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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

On This Day - Turner Signs Two Strikers

A look back to May 13th 1999 and Hereford United manager Graham Turner signs two strikers.

Hereford United director of football Graham Turner is looking to Dr Martens League ace marksman Steve Piearce to add much needed firepower to his attack next season.

Twenty-five-year-old Piearce, who netted 30 goals this campaign and is out of contract with Halesowen Town, has signed a three-year deal with the Bulls. Turner has also recruited Piearce's Halesowen sparring partner Robin Elmes, pictured, a 28-year-old school teacher.

Turner said: "We can't afford the Nationwide League or Conference top scorers, so we have gone one division lower.

"Steve has shown his goalscoring ability and I believe he can carry on getting goals at Conference level."

Six-foot tall Piearce started his career as a trainee at Wolves when Turner was in charge at Molineux and he said: "A knee injury interrupted my progress but I have had two good years at Halesowen, scoring 60 goals."

Elmes, who will remain a part-timer, is a versatile player and he can operate in defence, midfield or attack. He is 6ft 2in tall and Turner said: "He supplied a lot of goals for Piearce and is very hard-working and enthusiastic."

Turner is also expected to sign two young players, James Wall and Craig Hanson, who have been released by FA Premiership club Derby County and impressed in recent trials for the Bulls.

Striker Hanson has completed YTS service at Derby, while tall central defender Wall also spent an additional year at Pride Park Stadium.

How many more new signings he will make will depend on the response from midfielders Mark Taylor, John Snape and Paul Fewings to the new contracts they have been offered. The contract offered Fewings, who spent most of last season on the injured list, will give United the right to cancel if he does not regain full fitness.