Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Game Should Have Been Done At Half Time Said Gowling


Yesterday Hereford lost 1-0 at Scarborough but manager Josh Gowling felt the Bulls had enough chances in the first half to have won the game.

"The game should have been done at half time to be honest, simple as that" said Gowling. 

"We had enough chances to win the game, to be comfortable in the game, and we didn’t take them and then we end up scoring an own goal at the end.

“You come to places like this and you don’t take your chances, you always run the risk of something like that happening and that’s what happened today."

Gowling said that they knew they would face long balls and long throw-ins.

"We knew they were going to do that and we dealt with it apart from one occasion..

"But for me second half we lost the game in the middle of the park. They got on top os us a little bit in the middle.

"It hasn't fallen flat, if you look at the first half you could have easily been two or three nil up at half-time.

"The lads put in a good performance first half but then you want them to roll their sleeves up a little bit more second half, be a bit more direct at times, play short at times, figure out the opposition a little bit, see what they are doing.

"The lads will learn, we're learning on the way.

"You need games like this sometimes for the lads to feel a loss, to have an understanding of what is required at this level. Obviously we've got a new squad and they've got to learn together as a group what we need to do in those moments.

"We can talk on the side lines but we can't play the game for everyone all the time.

"We took control the first twenty but there was a little period in the second half (of the first half) they came into the game but then we took back control towards the end of the first half.

"Second half and we nearly scored after a minute and so you wanted to kick-on but for me we didn't do that.

“When you have the chances you’ve had and you don’t put them in the net you end up getting nervy. It felt a nervy second half for us."

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Today's Results In The National North League

Today's National North League results:

Banbury 3 AFC Fylde 1

Buxton 1 Curzon Ashton 0

Chester 2 Brackley Town 0

Chorley 1 Darlington 1

Farsley Celtic 0 Alfreton 0

Gloucester 2 Boston 0

Kettering 1 Bradford PA 1

Kidderminster 0 Leamington 0

Kings Lynn 2 Blyth Spartans 0

Scarborough 1 Hereford 0

Southport 0 Peterborough Sports 3

Spennymoor 1 AFC Telford 1

Hereford drop to 17th.

 

REACTION | Josh Gowling speaks to the media after the 1-0 loss to Scarborough

Listen to Josh Gowling's after match reaction to the 1-0 defeat at Scarborough.



Seadogs see off frustrated Hereford


It’s the hope that kills you, right? Hereford fans were in an optimistic mood before this encounter, but it only took an own-goal from Luke Haines to turn that positivity around and condemn Hereford to a 1-0 defeat. 

The Bulls showed flashes of energy and creativity, but they were few and far between, and as the game progressed, they found it increasingly tricky to make their mark. 

The Flamingo Land Stadium was bathed in summer sunshine with a vocal following from Hereford, many of whom were on a weekender at the seaside.  The away support created plenty of noise ahead of kick-off, as the players emerged onto the 4G pitch. 

Hereford created the pressure in the early stages, keeping Joe Cracknell busy in the Scarborough goal. But clear cut chances were rare between, with neither goalkeeper particularly busy. As the half progressed, Scarborough grew in confidence and started to build their possession. 


The home side had a long-range effort from Lewis Maloney deflected over for a corner, and moments later another corner was met by the head of a Scarborough attacker, but safely caught by Brad Wade in the Hereford goal. At the other end, a fierce Harry Pinchard shot took a deflection as it went wide, and Tyrone Barnett couldn’t get a clean head onto the resulting corner when in space in the area. 

With the half coming to a close, a Pinchard drive from just outside the area went over the bar, and moments later Barnett and McLean combined to cause a nervous moment in the area for the Scarborough goalkeeper, who eventually grasped the ball to extinguish the Hereford attack. 

Scarborough had a golden opportunity to take the lead on 57 minutes after the referee penalised Hereford for a backpass to the goalkeeper. He gave the home side a free kick inside the box, meaning all 11 Hereford players lined up on the line to block it. The initial effort from Michael Coulson was charged down, as was the follow-up from Simon Heslop, as the Bulls kept Scarborough at bay. The Bulls then brought off Ryan McLean for Leland Osideko. 




But the home side took the lead midway through the half. A ball was fired in from the left channel, only for Luke Haines to nod it into his own net while under pressure. In the drinks break that followed, Josh Gowling rallied his Hereford troops following a spell of Scarborough pressure. Shortly after, Yan Klukowski replaced Harry Pinchard. 

Hereford were restricted to long-range efforts in the dying stages. Miles Storey was hauled down by Scarborough defender Ashley Jackson, but Kane Thompson-Sommers’ free kick from 25 yards out failed to hit the target. 

The Bulls struggled in the final few minutes, with Scarborough scrapping to extinguish any attacks they faced. No shots on target in the second half tells its own story, as Hereford fell to defeat against the newly-promoted side. 

Scarborough: Cracknell, Weledji, Gooda, Thornton, Jackson, Maloney, Heslop, Watson, Bramall (Tear, 86), Coulson (Glynn, 80), Charles. 

Subs: Plant, Burton, Cogill. 

Hereford: Wade, Hodgkiss, Evans, Haines, Lilly, Thompson-Sommers (Latty-Fairweather, 86), McLean (Osideko, 59), Lloyd, Pinchard (Klukowski, 74), Storey, Barnett. 

Subs: Hanson, Pendley. 

Attendance: 1,598

Full time: Scarborough 1-0 Hereford

​A Luke Haines second half own-goal proved enough for Scarborough to send Hereford packing, defeated by the seaside. 

Josh Gowling’s side never recovered from going behind, with no shots on target in the second period. 

It’s one point from a possible six to open the season for Hereford, who travel to Chester on Tuesday. 

Half time: Scarborough 0-0 Hereford

​It’s all square at the break in sunny conditions here in Scarborough. 

Scarborough v Hereford team news

​Hereford are unchanged for this afternoon’s clash at Scarborough. 

Hereford: Wade, Hodgkiss, Evans, Haines, Lilly, Thompson-Sommers, McLean, Lloyd, Pinchard, Storey, Barnett. 

Subs: Hanson, Pendley, Osideko, Klukowski, Latty-Fairweather. 

This Afternoon In The National North League

Below is a list of fixture set to take place in the National North League this afternoon.

Banbury v AFC Fylde

Buxton v Curzon Ashton

Chester v Brackley Town

Chorley v Darlington

Farsley Celtic vAlfreton

Gloucester v Boston

Kettering v Bradford PA

Kidderminster v Leamington

Kings Lynn v Blyth Spartans

Scarborough v Hereford

Southport v Peterborough Sports

Spennymoor v AFC Telford

 

Follow The Bulls At Scarborough

It's a five hour drive from Hereford to Scarborough so there might not be that many supporters following the Bulls at this afternoon's game. Unless you are one of the lucky ones making a weekend of it.

However there are several ways of keeping up with the progress of the Bulls.

As usual both BBC Hereford and Worcester and Radio Hereford FC will have full match commentary of the game.

Special guest Paul Fewings, the former Hereford United striker, will be alongside Keith Hall for H&W. Fewings, who lives in the North East, played for the Bulls against Leicester in the FA Cup.

Fewings was interviewed by Matt Healey earlier this year - https://yourherefordshire.co.uk/all/sports-news/my-hereford-united-story-paul-fewings/ 

Ian Sandford, Jamie Griffiths and Frank Williams will be at the game for Radio Hereford FC.

BN will have tweets/updates from the game with post match reaction, a match report and pictures to follow.

Sellebrity Soccer At Edgar Street On Sunday September 11th

 

Hereford FC are delighted to confirm that Sellebrity Soccer is set to return to Edgar Street for a second season.

Two teams packed full of celebrities are set to put on a show at Edgar Street on Sunday 11th September. 

Last year the Sellebrity Soccer event saw over 1,000 fans turn out to catch a glimpse of their favourite celebrity, whilst helping to raise in excess of £5,000 for local charity, Herefordshire Mind.

 

David Harding from Herefordshire Mind said: “On behalf of everyone at Herefordshire Mind, I want to say a huge thanks you to Hereford FC and, in particular, Joanie Roberts for their support in arranging such an amazing event. Sincere thanks are also due to Sellebrity Soccer and the celebrity teams for providing such a great match and giving their time so generously. I would also like to thank our partners at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership for creating some wonderful resources to share knowledge of the support available across the county to assist people’s emotional wellbeing.

Finally, I would like to thank the wonderful people of Herefordshire for making the match such a wonderful event and turning out in such numbers.”

This year we’re delighted to welcome Ely Memorial Fund as our official charity. 

“The Trustees of the ELY Memorial Fund are overjoyed to have been approached by Hereford Football Club who are organising a football match with Sellebrity Soccer in aid of ELY on Sunday 11th September.”

Celebrities for this year’s match will be announced over the coming weeks so keep an eye out to see which stars will be taking to the Edgar Street turf this year!

Standard tickets are available to purchase now!

Hospitality and VIP packages will be announced very soon!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Think Again About Dropping Classified Results Says FSF

This from the FSA:

The BBC announced this week that they have stopped broadcasting the full classified results on BBC 5 Live as part of its Sports Report programme. The announcing of the results has become a staple in millions of match-goers’ lives as they head home from 3pm kick-offs every Saturday.Malcolm Clarke, chair of the FSA said: “The classified football results on the radio have been one of the great traditions of British football.“Listening to the classified results has always been one of those beloved, shared routines for match-going fans.“This feels like yet another of football’s great traditions has gone and it is a deeply regrettable decision from the BBC – I hope they will think again."Despite the outcry from supporters and journos the BBC has stood by its decision - so far. Former FSA Writer of the Year Henry Winter wrote in the Times (£): "By wanting to be in touch with a youth market that mainly doesn’t listen to sports radio, BBC executives have shown themselves out of touch with the millions who still wish to listen to the classified football results."

 

Radio Hereford Commentator In Line For Agriculture Student Of The Year

Radio Hereford commentator Ben Chilman is a finalist for the Farmers Weekly agriculture student of the year.

He is reported to have 'impressed in the classroom and out in the fields, showing the value of combining academic learning with practical work.

Whether he is behind the microphone, out in the fields or attending industry events, Ben Chilman’s enthusiasm for UK agriculture is evident in everything he does.

The 22-year-old grew up on a mixed family farm in north Herefordshire, immersing himself in the family business and gaining years of practical arable and livestock experience.

His ambition is to run the farm when his parents retire.

He has seized every opportunity available to him at Harper Adams University and now has his sights set on a career in the farming media, having shown himself to be a talented broadcaster.

Ben admits he would love to present Countryfile and is eager to pursue a broadcasting career and as a football commentator.'

Read more at: https://www.fwi.co.uk/farm-life/young-farmers/fw-awards-2022-ag-student-of-the-year-finalists

 

 

Lilly Wants To Be A First Team Regular


Zak Lilly who joined Hereford after leaving AFC Telford hopes that the move will give him regular first team football.

The 24 year old defender started last week's opening game of the season alongside Luke Haines.

"Fresh start, just different," Lilly told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"Get a chance to show what you can do at a new club.

"Obviously there is good competition here.

"But you want to play week in week out as a footballer.

"And I feel like at Hereford I'll probably get more of an opportunity."

Bulls 23/18 For A Win At Scarborough

The bookmakers are offering odds of around 23/18 for Hereford to win at Scarborough tomorrow.

Last Saturday Hereford drew 3-3 at home to Spennymoor whilst Scarborough lost 2-0 at Brackley.

Hereford are currently 10th in the National North League table whilst Scarborough are 23rd.

Scarborough 12/5  Draw 41/17  Hereford 23/18

Love Football - Protect The Game


This from the FSA: 

Every football fan should feel safe when watching their team. But last season we saw a minority of supporters ruining the game for others. That’s why we’re supporting strong measures across football to tackle antisocial and criminal behaviours within football grounds.

These include entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyros and throwing objects onto the pitch, as well as discriminatory behaviour and taking drugs. All of these are illegal, dangerous and have no place in our game. For everyone’s safety, clubs will report anyone carrying out these offences to the police, which can result in a permanent criminal record. These measures could also now apply to the parents or guardians of children involved in these activities.

From the start of the 2022/23 season, anyone who enters the pitch and those carrying or using smoke bombs and pyros will now automatically be banned by their club. These measures reflect the seriousness of the risks to fans and staff – pyros can burn at 2000 degrees Celsius and cause life-changing injuries, while entering the pitch endangers players, managers and match officials – it is impossible for anyone to tell the difference between a celebrating fan and a violent attacker.

The football authorities are working with clubs and the Football Supporters’ Association to make sure everyone feels safe on matchdays. We ask all fans to come together to show that those who commit these illegal acts do not represent the majority of supporters.

COPY LOVE FOOTBALL. PROTECT THE GAME.

Hereford Are Away At Chester Next Tuesday

Following tomorrow's long trip to Scarborough, Hereford are away at Chester next Tuesday evening.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance, adult tickets cost £17, and will cost £1 less than purchasing at the ground. 

To purchase go to: https://chesterfc.ktckts.com/event/ctr2223h02/chester-vs-hereford 

As usual Hereford supporters will be in the West Stand. 

There is plenty of parking at the ground. The cost is £3 per car.

Sat Nav: CH1 4LT

4G At The Flamingo

It’s a lovely warm August trip to the seaside for Hereford FC this Saturday as they travel up to newly promoted Scarborough Athletic for the second game of the 2022/23 National League North season at the unbeatably well-named Flamingo Land Stadium. One would assume for the sake of his carbon footprint if nothing else that Josh Gowling will not be driving down from his home in Grimsby to Edgar Street to get on the coach to travel to Scarborough.

The hot summer we’ve enjoyed and at times endured will have had no effect whatsoever on the Seadogs’ playing surface, as it’s as fake as the Spennymoor goalie when he lay down for a bit as soon as they took the lead last weekend. National League North bigwigs and referees – please, please, please realise that this sort of thing seems to be rife in the division and completely messes with it as a spectacle and really should be stamped down on hard. Players who do it – please, please, please realise that you just look pathetic and dishonest.

The Bulls wisely incorporated a trip to Rushall Olympic’s 4G pitch as part of their pre-season programme, so at least that experience will be fresh in the players’ memories. Coming through these games without any nasty injuries is perhaps not quite half the battle, but it’s certainly a factor.

Athletic are a phoenix club formed after the liquidation of Scarborough in 2007. Up from the Northern Premier League via the play-offs last season and given no chance by the bookies this term, they opened their season last Saturday with a 2-0 loss at Brackley, and no-one loses 2-0 at Brackley; that’s precisely double what you should be losing by at Brackley.

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Jonathan Greening manages the hosts, and won promotion in his first year in the job. A handful of signings were made in the summer, but it wouldn't be too surprising if they bolstered again before Saturday with a loanee or two. It would be fair to say that their form was patchy in pre-season, which brought defeats to Stockton and South Shields. Actually it would be fairer, and ideed more accurate, to say that that isn't really patchy at all, it's consistently poor.

However, as 4G pitch merchants they’ll be looking to rack up the points at home on a surface they’re familiar with, and which is a bit weird for everyone else.

As for Hereford, on last Saturday’s evidence there are quite a few reasons to be optimistic. Firstly, when the Bulls are awarded corners and free kicks in attacking areas the opposition no longer sniggers as half a dozen jockeys mooch forward on a mission everyone in the ground knows is futile. Spennymoor predictably fielded two horrible centre backs but they and the rest of the team looked mildly intimidated rather than smugly amused when the home side won corners. A big step forward, that, and that’s before the addition of Aaron Amari Holloway into the mix, who reportedly won’t shy away from a bit or argy-bargy. Secondly, Kane Thompson-Sommers…it’s as if Olu Durojaiye was just a bad dream. Maybe he was. A wonderful acquisition and well done Josh Gowling. Brackley have got a post-Christmas gem to look forward to signing there. Thirdly, Ty Barnett at both ends of the pitch is an absolute revelation. 

OK, the team has a midfielder and a converted striker as centre backs, but it looks like there’s the power, potency and ability at last to win matches 4-3 and 5-4 when that defensive set-up leaks goals, and who’s going to complain about that apart from the County Hospital’s cardiology unit when fans are admitted en masse every other Saturday afternoon?

'Defending' vs Spennymoor
The Bulls will possibly be a bit disappointed with anything other than a win here given the hosts’ pre-season billing as not so much Seadogs as rank underdogs, but that pitch could act as something of a leveller, favouring the side that plays on it every fortnight.

The brilliant thing about away games this season of course is that the home kit will be left, er, at home, apart from when the away kit clashes with the home team’s home kit (is that how it works?). Replica kit wearers: do not wear your home shirts in supermarkets as it will cause havoc with the barcode machines and you’ll be bleeped as a bag of carrots when you go through the checkout, and no-one wants to be reduced to bag-of-carrots status.

It's back-to-back week this week, and the fixture computer has somewhat unfairly handed Hereford another away trip on Tuesday, although it’s a much shorter hop to Chester. Enough good things happened last Saturday to suggest that this season could be a good ‘un, and that the Bulls will be unbeaten on four points going into that tougher looking game at the Deva.

COYW

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Chester Keep Signing Players

Chester keep signing players.

They added another two to their squad today.

Midfielder Danny Devine has joined after he left Carlisle at the end of a two year spell.

And also joining is defender Kieran Coates who was at Stoke.

Hereford travel to Chester next Tuesday evening.

£6K A Week For A National League Keeper, How Much For A Striker?

A few days ago BN highlighted the fact that one of the Wrexham keepers was being paid £6K per week.

It now appears that this keeper isn't the highest paid Wrexham player.

According to VNL Insider, the £14,500 weekly salary paid by Wrexham to their attacker Elliot Lee, plus an incentivised bonus of £500 per goal, makes him the highest paid player in non-league history.

So one National League player is being paid than all the players currently with Hereford FC. 

Meanwhile York have sacked their sporting director Dave Penney.


THROWBACK THURSDAY | Hereford United 1-1 Scarborough - 15th August 1992

Owen Pickard scores a cracker on the opening game of the season.


Hereford 1 Judge 2 Fry 3 Downs 4 Jones 5 Devine 6 Theodosiou 7 Hall 8 Anderson 9 Brain 10 Pickard 11 Wade Scarborough 1 Evans 2 Barrow 3 Mudd 4 Lee 5 Hirst 6 Curran 7 Thompson 8 Himsworth 9 Mooney 10 Foreman 11 Jules Subs Ashdijan, Murphy Attendance 1,836

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Claims That Wrexham Are Paying £6,000 A Week To A Keeper

There's a claim that National League Wrexham are paying one of their goalkeepers £6,000. 

If correct, then that equates to around £250,000 for the season. Or around half of Hereford manager Josh Gowling's budget for all his players for the season.

The claim came from York manager John Askey.

“There’s a lot of big clubs in this league, Wrexham being the biggest," said Askey as reported by The Press.

"They’ve just put a goalkeeper on £6,000 per week, so that tells you about the sort of money that they are spending.

“Then you’ve got Notts County, Southend, Scunthorpe and Oldham. They’re all big, old lower league clubs, so it’s going to be tough." 

Time for a National League Salary Cap?

 

Two Penalties In A Game

Tyrone Barnett's Penalty Beats The Spennymoor Keeper

Last Saturday Hereford scored two penalties in the same game.

Soon after the game Hereford historian Ron Parrott was asked when that last happened. As it turns out it wasn't long ago.

"The last time it happened was in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at Gosport Borough in a 3-1 win on 3rd October 2020," Ron told BN.

"The last time it happened at Edgar Street was oddly enough, also in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, against Truro City in a 5-2 win on 21st September 2019."

Adam Stansfield - Season 2005/06

On the 12th anniversary of the untimely passing of former Hereford United striker Adam Stansfield a look back at his 2005/06 season.

Stansfield at Edgar Street 

 

Pre-season Adam Stansfield played for England in the Four Nations competition. He scored against Scotland.

The ball found its way through to DJ Campbell who outmuscled Kevin Souter in the penalty box and flicked it over Ally Ridgers. Scott Anderson raced back to stop the ball from crossing the line initially but before he could hook it clear Adam Stansfield charged in and bundled it over the line.

Stansfield had a new strike partner, Guy Ipoua, for the first few games of the season and Ipoua took most of the headlines.

"As long as we keep winning games then my goals will come," said Stansfield in early September.

"I had a couple chances against Tamworth and I'm feeling confident heading into the Altrincham match."

But no goals came.

"It's disappointing to draw and only get one point when we dominated the game so well and had so many chances, quite a few myself," he said. "We've not conceded that's one good thing."

Stansfield then suffered what was thought to be a groin injury. However in early October he had an operation for a double hernia.

"The operation will be carried out by one of the three top specialists in the country," he explained.

"He did a similar operation on Ryan Giggs. So, if it was good enough for him, it's good enough for me!"

Stansfield returned to action as a sub on November 22nd against Port Vale. But he didn't make the bench the following Saturday against Exeter.

"I can't wait to be involved again. I want to play every game, every week - it's very frustrating not being involved," he said.

"I travelled up to the game at Dagenham last weekend but I was sat in the stand and I couldn't help the team."

Against Stockport in the FA Cup on December 3rd Stansfield came on as a sub but couldn't help the Bulls who lost 2-0.

However the following Saturday, against York at Edgar Street, he came off the bench and within two minutes scored the only goal of the game. It was only his second touch of the ball and it was originally thought that he celebrated by running to the bench and pointing out he was a goalscorer.

He later said his wife was watching!

Graham Turner was pleased.

"The goal is just the sort of thing Adam Stansfield can do.

"He has not looked right in training or in the games we have played, but when he went on today, his goal, his work and in everything else it was back to the Adam we know."

Stansfield scored an important goal for the Bulls in their 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the Quarter Final of the LDV just before Christmas.

Again Turner was pleased.

"Stansfield, for instance, coming back into the side. Scored against York, scored against Bognor, and again against Scunthorpe. So his confidence should be going upwards and he is getting better with each game that goes by."

Into the New Year and Stansfield scored the winning goal at Scarborough and another at Halifax in a Trophy Tie.

"I've been to the (Trophy) final and won it," he said. "It's a great day out and I'd like to get to the final and win it. Hopefully I'd like to think all the lads would as well."

Bulls coach John Trewick summed up Stansfield recent good form.

"Adam is contributing very well at the moment," said Trewick. "He is capable of scoring goals against anyone and, with his energy, he shows how vital he is to us.

"It's great to have Adam back and fully fit. He started the season with injury problems and that manifested itself into a hernia operation.

"So we've missed him for a large part of the season, missed his energy and his goals. He's a very, very valuable squad player."

But just as he had regained his form Stansfield suffered a hip injury but he was soon back on target with a goal against Cambridge in a 3-0 win for the Bulls on January 30th which lifted the club into third place.

Another important goal was scored by Stansfield against Hailfax two weeks later but at Canvey Island on February 18th, he suffered another injury, this time a suspected fractured cheekbone.

Winger Simon Travis explained.

"He looks in a bad way. He looks as though he has a depressed fracture of his cheekbones. His nose is in a pretty bad state as well. We know he is in hospital at the moment. It put things into propective when you see an injury like that it's just a game of football. There are far more important things than football and three points when Adam is in such a bad way."

John Trewick was clearly worried he would without his top striker.

"It's not a nice situation for Adam. It is also not a nice situation for us. We've now lost our top goalscorer for a lengthy period of time."

Graham Turner gave more information:

"Immediately after the game he was taken to Southend Hospital," said the Bulls manager. "He was discharged only to come back and make sure he got a specialist look at his face.

"It's a depressed fracture of the cheekbone. The swelling has got to go down before the surgery can be carried out. But it looks as though he will have to have a plate inserted in the depressed fracture of the cheek."

Stansfield made a remarkable recovery and was back in training by mid-March. He came off the bench in the home game against Kidderminster but couldn't help the outcome, a 1-0 defeat.

Exeter had been reportedly following his progress however at the end of March Stansfield said he was happy at Hereford.

"A move wouldn't interest us at the moment," he said. "These rumours are always hanging around but there's nothing in them.

"We have bought a house up here, my eldest son has settled in very well and we are more than happy."

During April Stansfield found it difficult to keep his place in the starting eleven and often had to be content with a place on the bench. Stuart Fleetwood, Guy Ipoua and Danny Carey-bertram were all fit and fighting for a starting place.

However Stansfield scored a goal in the draw against Southport on April 22nd to stake a claim for a start in the forth-coming play-offs.

The first leg was drawn at Morecambe but back at Edgar Street the Bulls won 3-2 and so secured a place in the final against Halifax. Stansfield started both games.

The play-off final against Halifax took place at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester on Saturday May 20th. Stansfield started and although he didn't score he was provided for one of Hereford's goals.

Meanwhile, Adam Stansfield was racing down the flank and, with the skipper making a decoy run to the front post, youngster Andy Williams was left unmarked at the far post to meet the ball with a diving header, that bounced off the surface before springing up, out of the reach of Kennedy, and just inside of the far post. and

United continued where they left off after the restart, and Stansfield almost put The Bulls in front. His mazy run bought him some space inside the box and he homed in on goal from the right but, with a clear sight on goal from just yards out, shot low to the near post, where Kennedy somehow managed to keep the ball out with his feet. and

Still, The Bulls battled on and Stansfield had another glorious chance to put them in front. Travis supplied the cross to the far post, where Stansfield towered to meet it, but he diverted his header inches the wrong side of the post.and

The Bulls were again looking threatening straight after the restart of the extra time period when Adam Stansfield lost his man before smashing the ball into the side netting, but with the net shaking, it would have appeared to some Hereford fans, located at the far end of the ground, that the ball had sneaked in side the near post.

The Bulls won the game 3-2 and they were back in the Football League.

Stansfield spoke to the press after the game.

"It was amazing. To come back twice was brilliant. We have worked so hard over the course of a long season. In the end it came down to one game and we produced the goods.

"I have played in the FA Trophy final, but this was up there with the biggest games I have been involved in. The game had everything, the atmosphere was electric and to top it all off we won. The play-offs had become a sore point in the past few seasons. Finishing second and not getting promoted had been a blow, especially as the club have been calling out for two teams to get automatic promotion. But it doesn't matter now. We are up and everyone is so thrilled.

"I haven't got a contract next season. I haven't been offered anything yet. We are in today and we will be told our futures in the next few days. I have had a few injuries, but hopefully I have done enough to be offered a new contract.

"Hereford are a league side really and well equipped to go into League Two. Being in the Conference for nine years has been hard but they are back now. Hopefully now we will be able to get some more league players that will help us stay in there. I was disappointed not to be offered something at Yeovil. But I chose to go to the club who still had the best chance of getting back into the League and it has turned into a good move for me.

"You look at the past few years and the teams who have got promoted from the Conference have either gone straight up again or they have managed to finish in the play-offs or just below them. So I think we have got every chance to do the same next season."

During the next week supporters waited to hear if Stansfield had signed a new deal. Rumours of a move to Exeter had surfaced.

"He (Graham Turner) has basically said he wants me but he is just waiting on his budget," said Stansfield.

"Now we have gone up he is not sure what money he has got at the minute so he is just waiting on that before he gets back to us. I will wait to see what the offer is. I will see if there are other clubs who show an interest. I will talk to them and see which offer suits me best.

"There are always rumours. My family are living down there and they tell me about the rumours and every time I go home the rumours seem to start up again. There is nothing in them."

By early June Sky repeated the story that Stansfield could move to Exeter whilst the Hereford United said he was still considering an offer to remain with the Bulls.

And on June 10th it was revealed that Stansfield had signed a two year deal with Exeter.

"He is a player I would have loved to have worked with," said Grecian manager Alex Inglethorpe.

"His ability is there for all to see. When he returned to the Hereford side towards the end of last season it triggered an upturn in their fortunes and he was the catalyst they needed to go on and finish the season strongly.

"He is a proven goalscorer and his importance was shown by the fact that Hereford started with him in both play-off semi-finals and the final."

Finally on June 13th Graham Turner commented on Stanfield's move.

"I spoke to him a week or so ago. He asked for a second year but the offer was for one year.

"He then asked if he played a certain number of games could a contract for a second year kick-in which I agreed.

"I thought he was away on holiday but I now read he's going to sign for Exeter.

"We wish him well. He did a decent job for us here."

The Last Time - Bulls Win At Scarborough

It's been a long time since Hereford last played at Scarborough, 16 years ago to be precise, but on that day in January 2006 they came home with three points. Hopefully that will be repeated this coming Saturday.


A look back:

Saturday, January 07, 2006
 

United scrap for victory at Scarborough


Hereford United took all three points at the McCain Stadium this afternoon following a scrappy encounter with Scarborough, who are struggling in the lower reaches of the table. Both teams went into the game off the back of draws but Hereford's league position made them obvious favourites.

United made two changes to the side; Darryl Taylor, spending his second loan spell in two seasons with United, was in the side at the expense of Andy Williams and Danny Carey-Bertram started alongside Adam Stansfield, as Guy Ipoua was missing through injury.

Brian Wake headed towards goal but caused Wayne Brown no problems early on before Neil Bishop fired inches wide from twenty yards. At the other end Alex Jeannin hit a free kick straight down the the middle of the goal before Stansfield netted the first and only goal of the game. Craig Stanley hooked a ball over the top of the defence from inside of his own half and Stansfield raced ahead of his marker and poked the ball beyond the reach of Leigh Walker and into the back of the net, with eleven minutes gone.

The Seadogs replied, forcing Brown into an excellent save, as he tipped a header of Tony Hackworth just around the post while, at the other end, Tamika Mkandawire looped a header onto the top of the crossbar. Wake, ever dangerous for the hosts, broke through the Hereford rear-guard, but over-hit a ball just to his left where Bishop awaited, when he was in a good scoring position himself, and the ball ran out for a goal kick. In injury time, Boro almost got the equaliser they were searching for, but Sean McClare volleyed inches wide from just inside the area.

Wake continued to look Scarborough's most likely scorer, and shot just wide of the far post from long range after the restart, in what was, again, a poor half for both sides. Wake was subbed off after sixty four minutes, which was probably a relief to United's defence. Five minutes later Williams was introduced in place of Carey-Bertram as both sides struggled to create opportunities. Michael Coulson, Wake's replacement, forced the first save of the half from Brown having twisted and turned on the edge of the box before firing in low.

Rob Purdie, who was not enjoying his best of games, played a neat ball down the line for Williams, who skinned his opponent and won a corner, as his cross was nodded behind at the near post. Mkandawire, who had already came close due to his aerial threat, met the corner with a glancing header, which fell just inches wide of the far post. Ryan Green was given the final quarter of an hour to impress, as he took Simon Travis' place at right back, but despite the fresh legs in defence, Boro began piling on the pressure.

United's back line was standing strong though, but Coulson almost found an equaliser when he collected a head down in the box, after it was lofted in from a free kick, but fired wide from a central position. Graham Turner introduced Graham Evans late on and he did manage to get the ball into the back of the net, but it was disallowed by the referee.

The victory, which despite the rather poor performance is what matters at the end of the day, means that The Bulls move up to fifth in the league, into the play off positions. United once again lacked an attacking threat throughout, although man of the match Stansfield put full effort in, yet again, and Taylor did well on the right. However he did look out of match practice which was noticable as he failed, on more than one occasion, to deliver a good cross having made himself plenty of space.

Around 100 Hereford supporters travelled to Scarborough in a crowd of 1,582, although it looked at least a couple of hundred less!

HUFC: Brown, Travis, Beckwith, Mkandawire, Jeannin, Purdie, Stanley, Pitman, Taylor, Carey-Bertram, Stansfield. Subs: Green, Mawson, Gwynne, Williams, Evans.

SFC: Walker, Ingram, Baker, Atkinson, Lyth, Bishop, Hughes, McClare, Nicholson, Hackworth, Wake. Subs: Dunbavin, Quayle, Foot,Coulson, Weaver.
 

Brown praises Bulls Defence


Wayne Brown, the Hereford United goalkeeper, interviewed on BBC Hereford and Worcester after the game, praised the defensive pairing of Dean Beckwith and Tamika Mkandawire who had made his life easy this afternoon.

"I think they are two of the best defenders I've played behind.

"A pretty quiet day really. A save in the first half and a save in the second half. We kept them under wraps. Our defence is solid.

"Probably the biggest win (recently). Coming here, they're battling for their lives. We just dug in."

Brown said it was the first time he had seen new-signing Daryl Taylor.

"He looked quite lively on the right. He did alright."

Craig Mawson will play next Saturday in the Trophy game against Halifax as Brown is barred by Chester from taking part.

"I think it's just Chester being a bit.. spiteful. That's what happens when you fall out with certain people. Nuff said."

Meanwhile Neil Redfearn, the Scarborough manager, told Radio Yorkshire that it was a poor game.

"We made a mistake at the back. They didn't make any. The ball got knocked over the top, the lad gets in and he scores.

"We could have finished the game then as after that it was a non-event.