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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Planning For Life After The Southern League

Hereford players celebrating winning the title at Biggleswade last night. Pic: Will Cheshire
With the Southern League Premier title in the bag, speculation has started as to what league Hereford will be in next season.

The Whites will either be in the National League North or South, with a lot riding on the Southern League play-offs. Currently two Northern and two Southern teams are facing the drop from the National League. 

If either Weymouth or Slough win promotion via the Southern League play-offs, it's thought that would push Hereford into the Northern division, whereas if it was Kettering or King's Lynn the Bulls might go South.

Manager Pete Beadle hinted that he would prefer to go South as travelling wouldn't be as much of a burden on the team.

"I think a lot of it will come down to who gets relegated from the National League, whether they're Northern or Southern teams," Beadle told Bulls News.

"With us now winning the league, you've got Kettering and King's Lynn that are going to be in the play-offs, and if one of them wins it you'll think they'd be a bit more Northern than us, so there's a chance they could go North.

"It'll all come out once everybody gets everything finished. I think the travelling in the North would be more of an issue for us because of where we are.

Beadle also spoke about some of the opponents Hereford could come up against. In the National League North, they could be playing the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, AFC Telford United and Stockport County again.

"There's some very prestigious clubs in there," said Beadle.

"The likes of York, Stockport, Brackley, Salford and Harrogate so there's some really big clubs in there - Kidderminster as well. So would you fancy picking your wits against them or the south, and maybe not travel as far? But you've still got some excellent sides in the South again this year.

"But for now we'll focus on Saturday and what will be will be in the end."

Beadle's assistant, Steve Jenkins, agreed, but said they'll just have to deal with it whatever the outcome.

"It would probably suit us more being in the South, but we've got to deal with it whatever it brings. It's big step up and there's some big clubs, especially in the North, some ex-football league clubs.

"We have been planning for a little while now, but getting over the line we'll be looking to push on with the planning over the next three of four weeks."