Next Game: Forest Green Rovers at Home on Wednesday 25th July at 7.45pm

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

An Evening At Undy

Many supporters asked, why did Hereford FC agree to a friendly at Undy?

The answer was in the match programme notes.

The author revealed that he had asked 'Beads' for the friendly.

"I first met him years ago when I worked in Bristol. He's one of those rare players who was popular with fans of both Bristol clubs as he played for City and Rovers.

"He's always been a good laugh and extremely generous with his time when asked so it was no surprise when he kept him promise to sort us a friendly."

Undy is situated close to the M4 and as such was quite easy for most of Hereford's players to get to. For supporters there was plenty of parking on grass next to the ground.

The early kick-off, 7.15pm, was because the club currently doesn't have floodlights.

Given the hot conditions, it was close to 30C, the friendly was no more than a routine workout for Hereford. Drink breaks were taken halfway through each half.

Trialists Jamal Lawrence and Ben Deakins started the game with Lawrence on the right wing and Deakins on the left.

Lawrence was withdrawn at half-time and replaced by another trialist Joe Philips.

Obviously supporters only see trialists at friendlies but on the evidence so far both Deakins and Phillips probably deserve some more time to prove themselves. 

Beadle also gave some minutes to youngsters Rory Huntbach, Lewis Clark and Max Harris.

New signing Chris Barker looked solid in defence alongside Jamie Willets. Ryan Green is still out injured.

Finally Rob Purdie continues to show what a versatile player he is. Last Saturday he played much of the game at right back, last night back in mid-field alongside Jamie Edge. 

Rob Purdie With John Mills
Purdie scored Hereford's first goal and created the second with a pass to John Mills who made no mistake with the keeper stranded.