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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hereford Win Their Third Friendly

Hereford may have won this afternoon's friendly at Sporting Khalsa by three goals to one but in truth it was difficult game for the players given the very warm conditions and the new artifical pitch. Temperatures reached 29C during the game.

One of the highlights for Hereford was the return of Ryan Green who played the whole of the second half. However three midfield players are still not fit, Eliot Richards, Mike McGrath and Keyon Reffell. And they were missed.

Manager Peter Beadle had a few less trialists on show as several have moved on. There were two new faces, young keeper Jahquil Hill and Tom Fry. Hill is at the Wolverhampton Acadamy and Fry has been on trial at Oxford.

Hereford took the lead on ten minutes after good work by Harry Franklin who fed the ball to Lance Smith. The striker got in front of two defenders and scored from six yards.

On 18 minutes Mike Symons scored the second. The lively Jamie Bird provided a cross into the goal area which the keeper came out for and missed. It was then struck by Smith. The ball hit the crossbar and fell back to Symons who made no mistake from a few yards out.

It wasn't all one way traffic by any means. Near the end of the first half Khalsa capitalised on a Hereford error when keeper Martin Horsell appeared to come out too far, the ball being lofted over his head and into the back of the net by Beckley.

HT: Khalsa 1 Hereford 2

At the start of the second half Beadle brought on Green, keeper Hill, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Danny Greenslade and Thomas. They replaced Smith, Horsell, Dinsley, Franklin, Hockey and Hall. 

On 50 minutes Hill saved a decent attempt from Beckley.

Efforts by Bird and White went wide whilst Myrie-Williams couldn't get enough power into a shot when well placed.

The heat was getting to the players and there was little action during the middle part of the second period.

Beadle brought Smith back on to replace Symons and Franklin to take over from Billy Murphy. A few minutes later Jordan Liburd was subbed with Fry coming back onto the pitch.

Just before the final whistle White scored Hereford's third goal after getting on the end of a pass from Smith.

All in all a slightly lack-lustre display by Hereford, probably understandable given the heat. Next is Evesham on Tuesday evening. At least it won't be so hot.

Hereford: Horsell, Hall, Liburd, Franklin, Fry, Murphy, Dinsley(C), Hockey, Bird, Symons, Smith.

Estimated attendance: 200