Next Game: Frome Town Away on Wednesday 27th September at 7.45pm

Monday, September 25, 2017

Welcome To Edgar Street James Watts


James Watts starts his new job at Edgar Street this morning as Hereford FC's first general manager. We wish him a warm welcome.

He moves to Edgar Street after a four year stint as commercial manager at Newport County.

'The top job at a club with huge potential. Hereford have ambition to be back in the Football League and they will be back very quickly,' Watts tweeted yesterday.

'Really looking forward to this new chapter.'

So what will Watts be expected to achieve?

In essence he has to increase the income at the club to ensure manager Peter Beadle has a reasonable budget which will enable the club to reach its goal of Football League status as soon as possible.

How does he do that whilst keeping the match day experience affordable? 

There are only two streams of income at a football club such as Hereford, certainly at present. That is gate income and commercial income which includes hospitality and the like. (Hereford is not yet at a level where it can receive income from selling players). In effect Watts will have to entice supporters including businesses to part with more cash.

Catering is one area that has potential to increase income at the club. 

Another, given his background in the music industry, is to make more use of the Starlite Rooms or even the stadium itself. 

No doubt given his success at Newport he will have his own ideas. Whatever they might be he will have to ensure the club has enough income to balance the books.

For reference here's part of the job advertisment

The Candidate
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have good interpersonal skills and display the ability to communicate across diverse audiences. You must be well organised and able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the management of an operationally complex and multi-functional business and the support teams that underpin operations.
Experience Required
Ideally the candidate will have experience in the following
  • Budget setting, control and management
  • Managing a small team of employees and associated processes
  • Office management skills
  • Commercial awareness in a customer focused business
  • IT literate with standard applications
  • An understanding of a business requiring Public Relations in its widest form
  • First class negotiating skills
  • Driving licence

UITC Half-Term Soccer Schools

This from UITC
Half-Term Soccer Schools
Open to 5-14 year olds
Our qualified coaches provide fun and enjoyable football related games, activities and competitions suitable for all abilities. You'll need to bring healthy snacks, lunch and drinks; suitable clothing and trainers for indoors and outdoors.
Monday 23 October & Tuesday 24 October
Central Park and Ledbury Swifts FC
Wednesday 25 October & Thursday 26 October
Hereford Academy and Bromyard Town FC
Friday 27 October
Trip to Wembley click here for details
Central Park, Field Grove View, Hereford, HR1 1AW
Ledbury Swifts FC, Ross Road, Ledbury, HR8 2LP
Hereford Academy, Marlbrook Road, Hereford, HR2 7NG
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This Week's UITC Fixtures

Fixtures for UITC teams this week:
Wednesday 27 September
U18 - Away - 7.30 - Lye Town

Friday 29 September
U9 - Away - 6.00 - Newport County

Saturday 30 September
U12 - Belmont - 11.00 - Bilbrook
U13 - Away - Yate
U14 - Belmont - 10.30 - Cirencester
U15 - Belmont - Kidderminster Harriers
U16 - Away - WBA Glos
U17 - Central Park - 11.00 - Academy 92

Sunday 1 October
U18 Girls - Central Park - Downend Flyers

It's Frome Town On Wednesday Evening

Hereford FC are back on the road this Wednesday with a trip to Frome Town, another new ground for most supporters.

Yet it's only three years since a Hereford team played at the Blindmans Brewery Stadium.

At that time Tommy Agombar and Andy Lonsdale were in charge.

Hereford won the game, played on November 22nd 2014, 3-1 but the organisation was pretty chaotic.

Not for the first time this season there appeared to be some sort of a problem with the Hereford kit as the numbers of the back of several players didn't correspond with the team sheet and when Yafai went off Sullivan, who took his place, was wearing a shirt with the same number on it.

Later when Bobes-Gilroy was replaced by Bradley Williams the announcer said "Hereford substitution with number 8 Gilroy replaced by ummm number 8 who could be anyone"

Bradley Williams, at the time a loanee from Cardiff, is the only player from that era currently in Peter Beadle's squad. 

Former Hereford United player Dylan Bonella was in the Frome squad. 

Last Saturday, when Hereford defeated Weymouth 2-0, Frome played Bishops Stortford and won the game 2-1.

Frome are on a decent run with Saturday's result their fifth win in a row in league and cup games. However it was only their first win at home in the league.

Goalkeeper Kyle Phillips was said to have been their 'star man'. 

Frome are 11th in the table whilst Hereford are 7th.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Horsell Praised By Weymouth Manager

Max Harris, Martin Horsell, Garyn Preen and Mike Symons Pictured After Yesterday's Game
Weymouth manager Mark Molesley praised Hereford keeper Martin Horsell after he saved a penalty at the Bob Lucas Stadium yesterday.

"Very disappointed with ourselves today," Molesley told BBC Solent.

"Hard to find many positives.

"Fair play to Hereford they're a strong, good side.

"Whilst we were poor by our standards we did have some very good chances in the game.

"The missed penalty, first half Brandon (Goodship) has put one over from a great position and second half their goalkeeper has made three or four great saves including the penalty."

Molesley was asked if his keeper should have stopped Hereford's first goal.

"The first goal was very, very soft. Completely avoidable. A bit of a mix-up.

"We're a young side and we've got to grow up quickly."

Bowman Happy At Motherwell

Ryan Bowman With Harry Pell And A Swede
Former Hereford United striker Ryan Bowman says he's had to work hard for everything he's got in football.

Now enjoying his football with Motherwell, Bowman has played for Darlington and Hereford United. And whilst at each, he wasn't paid towards the end of his contract.

“I’ve had to work hard for everything I’ve got in football," Bowman told the Daily Record.

“I was at Darlington and doing well before they went bust for the third time in 2012. Around January that year, the money problems at the club surfaced – and it went downhill from there."

After Darlington Bowman tried his luck with Hereford.

“I scored 19 goals that season.

“We finished just a place away from the play-offs and had a good FA Cup run.

“But towards the end, the chairman decided not to put in any more money.

“They couldn’t get anyone else in quickly enough and the club went into administration before being liquidated.

“Now, they’re five leagues below as Hereford FC in the National League and trying to build again.

“I couldn’t believe it. Did I think about packing it in? No, because I always believed I was good enough to get another club whether it be at that level or even lower.

“Of course, some of the other boys I played with are now doing normal jobs away from football.

“But I think to myself: ‘I’d hate to be doing what he’s doing now.’

“A few of the boys have done well. Sam Clucas was at Hereford with me and has just moved from Hull to Swansea for £16million.

“The same goes for Marley Watkins who got a move to Norwich from Barnsley in the summer. I still keep in touch with them.

“But a few of the boys are grafting at nine-to-five jobs.

“At Motherwell, I’m getting to run out at Celtic Park and Ibrox, the players get our breakfast and dinner made for us and we get our kit and boots cleaned too.

“You don’t get anything like that down in the Conference.”

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Especially when it's nice and sunny and you've just seen a cracking game of football. Good all round performance. Players really getting to know each other now. 

Not sure exactly what their goalie had in mind for the first goal, but the gentlest of toe pokes was all it took


                                            But no doubt about this one from James Bowen


                                         And a cracking double save by Horsell kept it at 2-0

                                Could have been more emphatic if a few of these had been taken. 


                              And from the scenes at the end, I think the players enjoyed it too.


UITC Girls Win Their Opening League Game

UITC girls won their opening league game against Forest Green this morning.

Result: UITC 4  Forest Green 0

Scorers: Georgia James, Jess Kenny, Meg Holman (2 incl 1 penalty)

Starting XI: 1.Wood 2.R.James 3.Sullivan 4.Elcox-Bond 5.Griffiths 6.Forrest-Blake 7.Stezaker 8.Holman 9.Kenny 10.G.James 11.Bushell

Subs: 12.Rollin 14.Loader

Great Support For Hereford At Weymouth

There was great support for Hereford FC at Weymouth yesterday afternoon. And they were very pleased to see a 2-0 win for their team.

Many had taken advantage of Weymouth being near the south coast to take a short break in the area. Some had been there since Tuesday, others combining Weymouth with Hereford's next game at Frome on Wednesday.

Unlike most games in the Southern League, supporters were housed seperately yesterday in the stadium which did look as though it needed a few pounds spent on it.

Weymouth would like to move to a position in the town itself so investment in its current stadium is at a minimum.

Below are some pictures of the Hereford support, probably around 600 but no figure has been given out as yet. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Southern Premier League Review

A look back at yesterday in the Southern Prem written by Steve Whitney.

Kettering Town lead the Evo-Stik League South Premier table by two points after beating Chesham United 3-1 at Latimer Park with ten-men for almost 70 minutes.
In front of a crowd of 598, the Poppies were leading through Aaron O`Connor`s 14th minute effort when, 7 minutes later, goalkeeper Paul White saw red for an incident involving Victor Osubu.
With no sub keeper on the bench, Brett Solkhon took the gloves and Chesham equalised on 54 minutes when the stand-in keeper was caught out by Matt Bevans’ free-kick from the halfway line.
However, the ten-men took the lead through Matty Stevens in the 79th minute before man of O’Connor scored his second and the Poppies third in the 2nd minute of time added on at the end of the game.
Redditch United are second after edging out Biggleswade Town 1-0 at home.
Dior Angus scored the only goal of the game for Darren Byfield`s side just past the half-hour mark.
King`s Lynn Town swapped places with Tiverton Town and into third spot after beating the Devonians 2-0 at The Walks.
A crowd of 686 saw Craig Parker give Lynn a 16th minute lead that Ryan Hawkins doubled 7 minutes before half-time.
Slough Town dropped to fifth after they became St Neots Town`s second victims of the season.
Chris Flood put the Rebels in front as early as the 5th minute, only for the returning Tom Meechan to level within a minute.
Meechan, back on loan from Hungerford Town, then gave the Saints a 78th minute lead that Dion Sembie-Ferris eventually added to 4 minutes into stoppage time.
Gosport Borough made it eight defeats from eight games as the now managerless side lost 2-0 at Stratford Town.
The kick-off was delayed as Gosport were caught up in an incident that closed the M3 motorway in the morning.
And before they were able to dust off the cobwebs, Liam Francis had the home side in front inside 5 minutes.
Will Grocott doubled that lead 6 minutes later, and that`s how the scoreline remained.

A crowd of 1,518 boosted by a healthy away following, saw Hereford FC win 2-0 at the Bob Lucas Stadium against Weymouth.
John Mills opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and James Bowen added a second just after the hour-mark.

Ashley Evans proved to be Merthyr Town`s hero as he bagged both of the Martyrs goals in the 2-1 win over new boys Royston Town at Penydarren Park.
Scott Bridges gave the Crows a 31st minute lead that Evans cancelled out with his first 7 minutes later.
And Evans won it for the home side with less than 6 minutes to go.
Dunstable Town sunk to a seventh defeat in eight, losing to Dorchester Town, for whom this was only a second win and a first for new manager Steve Thompson, at Creasey Park.
A goal straight after half-time from Sam Lanahan eventually earned the Magpies their win.
Hitchin Town`s surprisingly poor start to the season also saw them earn a second win, beating Basingstoke Town 2-1 at Top Field.
The recently returned Jonny McNamara gave the Canaries a 25th minute lead that Callum Donnelly doubled on 65 minutes.
Dan Collier gave Terry Brown`s young side hope with an 83rd minute response, but the hosts held on.
Kings Langley led at home to Banbury United, thanks to Mitch Weiss`s 12th minute effort.
Conor McDonagh levelled 10 minutes after the break and 3 minutes later, United were in front through Luke Carnell.
Jorell Johnson equalised 2 minutes later, only for Jefferson Louis to restore the Puritans lead just 2 minutes later.
The goals kept coming – with Jack Self adding Banbury`s fourth in the 65th minute and a fourth goal in 11 minutes from a Dean Hitchcock penalty gave Kings hope, but they weren`t able to find another leveller.
And Bishop`s Stortford continue to struggle after relegation and were beaten 2-1 at Frome Town.
Sam Teale gave the Somerset hosts a 16th minute lead that Darren Foxley cancelled out 2 minutes later.
But George Miller won it for the home side 20 minutes from time.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

We've Got A Competitve Squad Said Beadle

During his post match interview after the game at Weymouth, Hereford manager Peter Beadle praised his players and in particular the depth of his squad.

"We've got some good players here, we've said that all along.

"We've got a squad that's competitive. Pablo and Bird have travelled down today and missed out today and Dan Preston wasn't here today and Jamie Molyneux wasn't here today and they are all fit.

"That's the sort of squad we want but the tough part is keeping everybody happy.

"The boys that have travelled all this way to Weymouth and not been involved in the 16 but hopefully they'll understand that's part of the squad.

"We need to make sure that everyone stays fit and hungery and make sure everyone knows that at some point in the season they all have a part to play.

"We said it last year and the year before so if we are going to continue what we are doing and keep the momentum going that we have got at the moment we need everybody to be on board.

"One or two looked a bit tired today so we may look to change it a bit on Wednesday.

"As we saw with the first six games of the season we had so many players out with injuries but we only lost one game. That shows the depth of the squad that we've got.

"Now everyone is coming back people are looking at it and saying they've got all those players on the bench and four that didn't even play today but we need that stength in depth because as the season goes on people get injured, suspensions, people look tired and we need to change it.

"So we need players fresh and ready to come in with the same attitude as the ones that have been playing today and last week."

Any update on another keeper?

"The update is we've still not got one so that's your update!"

Finally today's referee.

"I said to him after the game I thought he did really well first half but as well as he did first half he was equally as poor second half.

"What can you do? There's no point you can't change his decisions. Somtimes you get it like that, sometimes you don't. We've coped with it and got on with it.

"I thought our players did well to maintain their focus and not get involved with it, or on his case a little bit.

"As long as we win I don't care."

Weymouth 0 – Hereford 2

Hereford enjoyed a trip to the seaside on Saturday as they faced Weymouth in their eighth league game of the season. After a number of changes for midweek’s County Cup game, Peter Beadle reverted back to the starting XI that beat Kempston Rovers in the FA Cup last weekend.

Despite taking part in the warm up prior to the game, Pablo Haysham and Jamie Bird weren’t part of the match day squad, as Jack Deaman returned from injury to claim a place on the bench.

Hereford started the encounter brightly, with Keyon Reffell forcing the keeper into making a save with six minutes on the clock. After breaking away down the right wing, Reffell twisted and turned his way into the box as he tried to create enough space for himself, finally getting a shot away. But home keeper Mark Travers was on hand to keep the scores level as he claimed the right-footed effort.

Hereford saw their chances limited for the first 20 minutes or so, as they dealt with a number of soft free kick decisions against them. But in the 22nd minute, John Mills took advantage of some indecision from the keeper.

Mike McGrath’s lofted ball forward seemed like it would be an easy catch for the keeper, but amid a moment’s hesitation from Travers, John Mills got enough on the ball to see it roll into the back of the net.

Spurred on by the opening goal, a number of chances followed for the Bulls. Firstly, Mike Symons turned quickly in the box to fire the ball towards goal, but the keeper was well-positioned to make a save. 
With 32 minutes gone, John Mills headed the ball over the crossbar from close-range as he searched for his second.

Before the break, Weymouth looked a threat on a counterattack, but Ben Thomson was stopped in his tracks by a well-timed tackle from Ryan Green on the edge of the penalty area.
An effort from 18-yards for Brandon Goodship cleared the crossbar, much to the relief of the vocal travelling support.

HT: Weymouth 0 – Hereford 1

Attacking towards the away end in the second half, Mike Symons missed a sitter seven minutes after the restart. Some good work by Keyon Reffell on the right saw him cut the ball back to Symons, but a mistimed strike left Weymouth with the easy task of clearing the danger.

The Terras’ then thought they’d pulled themselves back level, but substitute Harry Baker looked back to see the flag raised for offside after finding the back of the net. Moments later, with Martin Horsell well off his line, Baker’s ambitious effort from outside the area just cleared the crossbar.

In the 62nd minute, a great effort from skipper Jimmy Oates saw the keeper pull off a fine save, as he dived low-down to his left to deny the Australian at the near-post. 
Travers then produced a similar save to prevent Mike Symons from adding a second, but Hereford were able to capitalise on the resulting corner.
Garyn Preen’s corner was taken short to James Bowen, and he unleashed a powerful strike to fire the ball towards the top right-hand corner of the net, ricocheting in off the underside of the crossbar.

Mike Symons Didn't Score The Goal But Seemed Quite Pleased That Hereford Had Gone 2-0 Ahead

Hereford’s domination continued, wayward headers from Mike Symons and Keyon Reffell couldn’t add to the scoreline, before Weymouth did well to clear the ball ahead of John Mills following good build-up play from McGrath and Oates.

The hosts then saw a glimmer of hope in the 71st minute when they were awarded a penalty. A harsh decision against James Bowen saw Brandon Goodship step up against Horsell, but a superb save from the 29-year old denied Goodship’s spot kick, as Horsell recovered quickly to save the follow-up shot.

Just before he was replaced by Lance Smith, Mike Symons thought he’d added a third, but was adjudged to have been offside. Garyn Preen saw his cross from the right blocked, but Mike McGrath was on hand to fire an effort towards goal. After the shot was parried by the keeper, Mike Symons was well-positioned to strike home the rebound, but the assistant’s flag was raised.

Both sides then had chances late on in the game. For the Terras, Harry Baker couldn’t quite connect with Ashley Well’s cross-come-shot that flashed across the face of goal.
A final chance for Hereford fell to Lance Smith, but he screwed his shot wide from 12-yards.

FT: Weymouth 0 – Hereford 2
Att: 1,518

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), Bowen, Dinsley, Green, O’Shea, Preen (Page – 79’), McGrath, Mills, Reffell, Symons (Smith – 76’). 
Subs not used: Purdie, Harris, Deaman.

Weymouth: Travers, Cooper, Buckley, Wells, Down, Carmichael, Davis (Wakefield – 64’), McCarthy, Thomson (Baker – 46’), Goodship (Stewart – 81’), Diaz. 
Subs not used: Sa, Prodomo.

Next Game: Frome Town Away on Wednesday 27th September at 7.45pm

More From The Second Half At Weymouth

A further selection of pictures from the second half at Weymouth this afternoon.


Second Half At Weymouth

A selection of pictures from the second half of this afternoon's game between Weymouth and Hereford.