Sunday, August 28, 2016

No 'Major' Injury Concerns For Beadle

Peter Beadle And Steve Jenkins At Barnstaple
Ahead of tomorrow's match against Bishops Cleeve, Hereford FC manager was asked whether any players had taken knocks at Barnstaple.

"John's is just a tight calf which is why he came off," said Beadle.

"Otherwise the usual bumps and bruises but nothing major at the moment.

"We'll just see how they all are tomorrow."

Meanwhile tickets for tomorrow's game are available online or at the club from 10am in the morning right up to kick-off at 3pm.

Beadle Praises Support At Barnstaple

There were reported to have been 703 supporters at Barnstaple yesterday. From the pictures on here and elsewhere it looked as though at least 400, maybe more, were following Hereford.

Manager Peter Beadle spoke about the support for his team after the game.

"I think that when the fixtures came out everybody in Hereford started booking hotels to come down.

"They've been phenominal.

"Today they've stuck with the team and sang right to the very end."

Second Half Pictures From Barnstaple

A selection of pictures captured during the second half of this afternoon's match at Barnstaple which Hereford won 2-0.

Chris Barker

The Ball Was Blasted Towards Jamie Edge And The Referee Deemed It To Be Handball

Shot From Jamie Edge

John Mills

 Mike Symons Effort

Goes Wide

Pablo Haysham

John Mills

Sub Aaron Birch

Saturday, August 27, 2016

First Half Pictures From Barnstaple

A selection of pictures captured during the first half of this afternoon's match at Barnstaple.

John Mills Chases The Ball

Gets Past His Marker

And Past The Keeper Only For The Referee To Penalise Mills

Rob Purdie Was Captain

Tristam Plummer Is Fouled

Tristan Plummer

Defender Keeps The Ball Away From Mike Symons

But His 'Clearance' Goes Past The Keeper

And Was Nearly An Own Goal

We Coped Well Said Beadle

Peter Beadle Chatting To The Two Barnstaple Managers Before Kick-Off
After the final whistle Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle gave his thoughts on the game.

"We felt it was as comfortable as we could be," said Beadle.

"It would have been nice to score a goal or two more but a bit like Shortwood I think there will be teams that come here this year and find it a lot tougher.

"It was tough but we seemed to cope really, really well today. It was a good performance.

"It was a long way to come on a Bank Holiday Saturday, whoever sorted out the fixtures for this one they need to have another look at it.

"It's a long way down, we tried to prepare properly and we have and the boys put in a really good performance.

"We've got a game in 48 hours so we need to make sure that everybody is ready so obviously with Joe going in the week it's left us a bit short of numbers. Joel we don't want to risk him too much but he might come into the picture on Monday and we'll just see how everybody is today.

"We started to tire a bit towards the end, like I said it's a hot warm day and we put so much into the first half. I thought they were exceptional first half."

Interviewer Keith Hall felt Tristan Plummer had a good game.

Tristam Plummer
"We thought for twenty minutes he didn't get going then all of a sudden he came to life.

"Tristan has got a lot of quality. He needs a run of games and he needs to get himself up to speed so he can do it for longer periods of the game. He's shown in small little clips at the moment how good he could be but he just needs to push himself that little bit harder and I'm sure he'll become a firm favourite here.

"Fantastic cross for the goal but just one cross in the first half wasn't enough, we need more from him. And he knows that and he's first to admit that he needs to get himself fit."

Beadle dropped Aaron Birch and partnered Rob Purdie with Jamie Edge in midfield.

"Again just to freshen it up. I think Aaron would admit he hasn't been on top form at the moment so again we're still trying to find that balance to make it really click and they've done well again today.

"Aaron brings a lot of quality to the game, to the team, so just an opportunity to change it around knowing we've got another game in 48 hours."

Hereford had a penalty in the second half when Pablo Haysham was brought down but Rob Purdie hit the crossbar and the ball bounced to safety.

"If it goes in it would probably have finished four or five with the chances we've missed.

"We've limited them today to one shot on target which Horsell saved right at the end so it was a great team performance.

"But we keep reminding them about things like that we need to be more ruthless because obviously on another day if they get one back with five minutes to go they are back in the game whereas if we could have killed it off way before that we would have made it far easier for ourselves.

"Because we could have made a few chances earlier on and kept the lads sharper for Monday.

"But it wasn't to be and they are not easy to play here. They are on a good run and they've had a really tough start to the season and done okay.

"There might not be too many teams that come here and dominate the game for long spells like we did today." 

Today's Results From The South And West

Below are the results from this afternoon's Southern League South and West games:

Barnstaple Town 0  Hereford 2
Bishops Cleeve 3  AFC Totton 2
Didcot Town 0  Larkhall Athletic 0
Evesham United 2  Bideford 0
Paulton Rovers 0  North Leigh 3
Salisbury 2  Mangotsfield United 1
Slimbridge 2  Wantage Town 2
Swindon Supermarine v. Shortwood United  Match Postponed
Taunton Town 1  Bridgwater Town 0
Winchester City 0 Tiverton Town 4
Yate Town 0  Wimborne Town 3

Top of the League:

Hereford  5 - 15
Wimborne 5 - 12
Tiverton 5 - 11
Swindon Supermarine 4 - 10 

Six out of six for Hereford

Hereford FC made it six wins out of six this season, with a comfortable 2-0 away victory at Barnstaple Town FC. Sporting a fashionable yellow third kit, Peter Beadle's team scored twice in the first-half through Mike Symons and John Mills, before Rob Purdie missed a second-half penalty. 703 supporters were in attendance on a warm and sunny afternoon in North Devon.

After last week's thrilling comeback against Alvechurch, Beadle made two changes to the starting line up. Symons and Tristan Plummer returned to the starting line-up, with Aaron Birch benched, and Joe Tumelty having left for pastures new.

Hereford started brightly with Symons flicking the ball onto Plummer, who failed to make a clean connection from close-range. A similar move however led to the opener; a long throw from Chris Barker was collected by Symons, who turned away from goal and then back towards it, holding off the defender and firing in to the back of the net with his left-foot via the crossbar.

Mike Symons Operned The Scoring

Purdie blazed a long-range shot off-target, before going closer with a clever half-volley following a Pablo Haysham corner. The second goal of the afternoon came towards the end of the half, after a superb Hereford move. Martin Horsell quickly rolled the ball out to Barker, who found Haysham on the left. He cut inside and sprayed a pass to Ryan Green, who then played the ball to Jimmy Oates. The Australian right-back fed Plummer, who sent a perfect cross to John Mills and he clinically headed it into the corner of the goal. 

Tristam Plummer With The Cross

Which John Mills Met And Scored

Barnstaple offered little going forward, and their best chance of the game came just before half-time; their left-back flashed a 20 yard free-kick a foot past the post.

The game really should have been put beyond doubt just after the interval when Hereford were awarded a penalty, following a trip to Haysham, having controlled an Oates cross and showing quick feet to skip past his man before being felled. 

Pablo Haysham Wins The Penalty

Purdie stepped up but hammered the ball off the bar, before it was cleared. Haysham then cleared the bar from close-range after a fine pass from Mills from the by-line.

Further chances for Hereford followed; Jamie Edge's crisp low strike went past the post, before Jamie Cuss replaced Plummer on the right-wing. The former Westfield's marksman was instantly involved, crossing for Symons, who held off his marker but snatched at his shot and it went past the far-post. Birch and Ross Staley came on for the closing stages, replacing Mills, who was struggling with what looked to be cramp, and Purdie. Barnstaple had the final chance of the game, but a long-range half volley was easy for Horsell.

Martin Horsell Had Little To Do This Afternoon
It was a routine victory for Hereford in the end, although the fans will be a little disappointed that they couldn't add to their two goals, despite a host of chances. In truth, Hereford took their foot off the gas in the second-half, perhaps with the heat taking impact, or the thought of Monday afternoon's encounter with Bishops Cleeve on the mind. Jimmy Oates had another energetic display at right-back, whilst Jamie Edge looked composed in the middle of the park and benefited from a large playing surface, whilst up top, Symons took his goal superbly and won the majority of his battles with the Barnstaple defenders.

Supporters have little time to wait for Hereford's next game; Bishops Cleeve visit Edgar Street on bank holiday Monday. Cleeve picked up their first win of the season today, battling to a 3-2 victory over AFC Totton.

Hereford: Horsell, Oates, Green, Willets, Barker, Plummer, Purdie, Edge, Haysham, Symons, Mills.

Subs: Harris, Parry, Birch, Staley, Cuss.

Attendance: 703.

Goalscorers: Symons, Mills.

Winning Streak Extends to 6 Games

Hereford won their sixth game of the season this afternoon against Barnstaple Town.

Mike Symons opened the scoring in the 11th minute, before John Mills scored his 60th goal in a Hereford shirt before half time to make it 2-0.

After the break Rob Purdie hit the woodwork from the spot after Haysham was fouled.

Full time: Barnstaple 0 - Hereford 2

More later.

Third Kit Debut This Afternoon

For this afternoon's match at Barnstaple, the Bulls will be wearing their new third kit, the club's Twitter has announced.

The kit has been arranged due to a number of clashes which would occur throughout the season.

Barnstaple On A Bank Holiday Saturday

This morning Hereford FC set off for Barnstaple for a Southern League South and West fixture.

Normally travelling to Barnstaple should take just over three hours according to Michelin. However it's August Bank Holiday Saturday and given the journey includes both the M5 and the A361.

How busy both routes will be remains to be seen.

However there has to be a question asked why teams need to make such long journeys on a Bank Holiday.

As well as Hereford playing at Barnstaple, Bideford travel to Evesham.

One would have thought it might have been better if Evesham and Hereford had met and Barnstaple played Bideford.

Meanwhile for those not at the game, Radio Hereford FC will have full match commentary from 2.30pm.

Non~League Day September 3rd

This from the FSF:
This year's Non-League Day will be held in just ten days time (Saturday 3rd September) offering supporters a great chance to see some live football during the international break...
We're big fans of Non-League Day here at the FSF as the leading nationwide event to support non-league football is now entering its seventh year. 
Across the country, non-league clubs will be looking for your support - you can find a match to attend with NLD's handy match-finder here - and hoping newcomers will catch the non-league bug.
Adrian Rowland, from Warrington Town Supporters' Club, told us: "It's an opportunity for fans with a spare Saturday to get their fix and support their local growing teams.
"Fans sometimes forget that without Non-League professional football wouldn't have a pool to dip into or indeed support those players that don't quite make it.
"If you haven't tried non-league football, then this is your opportunity. As an ex-Premier League season ticket holder and now non-league season ticket holder, the bug is easily caught."
Non-League Day is slightly earlier in the footballing calendar than it has been previously. Organisers hope the earlier date with better weather prospects will increase the numbers through club turnstiles.
"It then came down to September and November," Non-League Day said. "The former coincides with a round of the FA Cup while the latter sees matches in the FA Vase and FA Trophy so on both dates 200 or so clubs are affected.
"With the weather potentially a lot worse in mid-November than early September and the FA Cup being a highly marketable attraction to neutrals, we decided to go with that."
The September date has the added bonus of not coinciding with international matches for any of the home nations which frees up more clubs and fans in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to also take part if they wish.
This year Non-League Day will crowdfunding money for Prostate Cancer UK - it's official partner charity - and has set a fundraising target of £10,000. 
Clubs across the country will no doubt have some great deals on, so make sure you check out what's nearby.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sutton Coldfield Pitch Passes 'Test'

The Sutton Coldfield pitch on which Romulus play has passed its 'test' after work was completed on its 3G surface this week.

Hereford FC travel to the ground, Coles Lane, to play Romulus in the FA Cup next Saturday.

HUST Fans Survey

This from HUST:

The raw data from the recent Fans Survey has now been collated. 
The process of analysing the results is a complex and time-consuming exercise, especially regarding individual suggestions and comments.
In order that members and non-members who were invited to participate can get some early feedback, and so that Hereford FC can get some indications of the feelings of its supporters, we intend to release the raw data results in chart form.
This will be available on the HUST website from midday on Wednesday 31st August.
The Board would like to thank the hundreds of supporters who took park in the survey which has given us many indicators  as to our future actions as we progress.