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Saturday, August 04, 2018

The Players Have Set The Standard Said Beadle

It was a strong start to the National League North campaign for Hereford, lying third in the table after the 3-0 win against Blyth Spartans this afternoon.

Bulls boss Pete Beadle said that even though it was only the first game, the players have set their standards.

"It's the first game of the season and it's about us showing our intentions and how well we played today," Beadle said.

"I thought we were exceptional today and whether they [Blyth] finished tenth last year or not, they're a good side. The way we started the early part of the game in the first ten or fifteen minutes or so, we really started on the front foot. 

"The goals came at really good times for us, when we were on top and had control of the game. I've said to the players that they've now set their standards for the season so there's no excuse for dropping below how they've performed today."

Captain Jordan Liburd and his vice Ryan Green made up the centre-back pairing and had an impressive game. Beadle says the back four were solid.

"All roles and aspects of the team are important. We've had a solid performance from the back four, or five if you include Horse [Martn Horsell, Hereford goalkeeper] and then I thought the midfield three were exceptional today. 

"The front three worked tirelessly as well, especially the two wide boys who have had to do an awful lot of work up and down that touchline. It doesn't work if you only do it individually or in sections, so for the whole team to do it we got a real, solid team performance today."

As for striker Harry White, he got his first competitive goal in a Hereford shirt this afternoon, opening the scoring in the first half with a viscous strike.

"I thought he had a fantastic performance today, took his goal fantastically well and should've had another with the header off the post from the rebound. He worked tirelessly for the team which was good, he worked hard and won his headers and caused them a few problems with his power-running.

"He's got stronger and stronger through pre-season and now hopefully he can get on a run of games, if he can get a couple of goals in the next two or three games then that'll do his confidence the world of good. Who knows where he'll go from here?"

Beadle hopes Keyon Reffell will start training again on Thursday, and there still might be one or two more new additions to the side.

"Keyon is nearly there, he's not far off. It's dragging out a bit for something so innocuous, but it's not. If it was his hand or elbow it wouldn't be as bad, but it's his foot so he's got to put his boots on.

"He's not far off and hopefully we may have him for Thursday for training and then if he does train we'll see how he reacts.

"We missed out on a goalkeeper yesterday so we're in very early talks with another one to come in. We are looking at a wide-man/forward as well, but again, it's very early and we're just talking to them.

"As you can see today, we've obviously got [Calvin] Dinsley to come back from holiday, he'll make us stronger again and we've got the two injured boys to come back. 

"If we can add these two this week then we'll be really pleased."