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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Around The Ground

A selection of pictures from around Edgar Street this afternoon.

Today's Match Mascot
Part Of The Meadow End After Hereford's First Goal
Simon's New Coat - Reportedly They Don't Make Them Bigger
Rob Purdie After His Goal
Supporters In Block A
Pablo Haysham And Rob Purdie
Supporters In The Len Weston Terrace
Lance Smith, Jordan Liburd and Keyon Reffell
What Has Mike Symons Said To Lance Smith?
Supporters In The Main Stand
More Happy Supporters
Jamie Bird Gets A Lift From Jennison Myrie-Williams
Royston Manager Steve Castle Interviewed By Andy Holmes

Another Goal For Smith This Afternoon

Lance Smith scored one of Hereford's goals this afternoon and set up another. That's three goals in three games. Afterwards he spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We've got four games in ten days and we want to get four wins and we'll be in a good position for the title.

"Today was efficient, we defended well, going forward we looked a threat so it was a good three points all around."

Smith scored his goal late in the first half after a well placed cross from Jimmy Oates. 

"I had one before at the back post which I narrowly missed, it was an easier chance.

"I just hung at the back, I knew if I had a run nine times out of ten I'm going to win the header and luckily enough it went over the line."

The second Hereford goal came after Smith hassled the Royston keeper and won the ball which he passed to Rob Purdie.

"I sometimes chase lost causes which I shouldn't chase but when it nearly got to the line I thought it was going out. I kind of stopped but then I saw Rob and it was a great finish from him. He could have taken a touch but one touch and 2-0."

Next is Redditch on Monday.

"Preparation is key for all of us really. It's Easter but we're not going to enjoy any chocolate! We need to ensure we prepare really well.

"They are a good team and they've brought in some players now and a new manager so they will be up for it.

"We've got to go there and be efficient again, get the three points.

"It's 3G but we train on it so it shouldn't be too different. I'm not a fan of it as it's not good on the joints. It doesn't give."

Trevor Owens then asked Smith how he was enjoying his time with Hereford.

"It was a slow start as I had a bit of an injury and mid-season I had a bit of an injury as well. But I feel good at the minute, I feel I've come into a bit of form.

"Three goals in three, you can't argue with that. I just want to keep going and get us over the line now."

Smith partners either John Mills or Mike Symons.

"Mills is a fox in the box. If he gets a chance then nine times out of ten he'll put it away.

"When Symo comes on you know he'll win the headers and you play off him.

"It's good to have that in our armoury. Different tactics to see out a game.

"Like today with their big centre-half, Symo comes on and gives him a bit of a match for the rest of it."

Second Half Pictures From Hereford's 2-0 Win Over Royston

A selection of pictures from Hereford's 2-0 win over Royston at Edgar Street this afternoon.

Mike Symons Hit The Post With This Effort

It's A Third Championship We're Aiming For Said Beadle

In his post match interview with the local media Hereford manager Peter Beadle was asked about why some players didn't start against Royston this afternoon.

"Jennison had a slight knock on his calf this week so we felt it wasn't worth the gamble. The pitch was heavier than normal but we thought we'd keep him there in case we needed him last twenty minutes.

"As it was he wasn't needed so he's had a rest.

"Billy Murphy trained half a session on Thursday and didn't have any reaction but yesterday and today, I think it's a curse of the trade he does, he felt quite rough so we told him to stay away. Hopefully he'll be okay on Monday or next weekend."

Today's game was Beadle 100th win for Hereford (United and FC).

"I think someone said it included the previous eight games under the old banner so for me it's a nice landmark but it is two different football clubs but it's a nice one to reach.

"I think it's 129 games, 100 wins, 14 defeats and some of them were in the eight games we had as the Conference team.

"It's nice to have all these landmarks and things but it would be much nicer if there is a third championship there as well. That's the one we are aiming for."

All In All A Very Good Game Said Pring

Today's man of the match at Edgar Street was Cameron Pring. Afterwards he spoke to Trevor Owens for BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It was a heavy pitch due to the rainfall but I thought we played to the conditions very well. All in all a very good game."

Pring is on loan from Bristol City.

"It's not often you get a chance to play in front of a big crowd. I'm really enjoying it here."

Pring felt Hereford coped with Royston 'very well'.

"We played to our strengths, kept plugging away and got the win in the end."

Another game on Monday. This is at Redditch on a 3G pitch.

"It is very demanding. I'll have to go and prepare right.

"It always brings a slightly different challenge. You don't know whether the ball settles very well as it could bobble up but I'm sure we will deal with it very well."

Pring plays in the same position as James Bowen.

"He's a very good player, competition brings the best out of us I suppose."

What have you made of your time here so far?

"I've really enjoyed it, the whole experience at the club is very professional. 

"It is a very good experience to be out on loan at whatever level and this is perfect.

"Seven games to go now so one game at a time. Hopefully we'll get there." 

Simon Shakeshaft Interview

Former Hereford United Physiotherapist Simon Shakeshaft returned to Edgar Street this afternoon as Matchball Sponsor. Simon worked at Edgar Street from 1994-1998 under Greg Downs, John Layton and Graham Turner. 

First Half Pictures From Hereford's Win Over Royston

A selection of pictures from this afternoon at Edgar Street where Hereford defeated Royston 2-0.

Report: Hereford 2 - Royston Town 0

It was just another day at the office for Hereford who beat Royston 2-0 at Edgar Street this afternoon. They remain a point clear at the top of the Southern League table going into Monday's game at Redditch.

Hereford manager Pete Beadle slightly shuffled the pack compared to the team that started against Gosport Borough last Saturday, with Keyon Reffell and Eliot Richards starting in favour of Mike Symons, who dropped to the bench, and Billy Murphy who was asbent from the match day 16.

The first chance of the game fell to Eliot Richards, who was playing alongside Rob Purdie in centre-midfield, but his low drive from just outside the box was blocked by Adam Murray.

Ten minutes later Royston thought they’d taken the lead with the ball in the back of the net, but Dan Brathwaite had clearly fouled keeper Will Puddy in the build up.

Two decent chances then came at the other end of the pitch, with both being sent wide. This first came from Pablo Haysham who raced to get on the end of Keyon Reffell’s cross, but couldn’t find the target. Just moments later Lance Smith’s downward header also failed to test the keeper after good work by Jimmy Oates down the right.

After the early flurry of chances, the game quietened down with relatively few clear-cut opportunities for either side and a number of free-kicks unable to be utilised by the Bulls. But in the 39th minute, Lance Smith managed to break the deadlock after a lengthy spell of pressure from the hosts.

Jimmy Oates was able to work the ball into the box with a dipping cross from the right, and Smith was on hand at the back post to forcefully head the ball home, although it looked like Keyon Reffell got the final touch.

HT: Hereford 1 – Royston Town 0

Hereford came back out after the break still lacking the spark that they’d missed in the first half. Rob Purdie’s rushed shot two minutes after the restart was too high to trouble Josh Tibbetts in goal for Royston, and then three minutes later he confidently rose to catch Jimmy Oates’ cross.

With Hereford in control, John Mills couldn’t get a clean strike on the ball as he tried to find the back of the net from Rob Purdie’s corner. Ed Asafu-Adjaye’s attempted clearance fell for Mills on the edge of the area, but his scuffed shot ended up going wide of the upright.

As the half progressed, the Bulls still couldn’t find the target as Eliot Richards also fired wide. Keyon Reffell’s cross from the right had too much on it, but Pablo Haysham was on hand to rescue it on the opposite flank. As the Spaniard played a neat ball back to Richards, he blazed his right-footed shot well-wide.

The Crows managed to exert a brief spell of pressure on Hereford’s defence, but Gus Scott-Morriss’ cross was headed away to safety by captain Jimmy Oates.
But moments later it was Royston’s keeper under pressure as he reacted quickly to keep the score at 1-0. Jimmy Oates’ low cross into the box was met with a snapshot from Keyon Reffell, but Tibbetts was able to smother the ball to deny Reffell the second.

Mike Symons should’ve scored with 81 minutes on the clock as he was through-on goal thanks to a good ball by Lance Smith, but instead of pulling the trigger he tried to find Eliot Richards, but the ball was cut out and cleared.

Seven minutes from time, adopted Herefordian Rob Purdie fired the ball home to double his side’s advantage. Lance Smith was once again involved in the build-up to the chance as he chased a lost cause down the wing, with the defender scuffing his clearance. The keeper managed to prevent the ball going out, but Smith won the ball before teeing-up Purdie to smash the ball home.

Into stoppage time and the final chance of the game came from Mike Symons, but with just the keeper left to beat and under pressure from a backtracking defender, Symons’ shot hit the post.

FT: Hereford 1 – Royston Town 0 

Att: 2,657 with 21 in the away enclosure

Sponsors’ MotM: Cameron Pring

Hereford: Puddy, Oates (c), Pring, Richards, Green, Liburd, Smith, Purdie, Mills, Haysham, Reffell. 
Subs not used: McGrath, Myrie-Williams, Horsell.

Royston Town: Tibbetts, Asafu-Adjaye, Chappell, Bridges, Murray, Gaughran, Brathwaite (Castiglione – 68’), Scott-Morriss (Powell – 68’, Frendo (Hankins – 60’), Thomas, Marriott.
Sub not used: Alomenu.

Next Game: Redditch United Away on Monday 2nd April at 3pm.