Next Game: Yate Town Away on Saturday 21st January at 3pm

Friday, January 20, 2017

South and West Pitch Inspections


There are a number of pitch inspections in advance of tomorrow's fixtures in the Southern League South and West.

Earlier today pitch inspections were announced at both Salisbury and Winchester.

This evening Paulton have said they will have an inspection at 10am. So will Swindon Supermarine.

With frost expected in most areas tonight the number of inspections could increase.

Update 7pm: Winchester game has been postponed due to freezing weather forecast

List of Fixtures:

Barnstaple v Wimborne
Bishops Cleeve v Larkhall
Didcot v Shortwood
Evesham v North Leigh
Paulton v AFC Totton
Salisbury v Bridgwater
Slimbridge v Tiverton
Swindon Supermarine v Mangotsfield
Taunton v Wantage
Winchester v Bideford - Postponed
Yate v Hereford


Money From Buildbase Possible For Southern League Clubs


This from the Southern League:

The EVO-STIK League Southern's clubs are in the running to spend £200,000 on renovating their grounds with cash from FA Trophy sponsors Buildbase.

Announced on Thursday and running over two years for clubs across England and Wales playing in the FA Trophy and FA Vase, Buildbase will donate £50,000 in building and electrical products, in addition to hire equipment, for two clubs in 2017, and another two in 2018.

After the two 2017 winners are unveiled in March, they'll be officially presented with their awards on the second Non-League Finals Day at Wembley on May 21 with renovation work on their grounds starting over the summer.

Clubs taking part in Non-League's newly sponsored showpiece competitions must register on the Buildbase website to be eligible for the windfall. Participating teams will be expected to call on fans to support their application through Buildbase and social media over the next two months.

In February, six shortlisted finalists, comprising three teams in each cup competition, will pitch their project plans to a panel of judges from the FA and Buildbase at Wembley before this season's winning pair are chosen.

FA commercial director Mark Bullingham believes Non-League teams will greatly benefit from the initiative by Buildbase who replaced Carlsberg this season as the sponsors of the FA Trophy and FA Vase in a three year deal until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

He said: “This scheme could be a real boon for clubs wanting to expand, attract more supporters and become a real hub of their local community. It will be both the Non-League community and local fans that become the beneficiaries too, which can only be a good thing.”

Buildbase CEO Kate Tinsley added: “Our branch teams are already an integral part of their local communities so it’s brilliant to be able to extend their support with an investment that will renovate football club facilities for the benefit of all.

"All clubs taking part in the competitions can apply and in partnership with The FA we will select the most worthy causes.”

For more information visit www.buildbase.co.uk/buildbase-renovation-application.



Sports Quiz Nights for the 'Adam Stansfield Trophy'

Do you know your sport?

Throughout 2017 HUST will be out-and-about across the county as we endeavour to seek out the best Sport & General Knowledge QUIZ TEAM in the area.

So why not get together and raise a team, as you will not only have a chance to win the £100 top prize, and the ‘Adam Stansfield Trophy’, but you will be helping to raise funds for HUST and its community projects, United in the Community and the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The First Round will be held at The Richmond Club, Edgar Street, Hereford on Wednesday, 15th February with an 8pm start. We welcome Hereford fans teams, but we hope to see quiz teams representing other sides within the Herefordshire Football Association, and from across the Herefordshire sporting scene. Maybe your cricket team, rugby team, or local pub quiz side could put a team together? Teams can consist of up to 4 players, and it will cost only £2 per person to enter.

Jamie Griffiths from Hereford Football Club has been tasked with putting at least one ‘club’ team together, although he may hope to draw on former players Jamie Willets and Nathan Summers who excelled in the clubs own Wembley Quiz last year!

The winners of each round will win £25 in vouchers, and will go through to the ‘Final’ of the competition which will be held later in the year.

We are very grateful to Shaun Parkin from the Adam Stansfield Foundation for their support.

Speaking yesterday Shaun said, “We would be very pleased and honoured if you named the trophy after Adam. I will get in touch with both Exeter and Yeovil and see if they would be interested in entering a team.

“We are always looking for excuses to visit Hereford so again would be honoured to come up meet everybody and be involved in the prize giving.

“Thank you again for thinking of us and we look forward to meeting you”.

Future venues for the event are expected to include Kington, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

A raffle draw and 50/50 draw will also be held at each venue.

Should any publican wish to add their venue to the schedule of quiz heats – completely free of charge – please get in touch with us.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, and should you be able to donate raffle draw prizes we would be delighted to hear from you via our new lotto and fundraising email address:
lotto@hufctrust.co.uk

Prediction League Round 36 Preview

Round 36 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford travel to Yate Town. Yate are currently 17th in the league. 

Last 5 results
Yate 0-1 Tiverton
Yate 1-1 Wantage
Larkhall 1-1 Yate
Yate 1-3 Mangotsfield
Hereford 4-1 Yate

2016/17 Attendances
Highest: 291
Average: 163
Lowest: 62

Predictions with attendance, score and username need to be sent before 2:30pm on Saturday to bullsnewspredictionleague@hotmail.com

Edgar's February Soccer Schools




EDGAR’S FEBRUARY SOCCER SCHOOLS

UITC will be holding their Soccer Schools during February half term in Hereford. Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th will take place at Hereford Leisure Centre (indoor hall), with the remaining two days at Central Park (previously Victoria Park).

There will be NO Mini Kickers session however, children from the age of 4 can now stay from 9am until 3pm.

The days will be filled with lots of fun games & competitions, a theme/topic will be delivered each day for children to develop skills such as passing, dribbling & shooting!

Prices for 4-11-year-olds are as follows:
£60 – whole week
£18 – single day
£45 - Leisure Centre days (Mon, Tues, Wed)
£30 – Central Park days (Thurs, Fri)
£2 discount for Junior Bulls/HUST members

Interview With HUST Chairman


HUST chairman Richard Tomkins has been interviewed by Ben Hughes for Supporters Direct.


Frost Expected At Yate Tonight


According to the Met Office temperatures around Yate are expected to drop to -3C tonight.

However tomorrow is forecast to be very sunny but cold.

Currently Yate have said that  'As it stands the pitch is OK for tomorrow's game against and a pitch inspection is not planned.'

Over at Salisbury there will be a 10.30am pitch inspection tomorrow morning ahead of their game against Bridgwater.

Extra End Of Season Games For Hereford FC?


Whilst the Southern League South and West fixtures are set to end on Saturday April 22nd, Hereford are at home to Winchester City on that day, that may not be the end of the season for the Edgar Street club.

On April 29th a 'Championship Match' will take place between the winners of the Southern League South and West and the Southern League Central.

The match will take at which ever club has the better 'League' playing record during the season.

"The Championship match is not currently sponsored, therefore there is no prize money but a cup and medals will be presented on the day," Southern League secretary Jason Mills told BN.

"The gate receipts are shared between the clubs, once applicable costs have been extracted."

Currently Hereford in the South and West and Royston Town in the Central have the best record in their respective leagues and Hereford's record is better than that of Royston.

So should it remain like that Hereford will be at home to Royston on April 29th.

The following Monday is a Bank Holiday and it's likely the HFA will want to stage their County Cup final at Edgar Street on that date.

Should Hereford win their semi final game in that competition at Pegasus Juniors mext month, it could mean that the club will have two extra fixtures to play after the South and West campaign is over.


Pay On The Gate At Yate



Whilst Hereford have forthcoming games at both Slimbridge and Larkhall which have been made all ticket, no problem tomorrow as it's pay on the gate at Yate Town's Jelf Stadium

Travel from Herefordshire isn't too difficult either with Yate situated on the north east side of Bristol. 

Postcode for the ground is BS37 7LE.

Hereford Awaydays are running coaches to the game and trains are also a possibility.

Admission Adults £9, Concessions £6, Juniors £2

Some matchday information from Yate

– Yate/Hereford supporters are advised to park in the club car park – No charge.

– Gates will be open from 12pm

– An additional bar facility will be available on the day – We will be selling a range of cider; lager and beer

– Additional catering facilities will also be available on the day

– Supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid any potential delays in accessing the stadium

– BT Sport is available in the main clubhouse bar and we will be showing the Liverpool vs Swansea game from 12.30pm

– Additional toilet facilities will be available.
 

Club Shop Open Today


Hereford FC's Club Shop will be open today from 10am to 4pm.

However please note that tickets for Hereford's next home game, against Tiverton Town on January 28th, may not yet be available. 

Update 12noon: They are now available at: https://herefordfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/vstiverton

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Duty Caretaker Wanted At Hereford Academy


A duty caretaker is urgently required at the Hereford Academy.

The academy hosts the main football facility in the County and clubs can’t use it unless they find a caretaker to keep it open!

For details please go to: 

Train To Yate


Hereford are playing at Yate on Saturday and supporter Colin Butler has been looking at the cost of getting to the game by train.

'Have been looking at the train fare between Hereford and Yate as I know there are some who are traveling by rail on Saturday. 

The usual cost would be £38.50 return but if you split the journey and purchase a return to Worcester (£ 9.70 ) then a return from Worcester to Yate (£13.50). 

This represents a saving of £15.30,this equals the admission price at Yate and a couple of pints! 

Possibly the ideal train departs from Hereford at 09.39 with one charge at Worcester Forgate Street.

Update: Group saver Hereford to Worcester - Worcester - Yate around £15 each. Minimum of three people.

Throwback Thursday - Hereford United & Plymouth


During the 1995/1996 season the Bulls faced Neil Warnock's Plymouth Argyle. Relegated from the league above the previous campaign, and with the financial backing of Dan Macauley the Pilgrims were tipped to win the league.

The Bulls defeated Plymouth in both matches.

29th August 1995 : Plymouth 0-1 Hereford  The team that evening was: Chris Mackenzie,Dean Clarke,Phil Preedy,Dean Smith, Nicky Cross,Andy Reece, Tony Pounder,Richard Wilkins,Neil Lyne,Steve White,Murray Fishlock : Sub Gary Pick

Steve White with the goal


16th April 1996 : Hereford 3-0 Plymouth. The team that evening was: Andy deBont,Stuart Watkiss,Kevin Lloyd,John Brough,Keith Downing,Tony James,Gareth Stoker,Richard Wilkins,Steve White,Chris Hargreaves,Jamie Pitman: Subs Neil Lyne,Tim Steele

Steve White with a hat trick including a penalty and an attendance of 4739.



After a brilliant end of season run,the Bulls ended up losing in the Play Off Semi Finals to Darlington,who ended up beating Graham Turner's men four times that season. Plymouth then subsequently beat Darlington 1-0 in the final at Wembley.


Topscorer Smith Wants to Finish the Job


The South and West's top goalscorer, Lance Smith, has said he chose to stay with Evesham to finish what the side have started.

The 25-year old was approached by Redditch United, but turned down the offer despite wanting to play higher in the pyramid.

"I've decided to stay because I want to finish something we've all started this year," Smith told Gloucestershire Live (link).

"It's not in my nature to leave people in the lurch and the club has been great to me.

"I couldn't leave Evesham when we are fighting for the play-offs and I'm still top of the goalscoring charts - I want to see the season through."

Smith said he was very close to leaving the Robins having already turned down a move to Hednesford Town earlier in the season

"I changed my mind four or five times on the day I decided and it hasn't an easy decision - I was very close to leaving."

"I want to play at a higher level, push myself and have a new challenge.

"It's great to be noticed and having people interested in me. Who knows what will happen in the summer. I want to play higher, and push myself. Only time will tell."



Hereford Will Have To Have An Off Day Said Yate Manager


Yate FC manager Paul Britton has said that Hereford will have to have an off day is his side to get anything from Saturday's game against the League leaders.

"We are massive underdogs," Britton told the Gazette.

"They are a terrific side and we played them before Christmas and they beat us 4-1. In the first twenty minutes of that match, we were comfortably worse as they were rampant.

"It is part of the learning curve to be involved in these sort of games and we have to take any positives we can from this game that will help us move forward."

Britton should have his strongest line up to face the Bulls.

"There is no doubt that everyone who have had niggles and slight injuries will be declaring themselves fit for this game!

"Although we lost 4-1 at their place, defensively, they were a little bit shaky at times but, regards going forward, every side has played them once now and I think, player for player, they are the best team in the league.

"For us, our goals per game is not an issue, it is about goals through the back four. Hereford are a good side and Peter Beadle (manager) has put together a strong squad. They will be champions (of the league), no doubt about that.

"So they have to have an off day although we know what format they will play."
 

Bulls Lotto Draw: Wednesday, 18th January 2017









The latest Lotto Draw took place on Wednesday, 18th January 2017.
Winning numbers were: 10-11-13-28-39-40, plus the Star Number 1.

The Prize Categories:
6 Numbers + Star             £22,113,739.88
6 Numbers                         £954,165.81
5 Numbers                         £3,104.63
4 Numbers                         £35.43
3 Numbers                         £8.60
Star Number                      0.5 Free Lotto
The next Bulls Lotto draw is Saturday, 21st January 2017 with an estimated rollover jackpot of an amazing £25.2 MILLION. For more details visit the Bulls Lotto website:
https://www.lottofc.co.uk/bulls/lotto.htm

Update Thurs 19 Jan 4pm: The Bulls Lotto website is undergoing a maintenance upgrade and will be off-line until Friday 20 Jan. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.





Shaun Skinner - A Tribute


As reported earlier on BN Hereford's Club Chaplain Shaun Skinner had died.

Matt Healey has written this tribute.

'I first met Shaun in August 2015. This was the evening of the Coleshill game and I had seen he had been featured in the matchday programme about his role of club chaplain. Sensing an interview opportunity I tracked him down and we recorded an interview in the main office.

https://audioboom.com/posts/3503138-episode-67-shaun-skinner 

We stayed in contact throughout social media & saw each other regularly at home games, but last February he was given 12 months to live by doctors.  Shaun told me about the diagnosis here. 

https://youtu.be/EHJDLFVsiqg

Shaun then went about attempting to complete an "achievement list". One of these was a man v food challenge at the Beefy Boys. On the Tuesday evening of the Loughborough game. I quickly whipped up a team of DJ's & Doorman who all tucked in with Shaun to attempt to take on the biggest mountain of food I had ever seen. Shaun absolutely loved that night & sent me a lovely message thanking me for the evening.

Shaun's health took a turn for the worse and he didnt make it to Wembley which he was so gutted about missing.  He did though go on holiday down to the south coast and enjoyed the sea air. We stayed in contact till the Autumn but his illness then took hold.

Shaun was immensely proud of his role as Hereford FC Club Chaplain, and would try and help others as best he could. Despite having a horrible illness he got on with life as best he could and I will always remember him for being one of the toughest people I knew.'

RIP Shaun Skinner

Yate Look Forward To The Visit Of Hereford


Yate Town FC are looking forward to the visit of Hereford on Saturday and have made extra provision for the 800 to 1000 they expect to watch the game. Normally their gate is around 175.

Yesterday evening director Lawrence Wortman, director of football Nigel Hawkins and manager Paul Britton spoke to BBC Radio Bristol.

"It's a massive game for us, we're really looking forward to it," said Britton.

"It's the sort of game you want to play in and the sort of game you want to manage.

"Peter Beadle is in charge for Hereford and he's done a terrific job to be fair.

"He took them over when they were in a bit of trouble and he's had success all the way.

"The club has had to rebuild and make their way back up the leagues. They started in the Midland League. They won that and they are flying in this league this year.

"We played them just before Christmas and there were 2500 there. The game they had at home over Christmas there were 4500. So they are a really well supported team, really loyal fans and we are expecting a large following from Hereford to come down.

"If you are pulling in crowds like that you can get the players you want pretty much. We can't compete with them financially and on the pitch that is showing at the moment.

"They are top of the league and looking like they will be champions and rightly so.

"We've got to go out on Saturday and compete and do ourselves justice." 

So what about Saturday?

"Admission is £9, £6 for concessions and £2 for juniors. Under 11's with an adult is free. We think that is reasonable.

"We've been planning for this game for a couple of weeks.

"We've got additional catering facilities and additional security. We're concious of that.

"We've got a team of volunteers who have been involved in the planning and will be available the day before and on the day.

"For us this have been a big exercise and there must have been about 20/25 people involved.

"We hope, touch wood, the weather will be good for us and we can get the fans through the door and people have a great day and make Yate Yown football club proud.

"It's great to have Hereford in our league and to watch them go through.

"I think it's fantastic for the lads playing them on the pitch and also for the supporters."

Britton spoke about his preparations for the game.

"We trained last night and train again tomorrow. That will be a lighter session. We are all buzzing.

"We'll be working on how we can stop them and how we can hurt them."

Who are their stand out players?

"They've got Ryan Green, a former Bristol Rovers player.

"They've got some good players, the centre forward is decent. They are a good side."

The teams met at Edgar Street earlier in the season.

"Unfortunately we went a goal down after three minutes but we stayed in the game until the last fifteen minutes."

Hereford lost their unbeaten record to Taunton last Saturday. How do you think they will respond?

"I hoping they will feel more vulnerable and they don't come out all guns blazing.

"They will probably make a few more signings!"

Club Chaplain Shaun Skinner Has Died


Hereford FC's Club Chaplain Shaun Skinner died yesterday after a long illness.

More later.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

UITC Beaten By League Leaders


UITC under 19's played Hednesford Town this afternoon at Central Park

Result: UITC 1 Hednesford 4

Scorer: Lewis Clarke

Starting XI: 1.Muirhead 2.Hurst 3.Clarke 4.Trumper 5.Pugh 6.Richmond 7.Moreira 8.G.Hayes 9.Young 10.Lancett 11.Oxley

Subs: 12.Scotford 14.Preece 15.M.Davies

Grassroot Referees Consider Strike On March 4th


Some grassroot referees are considering striking on March 4th in protest against continuing verbal and physical abuse.

It comes after a young official, Ryan Hampson, set up a Facebook group called 'referee strike campaign'.

"I am hoping to change things but, if there is no change, referees will walk away and I’ll be one of them," said Hampson as reported by the Telegraph.

"We are not a punch bag. We are not a swear box and people need to start understanding that. To us, this is a crisis."

Back in 2008, the FA launched the 'Respect' campaign. However little is heard or seen about these days.

"You see a banner sometimes but you don’t see it everywhere. I don’t think there is any Respect campaign any more. I think it is dead in the water."

The FA have recently appointed a new Respect manager who starts work next month.

Hampson spoke about one incident.

"I gave a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area," he said.

"The player said I was cheat. I said, ‘You can’t speak to me like that’. He said, ‘I’ll do more that that. I’ll ****ing knock you out’. Then he hit me in the face. I sent him off. It was hard to carry on with the game but I just got through it. The other team got the player away immediately."

Hampson said he had no support from anyone until the chief executive of Manchester FA, Colin Bridgford took up his case.

"I am thankful for the support but we are not budging on the strike until there are changes introduced nationwide," said Hampson.

"We referee because we love it - and most games are enjoyable and people are friendly and respectful – but the bad games have been getting more frequent."

Manchester FA have promised more support for referees. Whether the FA will follow remains to be seen. 

Hereford are away at Didcot on March 4th.
 

'Smee's' Ashes To Be Scattered On Edgar Street



BN readers may remember that recently we reported on the death of Tim Edwards, better known to many as Smee.

He had a final wish, he wanted his ashes to be scattered on Edgar Street and this has been agreed by the club.

Paul Stevens gave the news to BN.

As many of you know Tim Edwards (Smee) sadly passed away late last year. Tim had a final wish that his ashes be scattered at his beloved Edgar Street. The football club have agreed to allow this to happen on Sunday 5th Feb at 11.30am.

Tims' widow Sue has been in contact with me to say that those who knew Tim are more than welcome to come along to pay their respects. 


Obviously she knew little of Tims 'adventures' in the 'Shire' and beyond on his awaydays (weekends) from darkest Pontefract in West Yorkshire.


After the ashes are scattered Sue would like those of you who wish  to come back to the Wellington (JDs) to celebrate Smees love of Hereford United. Of course The Wellington was used by the club as a changing room in the early years.

Tim became a good friend to many of us over the years and I'm sure many stories will be swapped over a pint or of course a glass of red!


U19's Play Hednesford This Afternoon


UITC's under 19 team are in action this afternoon at Central Park.

They take on Hednesford Town in a National League U19 fixture.

Kick-off is at 2pm.

Supporters are very welcome. 
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Taunton's Winning Run Continues


Taunton Town has extended their winning run to eleven games this evening.

They defeated Larkhall 10-2.

The win moves them up to fifth place in the South and West table.

In tonight's other game Wimborne beat Paulton 3-1.

Top of the South and West:

Hereford 27/72
Evesham 27/57
Tiverton 27/57
Swindon Supermarine 27/51
Taunton 23/48


Weather Hits South And West Games


The recent wet weather is continuing to play havoc with the Southern League South and West.

This evening's game between Bishops Cleeve and North Leigh is subject to a 3.30pm pitch inspection.

The 'cup' game between Shortwood and Salisbury has already been called off. 

Update 4pm: Bishop Cleeve's game has been postponed.

From The Archives: Guinan's Hat-Trick And A Streaker


Steve Guinan with Lionel Ainsworth And Toumani Diagouraga Celebrating His Hat-Trick - Picture Copyright Andy Compton
Eight years ago today Hereford United who were next to bottom of League One at the time pulled off a 5-0 victory over Oldham.

Not only did Steve Guinan score a hat-trick but a streaker jumped over the Meadow End wall and onto the pitch.

A look back to January 17th 2009:

United run riot against Latics

Hereford United gained revenge on Oldham Athletic for their 4-0 drubbing at Boundary Park with an excellent 5-0 home win over The Latics. The Bulls came out of the traps immediately with Steve Guinan heading in before he tapped in a second. Lionel Ainsworth smashed in a third from close-range before Guinan completed his hattrick with a neat close-range finish. In the second-half, Ainsworth put the icing on the cake with a cool finish in front of 3342 at Edgar Street, including 703 following the visitors.
After nearly three weeks without a game since the visit to Leicester, Graham Turner had plenty of time to think of his selection and opted to bring in Sam Hewson and Andy Williams at the expense of Ben Smith and Nick Chadwick, who departed Edgar Street last week. Oldham, flying high in third place and unbeaten in ten before today's encounter, started with a wealth of experience up front in Dean Windass and Lee Hughes whilst the highly-rated winger Chris Taylor started.
The first attacking opportunity of the afternoon resulted in the opening goal. Matty Done took a long-throw from the left and Guinan's flick header ended up in the back of the net after some hesitation from Latics' 'keeper Greg Fleming. The visitors came close to levelling immediately after a strong run down the right from Deane Smalley saw the youngster cut-back for Windass who struck first-time against the outside of the post. Williams tried his luck on two occasions but couldn't find the goal he is so badly seeking; a 50 yard half-volley dipped over whilst a flick from Guinan was well controlled by the Bristol Rovers loanee but he struck just past the post. Hereford doubled their advantage with Williams involved in the build-up; his neat flick allowed Ainsworth to race against Oldham's left-back Kelvin Lomax in a non-competition and Ainsworth sprinted clear down the right and into the box before picking out Guinan with a low-cross and the striker tapped in with his left-foot.
Kris Taylor saw a half-volley fly past the far-post whilst moments later, another strike from K.Taylor was well-held by Fleming. At the other end, a rare Oldham attack saw Danny Whitaker shoot tamely from 20 yards into the body of Craig Samson. A pass from Smalley allowed Hughes to test Karl Broadhurst, turning the defender before seeing a shot be claimed by Samson. United made it three just shy of the half-hour mark when Ainsworth grabbed his second of the season. It all started with Richard Rose winning a key-tackle inside his own box before Hereford played their way up the field with Williams finding himself with the ball out wide; he crossed towards the back-post where Guinan rose above the defence but his header hit the bar. Luckily for The Bulls, Ainsworth was on hand to take one touch before firing powerfully home from close-range.
Windass dragged a long-shot well wide for Oldham before Hewson nearly marked his professional debut with a goal. Williams beat the offside trap before some neat-trickery on the left allowed him the chance to pick out the well-timed run of Hewson who headed inches past the post. The fourth of the afternoon came four minutes before half-time with Guinan grabbing his hattrick. Hereford worked-hard to win the ball back in the Oldham half and Toumani Diagouraga's pass released Ainsworth down the right. The Watford loanee grabbed his second assist by placing the ball on a plate for Guinan, who had got in front of his defender and neatly finished past the 'helpless Fleming. Guinan could have had a fourth but for an excellent defensive block to deny his placed shot following good-work from Williams to set him up. As half-time loomed, Oldham nearly pulled one back after C. Taylor had beaten Rose with ease on the left but his right-footed shot fell agonisingly past the far-post.
There is no doubt that John Sheridan would have been fuming at half-time and he opted to change his team about; Mark Allot and Craig Davies replaced Kevin Maher and Whitaker. The visitors, with the wind on their side this half, started the half with attacking intent and Windass's turn and shot was saved by Samson. A well-timed through ball saw Smalley break the offside trap but he couldn't beat Samson from an angle, after the Scottish 'keeper had done well to close down the shot. A deep cross from Neil Eardley was headed wide by Hughes whilst Davies selfishly struck wide from a tight-angle after a good switch of play. The final goal of the afternoon was scored mid-way through the second-half with Ainsworth grabbing a brace. The ball broke loose in the middle of the park and Lomax looked to be comfortable when going for the ball but the sheer pace of Ainsworth saw him nick the ball of the former Man City youngster before racing clear to stroke the ball past Fleming and into the net.
Strong hold-up play from Guinan saw him set up strike-partner Williams but he failed to hit the target, whilst soon after Williams went one on one with Fleming after being released through the middle but he showed signs of a lack of confidence in front of goal as he attempted to take the ball around Fleming but was unsuccessful. C. Taylor's superb 25 yard right-foot curling shot fell just past Samson's post whilst an excellent flick from Williams saw Guinan hit a volley wide. Samson was called on to make a number of routine saves as the game drew to a close, firstly parrying out a low shot from Smalley before holding on to efforts from long-range efforts from both Windass and C. Taylor. Hereford saw the game out comfortably, with Turner introducing Smith and Sam Gwynne late on in place of Hewson and Done whilst there was still time for a streaker on the pitch who ran nearly the length of the pitch before finally being tackled by stewards!
The Bulls ran riot this afternoon with their finest performance of the season so far. The headlines will be grabbed, rightly so by Guinan and Ainsworth, both of whom were excellent. Turner will no doubt be looking to extend Ainsworth's loan for a third and final month. The whole team played really well too with Samson looking very solid in between the sticks. A mention also for the midfield partnership of Diagouraga and Hewson who complimented each other well; the Man Utd loanee wasn't spectacular, but went about his job superbly breaking up the play on a number of occasions. Next up for Hereford is a short journey to Walsall next Saturday; if United play anything like they did today then they have a fine chance of coming back with the points.
Hereford: Samson, Rose, Gowling, Broadhurst, K. Taylor, Ainsworth, Diagouraga, Hewson, Done, Guinan, Williams.
Subs: Veiga, Beckwith, Gwynne, Smith, Johnson.
Oldham: Fleming, Eardley, Hazell, Gregan, Lomax, Smalley, Maher, Whitaker, C. Taylor, Hughes, Windass.
Subs: Stam, Allot, Liddell, Alessandra, Davies. 

After the game Steve Guinan was interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Right Foot Left Foot and a Header as well - Guinan

Striker Steve Guinan appeared very happy with both the Bulls 5-0 win and also his hat-trick against a defensively poor Oldham at Edgar Street this afternoon.

On top of that he scored Hereford United's 1,500th League Goal. His tally for this season is now nine.

"It's been a long time since we as a team have annihilated a team especially first half. I think at times we were absolutely sensational. Some of the attacking play was brilliant. I think a lot of teams would have found it difficult to live with us let alone a team like Oldham who are third," Guinan told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"We hoped at half time the job was done, second half we were not as fluid going forward. We knew they would have a go at us. It was a relief to see Lionel getting his second - I think that put the game to bed.

"Lionel Ainsworth and Matt Done when they go forward it must be a nightmare for a full back, I'd dread to play against them. But all credit to all of the lads today I thought everyone put in a really good performance.

"I would have been happy to score just one today but scoring a hat-trick in the first half and it's right foot, left foot and a header as well. That's the first one of those I've had."


Finally:

Streaker at the Street

With the Bulls scoring five goals this afternoon there had already been plenty of entertainment at Edgar Street well before the end of the game. But when a streaker jumped onto the pitch from the Meadow End during a convenient break in play in some peoples eyes it made the day.

With a chill wind blowing everywhere the slightly portly fellow ran across the pitch towards the Oldham supporters but was eventually captured by a few burly stewards and promptedly 'escorted' out of sight.

Bulls striker Andy Williams was probably the only person in the ground not to notice the streaker. He was down by the Oldham goal being treated for a knock by physio Jamie Pitman.

The incident was caught on camera and can be seen at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7kP5XUUj0mM
   

Hereford Gates Down By 3%


Gates at Edgar Street are 3% down on last season to date according to nonleaguematters.co.uk

Currently the site says Hereford are averaging 2752.

Salisbury's gates are also down by nearly 10%.

However most other clubs are reporting increased gates no doubt in part to a visit from Hereford.

Bishops Cleeve have had the biggest increase, 144%. When they played Hereford 1365 watched the game. Their lowest gate was just 53.

Under 18's Second In Their League


After last night's 3-2 win at Malvern UITC's under 18 team are in second place in the Midland Junior Floodlit League Southern Division.

And given they have games in hand over most teams around them, they stand a good chance of catching leaders Bromsgove Sporting.



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Under 18's Win At Malvern


UITC under 18's were in action at Malvern this evening in the Midland Floodlit Youth League.

Final Score: Malvern 2 UITC 3

Scorers: Hayes (2), Davies

Rory Huntbach missed a penalty.

Line-up: 1.Regan 2.Clarke 3.Mellars 4.Pugh 5.Richmond 6.Huntbach 7.Franklin 8.G.Hayes 9.Gauci 10.Preece 11.Nunn
Subs: 12.Hurst 14.M.Davies 15.Peters-Vanstone 16.Lancett 17.J.Davies: