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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Beadle Wants One Or Two More Players Before Saturday

Hereford start their Vanarama National League North campaign next Saturday and manager Pete Beadle would like to get another player or two in before then.

Striker Mike Symons has been ruled out for ten weeks after fracturing his fibula and Keyon Reffell is still a doubt.

Speaking after the 3-0 loss to a star-studded Cardiff City XI, when asked if he might bring in new players, Beadle said he'd like to.

"Who knows, we may well do. It's been a hectic couple off weeks with Jimmy [Oates] moving on and Mike [Symons]'s injury," said Beadle.

"Football does move quickly, we'd like to maybe get another body or two in before the season starts. That's not saying I'm not happy with what we've got. I'm happy with what we've got so far. 

There's lots of players out there in the last few games that have given me food for thought for next weekend. A forward is as much of a priority as another goalkeeper, we don't want to be light in that attacking third. 

"We know we've got goals in us and we showed that today as we could've been 1-1. A bit of a better cross, but they break away and scored at the other end. That just goes to show the difference in class we've played today."

"We're not unhappy with what we've got and we've had a fantastic pre-season. It's been a little bit stop-start with players coming in and going on holiday, then being away again and injured, but in general it's been a really good pre-season.

"Apart from Mike we've had nothing too major injury-wise and now we'll start preparations this week with two sessions to get ready for Saturday."

"Really pleased with what we've seen today from the players."

With the season starting a week today, Beadle says Hereford are as ready as they're ever going to be.

"You're never completely ready for the start, you could always be that little bit better or that little bit more organised, or you could have everyone to choose from. 

"We know we're not going to have that, but we're ready as we're ever going to be and you can't postpone the game so we've got to be ready for it.

"It's a big week now in preparation, the lads will be nice and focussed and relaxed, but also ready for the game on Saturday."

Speaking about the game itself, the Bulls boss was disappointed with the goals, but said his side did well against a strong Cardiff side - a stronger side than what they faced last summer in a 5-1 defeat.

"Obviously disappointed with the goals, but I think it's shown how far we've come," Beadle added.

"I think we played a much younger group last year and we probably weren't as competitive as we would've liked to have been.

"Today we've been far more competitive against a far stronger side. We're actually delighted with the team that Cardiff sent down because it's given us a far greater challenge. Apart from maybe being a little bit more ruthless in both boxes, between that we did really well today.

"For long periods of the game I thought we played ever so well."

Harvey Smith has arrived at Edgar Street on a one month loan deal from Bristol City, and there was a new keeper between the sticks today as Dean Lyness was on trial.

"Good debut seeing as he only met the players on Wednesday, he didn't train on Thursday because we didn't train properly, we had more of a recovery session," Beadle said.

"So to come in cold without knowing anyone it was a nice steady performance."

"Hudnott had already agreed to come and play on Wednesday and we'd already arranged for Dean to come in and play today.

"It's given us some food for thought for both of them. I think Dean's situation is a little bit different to Conor's so we'll sit down and discuss that this week. We'll then see if we can do something with one of them."