Monday, December 31, 2001

Bulls unchanged for derby

Following two successive wins, Hereford United aim to make it three in a row tomorrow when they host high-flying Telford United in the Nationwide Conference.

The Bulls beat the Bucks 1-0 at the New Bucks Head Ground on Boxing Day thanks to Scott Goodwin's late strike, and then a 3-0 victory on Saturday boosted confidence against as Hereford swept aside struggling Stalybridge Celtic.

Hereford's unbeaten run now stretches back for three games, having conceded just one goal and scored five. Telford, however, will be eager to gain revenge for their festive flop to Hereford and were without a game on Saturday so Jake King's men have been preparing for almost a week.

Phil Robinson's Hereford team should be similar to that that started against Celtic on Saturday with one or two possible changes. Rob Elmes may be dropped in attack and replaced by Scott Voice, whilst Phil Robinson may move over in midfield for Jimmy Quiggin. Midfielder Alex Kevan and striker Danny Davidson are still absent through injuries, but Steve Piearce could return to the bench after not featuring in the squad for three weeks. Goalkeeper Scott Cooksey is still recovering from a hand injury and is likely to miss most of the season left to play.

Telford United could swap things around in attack to cause more problems for the Hereford defence. On Boxing Day, Jake King started with Gary Martindale and Gary Fitzpatrick, but with new signing Mark Quayle warming the bench, perhaps a change is likely. Quayle joined from Morecambe after a loan spell this month and was signed with money donated by supporters. He has already netted seven league goals this season and with Telford pushing up the Conference, Quayle could be recalled.

Manager King said: "Everyone is looking forward to the game as we want to get back on track after the upset last week. We want to remain in the top six and to do that we have got to win games. Losing was a bit of a shock to the lads as it has not happened since mid-October. The thing to do is to it pick up from there and start all over again.

"I'm not saying we're going to go on a run of one defeat in 15 like we've just had as that's difficult for any team to do once let alone twice. But if we can go five, six or seven games unbeaten at a time then we'll remain in the top six."

Hereford United have said that no pitch inspection is planned for tomorrow. The Bulls, according to Surrey Sports, are 11/8 to win with Telford at 13/8. The odds for a draw are 11/5.


Sunday, December 30, 2001

Shocker For Potential Bull Star

Hereford United's potential star striker has had to quit the game for a spell until he overcomes a huge barrier.

Danny Hill, age 18, played a reserve game for the Bulls after scoring fifteen goals for Kington Town in the Express & Star West Midlands League Premier Division this season and was touted to be joining the Edgar Street club. However, doctors have told him to stop playing when he suffered from dizzy spells and migranes whilst playing. He was told he had a hole-in-the-heart and must stop playing immediately.

Now, Danny must wait for an operation before playing again and the scaffolder from Hereford is eager to follow in his father's, Mick, footsteps and turn professional. Mick was an international with Wales and played for the likes of Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

"I was hoping to have an extended run in Hereford's second team but then this blow came out of nowhere," he told the Non-League Paper. "The doctor told me to rest and take it easy. But I'm only young and hopefully it should not be too long before I hear about the operation. I hope it is just a temporary setback that I am determined to overcome."

Kington chairman Bill Mayglothing said: "There were quite a few clubs looking at him and centre forwards of his ability are like gold dust. He had been playing really well. I know how disappointed he must feel.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 30th December 2001.


Pennies For Billy

Bring your change to Edgar Street on New Years Day for Billy the Bull, who is raising money for a new bull suit.

Billy needs to raise around £200 for the new outfit and will hold a half time bucket collection at the Telford United game. Please give generously.


Saturday, December 29, 2001

Wargen Quit Threat

Kevin Wargen, the HUISA chairman, revealed in today's edition of Bullseye that he would resign if Chelverton's Simon Morgan is put in charge of relocation of the ground.

In his regular column, he told that HUISA have been working extremely hard over the situation of the stadium and relocation.

He said that Leader Terry James and his council will pass the UDP (Unitary Development Plan) to keep Hereford United at Edgar Street but was extremely disappointed at one party in the discussions.

"I have to tell supporters of a letter I received from Simon Morgan, of Chelverton, who basically accused HUISA members of spreading misinformation and ultimately the destruction of the club," he wrote. "HUISA members spend a lot of time trying to talk to all concerned regarding development. We also raise money for the club, run away travel, paint the ground in the summer and do whatever to keep the club from folding. I feel so upset at this accusation by Morgan that I will not sit around a table with him. Indeed if it means he is in charge of relocation, I would resign. I am not above criticism from anyone - supporters or directors - but I will not be accused of trying to finish the club that I love and would do whatever I can to make it survive. I am happy to know that other people on the committee feel the same as me over the letter."

Wargen will endeavour to keep everyone informed of developments in the new year.

The rest of December 2001

Dec 1st:

TWENTY one year old Hereford United winger Paul Parry has given his game an extra edge this season - by helping out in defence!

Phil Robinson, the Bulls coach, has praised Parry's performance this season and his improvement in his all round game. Parry told the Evening News: "I think I had a bit of stick last year for not doing as much defensively as I could so I've made an effort to change and do more. But I must admit I prefer attacking rather than defending."

The FA Cup first round clash against Wrexham excited the whole squad, particularly Parry. "It was a great experience with the TV cameras and it was good team performance with our keeper, Matt Baker, doing magnificently well for us," he added. "The team spirit here is tremendous and hopefully our Conference position is a bit of a false one and we can continue to put in some good displays and move up the league.

"We've had a good cup run but our performances in the league have not been as good as we would have liked. We managed to score six against Scarborough but since then have not looked like scoring."

BARNET 2 - 0 Hereford United

Hereford United dropped to within two points of the relegation zone after slumping to a 2-0 defeat at Underhill against fourth-placed Nationwide Conference hopefuls Barnet.

The Bulls were boosted by the return of three players after suspension but one of them, captain Ian Wright, was soon off the field after an injury sustained in a last ditch tackle.

Manager Phil Robinson welcomed back Ian Wright to the heart of defence after suspension and John Snape returned in the centre of the park. However, Scott Goodwin was named on the bench and there was no place for the injured Scott Voice. Alex Kevan was dropped to the bench and replaced for Jimmy Quiggin whilst there was no place in the squad for Steve Piearce or John Shirley.

Hereford were in charge for the openinng ten minutes of the game, Gavin Williams tested the Barnet goalkeeper Lee Harrison with an early free kick before Rob Elmes headed a Gavin Williams corner onto the crossbar at the back post two minutes later. Paul Parry, Williams and Elmes all linked well to pressurise the Barnet back line.

Barnet's first effort came after ten minutes when Ben Strevens cut back the ball to Wayne Purser who hit wide of Matt Baker's goal and two minutes later, Ian Wright made a last ditch tackle to prevent Wayne Purser getting a shot in from the by-line. After a couple of minutes of treatment, Wright came back on but was obviously struggling. He was swiftly replaced for Mark Williams and appeared to have a knee injury. Wright is now a doubt for next weekend's FA Cup trip to second division Swindon Town. Tony James took over as captain.

Wayne Purser and Ben Strevens both wasted openings as they failed to connect but Strevens made up for his error on thirty two minutes. A long ball from the left came in and Strevens, unmarked in the box, allowed him to beat Matt Baker who slipped to net his ninth Conference goal of the campaign.

An even first half ended with the scoreline in Barnet's favour and Phil Robinson proceeded to make his second change of the afternoon, removing Jimmy Quiggin and bringing on Alex Kevan on the right of midfield. However, Barnet took control with Strevens testing Baker from the edge of the box before doubling their advantage on fifty two minutes. A poor Hereford clearance from a Lee Flynn corner fell to Leon Bell who struck a superb volley from the edge of the box which bounced in off the crossbar. Matt Baker stood no chance.

The home side continued to dominate throughout the second period as Hereford looked lacklustre. Rob Elmes wasted a shot gifted to him after a mistake by Mark Arber and with fifteen minutes left, substitute Danny Davidson had a powerful shot tipped around the post by the Barnet stopper from fifteen yards.

The result cannot be argued with and Barnet had many more efforts to increase the margin in the second period especially. Hereford have dropped to within two points of the Conference drop zone after today's results and something needs to be done soon to arrest the slide. All minds need to be focused on the FA Cup game at Swindon Town next week which is sure to be an exciting occasion for the Hereford faithful but after today's result, the threat of relegation cannot be underestimated.

The Hereford support of 156 must be commended on travelling and enduring such a dreadful performance. The decision to leave out John Shirley and Steve Piearce, even from the bench, was baffling after recent performances by the two. It really was a dreadful day for Hereford United.

Hereford United: Matt Baker, Matt Clarke, Tony Capaldi, Phil Robinson, Ian Wright (captain) (off, 16 minutes), Tony James, Jimmy Quiggin (off, half time), John Snape, Gavin Williams, Paul Parry
Subs: Scott Goodwin, Lee Evans, Alex Kevan (on, half time), Mark Williams (on, 16 minutes), Danny Davidson (on, 69 minutes)
Attendance: 1713
Man of the Match: Not awarded
Referee: Mr. M. Thorpe (Ipswich)

Dec 2nd:

HEREFORD United crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Barnet in the Nationwide Conference yesterday. The result means the Bulls slip to within two points of the relegation zone.

Barnet manager John Still said after the match: "Once we'd got going we played very well. There's always a danger that after a long trip to Carlisle (Barnet went out of the FA Cup at Brunton Park on Tuesday), the players will have a reaction. But this did not happen.

"I thought Rob Sawyers had an excellent game in place of the suspended Greg Heald. We scored two quality goals and it was good to have John Doolan back after a two-month lay-off."

The mood in the Hereford camp was naturally subdued, and defender Matt Clarke said: "We didn't play very well. But we're looking forward to the FA Cup next week where we'll always be up for it."

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer, the ex-England skiller, is to make the third round draw of the FA Trophy tomorrow at Newcastle United's St. James' Park. Hereford United and the other Nationwide Conference teams enter the draw with the games to be played on Saturday, January 12th, 2002.

NOT for the first time Hereford United are getting ready to play an Invincible on the FA Cup trail – a supposed invincible, at any rate reports the Independent. February marks the 30th anniversary of Hereford's famous third- round replay against a Newcastle side Malcolm Macdonald pledged would bury the Southern Leaguers under a double-figured barrage of goals. The rest, of course, is history – history that will no doubt be recalled as the Hereford team of 2001 get ready to face a Swindon Town side featuring the Australian midfield player Danny Invincible.

Romance will always be in the air when the Bulls are on a giant-killing charge – if Wrexham, their first-round victims at Edgar Street a fortnight ago, and Swindon, their second-round targets at the County Ground on Saturday, can be described as colossi of the beautiful game. The Ronnie Radford goal of the season that prompted the invasion of the Parkas and precipitated Newcastle's downfall (Ricky George actually scored the winner in the 2-1 victory) has stood since 2 February, 1972, as a symbol of the FA Cup's alluring power. Today, though, 29 years and 10 months on, Hereford could be excused for being more concerned about the finance of the FA Cup.

"Er, no," Graham Turner, Hereford's chairman and director of football, said. "The first thing for us is the romance. The club's tradition in the FA Cup has been intrumental in bringing the television cameras here so often. And that has created a lot of interest for the supporters and brought a lot of attention to the city.

"The romance is the first thing. But, with a chairman's hat on, the finance is important. There have been significant changes this year in the amount of finance available in the early rounds – both as prize money and as television and radio fees – and keeping alive clubs of this size is very important. Without a benefactor, the revenue is absolutely vital. It's a lifeline to us."

Thus far Hereford have earned £20,000 for reaching the first round, £20,000 for reaching the second and £100,000 for the live screening of the Wrexham tie – from which the Nationwide Conference club emerged 1-0 victors courtesy of a goal by (no, not that) Ian Wright and a brilliant goalkeeping display by Matt Baker. It amounts to little more than Alen Boskic's fortnightly wage but represents a huge contribution towards the Save The Bulls campaign.

"The difficulty of our situation is that the previous board entered into an agreement with developers," Turner explained. "The board took £1m worth of loans and the developers took the lease, with the long-term view of putting something different on Edgar Street. And the council, who are the freeholders, are adamant at this stage that football will remain at Edgar Street. The loan now amounts to more than £1.2m and we have to pay it back in May 2003. So we feel like a ping-pong ball being batted across the net between council and developers.

"We've also gone into a CVA, a company voluntary arrangement. And any failure to comply with that would leave us open to an instant winding up order. It's been a very precarious financial position over the last five or six years, but we are working very closely with the developers to try to find a way forward for the club."

It was somewhat different for Turner in his managerial days at Villa Park, and at Molineux, where Sir Jack Hayward did rather more than keep the wolf from Wolves' door. So why, at the age of 54, is the one-time England youth international foraging for scraps on the football breadline? "I don't think you would do it if you didn't have a feeling for the football club," Turner said. "There have been times when there hasn't been enough finance available at the end of the month, so the chief scout, the secretary and myself have not been paid. So you certainly don't do it for the money at this level.

"The most significant thing is that I was manager when the club went out of the Football League in 1997 and it has almost been a responsibility to keep it alive and to attempt to get it back into the League. There is that challenge, almost a crusade, to do it."

Two years ago, the Bulls' fighting spirit almost knocked out Leicester in the third round of the FA Cup; they drew 0-0 at Edgar Street and lost the replay 2-1 to a Muzzy Izzet goal in extra time. Now, with coach Phil Robinson in charge of team affairs and Turner concentrating on the fight for survival, the great giant-killers are dreaming of another third-round romance – and the finance that would go hand-in-hand with it.

Dec 3rd:

HEREFORD United have received an away draw in the FA Umbro Trophy third round - at Chesham United.

Chesham play in the Ryman League Premier Division and are in good form, beating Weymouth 4-0 in the second round of the Trophy and losing just two of their last eleven league games. They lie sixth in the league, thirteen points behind leaders Canvey Island.

The game will be played on Saturday, 12th January with a £1,000 prize to the winning side.

Meanwhile, the club have announced that another shirt bid for the Swindon Town FA Cup game will be held. More details will be released soon

Dec 5th:

THE official website have released details of shirts for sale after the Swindon Town FA Cup games.

All will be signed and numbered as follows:
1. Baker, 2. Clarke, 3. Capaldi, 4. Robinson, 5. Wright, 6. James, 7. Quiggin, 8. Snape (not for sale), 9. Elmes, 10. (Gavin) Williams, 11. Parry, 12. (Mark) Williams, 14. Evans,
15. Davidson, 16. Voice, 17. Rodgerson, 18. Shirley, 19. Goodwin, 20. Kevan, 21. Piearce.

Also available is a shirt signed by all the team with "Vs Swindon" on the back and a shirt signed by seven of the Hollyoaks players from the celebrity match.

The closing date is Saturday 8th December, 10am and the minimum bid is £25.

Meanwhile, for anyone wanting to travel on the HUISA coaches to Swindon Town next Saturday can still do so by calling the club on 01432 276666. Five coaches have now been filled.

Dec 5th:

SEXUAL Innuendo could not have been further from Phil Robinson's mind as the Hereford United player-coach penned his last programme column. Yet as he discovered after his musings were revealed to millions on television, titillation is in the eye of the beholder.

Match of the Day had arrived mob-handed at Hereford for the Nationwide Conference club's FA Cup tie with Wrexham. Come half- time, Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen pounced on Robinson's suggestion that "to achieve maximum football, the player has to be in an optimal state of arousal".

In an uncanny impersonation of Saint and Greavsie, Lineker read it aloud while Hansen laughed and declared: "I don't know about that."

Dec 6th:

HEREFORD United have two major injury doubts going into Saturday's FA Cup second round clash at Swindon Town, kick off 3pm.

Captain Ian Wright and striker Scott Voice are facing a race against time to be fit for the game which sees Hereford competing against a side two divisions above them in the pyramid. Wright is still suffering the effects of a dead leg picked up in the 2-0 defeat at Barnet last weekend, while Voice has a groin strain.

Manager Phil Robinson said: "Ian hasn't trained this week while Scott was not available for selection against Barnet but both are getting better. We're all looking forward to it and we are proud of what we have achieved so far. It's a big game and players like to be involved in the magic of the cup."

United chairman Graham Turner told the Hereford Times: "We have had them watched and studied tapes of recent matches and know they are a decent side with two sharp front runners. We have a wonderful cup tradition and a lot of our supporters will be travelling to Swindon for what I hope will be another great FA Cup day.

Swindon Town are managed by ex-Liverpool boss Roy Evans who is eager to avoid defeat in the 'tricky' tie. "Everyone knows what Hereford have achieved in the FA Cup over the years," said the Swindon manager. "We have to make sure that we don't become another of their victims. But they played well to beat Wrexham and we will have to make sure our preparation is absolutely right."

Other notable threats from the Town team include ex-Spurs and Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock, who is player coach. He said: "We certainly don't want to be beaten by a non-league team. This is Hereford's cup final and gives them a chance to get some money. Hereford have a great tradition in the cup and it's what people love."

The pacy strikeforce of Giuliano Grazioli, Eric Sabin and Danny Invincible will cause the back line of Hereford problems whilst pacy midfielder Steve Robinson is likely to threaten.

The last meeting between Swindon and Hereford was six years ago when the Bulls gained a shock 1-0 away win in the Auto Windscreens Shield. Last season, Swindon lost 2-0 to Coventry in the FA Cup third round, whilst Hereford lost 1-0 to Woking at the fourth qualifying stage.

Any replay will be held on Tuesday, 18th December at Edgar Street and the winning side gets £30,000, plus a place in the third round where the Premiership and First Division clubs enter the competition.

FROM the Times:

FOOT-AND-MOUTH has prevented them from parading a bull, the club mascot, around the ground beforehand, a £1 million loan needs to be repaid within 18 months and the manager resigned recently. For the club that helped to invent FA Cup romance, the grim reality of life at the bottom has bitten.

While the Hereford United players went go-karting in preparation for Saturday’s second-round tie away to Swindon Town, Graham Turner sat writing cheques in his humble office. Two months after quitting as manager and assuming the dual title of chairman and director of football affairs, he is battling to solve the financial problems that are strangling the club.

Having taken a loan from developers keen to acquire the Edgar Street site, Hereford’s future has been clouded by the local council’s insistence that football must stay at the ground where Ronnie Radford scored that goal against Newcastle United almost 30 years ago.

“It’s a fact of life that clubs move,” Turner said. “Ask any Sunderland fan if he’d swap the Stadium of Light for Roker Park. You’ll get a few say, ‘I’ve stood here for 50 years and I am not budging,’ but most see the positive side. It’s logical but, unfortunately, we’ve hit an impasse with the council, who are the freeholders. I feel like a ball that’s been kicked around between the two parties.”

Even Turner’s metaphors betray his love of the game. Football is his lifeblood. It explains why, despite the bureaucracy and occasionally having to forgo his wages, he is still relishing the trip to Swindon. “It’s not about the money,” he said. “We’ve made £40,000 for getting to this stage and got £100,000 because the Wrexham game in the first round was on television. But this is about romance. Don’t let anyone tell you that’s gone. The FA Cup is special and always will be.”

The man charged with making it even more special is Phil Robinson. One of Turner’s players when he was manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the late 1980s, he has been put in charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season. “It was a big shock when Graham stepped aside,” Robinson, 34, said. “We’d had a run of below-par results and things were getting strained on and off the pitch, but I was surprised when he took me to one side and said what he was planning.”

It meant that Robinson, who joined the club in the summer of 2000, was thrust into the difficult world of player-management.

“It’s hard because you’re one of the lads on the pitch and then you try to keep a bit of distance off it,” he said. “It’s also hard to criticise if you’re making the same mistakes.”

Although he is still acclimatising to his new role, Robinson is used to such juggling acts, having spent five years studying for a physiotherapy degree. “I was living in Stafford and playing for Notts County,” he said. “So I’d drive to Nottingham first thing for training and then drive two hours to Salford University. Then I’d spend five hours studying before getting back in the car and spending another hour going home. It was gruelling.” It was worth it, though, and Robinson emerged with a first-class honours degree.

With Hereford struggling in the Nationwide Conference, the game at the County Ground brings much-needed respite. “If we all play above ourselves then we have a chance,” Robinson said. “The way teams cause upsets is by treating these games as special. Before each tie the players have gone karting. There are a few lunatics among them but it’s good for bonding. We’ll also be staying in a hotel the night before, which we wouldn’t normally do. You have to make it feel different.”

Robinson and Turner are hoping that routine will help their team to write another chapter in their rich FA Cup history. Both talk of “the romance of the Cup” but, against the backdrop of financial difficulties, they know that Saturday’s tie constitutes something more. It could be a lifeline.

Written by Rick Broadbent.

Dec 7th:

FROM today's Daily Telegraph:

When Match of the Day descended on Hereford last month, in a flurry of Mottymania to rekindle memories of a commentating debut, Ronnie Radford and that goal, they could hardly have expected the present crop of players to put on such a captivating giantkilling display.

True, Wrexham are no Newcastle but the match was a classic of its kind: the Conference team taking an early lead and their young goalkeeper repelling everything. Matthew Baker, just 21, left the ground with an Alan Hansen accolade, "truly inspirational", ringing in his ears. Now they move on to face more Second Division opposition, in Swindon.

The heroes of the hour, Baker and goalscorer Ian Wright, turned out to have a connection which escaped even the legendary forensic eye of John Motson. When Wright played centre-half for Hull City, Baker cleaned his boots for two years. "He used to tip me £20 at Christmas - I was dead chuffed," Baker recalls.

"I was a bit excited after the game," he continued, "so I thought I would go back to Leeds and watch it with my parents but the phone never stopped ringing, so I didn't get to see it until the next day.

"The best thing John Motson said about me was, `If any League clubs are watching this game, en I should come down here and watch this lad,' but really it was the firing squad - Hansen, Lawrenson and Lineker - who were most complimentary."

Wright's winning goal ("I had visions of blazing it over. It was too easy really") earned him an appearance on his more famous, former Arsenal and England namesake's radio programme. Since then, the media activity has given way to the more prosaic profile of successive away defeats at Northwich and Barnet, encapsulating Hereford's season of solid defensive displays and a lack of goals.

Baker is young enough to entertain hopes of a return to the Football League while Wright, 29, is one of a number of older sweats who remain from the team who took Leicester City to a replay two years ago and who should be well capable of giving Roy Evans's Swindon a game.

Wright has a theory on why the gap might be closing. "The Conference gets better each year," he said. "I don't know whether it's to do with foreigners coming over and pushing everybody else down but there are a lot of pros I played with in the Football League in the Conference and half the clubs are full-time."

The ex-Hull contingent have some pedigree. Baker says of Wright: "He is the best finisher in the club and incredibly consistent. One season at Hull he only made one mistake."

Wright replies: "Matt had a bad knee injury at Hull and came here as second choice but he has taken his chance and is playing really well. Mind you, Ronnie Radford gets mentioned every year when the Cup comes around so we have a lot to live up to."

Written by Nick Spencer.

HEREFORD United will face a Swindon Town side without striker Scott Voice, kick off 3pm.

The FA Cup second round game sees the Bulls as underdogs against their second division opponents who are managed by ex-Liverpool boss Roy Evans.

Captain Ian Wright is fit after recovering from a dead leg but striker Scott Voice misees out. Long-term injury victim Scott Cooksey is unavailable for selection.

Chairman Graham Turner is optimistic going into the game. "They're a strong, well-organised side and we have to go there and be prepared to scrap for everything," he said. "But we had several players out in the first round through suspension who are now back and on any given day you never know what might happen."

Swindon are likely to miss attacker Giuliano Grazioli with a groin strain but striker Danny Invincible will be available after recovering from a hip injury. Ex-Hereford defender Gareth Davies has a knee injury and will miss out on the action whilst Andy Gurney is suspended.

Hereford coach Phil Robinson is hoping to pick up some tips from his opposite number who spent many years as player and manager at Liverpool. "From the way Evans comes over in press and media interviews he seems to be a real gentleman and nice fellow and it is going to be interesting to meet him and see how he goes about things," Robinson told the Evening News. "He is a manager who likes to encourage football playing teams and he's done that at Swindon."

"We had a great day against Wrexham and we are hungry to get back involved with the FA Cup," he continued. "It's going to be a really big occasion for the club, players and fans to enjoy and I believe we'll be having a large number of fans travelling with us.

"Swindon are mid-table but I think that is a false position because they've got a lot of good players. I've watched them and they are a good footballing side so it is going to be difficult for us.

"Everybody wants to play because nobody wants to miss such a big game and hopefully there will be a full squad to choose from. There are a couple of players struggling but hopefully they will recover and give me a selection headache."

"Goalscoring is confidence and none of our strikers are scoring at the moment so theirs is a little bit low. You can see from the Wrexham game that we missed a few chances but they will keep doing the hardest to rectify the problem. We've got a game plan after having them watched a couple of times and if we do it correctly it gives us a chance," he added.

Roy Evans is relishing tomorrow's encounter but is not expecting an easy ride against a team two leagues below his own. He told the Evening Advertiser: "Hereford’s win over Wrexham in the first round should have set the alarm bells ringing. If we don’t go out there and take the game to Hereford then we will pay the penalty. You only have to look at their cup history to know this match will be no walkover."

Hereford (from): Baker, M. Williams, Wright, James, Clarke, Goodwin, Robinson, Rodgerson, Snape, Shirley, Elmes, G. Williams, Parry, Davidson, Quiggin, Capaldi, Kevan.

Nov 8th:

HERFORD United were a Second Division club for one season 25 years ago, but the Bulls still hold dear the privileges that go with such a position, reports the Birmingham Post. In fact, if Hereford manage to get a result in their FA Cup secondround tie at Swindon this afternoon, it will be the third time in five seasons that they have made it into the third round draw with all the big boys. There's no reason to think they aren't capable.

Since being relegated to the Nationwide Conference five seasons ago, they have accounted for League opposition no less than five times, their last scalp, of course, being Wrexham three weeks ago.

Now the Bulls have their sights set on shooting down another set of Robins and even though his side have home advantage, Swindon manager Roy Evans --- who took Liverpool to the final in 1996 --- is certainly not underestimating Phil Robinson's men.

"Everyone knows what Hereford have achieved in the FA Cup over the years," said Evans. "We'll have to fight hard to make sure we don't become another of their victims.

"They played well to beat Wrexham and we can't afford to treat them with anything but respect."

His thoughts are echoed by his player-coach Neil Ruddock, left on the bench at Wembley by Evans that day in favour of Phil Babb.

"This is Hereford's cup final," insists Ruddock. "It gives them a chance to get some money.

"They have a great tradition in the Cup," added the 33-year-old defender, who returns today after suspension. "It's what people love, but we certainly don't want to be beaten by a non-league team."

The prize at stake is the pounds 30,000 guaranteed by sponsors AXA for any second-round winners, but it is the extra financial benefits of pulling one of the big boys in round three that represents the main attraction. Hereford have the psychological advantage of recalling the last time the two sides met, the Bulls' 1-0 win at the County Ground in an Auto Windscreens Shield tie six years ago, when their goal was scored by Swindon old boy Steve White.

The visitors' main concern today is Ian Wright. Their match-winner against Wrexham, the Hereford skipper suffered a dead leg in last week's 2-0 Conference defeat at Barnet, has not trained all week and admitted last night: "I'm only 50-50."

Scott Voice is also struggling with a groin strain, but former Halesowen striker Steve Piearce proved his fitness as a potential replacement with two goals for the reserves in midweek.


SWINDON Town 3 - 2 Hereford United

Two second half Swindon Town goals resulted in Hereford United's elimination from the FA Cup at the second round stage.

The Bulls did their very best and made the travelling support of around two thousand fans proud but couldn't quite find the killer edge to force a replay at Edgar Street.

Hereford captain Ian Wright, who scored the winner in the previous round against Wrexham, passed a late fitness test to make the starting eleven. However, Scott Voice was injured and failed to make the squad.

Swindon, managed by ex-Liverpool boss Roy Evans, took an early lead after a good spell of pressure on eleven minutes. Danny Invincible, the Australian striker, ripped apart the Bulls defence before sliding a low ball past the advancing Matt Baker in the Hereford goal.

Three minutes later, Hereford levelled the score in spectacular fashion. A Paul Parry corner from the left was turned away, only to find Gavin Williams thirty yards out. The Welshman controlled well before smashing a cracking right footed shot past Bart Griemink into the roof of the net. After the match, new Swindon chairman Willie Carson said it was the best goal that would be seen at the County Ground this season.

After the goal, a handful of Hereford 'fans' appeared to jump out of their enclosure behind the goal (only used as an overfill area) and ran towards the Swindon stand. The stewards soon sorted out the problem but the incident will do little to improve the reputation of away Bulls followers.

Swindon searched for a goal as the half progressed with John Snape preventing Steve Robinson when in full flight with a well-timed tackle. Matt Baker coped with a difficult shot from Eric Sabin, palming away the effort for Tony James to clear. Shots rained in from all angles as Swindon dominated. Therefore, it came as a bit of a shock when Hereford took the lead with twenty eight minutes on the clock!

A corner from the left by Williams met Hereford's unmarked captain Ian Wright who jumped to head the ball down and over the line. The Bulls had a surprising lead which Swindon attempted to break down. Two minutes later, a goalmouth scramble saw the ball cleared and further efforts from the home side resulted in Matt Baker earning his bonus before the half was over.

After the break, it took seven minutes for Swindon to level the scores. Matt Baker handled the ball just outside the area and after the free-kick, the ball was half cleared. However, Paul Edwards picked up the ball on the left, weaved through two defenders before knocking the ball home for his first Swindon goal.

Hereford then attemped to hold on for a replay. However, the Conference hopefuls were running out of steam. Wave after wave of attacks from Town saw a penalty appeal turned down, a clearance off the line and two shots across goal which needed the smallest of touches to give Swindon the lead.

With fifteen minutes left, Gavin Williams was brought down in the Swindon box with an elbow. The referee failed to notice the incident, and no penalty was awarded.

A minute later, Bobby Howe picked up a deflected shot from Eric Sabin and, from the edge of the box, gave Swindon the lead they so desparately needed. Hereford United had held on so well but their good luck had run out.

Still, the Bulls fought on in front of a crowd of 7,699. Boss Phil Robinson introduced Danny Davidson and Alex Kevan but it was in vain. The last minute saw goalkeeper Baker again save from Wayne Carlisle, and Tony Capaldi cleared off the line from an Eric Sabin close-range header.

So, the FA Cup is all over for another year at Hereford. The club will be proud of what they have achieved but a diversion is now required - to improve league form. The Bulls are back to the real thing next weekend, as Nuneaton Borough come to Edgar Street.

Hereford United: Matt Baker, Matt Clarke, Tony Capaldi, Scott Goodwin, Ian Wright (captain), Tony James, Jimmy Quiggin (off, 83 minutes), John Snape, Rob Elmes (off, 83 minutes), Gavin Williams, Paul Parry
Subs: Mark Williams, Lee Evans, Alex Kevan (on, 83 minutes,) Steve Piearce, Danny Davidson (on, 83 minutes)
Yellow cards: Matt Clarke (36 minutes, foul) Baker (51 minutes, unsporting behaviour) Parry (65 minutes, foul)
Scorers: Gavin Williams (14 minutes) Ian Wright (27 minutes)
Attendance: 7699
Man of the Match: Gavin Williams
Referee: Mr. P. Joslin (Newark, Notts)

Dec 9th:

AFTER six months out through injury, Hereford United goalkeeper Scott Cooksey will resume light training next week after consultation with medical officers.

The wrist injury, which became infected, could have finished Cooksey's career but now the ex-Shrewsbury goalkeeper is hoping to fight for his place soon.

Bulls manager Phil Robinson said: "He's been told he can start light training and if progresses well he can step up the work," he said. "But with Scott being out so long there was always an element where the consultant was not sure what the long term prognosis would be. Having said that if he starts to come back and he does experience difficulties he has to weigh up his options but for now it is positive news for Scott who has been out for so long."

Whilst having spells at the FA training ground at Lilleshall to improve his wrist, Cooksey has found his place in the team taken by young goalkeeper Matt Baker. It will be extremely difficult for him to regain the Hereford number one shirt.

THE Swindon Town team, who beat Hereford United 3-2 in the FA Cup second round yesterday, were full of praise for their lower-graded opponents.

Swindon scorer Danny Invincible said: "Everyone said it was a classic FA Cup tie, it was always going to be hard, but I think that being 1-0 up at home and with confidence I think we really should have taken the game. We were complacent they were winning the 50-50 challenges and they wanted it more than us and we showed that in second half when we came out and put a bit more effort in. It's one of those things that from the beginning of the game we've got to match their effort and their passing and play our own game, but at the end of the day we didn't do that and they got back at us.

"I went in at half-time and was annoyed but I was quietly confident that we could get back in the lead. We created enough chances and we had a lot of shots on goal, and three people scored so it was just a matter of pulling our finger out and getting the job done."

Paul Edwards, another Swindon scorer said: "I had a feeling I would score today, but it's about time. I've just got to try and score a few more now, and be more consistent. But I'm glad I've got my first and hopefully there is more to come."

Of Hereford, he commented: "They are a decent side, you can't take that away from them just because they are non-league. They didn't make it easy for us, but we knew that anyway. We knew it was going to be difficult, but eventually we broke them down and got the result we wanted."

Swindon manager Roy Evans felt the tie was a great one to watch. He said: "You can't beat a game like that even right to the finish you didn't know which way it would go You would think we would have been a bit more composed, and not conceded, but it was a good goal to be fair a great strike from outside the box. But again we didn't have people closing it down, but it wasn't good to go two behind. At half-time to be fair we've had a bit of a pop at them and it was well received and we told them to get out and show us they were better than in the first half and they did that to be fair."

"Hereford have done themselves credit, they battled," he continued. "They went down 1-0 and came back and made it a smashing cup tie."

Meanwhile, the club have raised £1,060 from the Swindon shirt auction.

Dec 11th:

PAUL Fewings, Hereford United's top scorer in 1999/2000, is ready to show Graham Turner that he was wrong to release him when his current side Chesham United host the Bulls in the FA Trophy next month.

The third round tie sees the Ryman Leage side from Buckinghamshire host Conference strugglers Hereford on January 12th and manager Bob Dowie signed Fewings after he was released from Boston United in the Autumn.

"As soon as the draw was made I had a feeling we would be paired against either Hereford or Boston. It is a fantastic chance to play against the lads and see some old friends again," he said. "Hopefully we will be able to get a result and battle our way into the next round."

His record this term has improved on last season's disappointing one with Boston. He has scored three goals in seven appearances for Chesham and two goals in two starts whilst on-loan at Hendon. He added: "We've a good set of lads here, a great team spirit and I'm really enjoying my football at Chesham. However everyone has a desire to play at a higher level and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't the same.

"I still have confidence in my ability and think I can do a good job but I am just committed to scoring goals for Chesham and trying to help the club out of this league."

Dec 12th:

COACH Phil Robinson is hoping his Hereford United side can bounce back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats as Nuneaton Borough travel to Edgar Street in a Nationwide Conference league match on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

The Bulls have fallen to eighteenth in the league and now lie just two points from the relegation zone but Saturday's encounter will be a good chance for them to regain their form as Nuneaton have also been beaten in their last three matches.

"The FA Cup has been a distraction but the lads have done remarkably well against Football League opposition," said Robinson to the Evening News. "They can be proud of what they have achieved and have made the club a fair amount of money, but they've shown what they are capable in cup games and now have to show that in the league as well."

Surrey Racing have quoted Hereford United as early favourites at 6/5 with Nuneaton at 7/4. A draw is 12/5.

Dec 13th:

HEREFORD United could face three of their ex-players when they take on Nuneaton Borough at Edgar Street on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

The Herefordshire FA's new football development officer Alex Sykes could start in attack for Boro after he signed from Forest Green Rovers recently. Sykes was a schoolboy at Hereford before moving down the leagues to Westfields. He played in the British Universities' side with current Hereford defender Matt Clarke. Also in the squad for Steve Burr's side are goalkeeper Chris MacKenzie, who was between the sticks in Hereford's play-off season of 1995/96, and striker Richard Leadbeater.

After three consecutive defeats, Nuneaton need to get back to winning ways whilst Hereford need to move away from the relegation places. Phil Robinson's men have dropped to within two points of the drop zone.

Hereford's player-coach said: "Our players have set themselves high standards in the FA Cup and it's up to them to show that they can play like that in the league."

Dec 14th:

HEREFORDSHIRE Council have told the Hereford Times that they would prefer Hereford United to remain at Edgar Street, as reported first on HU-FC.co.uk (14th November 2001).

The council's planning committee have said that Hereford will stay at Edgar Street for the time being whilst remaining on the Herefordshire Unitary Development Plan (UDP), a draft of which is expected in March. At the centre of the plan is the relocation of Hereford's cattle market to the Beech Road Industrial Estate, which would release over three hectares of land for redevelopment.

Terry James, leader of Herefordshire Council said: "The cattle market is going to be moved and the last thing we want is a supermarket on the site. We already have seven supermarkets and there will soon be an eighth. I don't want to see Hereford turned into a Tesco city. Any new supermarkets should be south of the river where there is population growth. We need to provide something people in the county want and will use, something for leisure and entertainment, not just for the property developers."

Author of the UDP, David Nicholson, the council's chief forward planning officer, and Terry James agree that Hereford United's Edgar Street football ground should not move. Property developers Chelverton, who own the leases to Edgar Street and have invested over £1 million into the club, have called off an initiative to explore the possibilities of relocation being included in the plan. Chelverton director Simon Morgan said that the club would find it impossible to pay back the debts owed to them by May 2003.

But James told the Hereford Times: "There is no support within the council for the relocation of the football club. The supporters should remain optimistic because I have never been more optimistic myself about the future of Hereford United than at this point."

Club chairman Graham Turner said: "The football club finds itself stuck in the middle of warring factions and the situation has to be resolved very quickly."

Chelverton wanted the UDP to include a relocation but failed to gain the backing of football supporters at the recent HUISA meeting where Simon Morgan asked for a mandate to discuss the matter with Herefordshire Council. He said: "The initiative that we have been planning over the last four months has come to an end. I did not have a mandate. The reason for a mandate was to try to persuade the council to take a more open stance in view of the emerging UDP.

"The Hereford United board and Chelverton have worked together strenuously but have been frustrated by a small group of people. I find that very disappointing because my logic and presentation was clear. I have been trying to give the club the best opportunity to survive and I have written to certain individuals saying they will only have themselves to blame for the failure of the club. When I spoke to the supporters I said that we had to act swiftly to get recognised within the UDP, but we have missed that date now."

Terry James added: "I know there are people who would purchase the lease element of the club but they would not be prepared to pay £1.3 million. I have had a meeting recently with potential supporters of the club. I understand the difficulty that the club has but I have never been more optimistic. The council's stance, of course, could be reviewed but the council has no desire to do that."

It now appears that any hopes that a supermarket will move onto the site at Edgar Street have ended. A leading city figure told HU-FC.co.uk that the ASDA's proposed development at Belmont should pass planning regulations and so permission will be granted.

Dec 14th:

HEREFORD United boss Phil Robinson is adamant that the Bulls will bounce back this weekend after losing 3-2 at Swindon in the FA Cup in Saturday's Nationwide Conference game against Nuneaton Borough, kick off 3pm.

"The FA Cup has been a distraction, but the lads have done remarkably well against league opposition," he said. "They can be proud of what they have achieved and they have made the club a fair amount of money. Now they must show what they can do in the Conference."

Hereford will have to wait and see if player-coach Phil Robinson recovers from a thigh strain and John Snape from a pulled hamstring. Scott Goodwin and goalkeeper Matt Baker both have calf injuries so goalkeeper Lee Evans and experienced midfielder Ian Rodgerson are on standby.

Robinson told the Evening News: "It is a bit of a blow having so many doubts leading up to the game, but we just have to get on with it."

Of Nuneaton, he commented: "They are a strong, hard-working team who started the season very well but have had a little dip in form. Nevertheless, they have some quality players in their team, particularly Marc McGregor up front."

"It is times like this when we are going to need the backing of the fans," he continued. "When they do get behind us in numbers it can push us on to some excellent performances. It is frustrating for them sometimes but it is very important now that they get behind the lads and give us all the backing
they can."

Nuneaton boss Steve Burr has youngster Roy Dunkley on standby for his debut should striker Mark McGregor fail a fitness test. Central defender Terry Angus should return but Jason Peake (achilles) remains sidelined.

"We've had a bad run lately. We've got to turn it round quickly, but confidence is low - although we're working hard to turn it round," said Burr.

Hereford (from): Baker, Clarke, Capaldi, Goodwin, Wright, James, Quiggin, Snape, Elmes, G Williams, Parry, Davidson, Kevan, Piearce, M Williams, Evans, Robinson, Rodgerson, Voice.

Dec 15th:

HEREFORD United 1 - 1 Nuneaton Borough

Nuneaton Borough's late goal from youth debutant Roy Dunkley won them a deserved point at Edgar Street this afternoon against a Hereford United side who defended bravely for much of the game.

After failing to score in their past four league games, it came as a bit of a shock when Gavin Williams netted an early goal but as soon as Nuneaton took control, they pressurised the Hereford backline with eventual success.

The Bulls were without the injured John Snape and Phil Robinson, despite a thigh strain, started on the bench. Matt Baker's calf injury did not prevent him from starting but caused him some discomfort, whilst Ian Rodgerson re-entered the side after a long lay-off. Alex Kevan made his full debut as Jimmy Quiggin dropped to the bench. Nuneaton, managed by Steve Burr, named ex-Hereford goalkeeper Chris MacKenzie in goal and Alex Sykes, a Hereford schoolboy player who featured for Westfields a few years ago, as started on the left wing. Former Bulls striker Richard Leadbeater did not feature in the squad, nor did Marc McGregor, Boro's record signing from Forest Green Rovers.

The conditions were chilly and the pitch hard which resulted in the ball bouncing around in the opening minutes but Hereford came out more prepared than their Warwickshire visitors. In the second minute, Rob Elmes headed a ball through to Gavin Williams who, on the right edge of the box, cut inside Andy Thackeray and unleashed a low shot from ten yards which beat MacKenzie and gave the Bulls the opening goal. In fact, it was Hereford's first league goal in over 360 minutes of Nationwide Conference action.

Nuneaton immediately responded through a thirty yard free kick which Alex Sykes hit just wide and, despite a few half chances from Hereford, Matt Baker was forced to save from Nuneaton's on-loan attacker Gary Birch. The Walsall man was Boro's main attacking threat in the opening period and he had several chances to put Nuneaton ahead.

Ian Wright and Ian Rodgerson had efforts which tested the Nuneaton defence before ex-QPR and Hayes striker Lee Charles had the ball grasped from his feet by Bulls goalkeeper Baker after twenty one minutes. Three minutes later, a deep Paul Parry free kick was wasted; hit over by Alex Kevan from close range. Baker again had to clutch a header from Birch before Hereford's Matt Clarke missed a Gavin Williams cross on the far post.

Hereford had the half time lead after shading proceedings but Nuneaton boss Steve Burr bouyed up his side. It made all the difference; Nuneaton came out playing a more attacking style and dominated the second half. Lee Charles hit over from eight yards before Gary Birch stunned the Hereford defence when he hit the bottom of the post. Birch, on loan from Walsall, smashed a shot from eighteen yards leaving Matt Baker beaten.

Alex Sykes again tested Baker with a free kick but, despite a barrage of Nuneaton attacks, Hereford's young 'keeper stood strong. Rob Elmes shot at MacKenzie at the Meadow End before a stray shot hit the Hereford bar with fifteen minutes left, which rebounded to Terry Angus. The former Fulham defender's effort was somehow kept out by the agile Baker.

A minute later, Hereford coach Phil Robinson brought off Elmes in attack for Danny Davidson who livened things up in attack. He wasn't satisfied though, as Alex Kevan was removed with a slight injury and Robinson himself replaced him, despite suffering with a thigh injury. With four minutes left, Danny Davidson had a superb opening but MacKenzie saved well to prevent Hereford wrapping things up.

The Bulls were made to pay for their wasted chance two minute later when Roy Dunkley, a debutant youth player who had only been on the pitch for twelve minutes, linked onto a ball from Birch to fire past Baker from seven yards out. Nuneaton had their deserved goal, and Dunkley had a debut to remember.

In added time, Birch had the opportunity to win Borough the game, but Matt Baker saved well from fourteen yards and that ensured a fair result. Hereford cannot claim they deserved the win, despite leading for eighty six minutes, and Nuneaton's travelling support of 110 in a crowd of 1,347 would have been hard done by if they had gone home empty handed.

The referee, Mr. Mullarkey of Exeter, had a good game and deserves praise for the way he let it flow. He officiated fairly and efficiently and ensured the game was a good spectacle for the spectators.

Hereford United: Matt Baker, Matt Clarke, Tony Capaldi, Ian Rodgerson, Ian Wright (captain), Tony James, Scott Goodwin, Alex Kevan (off, 83 minutes), Rob Elmes (off, 77 minutes), Gavin Williams, Paul Parry
Subs: Jimmy Quiggin, Lee Evans, Mark Williams, Danny Davidson (on, 77 minutes), Phil Robinson (on, 83 minutes)
Yellow cards: Gavin Williams (61 minutes, dissent) Matt Clarke (75 minutes, foul)
Scorer: Gavin Williams (2 minutes)
Man of the Match: Matt Baker
Attendance: 1,347
Referee: Mr. M. Mullarkey (Exeter)

Dec 16th:

HEREFORD United goalkeeper Matt Baker said after yesterday's 1-1 draw with Northwich Victoria that the Bulls were lucky to get a point.

"The early goal from Gavin Williams set us up well and we should have capitalised on our chances in the first half," he said. "We didn't and in the second half it was one-way traffic. We managed to get away with a draw. We had a bit of luck with clearances off the line, post, crossbar. I think you need a bit of luck at times and today, it was in our favour. We can't be too disappointed even though the second half performance wasn't what we were looking for. First half we looked bright and adventurous and it's promising for the future."

During the run in the FA Cup, Hereford's league form was diabolical. "A cup run is always nice but it is a distraction," commented Baker. "We've just got to get our heads down and work really hard over Christmas to try and pick up our league form as we're not doing to well at the minute. It's a very important month. Over Christmas we've got three games in a week and it can make or break our season. If we win all three, we can push right up into the top half of the table. If we don't, I don't want to think about that!"

Baker was brought into the side after regular goalkeeper Scott Cooksey had a wrist injury. It became infected and Baker grasped his first team chance. "Scott's been very unfortunate with injury. It's taken a lot longer than he and most people expected but you've got to be ready to take your chance when it comes along. It has done, and hopefully I'm not doing to badly."

The young man from Leeds has aims to get back into the Football League. He said: "You just hope that someone sees something that they like and gives you a chance to show what you can do on a bigger stage. At the minute, I'm a Hereford United player and I'm working really hard to turn things around. The older you get, the more experienced you get. That's when goalkeepers come into their prime. If I'm still in the game when I'm twenty eight I'll be delighted."

Meanwhile, Nuneaton Borough defender Terry Angus said youngster Roy Dunkley was always likely to score. Speaking to the Non-League Paper, he said: "Roy is a natural goalscorer. Considering the run we've had, before the game we'd probably have settled for a point but three would have been nice."

Dec 17th:

HEREFORD United's boss Phil Robinson felt a draw was a fair result in Saturday's Nationwide Conference match at Edgar Street against Nuneaton Borough, which finished 1-1.

However, the ex-Aston Villa midfielder slammed his side's attacking prowess and revealed his true dismay at the performance of his team.

Quoted in the Evening News, he said: "A draw was a fair result but if we had shown more composure around the box, we would have gone on and beaten a team like Nuneaton. A performance like this, against an opposition like Nuneaton, is unacceptable."

Dec 19th:

AFTER a run of disappointing Nationwide Conference results, Hereford United boss Phil Robinson reckons a turn in fortunes will come soon.

The Bulls are sixteenth in the Nationwide Conference, two points clear of the drop zone, but Robinson hopes for a fruitful Christmas period when his Hereford side meet Telford twice in a week. Stalybridge Celtic's trip to Edgar Street is sandwiched between the two games on Saturday, December 29th.

"I believe the FA Cup run got in the way a bit and I believe we will soon start to pick up points," said Robinson. "We will improve and as long as we work hard then we will get things right and win some points."

Attacking midfielder Paul Parry will be suspended for the trip to Telford United on Boxing Day, December 26th, after picking up five bookings throughout the campaign. He will, though, be available for the Stalybridge match on the following Saturday. Mark Williams, John Snape and Gavin Williams are all one booking away from a one-match suspension as all have been cautioned four times.

Dec 20th:

HEREFORD United chairman Graham Turner is not expecting an easy ride over Christmas as the Bulls attempt to pick up some much needed points in clashes at Telford, and then at Edgar Street against Stalybridge and Telford again.

"We need to pick up points over the Christmas period, but we know it is not going to be easy," Turner told the Hereford Times. "But the players have shown, particularly in the performance against Swindon in the FA Cup, what they can do. I am very confident that we can get out of this situation. Clearly, we are not good enough to be a top-three side, but I do not think that we are bad enough to be in the league position that we are."

The Nuneaton Borough game last Saturday, which finished 1-1, gave Turner some concerns after a strong opening period. "Having gone into an early lead, we were then far the better side in the first half and I thought it might be similar to when we comfortably beat Farnborough and Scarborough. But, in the end, Nuneaton were worthy of a point."

The gate of 1,347 generated just £4,000 for the club and Turner called for the team to improve their results to save the club. "We have 20 weeks of the season remaining and 10 home matches remaining, so it doesn't take a genius to see that the club's financial problems will soon gather pace. So it's important that we improve our home form."

Meanwhile, following Hereford United's FA Cup run, which included a 1-0 first round victory over Wrexham, three local charities are to receive support from the FA.

Dial-a-Ride, St Michael's Hospice, and Shop Mobility in Hereford will share a £7,650 gift from the FA. All charities were chosen by the club as a result of winning in the first round.

TO celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Hereford United's shock 2-1 victory over Newcastle, scorer Ricky George and BBC commentator John Motson will hold a dinner at the Three Counties Hotel on Thursday, February 7th.

Organised by the club, all proceeds will go to Hereford United and George told the Hereford Times: "We had a special giant-killers' anniversary dinner organised by Colin Addison and his committee five years ago, which we felt went so well that it could not be repeated. So we have suggested a different format in which John and I would do a double act, with bit of fun and nostalgia, and then throw it open to the audience. It will be fantastic if all the former players can make it too.

"There were about 12 of us in that cup run of 1972 but, for obvious reasons, the media focus is always on Ronnie Radford and myself. We have each benefited in one way or another from that game but, sadly, the club has fallen on hard times. I have always said that I am willing to do anything within my capabilities to help the club, and I hope that this will be a successful dinner.

"Motty, for his part, has just received an OBE and has had more publicity this year than he can ever remember. John has a lot of affection for Hereford United and he is looking forward to giving up an evening for the benefit of the club. We will both be staying in Hereford and are looking forward to retracing our steps once more."

Tickets will be available soon priced at £25, and the dinner starts at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Herefordshire Council Leader Terry James has had meetings with several potential backers of the club and, according to the Hereford Times, remains 'very positive' about the future of Hereford United.

Dec 21st:

MANAGER Phil Robinson has backed his Hereford United side in a bid to improve results after the FA Cup run.

"If we continue to train hard and prepare properly results should improve," he told the Evening News a day after Graham Turner made similar comments in the Hereford Times. "The Swindon performance was excellent and it is just a case of getting the lads believing and motivated and once we do that the results should improve drastically."

Hereford next play on Wednesday, December 26th when they go to Telford United. Kick off for the Boxing Day encounter is 1pm.

Dec 22nd:

HEREFORD United boss Phil Robinson is hoping that a handful of his players will shake off injuries in time for Hereford United's Boxing Day clash with Telford United, kick off 1pm.

Midfielder Alex Kevan had four stitches in his foot after an injury picked up in the Nuneaton Borough game last Saturday, whilst John Snape, Ian Rodgerson and goalkeeper Matt Baker are doubts.

"John's still struggling with a calf injury and so is Matt even though he played against Nuneaton," Robinson told the Evening News. "They are all struggling at the moment but they've not been ruled out yet."

The Bulls cannot strengthen their squad at the moment due to financial constraints but Robinson feels that with his current side a push up the league is possible.

"There is not a lot in it at the moment and a couple of back-to-back wins would move us up the table," he said. "We've not had the rub of the green but if we continue to work and hard and believe in what we are doing then I think we will start picking up points."

Dec 23rd:

TELFORD United won 5-1 at league hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge yesterday, handing the Shropshire side a huge confidence boost before their Christmas double header with Hereford United.

Hereford go to the Bucks Head on Boxing Day before hosting Telford at Edgar Street on New Year's Day and the Bulls, who haven't been in the best form recently, will have a huge task to get anything against Telford. The 5-1 result astounded the whole of the Conference and shocked Dagenham boss Garry Hill, who's side could have gone top of the league with a victory.

However, Hill played down the performance of his opponents and said that Dagenham played well below par following a 3-0 win over Exeter City in the FA Cup on Wednesday. "I was very disappointed with the goals we gave away," he said. "There were a lot of individual errors. No disrespect, but Telford were not that good."

Nevertheless, an independent Telford United website commented "a second half scoring spree by the Bucks gave them the unlikely scoreline, after the most spirited, passionate and quality performance shown by a Telford side in recent years."

Telford are now fourth in the Nationwide Conference, with Hereford down in fifteenth so the Bucks will be firm favourites for victory in Wednesday's local derby.

Dec 24th:

HEREFORD United are hoping to get back to winning ways against an in-form Telford United side at Bucks Head on Boxing Day Wednesday, kick off 1pm.

The Bulls, managed by Phil Robinson, have injury worries over Alex Kevan (foot), Ian Rodgerson (hamstring), Matt Baker (calf) and John Snape (calf) but Scott Voice will have recovered from a groin strain to make the squad.

Telford will be unchanged from the side that won 5-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday and boss Jake King said: "We're looking forward to it. It'll be a hard match as they'll be well organised but I've got to make sure the team are focused."

The Shropshire side have had a superb run, rising from sixteenth place to fourth in a couple of months, and have won six of their last seven games. Hereford coach Phil Robinson said: "Their current form is quite good and they've been on a good run so it won't be easy."

Hereford vitally require points to pull away from the relegation zone and the upcoming two week period could make or break their season.

Dec 25th:

TELFORD United are odds on favourites to win tomorrow's local Nationwide Conference derby against lowly Hereford United at Bucks Head, kick off 1pm.

Surrey Sports quote the Shropshire side as 8/13 to gain three points with Phil Robinson's men at 4/1; a draw is 12/5. Telford are in superb form having risen to fourth place and following a 5-1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, who would bet against them.

The whole Telford squad was transfer listed to cut costs but Jake King's side have beaten the likes of Dagenham, Yeovil and Stevenage in recent weeks and another win could see the Bucks go third.

After the Dagenham victory, Telford's boss King told the Shropshire Star: "I know it's difficult to remember the Dagenham game only represented three more points, but that's the situation," reflected King. Yes it was a terrific result - easily the best in my time at the club - but if we don't beat Hereford then we've wasted an opportunity to build on the performance. To lose just once in 15 games is a superb effort from my lads and six wins in seven matches tells its own story, but what I would say is that for this club to grow we need the support.

"We just need to get more people watching us. Decent gates are crucial to our survival and a big crowd against Hereford would be brilliant. The team is on a high at the moment and the Dagenham win was no fluke as we played some really good stuff. You don't become the league's second highest scorers by playing boring football so come and see us, you might be surprised!"

Hereford, therefore, have a huge task on their hands if they want to get back to winning ways. The Bulls haven't won in the league since October when they beat Scarborough 6-0 and are now just two points off the drop zone. There's not much Christmas cheer around Edgar Street at the moment and a fruitless holiday period could spell disaster.

Telford are likely to name the same team that beat Dagenham on Saturday whilst Hereford wait over Alex Kevan, John Snape and Matt Baker. Scott Voice should be available after injury.

Telford officials have urged motorists to find alternative parking arrangements for the Boxing Day clash as the car park opposite the ground will be closed.

Dec 26th:

TELFORD 0 Hereford United 1

A goal from midfielder Scott Goodwin ten minutes from time handed Hereford United all three points in Boxing Day's local derby.

The game had been pretty even until Matt Clarke had a goal disallowed for Hereford after he was deemed to be offside. It took three minutes for the Bulls to get the ball in the net again, this time legally, and secure a crucial victory.

Telford United entered the game on the back of an emphatic 5-1 victory at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday and manager Jeff King was eager to extend an unbeaten run which stretched back seven league games. The New Bucks Head ground was as complete as last year when Hereford visited, still without a stand on the far side of the pitch. Earlier in the year, chairman Andy Shaw pulled the plug on financing the stadium until crowds improved.

The Hereford United side saw no Paul Parry or Alex Kevan in midfield so Ian Rodgerson and Phil Robinson filled in alongside Scott Goodwin and John Snape. Matt Baker's calf injury had recovered sufficiently to start, and Rob Elmes was named in attack to partner Gavin Williams.

The opening period was dominated by neither the Bulls or the Bucks, who played in their change colours for the occasion. Hereford had a few half chances early on and Phil Robinson was brought down after nine minutes by Gareth Hamner which resulted in the Telford man picking up a yellow card.

Hereford retained possession for periods without creating problems for veteran Telford 'keeper Paul Edwards. Home attacker Gary Fitzpatrick had a shot cleared by Tony James after fourteen minutes while Gareth Hamner created problems for Matt Clarke and Ian Rodgerson on the Telford left wing.

Rob Elmes had Hereford's first real chance midway through the half when Matt Clarke played a quick return-pass with Ian Rodgerson before swinging in a superb cross to the far post. Elmes couldn't quite aim his header on target as it flew past the post. Matt Baker was then called into action as he clutched a cross from the left while being pressurised and with five minutes of the first half remaining, a goal for the home side appeared increasingly likely. Shots rained in from all angles as Hereford failed to clear the ball convincingly and Gary Fitzpatrick and Gary Martindale were both frustrated by last ditch blocks.

The second half was similar to the first in that Telford probably shaded chances on goal but Hereford had more possession and appeared more lively for a spell. A corner from Gavin Williams saw Paul Edwards save from a Rob Elmes header in increasingly difficult conditions. The temperature was struggling to stay above freezing and light snow fell at times but both sets of fans remained vocal. In fact, Hereford had a travelling support of nearly five hundred which boosted the crowd to 2,168.

With thirteen minutes left, the ball finally hit the back of the net when Hereford's Matt Clarke had been released in the box before slotting the ball past Edwards. However, referee Keith Wright of Peterborough, took the advice of his assitant and ruled the effort offside.

Three minutes later, though, Clarke turned provider as his long left-hand cross met Scott Goodwin who hit home on the back post to give Hereford a crucial lead.

With eight minutes left, Matt Baker saw Paul Moore, on as a Telford substitute, five a powerful rising shot goalwards which he tipped over to maintain a narrow lead for his side.

The three points have given Hereford some breathing space at the bottom of the Nationwide Conference whilst ending Telford's superb unbeaten league run. The Bucks reamin fourth, twelve points behind new leaders Dagenham & Redbridge, while Hereford are fifteenth having opened up a four point cushion over Stalybridge Celtic, who lie in the drop zone. The Bulls welcome Celtic to Edgar Street on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Hereford's victory was a team performance and no man can be selected having excelled above his team mates. Therefore, no man of the match award has been made by HU-FC.co.uk.

Hereford United: Matt Baker, Matt Clarke, Tony Capaldi, Phil Robinson, Ian Wright (captain), Tony James, Scott Goodwin, John Snape, Rob Elmes, Gavin Williams, Ian Rodgerson
Subs: Mark Williams, Lee Evans, John Shirley, Scott Voice, Jimmy Quiggin
Scorer:Scott Goodwin (80 minutes)
Man of the Match: "The team!"
Attendance: 2,168
Referee: Mr. Keith Wright (Peterborough)

TELFORD United manager Jake King was full of praise for opponents Hereford United after they beat his side in the Boxing Day Nationwide Conference encounter at Bucks Head.

"Fair play to Hereford, they came here and did a job on us and we can't really have any complaints," reflected the Scot. "Their three midfield players controlled the game and stopped ours from playing and it's a long time since I've seen our midfield outplayed like that. Normally, we run over teams in that part of the pitch, but they won all the second ball and just edged it on the balance of play. After 25 minutes I thought the game had 0-0 written all over it as they don't score many, but they don't let many in either."

"But they nicked the winner ten minutes from the end. Four or five of our lads had the flu and didn't perform how I know they can, but I'm not using that as a an excuse. Sometimes you have to just say well done and Hereford defended really well to get something out of the game. They've got bundles of experience and it was a case of sod's law that with a big crowd present, we've got beat."

Dec 27th:

HEREFORD United's scorer Scott Goodwin, who secured three points in a 1-0 win at Telford United yesterday, as said that it was the defence that won the game for the Bulls.

Speaking after the game , he said: "Before the game, we knew it would be hard with their recent form and we'd have settled for a point. Luckily we got all three.

"In the last fifteen minutes, all credit to the back four. Ian Wright was superb in the heart of defence and we kept a good clean sheet."

"I actually thought that Clarke was going to shoot himself but I gambled and made a run to the back post. I was in the right place at the right time. And it was a great feeling when the ball went in."

Dec 28th:

HEREFORD United are hoping to secure their first double of the season when they host Stalybridge Celtic at Edgar Street tomorrow, kick off 3pm.

Following a 2-0 win at Bower Fold back in August when Rob Elmes scored twice, Hereford got back on track after poor form with an excellent result on Boxing Day. The Bulls won 1-0 at Telford United and the boost to the squad was vital, according to manager Phil Robinson.

"It really was the perfect result and performance to start the Christmas period off and will give us the confidence to go and get a result against Stalybridge and Telford," he told the Evening News. "If you have a good Christmas period it can move you up the table which is something we need to do.

"Stalybridge have made a couple of signings recently and brought some new players into the club and they are the sort of team that keeps changing things around so it won't be exactly the same side that we faced earlier in the season.

"Telford are the form team at the moment and after they beat Dagenham & Redbridge 5-1 we knew were going to be in for a tough game but everybody played really well," he continued. "We've been there and thereabouts in a number of games and not far away but everything came together against Telford.

"We worked very hard, were organised and passed the ball around a lot better than we have been and it was a good performance. We had to defend well at times because they had a lot of long throws and corners."

Hereford have two doubts for the game as midfielder Alex Kevan has a foot injury and an illness is troubling striker Daniel Davidson. However, Paul Parry will bid for a return to the first team after being suspended for the Telford game.

Stalybridge boss Paul Futcher is hoping for a change in fortunes for his side, who lie just inside the drop zone. Their Boxing Day encounter with Leigh RMI was postponed and he said: "Hereford are down there with us so it's an important game, but I'm just hoping we are able to play again."

Celtic's Steve Pickford is suspended for the match.

Dec 29th:

HEREFORD United are 5/6 to gain three points in today's Nationwide Conference encounter against Stalybridge Celtic, kick off 3pm.

Surrey Sports quote Stalybridge as 11/4 to gain an away victory at Edgar Street whilst a draw is 9/4.

For anyone that still thinks Hereford have an outside chance of the Nationwide Conference title, Surrey Sports quote 200/1 with Dagenham & Redbridge odds on to gain promotion to the Football League. The less optimistic can get 20/1 on Hereford being relegated, with Scarborough, Dover Athletic, Chester City and Stalybridge Celtic the bookies favourites to face the drop.

AFTER scoring his first Hereford United goal this week as the Bulls beat Telford United 1-0 at the Bucks Head, Scott Goodwin is looking to get on the scoresheet regularly.

The win eased relegation troubles at Edgar Street and Goodwin told the Evening News: "That's one part of my game that needs improving and the goal against Telford was the first in 14 games so I'll be looking to get so more in the New Year. It was a tight angle to score from but it was even better to score in front of our fans who I think are the best away fans in the league."

The Bulls' strikers have had troubled scoring prolifically this season and manager Phil Robinson admitted goals have to come from all over his team.

"We can't rely on the centre forwards to score all the goals. Obviously they are not prolific at the moment so we need to get goals from other positions," he said. "We've had a number of goals from set pieces but may be its time for the midfield to start scoring more. Scott played very well and capped off a good performance with a goal and he was delighted with it.

"He arrived at the far post as the ball was flashed over and put it in. He's been playing central midfield but has also played at left back and left of a four man midfield. He can play in a number of positions and is a very competitive hardworking player."

Scott Goodwin joined Hereford United in the summer from the relegated Hednesford Town club and he said: "Everything has been going well and I've been made to feel welcome and despite Phil Robinson taking over from Graham Turner everything has stayed the same. It's a massive club and although the league table doesn't lie I feel we are better than our current position. I'm not looking too far ahead because we've got to take every game as it comes but I believe the games over the Christmas period are crucial."

HEREFORD United 3 - 0 Stalybridge Celtic

Hereford United made it full rewards from their Christmas period with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Stalybridge Celtic at Edgar Street this afternoon.

The Bulls won 1-0 at Telford United on Boxing Day and today's win extended their unbeaten run to three games but one coudln't help feeling that the margin should have been wider.

Manager Phil Robinson made one change to the side that won at the Bucks Head with Paul Parry, suspended for the Boxing Day encounter, replacing the veteran Ian Rodgerson in midfield. There was still no place for striker Steve Piearce on the bench. Stalybridge, managed by ex-Southport boss Paul Futcher, were without the suspended Steve Pickford having not played on Boxing Day when there game with Leigh RMI was postponed.

From the start Hereford made most of the forward moves. Phil Robinson headed wide from a Paul Parry freekick at the Blackfriars End after just two minutes, and captain Ian Wright missed with a similar opening soon after.

John Snape had a shot deflected over after twelve minutes following good work from Matt Clarke as Stalybridge had little work to do due to United's wayward shooting. Matt Baker had a save to make at the other end when Gerrard Courtney knocked on a long ball and midway through the half, Richard Peacock was prevented from taking the lead when his volley was tipped over by Baker.

With twenty six minutes on the clock, a Paul Parry shot was deflected to Gavin Williams who skilfully lifted the ball over Celtic stopper David Fish to give Hereford the lead. A minute later, Rob Elmes headed just wide from a Parry shot to squander the chance of extending Hereford's lead.

However, the Bulls fans had to wait literally seconds to see John Snape link onto a Williams pass and hit a smashing volley home from the edge of the box. Hereford deserved their lead and Celtic's defence was in tatters.

Ged Courtney wasted an opening to get Celtic back into the game before the Bulls were presented with the perfect chance to make it 3-0. Gavin Williams was brought down in the area by Chris Perkins with ten minutes of the half remaining and the referee awarded a penalty. Defender Tony James stepped up and hit the ball to the left of the keeper - and the goal - as Hereford's dreadful penalty record continued.

Scott Goodwin tested Fish with a looping shot in the closing minutes of the first half, as did Paul Beesley at the other end with Matt Baker equal to the header.

There were no half time personnel changes, but the away side came out with increased determination and attacking prowess which they were visibly lacking in the opening period. Former Hull City midfielder Richard Peacock threatened with a free kick, and Chris Perkins and Sam Ayorinde both tested the Hereford back line.

Gavin Williams did well to cut inside and create an opening on fifty six minutes which was cleared and the midfield grit of John Snape and Phil Robinson gave Celtic few chances of breaking forward. Rob Elmes had a header cleared off the line by Perkins before Ged Courtney nodded wide at the other end.

Scott Goodwin picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon as he made a rash challenge on Ged Murphy after sixty seven minutes and, despite going down to ten men, Hereford had extended their advantage within two minutes. A left wing run by Gavin Williams allowed Tony Capaldi to overlap and he swung in a perfect cross for Rob Elmes to head home from six yards out.

John Snape had a long range effort sail over with ten minutes left before Ged Murphy came close to scoring a Celtic consolation. However, his shot from just inside the box bounced off the crossbar and was cleared.

The vast majoity of the 1,633 crowd will have enjoyed what they saw as the Bulls jump one place in the Nationwide Conference table to fourteenth, and today's showing should urge them to return. Hereford host Telford United on New Years Day, kick off 1pm, looking to make it nine points out of nine over the festive period.

Hereford United: Matt Baker, Matt Clarke, Tony Capaldi, Phil Robinson, Ian Wright (captain), Tony James, Scott Goodwin, John Snap,e Rob Elmes (off 79 minutes), Gavin Williams, Paul Parry
Subs: Jimmy Quiggin, Lee Evans, Mark Williams, Scott Voice (on, 79 minutes), John Shirley
Yellow cards: Scott Goodwin (12 minutes, foul) Rob Elmes (36 minutes, foul)
Red cards: Scott Goodwin (67 minutes, second booking)
Scorers: Gavin Williams (26 minutes) John Snape (28 minute) Rob Elmes (69 minutes)
Man of the Match: Gavin Williams
Attendance: 1,633
Referee: Mr. I. Williamson (Reading)

KEVIN Wargen, the HUISA chairman, revealed in today's edition of Bullseye that he would resign if Chelverton's Simon Morgan is put in charge of relocation of the ground.

In his regular column, he told that HUISA have been working extremely hard over the situation of the stadium and relocation.

He said that Leader Terry James and his council will pass the UDP (Unitary Development Plan) to keep Hereford United at Edgar Street but was extremely disappointed at one party in the discussions.

"I have to tell supporters of a letter I received from Simon Morgan, of Chelverton, who basically accused HUISA members of spreading misinformation and ultimately the destruction of the club," he wrote. "HUISA members spend a lot of time trying to talk to all concerned regarding development. We also raise money for the club, run away travel, paint the ground in the summer and do whatever to keep the club from folding. I feel so upset at this accusation by Morgan that I will not sit around a table with him. Indeed if it means he is in charge of relocation, I would resign. I am not above criticism from anyone - supporters or directors - but I will not be accused of trying to finish the club that I love and would do whatever I can to make it survive. I am happy to know that other people on the committee feel the same as me over the letter."

Wargen will endeavour to keep everyone informed of developments in the New Year.

Dec 30th:

BRING your change to Edgar Street on New Years Day for Billy the Bull, who is raising money for a new bull suit.

Billy needs to raise around £200 for the new outfit and will hold a half time bucket collection at the Telford United game. Please give generously.

HEREFORD United's boss Phil Robinson said that yesterday's 3-0 win over Stalybridge Celtic at Edgar Street was a result of a battling victory at Telford.

"It was important for us to have a good Christmas period," he told the Non-League Paper. "We had a good win at Telford on Boxing Day and that gave us the confidence to play like we did today."

The Bulls should have won 4-0 but defender Tony James missed a spot kick after thirty three minutes. Robinson said: "Tony wins all the penalty competitions in training. That's the first time anyone can remember him missing."

Striker Rob Elmes was pleased to net his first goal since October and it turned out to be his fourtieth in Hereford colours. He commented: "That goal's been rather a long time coming. I've been waiting for the right cross."

HEREFORD United's potential star striker has had to quit the game for a spell until he overcomes a huge barrier.

Danny Hill, age 18, played a reserve game for the Bulls after scoring fifteen goals for Kington Town in the Express & Star West Midlands League Premier Division this season and was touted to be joining the Edgar Street club. However, doctors have told him to stop playing when he suffered from dizzy spells and migranes whilst playing. He was told he had a hole-in-the-heart and must stop playing immediately.

Now, Danny must wait for an operation before playing again and the scaffolder from Hereford is eager to follow in his father's, Mick, footsteps and turn professional. Mick was an international with Wales and played for the likes of Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

"I was hoping to have an extended run in Hereford's second team but then this blow came out of nowhere," he told the Non-League Paper. "The doctor told me to rest and take it easy. But I'm only young and hopefully it should not be too long before I hear about the operation. I hope it is just a temporary setback that I am determined to overcome."

Kington chairman Bill Mayglothing said: "There were quite a few clubs looking at him and centre forwards of his ability are like gold dust. He had been playing really well. I know how disappointed he must feel."

Dec 31st:

FOLLOWING two successive wins, Hereford United aim to make it three in a row tomorrow when they host high-flying Telford United in the Nationwide Conference.

The Bulls beat the Bucks 1-0 at the New Bucks Head Ground on Boxing Day thanks to Scott Goodwin's late strike, and then a 3-0 victory on Saturday boosted confidence against as Hereford swept aside struggling Stalybridge Celtic.

Hereford's unbeaten run now stretches back for three games, having conceded just one goal and scored five. Telford, however, will be eager to gain revenge for their festive flop to Hereford and were without a game on Saturday so Jake King's men have been preparing for almost a week.

Phil Robinson's Hereford team should be similar to that that started against Celtic on Saturday with one or two possible changes. Rob Elmes may be dropped in attack and replaced by Scott Voice, whilst Phil Robinson may move over in midfield for Jimmy Quiggin. Midfielder Alex Kevan and striker Danny Davidson are still absent through injuries, but Steve Piearce could return to the bench after not featuring in the squad for three weeks. Goalkeeper Scott Cooksey is still recovering from a hand injury and is likely to miss most of the season left to play.

Telford United could swap things around in attack to cause more problems for the Hereford defence. On Boxing Day, Jake King started with Gary Martindale and Gary Fitzpatrick, but with new signing Mark Quayle warming the bench, perhaps a change is likely. Quayle joined from Morecambe after a loan spell this month and was signed with money donated by supporters. He has already netted seven league goals this season and with Telford pushing up the Conference, Quayle could be recalled.

Manager King said: "Everyone is looking forward to the game as we want to get back on track after the upset last week. We want to remain in the top six and to do that we have got to win games. Losing was a bit of a shock to the lads as it has not happened since mid-October. The thing to do is to it pick up from there and start all over again.

"I'm not saying we're going to go on a run of one defeat in 15 like we've just had as that's difficult for any team to do once let alone twice. But if we can go five, six or seven games unbeaten at a time then we'll remain in the top six."

Hereford United have said that no pitch inspection is planned for tomorrow. The Bulls, according to Surrey Sports, are 11/8 to win with Telford at 13/8. The odds for a draw are 11/5.

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