Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Marco Rus - Man Of The Match

Marco Rus scored Hereford's goal in their 1-1 draw with Chorley this evening. Afterwards he spoke to the local media.

Rus joined Hereford on loan from Coventry late last week and made his debut at Kings Lynn.

"I thought we played really well, I thought we had a good performance," he said.

"But again we've not got nothing out of the game. It's two games where we should have had six points but we've got one. It's a tough one to take.

"We have to be good in both boxes like the Gaffer said. It's something we are really working on but we've got to start nailing down now."

Rus spoke about joining the Bulls.

"It's a really good move for me, it's a great experience mens football. This is my first one and I'm really enjoying it.

"I'm just taking it game by game at the moment. I'm not too sure what's going on. I'm just trying to give my best performances for Hereford and then we'll see how it goes."


REACTION | Marco Rus Post Match Interview - Hereford FC 1-1 Chorley

Man of the match Marco Rus gives his post match reaction after the 1-1 draw with Chorley.

REACTION | Josh Gowling - Hereford FC 1-1 Chorley

Josh Gowling gives his post match reaction below after the 1-1 draw with Chorley.

Tonight's National North League Results

Here are tonight's National North League results:

Blyth Spartans v Southport (Match Postponed - Waterlogged Pitch)

Curzon Ashton 0-2 Darlington

Farsley Celtic 2-0 King's Lynn

Hereford 1-1 Chorley

Kettering 0-0 Gloucester

Leamington 0-0 Brackley

Scarborough 2-1 Peterborough Sports

Spennymoor 3-2 Boston

Hereford go up two places to 15th.


Agony for Bulls as Chorley score late equaliser

Hereford were denied all three points this evening as Chorley scored a stoppage time equaliser.

Former Bulls loanee Harvey Smith headed home a corner in the 94th minute after Marco Rus had put the home side ahead just past the hour mark.

Goalless at half time

It's currently 0-0 between Hereford and Chorley at half-time. However, the Bulls went close to opening the scoring shortly before the break, but Kane Thompson-Sommers' close0range strike hit the foot of the post. 

McLean replaces Storey in only change for Hereford

Ryan McLean is back in the Hereford starting line-up for tonight's National League North match against Chorley at Edgar Street.

The Bulls winger, who has missed the past three games due to suspension, replaces Miles Storey in the only change t,o the side that lost 2-1 at King's Lynn at the weekend.

Eve; Melhado, Haines, Thompson, Evans; Thompson-Sommers, Hanson; McLean, Holmes, Rus; Barnett. Subs: Pinchard, Storey, Pendley, Dinanga, Latty-Fairweather.

It's Expected To Be Very Cold On Saturday

The forecasters are suggesting it will be very cold this coming weekend.

On Friday night temperatures may fall as low as -8C in some spots.

Chester have already said they are putting frost covers over their ground on Thursday so they have a good chance of playing Alfreton on Saturday.

Meanwhile Hereford are due to travel to Spennymoor on Saturday. Not the warmest of grounds in the National North League.

Eight National North League Fixtures This Evening

There are eight National North League fixtures set to take place this evening.

Blyth Spartans v Southport

Curzon Ashton v Darlington

Farsley Celtic v Kings Lynn

Hereford v Chorley

Kettering v Gloucester

Leamington v Brackley

Scarborough v Peterborough Sports

Spennymoor v Boston

Update 6pm: The game between Blyth and Southport has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.


Monday, December 05, 2022

No Overnight Stay For Hereford Before Spennymoor

Despite the long journey, Hereford manager Josh Gowling has said his squad won't be staying overnight before the Spennymoor game next Saturday.

Last weekend because of the 12.30pm kick-off at Kings Lynn, Hereford stayed near Peterborough the night before.

"Absolutely no chance," said Gowling.

"It's a long way but that's where we are as a football club.

"We're not in a position as a football club to be paying for overnight stays.

"The lads will get up early, we'll travel to Spennymoor and we'll put on a performance."

Bradford Defeat Telford

In the only National North League game played this evening:

Bradford PA 1 AFC Telford 0 

Bradford move up to 16th, Hereford drop down a place to 17th.

Highlights From KIngs Lynn


Highlights from last Saturday's game between Kings Lynn and Hereford are available to watch.

Please note these are the 'Lynn' version.


Bulls 79/40 To Defeat Chorley

Hereford's Miles Storey Chipped The Chorley Keeper To Score The Only Goal Of The Game Last Season

Hereford are 79/40 to defeat Chorley tomorrow evening at Edgar Street.

On Saturday Hereford lost 2-1 at Kings Lynn with some reports suggesting the Bulls were unlucky not to take something from the game. Chorley defeated Curzon 3-0.

Hereford are 16th in the table, Chorley are 10th six points above the Bulls but have played one more game.

Hereford's home form is three wins from eight games. Chorley's away form is poor with just two wins from nine games. 

Recent form:

Hereford WLLLL

Chorley WWWLW

Hereford 85/20  Draw 9/4  Chorley 8/5

One National North Game This Evening

There is one game taking place in the National North League this evening.

Bradford PA v AFC Telford

Eight fixtures, including Hereford v Chorley, are set to be played tomorrow evening.

Earlier Kick-Off On Saturday?

The National League have this morning sent the following guidance to clubs about moving kick-off times on Saturday 10 December.

The League have been contacted by a number of clubs regarding concerns about a clash with National League fixtures and England’s World Cup Quarter-Final being played on Saturday 10 December with France, albeit different kick off times.

The National League will not be issuing blanket rearrangements for every fixture but will be happy to accommodate requests from clubs to amend kick-off times providing both clubs agree on such.

Any clubs wishing to amend their kick-off times will need to make a request to the League by Tuesday 6 December at 4pm.

Any clubs wishing not to amend kick-off time will go ahead with their scheduled time.

Attack, Attack, Attack!

Hereford FC host Chorley on Tuesday evening, and whether you’re in the ‘keep the faith’ camp or the ‘something has to change’ one, there’s surely unanimity in believing that this match simply has to be won. Given the weather forecast, it simply has to be a two-pairs-of-socks match too.

Current form is of course woeful, but in front of a home crowd, with the new loanees looking like they’ve added quality to the team over the last two games (the latest recruit Marco Rus in particular) and good players such as Thierry Latty-Fairweather very gradually returning after injury, those recent improved performances could finally be turned into a winning improved performance here.

Not a great deal of communication seems to come down from 'upstairs' to the great unwashed at this self-styled fans-owned club, but presumably a loss here would lead to some difficult conversations. I think that would be a shame and I still cling, possibly naively, to the hope that this current form is a blip, but if this isn't won you'd have to say those conversations would be justified. Given the lack of communication it's hard to know what's what.

Given the above, if the players don’t come out and start like a demented house on fire, attacking the Chorley goal like absolute dervishes, all thoughts of being tactically cautious thrown to the wind, and in the process putting the game to bed before half-time, then I’m prepared to accept that probably something does have to change. If there are any motivational difficulties in getting up for this one it would be a huge concern, given the situation the club now finds itself in after a series of losses.

I hope and expect to see oodles of pride and passion and whatever that third word is on the Westons sign in the middle of the Len Weston Stand, unless that third word is cider, which would make no sense in this context and would be a rubbish thing to have oodles of before playing a game of football.

By half-time, I want to feel almost sorry for Chorley as they trudge, shell-shocked, off the pitch, wondering what’s happened to them, wondering how on earth the opposition can be in relegation trouble, wondering how to stop another three goals going in after the break.

There will hopefully be a desperation in the dressing room before this match to get out on the pitch to prove that the club is in a false position, to prove that injuries, illness and bad luck at both ends of the pitch have been the main contributory factors to this current awful run, and that it isn’t down to a lack of quality, application or motivation.

If the first half doesn’t go as above, and is the sort of cautious tip-toeing around waiting-for-a-gift-from-the-opposition one-dimensional approach that’s been too prevalent too frequently this season, it’ll be hugely disappointing, to say the least. 

Luckily, Chorley don’t travel well at all. They’ve lost six of their nine games away so far this season, and if Hereford are anything like as up for this match as they should be, that fallibility of the visitors when away from Lancashire should be exploitable.

Striker Connor Hall has an impressive 12 goals to his name this season, and was on the scoresheet in Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 home win against a very flat Curzon Ashton, whose recent form is as bad as Hereford’s. Overall, Hall has scored 34 in 81 games for the club.

Another to watch will be ex-Kidderminster and Wrexham midfielder Ollie Shenton. Fellow midfielder Jon Ustabasi was missing on Saturday, and hopefully will be again, as he’s scored six times this season. Ex-Bull Harvey Smith is now a regular in defence.

The Magpies had a solid season last time, ultimately losing to promoted York in the play-offs. However, manager Jamie Vermiglio surprisingly left in the summer to join promoted Buxton, with Evesham-born director of football Andy Preece changing roles as replacement.

The Bulls go into this one with Aaron Amadi-Holloway a doubt, having missed the Kings Lynn defeat with a groin strain. Harry Pinchard was also missing with flu-or-Covid. The former would be more of a miss, as it will mean 37-year-old Ty Barnett will have to lead the line again after putting in a full 90-minute shift just a few days ago. It would also give Josh Gowling fewer options at the back, with Luke Haines presumably chosen as a stand-in centre back again ahead of out-of-favour Orrin Pendley.

On the plus side, the aforementioned Thierry Latty-Fairweather is back in the squad, as is Ryan McLean following his suspension, and Kane Thompson-Sommers is starting to show glimpses again of his impressive form at the start of the season.

It’s not easy to find positives at the moment of course, but only eight of the Bulls’ 19 league games so far have been at home. That’s not to say that Edgar Street has been impregnable – as many games have been lost as have been won - with the last-but-one home loss against Peterborough Sports being unspeakably dreadful, but all the travel does seem to have taken its toll lately, and if those ‘spare’ home games can be won things will look a bit more promising. It's Spennymoor away after this, and unusually that looks very winnable this season, followed by those three spare home games in a row. However, it probably says all that needs to be said if that’s the best I can do in terms of positives.

Going to Kings Lynn feeling like it's some sort of on-a-wing-and-a-prayer situation, like they're Man City and we're a bunch of useless vegetables, is utterly defeatist. They're Kings Lynn. We're, thankfully, not. We finished 13 points above them when promoted to the NLN. What has happened to the ambition at the club? This is not the right mindset. An upturn is needed and it has to start here, it really, really does, with a firestorm of attacking intent.


Sunday, December 04, 2022

Good Teams Win When They Are Not Playing Well

A salute to the dawn raiders. The thirty, maybe forty Bulls fans who woke their families up as they got up to head to a crowd of 898 in Norfolk. Hardcore. Amadi-Holloway was still ill and Pinchard was unwell. The Bulls lined up with Eve, Melhado, Haines (c), Thompson, Evans; Hanson; Holmes, Thompson-Sommers, Rus, Storey; Barnett. On the bench were Pendley, Campbell, Rowe, Dinanga, Latty-Fairweather. Kings Lynn fans complained they had four injuries, Hereford fans explained they had a whole team unavailable.

Melhado started well crossing to Barnett whose header was cleared. Hereford looked dangerous down the right with Holmes, KTS and Delhado combining well. Kings Lynn were miscuing after their big cup game against Stevenage they had a form hangover. The slight figure of Rus showed good control and a Waddlesque preparedness to run with the ball at defenders. Clattered early on referee Bancroft bottled booking. Rus gave back a little but was tackled strongly throughout and won fouls.

From the free kick Holmes put it on target but P Jones saved. The game was being mostly played in the Kings Lynn half and KTS yet again won possession. He crossed and it was half cleared with A Jones mis-timing his header. He got under it and the ball ballooned up high in the sky dropping to Barnett just outside the six yard box. Ty killed it and kicked hard across Jones to score. Barnett was in an amazing amount of space, a combination of his game intelligence and a Lynn side who were off the pace.

Lynn kissed a golden chance goodbye on twenty minutes. A precise ball down the inside right channel from Barrett saw the Bulls defence exposed and Eve dashed out to narrow the angle. A superb recovery from Thompson saw him stretch and clear the ball but it ran across to Hargreaves’s who with two thirds of the net wide open, under little pressure, just needed to side foot and score. Pulling it wide left epitomised the Linnets not being at the races. 

When Aaron Jones took out Rus running at his defence. He was booked, but he should have been carded for his first foul on Rus. Thompson-Sommers was winning lots of ball in midfield and he was booked for a tactical foul on Scott. KTS winning the ball high up was helping Hereford and the Bulls went in deserving their lead.

Linnets manger Widdrington changed it around at half time. A Jones normally a full back had been poor and he reverted to right back. Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain was switched from right back to midfield. A manager addressing his selection error and Lynn looked better. Kings Lynn clearly fired up came and gave it a good go but the Bulls weathered the storm. Widdrington went for fresh legs putting Charles on up front and taking off Callan-McFaddan.

Chance For Holmes But He Skied It

The Bulls did not recognise the danger. Captain Clunan saw a lack of Bulls focus. Calling Barrett for a short corner which was not picked up by the defence. A quick one-two and Barrett fired across towards the near post with Charles ghosting in unchallenged to convert with what I think was his first touch. The crowd lifted and the match swung. Lynn now looked the most likely and Eve made an excellent save with the Blues convinced the ball had crossed the line but Dale somehow clawed it back. Pendley came on for Holmes and soon after Latty-Fairweather played at right back with Melhado off. 

Hereford broke well through Storey and with Evans having bust a lung it was a pity Miles over hit a pass which should have seen a far post tap in. Most of the game was being played in Hereford’s half and a volley from Hargreaves on the right into a crowd of bodies was diverted in by Thompson. 

Dinanga came on for Rus. Oxlade-Chamberlain was carded for a tactical foul. Lynn took time with Walker replacing Barrett and efficiently saw out the game.

A frustrating day. Lynn were off colour and the Bulls could have won and should have at least got a draw. Many positives. Holmes probably had his best half for the Bulls. A threat down the right he also tucked in as Hereford switched between three and four at the back. His defensive work augurs well. He was more tightly marked in the second half a mark of respect. He also seemed to tire badly scuffing a simple chance laid on by Tyrone in the middle of the box. 

James Melhado impressed. At times he was marking man mountain Gold Omotayo six foot four of centre forward. Although James was slighter he handled the bigger man more comfortably than some of the centre backs Josh has signed. His pace for recovery and attacker brought to mind Kyle Walker. If the man called Delhado wants to sign, the Bulls should say yes.

A pity that Thompson conceded an own goal this was probably his best game. Good defensive work, and probing passing.

A month ago Hereford would not have scored their goal. Thompson-Sommers won the ball higher up the field consistently and it was high press which forced the defensive error. He faded a little towards the end but had been particularly influential in the first half.

Why would you want to stay at home for Portugal v Switzerland on Tuesday night. Come and see the exciting Marcus Rus. Great balance and feet, he reminded me a little of young Kevin Sheedy. He will entertain you.

Hereford showed poor game management. Cruising in the first half an on top they failed to get a second goal whilst on top. There was some impressively managed time wasting but this was the high risk option. Against Telford clinging to a single goal saw McLean sent off and forced to miss three games during an injury crisis. An unforced error. It was over confident to think that a single goal would be enough against  Lynn. The idea they would be as poor in the second half as they were in the first was naive.

Jack Evans With A Shot Late In The Game

Shooting. Lots of efforts, high, wide and handsome the Bulls need to work the keeper more.

Lynn’s first goal turned the game. Delhado shepherded out the ball as it seemed to have come off a blue shirt. Haines appealed to the referee rather than getting Delhado and Holmes organised. The Linnets saw this and took advantage of the failure to play to the whistle.

Kings Lynn were poor in the first half. Manager Widdrington impressively turned them around. Players like Scott had been poor but improved with constant encouragement. By the end they were comfortably on top and this ability to pull themselves together when below par must see them strongly favoured for automatic promotion.

Talking to Linnets fans they said the club did not have enough money to compete in the National League. A warning to Hereford that if they do get promoted they will need a war chest to compete.

Very Disappointing To Come Away With Nothing Said Gowling

Hereford manager Josh Gowling said it was very disappointing to come away with nothing from the game at Kings Lynn yesterday.

Tyrone Barnett put the Bulls ahead and there were chances to have gone in 2-0 at the break but Lynn came out stronger in the second half, scored twice and held on to the final whistle.

Gowling said 'he had no idea' why his side hadn't taken anything from the game.

"We had opportunities first half and second half to kill the game off.

"They are a good side, they play good football, we pressed them in the first half.

"Second half they were a little more direct imto their 9 and he's probably the best we've come across. He links things up well, he wins his headers, he's big strong and physical so we struggled with that a little bit at times.

"You concede two goals the way we did, very disappointed to come away with nothing.

"I thought we pressed really well, I thought we had really good energy.

"Marco has come in today, he hadn't trained with us. I thought he was absolutely outstanding.

"To be fair we put in a shift all over the place but I said to the lads it doesn't mean anything when you don't get three points.

"We played Darlington the other day and ended up losing 2-1 and we've lost 2-1 today and there's been so many positives out of the game but I want to win games of football.

"That's where we are at the moment. We're disappointed we are losing against teams at that end of the table but we've got to keep fighting and we'll get it right." 

Gowling spoke about Lynn's two goals.

"The second I think Jordan has put it in.

"The first we switched off at a corner.

"They took a short one and we've not switched on quick enough and then they've ended up scoring.

"The second one, we've vacated the edge of the box, we normally have two on the edge and he's shot and he's fifty peed it hasn't he. And it's ended up going in. That's our day today."

Around The Ground

A selection of pictures from around the Kings Lynn Stadium yesterday.