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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Changes To Come As Trialists Better Than Current Players Said Richards

Head Coach Marc Richards was upbeat despite losing 2-1 to lower-graded opposition in this evening's training match at Edgar Street, but says some of the trailists on show were better than some of the current players.

The Bulls took the lead against Cinderford Town but went on to lose the game, but it was a worthwhile exercise for Richards as it gave him an opportunity to look at players in a competitive situation.

Not only were a number of players involved who haven't played much recently, but there were five trailists named by Hereford who Richards thought were probably better than some of the current players at Edgar Street.

"I think it's been a really worthwhile exercise," Richards said.

The idea of having a training game was to obviously have a look at the boys we haven't seen too much of in a competitive situation. And also a few new face that we've had in training or recommended. I thought it was really worthwhile.

"It's important you give them enough time to have a chance to impress, and I thought actually the trailists showed up pretty well.

"I think they all did well, in terms of the positions that we've brought in the trailists, we've had a splattering across the park really in terms of who we've brought in.

"But I think they did well, and probably better than some of our current players."

Richards says conversations will take place over the next couple of days with the trailists.

As reported earlier, Theo Richardson has been training with Hereford and started in goal for the Bulls this evening. 

The 20-year-old former Manchester United reserves goalkeeper spent the first part of the season playing for Northern Premier League Premier Division Grantham Town, but they've lost five out of their last six games including a 5-0 defeat by South Shields. 

Marc Richards says that Martin Horsell will be out for a couple more weeks after a clash of heads with Mike McGrath two weeks ago where he suffered concussion.

"Martin's fine. He's back in with us in terms of training evenings, but not back in on training yet," Richards added.

"We need to follow the right play protocols for a concussion so in the next week to ten days hopefully he can start doing something physically and then we can look to start integrating him back into full training.

"There's nothing to read into that (trialist keeper), first and foremost we need to do the right thing by Martin to make sure he's physically okay before we even consider getting him back into training.

"When you've had severe concussion like he's suffered, it's important we don't rush that. Obviously I've brought in Matt (Yates) from Derby and we've got young Brandon as well, but it's important we look at other options as well.

"Especially with Martin's probably not available for selection after the Boston game, so you don't need to read into that at all it's just a case of the young goalkeeper who played tonight has trained with us so it was a great opportunity in a game as well."

When asked if any other players had left Hereford, Richards firmly replied 'no', but there will be movement in a couple of weeks.

"It's just one of those things, we're only a few weeks in and still looking at everything and assessing what we need to do for the squad to make sure it's as competitive as it can be and we can start moving the right way up the table.

"I'm sure there will be movement in the next couple of weeks, but nothing as of yet."