but the player is under contract so we need to do some work to reach an agreement to talk to the player. We’d love to get it done before the weekend."

If not, Beadle says there's an agreement in place to bring in someone on loan, but not until after the weekend.

Kings Langley come into the game after improving their form from a poor September in which they only picked up one point. 

The Kings hosted the Bulls for the first game of this season. The entertaining tie ended 3-3 with the home side grabbing a late goal through their prolific striker Gareth Price. 

Since that game the Kings find themselves in 21st place, compared to Hereford who are sat in 5th, with a 19 point gap between the two sides. 

In form striker Mitchell Weiss has eight goals for the season and the 24 year old will be a constant threat. At the back the tall, pacey, left sided defender Callum Adebiyi will feature with persistent surges from the back.

If the 23 year old stand outs we could well find him on Beadle's left-back shortlist!

3pm on Saturday for Telford

The club have confirmed that the FA Cup tie against Telford will take place at Edgar Street on Saturday 4th November with a 3pm kick off.

Ticket details will be announced soon.

Beadle Considering Third Offer for New Left Back

The search is still on for a new left-back in the wake of James Bowen's departure earlier this week.

Manager Pete Beadle is considering making a third offer for one of his targets after the first two were rejected.

Beadle told the Hereford OS: “We’ve identified several targets, and we made an offer to one club on Tuesday which got rejected.

“We went back and made a second offer on Wednesday, but again that was rejected, so we need to decide whether to make a third offer, or whether we move on.

“Personally, I don’t think the deal is dead in the water yet, but the player is under contract so we need to do some work to reach an agreement to talk to the player. We’d love to get it done before the weekend.”

Beadle goes on to speak about bringing a left-back in on loan, as well as the current injury situation at Edgar Street

I Haven't Come For The Short Term Says Watts

James Watts Talking To Supporters
Hereford FC's newly appointed general manager, James Watts, has said that he hasn't come to Edgar Street for the short term. He hopes to be with the club for at least five years and see it back in the Football League

In an interview with BN, Watts was asked why Hereford.

"The history, the locality, I knew Jamie (Griffiths - Hereford's media man), I worked with him previously, the 21,000 that went to Wembley.

"It was a good point in my career, five years in the football league as a commercial manager.

"The job here will look good for my CV if I can do it.

"I think every football fan in the football league wants Hereford back in. People like coming here.

"It's the ideal job at the ideal time for me."

So how long does Watts expect to stay with Hereford?

"It's one of them. You judge it as you go along. I haven't come for the short term. I wouldn't have made a move here otherwise.

"I've openly said in every job I've been in that I think five years is probably where you get to your limit but I'm one of these type of people that when I think I've done what I can do, I would rather go out on a high than stay in and it become negative.

"As long as I'm taking things forward then I'll stay and if I don't think I can take them forward then I'll go."

Watts was previously commercial manager at Newport where he introduced lots  of new ideas.

"What I've learnt is the difference between the levels, Conference South, Conference, Football League. The values of sponsorship, the legislation, the deals, the way the ticketing process changes, the way the website changes, the way the media changes in terms of how you portray yourself, how you need to up the level of what you do as you go.

"That's what I've already got, a vision of step by step where we need to go and I think that's what impressed the board when I spoke to them.

"I think the fans have been really good to me, everyone including the volunteers have introduced themselves. 

"I think there's a very positive board of directors, great skills set on there across all backgrounds you need for football. I've been really impressed with that.

"I think the club is way ahead of this league already off the field, the results on the field are brilliant as well at the moment. We've got to make sure that hand in hand it works together and we get promotion this season and move on."

The stadium has been given a new lease of life recently but is quite expensive to run. Do you feel further improvements are required?

"Everything has to be cost effective so the usage of the stadium, the bars, the rooms, everything, we're obviously looking at driving more people to come here during the week. The facilities are really good. You've got the new shopping centre across the road so for someone to come and do a meeting at Edgar Street in the day and then go for a meal across the road in the evening or use the facilities here.

"We're in the centre of town so we should be pushing out to more sponsors about using the facilities here for parties, meetings, just a whole host of things, training days.

"That's why for me our website needs to have more photographic evidence of what facilities we've got because a lot of people see Edgar Street as just a football ground. It's a lot more than that and it needs to develop to get where we need to go."

Watts was asked about the current catering contracts at Edgar Street. Do you feel they're as good as they should be?

"No comment, I can't comment on any existing deals as they were put in place before I was here."

Anything else to attract more people to Edgar Street both to the football and other events?

"There's a whole host of things you can do. Firstly how we market the games, that needs to be looked at. Perhaps poster campaigns, social media, newspapers, potentially radio advertising, that's going to be crucial. 

"A database of supporters details, learning spending patterns of supporters, what they are looking for. I think that's the sort of things I'll be looking at. 

"As general manager you look at anything but I'm not going to go down specific routes."

Reminded that his salary will be an added cost to the club, Watts was asked whether his music connections could help.

"You have to look at all the potential things that Hereford FC and Edgar Street can do and people need to look at this and say perhaps I could use that for X Y and Z. Do a proposal, I'll look at it, the board will look at it. We'll make a collective decision and as long as it's financially viable and make the club stronger then we'll do it.

"At this specific time there's no in my head we're going to do this or that because I've only been here three weeks and I'm not going to tell them what they should do because I need to learn how Hereford FC runs.

"I was never going to come in and say I've done it this way and this is the correct way because every football club is different, every culture of people is different and for me it's going to be understanding how the people of Hereford see this stadium, how they see this club, how they see the community.

"I'll listen to any idea I think will bring money in but I'm not going to tell people you do it my way because that's not the way I work." 

Club Shop Open From 10am

The club shop at Edgar Street will be open from 10am this morning for the sale of tickets to tomorrow's game between Hereford and Kings Langley.

Tickets will also be available on Saturday from 12noon.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hereford To Play Tenbury In HFA Cup

Hereford FC will play Tenbury United at home in the quarter final of the HFA County Cup.

The date for the game will be announced later.

Update Oct 20th: The game is set to be played on Tuesday November 7th but may be subject to change.

Eastleigh's Hoyte Gets Three Match Ban


Eastleigh's Gavin Hoyte has been given a three match ban for a 'hefty' challenge on Hereford's Mike Symons last Saturday in the FA Cup game between the two teams.

Hoyte was the player involved in an incident with Gavin Preen which saw the latter rushed to Southampton Hospital.

Andrew Boyce has been given a one match ban for bringing down Symons when the striker was denied a goal scoring opportunity.

On top of that Eastleigh's captain Sam Togwell has been ruled out for a 'couple of months' after being subbed at half-time after picking up a thigh injury.

Hereford Miss Out On Cup TV Coverage

Probably not surprisingly, the FA Cup first round tie between Hereford and Telford has not been selected for full live television coverage.

Those ties selected are:

Hyde United v MK Dons (Nov 3rd)
Shaw Lane v Mansfield (Nov 4th)
Chorley v Fleetwood (Nov 6th)

Each club will receive £67,500 from the FA's broadcast fund.

UITC To Support Hereford Foodbank At Christmas

UITC are pleased to announce that they will be supporting Hereford Foodbank once again this year.
On the run up to Christmas they will be collecting food and festive treats. Dates and places to donate to be confirmed nearer the time.
 If anyone would like to help with setting up a drop off station for donations, please contact

October Soccer Schools

UITC are holding two soccer schools over the October half term, with a trip to Wembley also on offer.

Both soccer schools take place in Hereford - one at Central Park, and the other at Hereford Academy.

See the flyer below for more details, or contact .

Throwback Thursday - Hereford United 2-0 Bradford City

Lets head back to the 15th October 2011, and the era of Jamie Pitman and Gary Peters in charge. Goals from Steven Leslie and Tom Barkhuizen gave Hereford the win over the Bantams. The initial arrival of Peters sparked a brief resurgence in form, as the previous week the Bulls had drawn 3-3 at Swindon, and after this Bradford victory won their next two matches against Barnet and Northampton. Unfortunately despite a hefty squad budget the Bulls were relegated on the final day of the season.

Hereford Lined Up
David Cornell
Joe Heath
Stefan Stam
Simon Clist
Rob Purdie
Andy Todd
Steven Leslie
Harry Pell
Nicky Featherstone
Tom Barkhuizen
Nathan Elder

Yoann Arquin
Delroy Facey
Michael Townsend
Attendance - 2,462

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Action against Farnborough

Or from the lack of video clips maybe more appropriate to say lack of action.
A disappointing game to say the least but things may have been a little different if this had gone in


                                                       A Good save from Oates


Inches away from Mills


And finally the sending off at Normal Speed


And slowed Down


Symons To Miss Two Games

Hereford striker Mike Symons is awaiting confirmation of his suspension after being red carded, in effect two yellows, during the game against Farnborough last night.

Given he was red carded earlier in the season, Symons is expected to miss two games.

They will be the away game at Tiverton next Tuesday and the FA Trophy home game against Weymouth on Saturday week.

Update Oct 19th: FA confirm Symons suspension is two games.

Kings Langley Tickets Available Online

Tickets for Saturday's game at Edgar Street between Hereford FC and Kings Langley are available online.

They can also be purchased from the club shop on Friday from 10am and on Saturday from mid-day.

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 Sunday 19th November.

Latest Southern Prem Review

A look back at last night's Southern Premier Division results written by Steve Whitney.

With overnight leaders Kettering Town in Emirates FA Cup replay action on Tuesday night, King`s Lynn Town and Slough Town took full advantage to move above the Poppies in the table after both secured victories.

The Linnets proved too much for second-bottom Dunstable Town, running out 4-0 winners at Creasey Park.
Ryan Hawkins gave the visitors a 27th minute lead that Michael Clunan eventually doubled 5 minutes after half-time from the penalty spot.
Sam Gaughran added a third in the 76th minute and Ryan Fryatt rounded things off with Lynn`s fourth in stoppage time.
Slough were 2-0 Arbour Park winners over newcomers Tiverton Town.
A crowd of 514 saw goals from James Dobson after 22 minutes and Chris Flood 12 minutes later eventually proved enough for the Rebels.
Weymouth`s good form continued with a 3-2 win over Merthyr Town which lifted the Terras to fourth place.
Brandon Goodship again proved to be the Weymouth hero, netting a hat-trick with goals in the 40th, 54th and then the 87th minute.
The Martyrs had led through Ian Traylor`s 25th minute opener and then pulled back to 2-2 through Eliot Richards after 64 minutes.
However, it was a night to forget for Hereford FC, who dropped to fifth after losing 1-0 at Edgar Street to a Farnborough side who have recovered well from their 6-2 hammering by Weymouth on October 11th to record back-to-back victories.
They were greatly aided here though by a decision to issue striker Mike Symons with a second yellow card for a challenge on keeper Matthew Cafer 3 minutes before the break “ a decision not universally agreed with by the majority in the 2,014 crowd!
And then to rub salt into the Bulls wounds, just 2 minutes after half-time, Perry Coles popped up with what proved to be Boro`s winning goal, although they were grateful to Cairney for making two or three good saves to keep them ahead.
St Ives Town haven`t won in the league since the opening day of the season, and Tuesday`s 1-0 home defeat to Bishop`s Stortford keeps the Saints in third-bottom spot.
Darren Foxley scored the only goal to earn the Blues the spoils 8 minutes into the second half.
Gosport Borough`s woes continue and they still chase their first win after going down to a 4-0 Privett Park defeat to Banbury United.
It was almost all over bar the shouting by the 7th minute as the Puritans already led through Jefferson Louis and Ravi Shamsi efforts.
Tom Bradbury added a third with 16 minutes gone, but the visitors took their foot off the gas after that, eventually scoring a fourth through Conor McDonagh with 9 minutes remaining.
Tuesday`s two other matches both ended in 2-2 draws.
St Neots Town`s Taylor Parr had a mixed night as he inadvertently gave hosts Chesham United a 12th minute lead and then equalised at the right end 4 minutes later.
Scott Sinclair then looked to have given the Saints a great chance to earn a good away win when he put them ahead after 76 minutes, only for Shane Bush to level matters for the Generals 5 minutes later.
At Kings Langley, the home side raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Kieran Turner after 16 minutes and Mitchell Weiss right on the stroke of half-time.
But visiting Dorchester Town made it a second successive draw with second half goals from Billy Lowes in the 49th and 64th minutes.

UITC Hold Tournament For Main Sponsor Cargill

United in the Community hosted a 5-a-side tournament on Sunday at Central Park for the employees at Cargill. Fifty employees across six departments from Cargill’s facility in Hereford had entered and over 90 people attended the tournament to spectate and enjoy the day.
Over £300 was raised by the employees on the day, all of which supports UITC and many of its programmes. Cargill have been UITC’s main sponsor for two seasons now and have funded projects such as the Soccer Schools Programme and the Girls Football Programme, which has seen great success with the introduction of the U18’s girls team.

Luke Shuttleworth, Community Manager, commented on the day and the partnership with Cargill stating, “Today was all about coming together and celebrating this ongoing support and hopefully we can enjoy many more days like this with Cargill employees in the future.

UITC is proud to be in partnership with Cargill. This partnership adds value to our community projects and helps us to develop opportunities and programmes, which can improve life choices. A big thank you to all who volunteered their time to make this happen, the participants and the spectators”.

The winners of the tournament were ‘Grandstand Road’s Retail A Team’, they were presented with an award by Chris Hall, General Manager at Cargill.

Below are some photos from the tournament captured by Andy Walkden:


Second Half Pictures From Last Night At Edgar Street

A selection of pictures from the second half of last night's Southern Prem game at Edgar Street.

For More Photos Of The Game Go To The OS!

Elkins Case Adjourned Again

The case against Sam Elkins, the Didcot player involved in a scuffle with Hereford supporters earlier this year, was adjourned at a hearing yesterday.

'The case was adjourned to 29th November 2017 at Oxford Magistrates Court at 10am for a case management hearing.

'He is required to attend at the next hearing'. 

Gosport 11 Months Behind With Rent

Gosport Borough owe over £7,000 in unpaid rent to their local council, with the Southern Premier side 11 months behind with payments - according to the Portsmouth News.

Chris Ward, the council’s borough treasurer, told the site: "The club suggested a repayment plan involving two rental payments per month, starting in August. One would be its current rent and the other would go towards clearing its arrears. The council accepted this.

"No payments have been received.

"‘The council has no wish to deepen the club’s difficulties, but we can’t support it at the expense of council taxpayers."

The club, who are without a league win so far this season, said that there's no quick fix to their problems.

Chairman Iain Sellstrom said: "I have no intention of handing back the keys.

"I will do whatever I can to make this club survive, but I’m not a miracle worker.

"There is no quick fix – this process of repaying all our debts will probably take about five years to do. But we owe it to our fans and to the local community to make this work."

The full article can be read here (link).

First Half Pictures From Farnborough Game

A selection of pictures from the first half of last night's game at Edgar Street where Hereford suffered their second home defeat of the season, 1-0 to Farnborough.

Beadle Looks To Replace Bowen

In his post match interview after last night's defeat at the hands of Farnborough, Hereford manager Peter Beadle was asked about defender James Bowen who has left to join Solihull Moors.

"They put a seven days in last Monday for him," said Beadle.

"And James rang me this morning and said he had spoken to them and that he was going to go to Solihull which is on his door-step.

"I didn't agree with his reasons why he was going to go there but it's his choice, I can't stop him.

"Obviously we're sad to see him go and obviously on the day of the game it's always going to be difficult.

"It is what it is but, like I said, we've still got good enough players who on a good day would have put in a decent performance. But today wasn't to be our night.

"May be it's just what we needed after what happened over the weekend. may be it's that little bit of grounding we need to kick on again."

As regards replacing Bowen?

"We are making enquiries as we speak and we've got a couple we would like to speak to but that process takes a bit of time.

"Hopefully if we can't do something in the next couple of days we might look to do a loan and bring in a proper left back before the weekend but we'll see."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hereford 0 – Farnborough 1

Mike Symons Distraught At Being Sent Off
Following on from the euphoric FA Cup win at Eastleigh on Saturday, there were four changes to the Hereford side for the visit of Farnborough on Tuesday evening.

Hereford adopted a 5-3-2 formation, with Adam Page, Dan Preston, Rob Purdie and Pablo Haysham all coming into the side to replace the injured pair of Garyn Preen and Calvin Dinsley, as well as James Bowen and Keyon Reffell.

After losing the toss, Hereford were left to attack the Meadow End in the first half.
Two chances for the hosts almost saw them take an early lead. First, John Mills fired an effort towards goal after being set up by Adam Page, but a wicked deflection saw his effort denied by the upright.
Moments later, Mills couldn’t quite connect with Ryan Green’s aerial cross to net an opener.

As Farnborough started to get a foothold in the game, they came close to breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute. Jamie Cureton was through-on goal, but the 42-year old striker was denied by a great save from Horsell.

Despite this, the Bulls kept up the pressure. Jimmy Oates saw an 18-yards chipped effort tipped over by the keeper, before a low-drive from Pablo Haysham whistled wide.

Visiting keeper Matt Cafer couldn’t hold onto an inswinging corner, and after the ball found its way to McGrath on the edge of the area, the midfilder couldn’t control his shot as it over the target.

The hosts were then reduced to ten men two minutes before the break. Mike Symons was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card of the evening. The referee deemed Symons to have fouled the keeper after breaking into the box on a dangerous-looking run.

HT: Hereford 0 - Farnborough 0

One change at the break for Hereford saw Lance Smith replace Pablo Haysham, but despite the fresh legs up front, it was Farnborough who took the lead in the 47th minute.
A ball through to Perry Coles wasn’t dealt with by the Hereford defence, and with just the keeper left to beat, he calmly rounded Horsell before slotting into the back of an unguarded net.

As Peter Beadle’s men faced an uphill battle to get anything out of the game, they were lucky not find themselves two goals down by the 50th minute. With Farnborough looking a constant threat, goalscorer Coles fired into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Mike McGrath tried his luck midway through the second half, but a headed clearance off the line denied him the equaliser.

At the other end of the pitch, Nic Ciardini’s free kick proved an easy save for Horsell, before Jamie Cureton failed to get enough on his shot to beat the keeper.

As the half wore on, the home crowd grew increasingly frustrated with their side. Lance Smith teed-up fellow substitute Jamie Bird, but the ex-Cardiff forward blazed his shot well over the bar.

Ultimately, Hereford lacked the creativity and width offered by Keyon Reffell and Garyn Preen, and after a disappointing result tonight, hopefully Saturday will see an improvement.

FT: Hereford 0 – Farnborough 1
Att: 2,014 with 9 in the away enclosure
Sponsors’ MotM: Ryan Green

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), Page (Bird – 67’), Purdie, Green, Deaman, Preston, McGrath, Mills, Haysham (Smith – 46’), Symons.
Subs: O'Shea, Franklin, M. Harris

Farnborough: Cafer, Hammond, Emmerson, Evans, Saville, Huggins, Southam, Everitt, Cureton, Coles, Ciardini.
Subs: Calcutt, Forbes, Hutchings, Fearn, Willock.

Next Game: Kings Langley at Home on Saturday 21st October at 3pm

No Excuses Said Beadle

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle gave his reaction to the press after his side was defeated 1-0 by Farnborough this evening.

"We very disappointed, of course we are," said Beadle.

"There are no excuses, I think it was probably just one game too far maybe.

"We've had a lot of games, a lot of travelling. We put a big effort into Saturday.

"We've had the disruption with James and a few injuries today but that's not an excuse.

"We just didn't get going and then we get a sending off just before half time.

"Then we talked at half time about being tight and solid for ten minutes and play our way into the game.

"And then a minute into the second half we give away such a poor goal. Back to our old ways a bit giving away such a poor goal. Then we huffed and puffed.

"They never caused us any real problems apart from a few little bits, nothing I would call a major threat.

"So in general it was one of those days I think. We weren't at it and maybe it was just one game too far.

"Calvin came off ten minutes into the game Saturday so of course he is injuried. He's got a hamstring so he's going to be a couple of weeks. Keyon was already playing with a sore ankle but he took a whack just under his knee so he's got a bit of swelling on his knee and is struggling to bend it.

"But we've got plenty of ability in the squad to change the team. Pablo and age have come in so no problem there.

"Preston has come into a three at the back which at times looked okay but at other times a little bit shaky but it will look a bit shaky as we haven't worked on it a great deal.

"Overall just a disappointing performance."

Mike Symons was sent off when given a second yellow for an incident with the Farnborough keeper.

"Two yellow cards, it's a foul. There's no excuses it's a foul. I don't know why he made the challenge as the keeper had the ball in his hands. Players have their moments of madness, it happens but there are no excuses for it.

"I don't understand what his thought process was but it put us under pressure and on the back foot at the start of the second half.

"We didn't defend their goal at all well. It was a long ball over the top. Jack completely misses it and the lad goes in and scores. 

"No excuses, the sending off was what it was but we have to cope with that and get on with it but in a game of very few chances, a bit like Slough, it was very reminiscent of Slough a while ago.

"Let's just hope we get the reaction like we did after Slough. We bounced back after Slough and put a good few results together and performances but today the performance wasn't quite right."