Monday, May 02, 2016

All Pay On The Gate At Solihull

It will be all pay on the day for the final of the Midland League Cup at Solihull Moors next Tuesday evening when Hereford FC take on Walsall Wood.

Hereford FC football secretary Martin Watson said it would ease the work burden at Edgar Street with no advance sales.

"We've been told by the Midland League it's pay on the day," Watson told BN.

"The capacity is 3000.

"It's a Tuesday night £5 adults, £3 concessions with a 7.30pm."

Hereford FC Presented With HFA Cup

Hereford FC were presented with their second trophy this season having won the HFA County Cup final this afternon.


Second Half Pictures From Hereford's HFA Cup Win

A selection of pictures taken during the second half of Hereford's 5-1 win over Westfields in the HFA Cup Final

Mustapha Bundu

Jimmy Oates

Free Kick?

Mike Symons

John Mills

James Bowen


Celebrations After Jimmy Oates Scores

Substitute Joel Edwards

Hereford 5 – Westfields 1

Rob Purdie And Joel Edwards With The HFA County Challenge Cup
Hereford lifted their second trophy of the season at Edgar Street this afternoon, after beating Westfields 5-1 who had won the HFA County Challenge Cup for the last 5 seasons.

There were 3 changes to the Hereford side that rounded of their league fixtures with a 3-1 win at Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday, with Mustapha Bundu, Pablo Haysham and Nathan Summers starting in the places of the Joe Tumelty, John Mills and the injured Jamie Willets.

Playing towards the Meadow End in the first half, Hereford started the derby brightly creating the first clear cut chance of the game. Pablo Haysham got on the end of Sirdic Grant looping header, breaking towards goal. But after laying off to Mustapha Bundu, his subsequent right footed shot was charged down by Kane Kahaki, reaching Grant on the edge of the area, teeing up Bundu. But once again Bundu’s shot took a deflection as the ball went behind for a fruitless corner.

With 9 minutes on the clock, Mike Symons had a great chance to put the Bulls ahead following some good build up play. Pablo Haysham couldn’t connect with Bundu’s curling cross from the left, but Mike Symons was on hand with a strike from 18-yards, firing wide of Matt Gwynne goal. 

In the 23rd minute, Hereford had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed. Mike Symons was fouled by ex-Hereford player Sam Gwynne, with the referee awarding a free kick 25-yards out. Rob Purdie’s floating delivery was headed home by Mike Symons, who was adjudged to have been offside by the linesman.

Mike Symons Appeared To Be Onside
Another foul on Symons 10 minutes later, this time within the 18-yard box, left referee Thomas Jones with little option but to award Hereford a penalty. With Jimmy Oates off the pitch receiving treatment, Rob Purdie stepped up to take the spot kick, firing the ball into the roof of the net to put the Bulls ahead.

Mike Symons Appeals For A Penalty

Mustapha Bundu And Captain Rob Purdie Discuss Who Should Take The Penalty
6 minutes from half time, Mike Symons grabbed Hereford’s second. Sirdic Grant intercepted Sam Plane’s clearance, whipping the ball back into the box from the right. Symons met Grant’s delivery with a diving header from point-blank range to double the scoring.

Sirdic Grant's Cross

Goes Straight To Mike Symons Who Heads Past Keeper Matt Gwynne

Going into half time, the Bulls had a 3 goal lead courtesy of a James Pilling goal. Mustapha Bundu combined effectively with James Bowen, as the Cheltenham loanee crossed the ball in from the left. With a perfectly timed run from Pilling, he knocked the ball in at the far post.

James Pilling Scored Hereford's Third
HT: Hereford 3 – Westfields 0

With the Whites hoping to build on a comfortable first half, Pablo Haysham went close moments after the restart. He did well to beat his man, before forcing ‘Fields stopper Mat Gwynne into making a fine save to deny him his 30th goal of the season.

Mustapha Bundu was then unlucky not to score with two consecutive efforts 15 minutes into the second period. After breaking away down the left wing, Bundu drifted into the penalty area having right-footed effort from a tight angle cleared off the line by Sam Plane.
Then moments later, Rob Purdie found Mustapha Bundu on the edge of the box, but his subsequent shot was high and wide of the target.

In the 69th minutes, Grant scored his 3rd goal in a Hereford shirt, which will also probably be his last ever goal at Edgar Street. The 19 year old got on the end of an accurate through ball from Rob Purdie, before rounding keeper Matt Gwynne to calmly slot the ball home into the back of an unguarded net.

Sirdic Grant Goes Around The Keeper To Score Hereford's Fourth Goal

But 6 minutes later, the reigning champions pulled a goal back through substitute Blaine Waugh. James Baldwin crossed the ball to the feet of Waugh, who easily slotted the ball home for what only proved to be a consolation goal for Sean Edwards’ men.

The visitors could’ve grabbed a second goal in the 80th minute, with the referee awarding Westfields a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area after a foul on Phil Glover; however, Callum McOnie’s effort hit Hereford’s wall as the danger was cleared.

With 85 minutes on the clock, referee Thomas Jones awarded Hereford their second penalty of the game following a foul from Phil Glover on Mike Symons, as James Febery was given his marching orders after being shown his second yellow for dissent. With Jimmy Oates yet to score this season, he stepped up to take the spot kick, firmly planting the ball in the back of the net.

Jimmy Oates' Well Struck Penalty Nestles In The Back Of The Net

Players Surround Oates After His First Goal For The Club

Jimmy Oates
Hereford are still on course for the quadruple, having already lifted the MFL Premier trophy, and as of today, the County Cup. The Bulls are next in action at Solihull Moors for the League Cup final against Wallsall Wood next Tuesday, before a certain match at Wembley on May 22nd.

FT: Hereford 5 – Westfields 1
Att: 2,188
MotM: Rob Purdie

Hereford: Horsell, Oates, Bowen, Purdie, Green, Summers, Grant (Birch – 87’), Pilling, Bundu (Edwards – 71’), Haysham (Mills – 64’), Symons.
Subs not used: Laird, Robbins.

Westfields: M. Gwynne, Saunston, Plane Febery, Glover, Khaki, S. Gwynne, Cuss, Thomas, Reeve, Baldwin.
Subs: McOnie, Jackson, Waugh, Bendall, Hopkins.

First Half Pictures From HFA Cup FInal

A selection of pictures taken during the first half of this afternoon's HFA Cup final at Edgar Street.

Comfortable Winners Said Beadle

Hereford FC increased their trophy count to two this season after defeating Westfields 5-1 in the HFA County Challenge Cup Final this afternoon.

Afterwards manager Peter Beadle spoke about the victory.

"It was a really good performance from start to finish" said Beadle.

"We were patient and we took our time with things and we moved the ball quickly which I thought was really good.

"We ran out comfortable winners but again we given away a real sloppy goal and we could have scored far more than we did. May be it's that end of season feeling but we've got to be more ruthless and we've got a week now to let it rest and then we get ready for the next one.

Hereford scored three goals late in the first half which killed the game.

"We've talked about getting ourselves in front and then letting teams back into the game. They were three excellent goals and at half time we talked about making sure the first ten, fifteen minutes we started in the same vain on the front foot.

"I thought we did that but it took a bit longer to get the fourth. After that we could have had numberous, it should have been more."

Beadle made two substitutions after players were given yellow cards by referee Thomas Jones.

"Pablo picked up one for his first challenge and then their winger has done two in the corner, one after the other, and then a third one and he still didn't do anything about it. With the unpredicability of what they were going to do it was important that we looked after them as best we can and so taking Pablo and Sid off was more about looking after them.

"The referee took the action he needed to take. It did get feisty towards the end but I think that was purely frustration on their part.

"I think we've made a real statement today with the difference between the two. I thought we were excellent again. They've got some good lads and good players but as a unit we are far stronger than they are at the minute.

"So I think that was more frustration than anything, luckily it didn't boil over into anything more serious and luckily it didn't leave any of our players with injuries we had to worry about."

Jimmy Oates scored his first goal for the club today with a well struck penalty.

"If I think if it was up to the players he would have taken the first one at 0-0 which I was a bit concerned about.

"He got his opportunity, I didn't actually see the goal because I was too busy arguing with their dug-out so I didn't see it go in so I'm waiting for the hard-cam stuff to go up pretty quick so I can get a look at his finish. It looked like a good finish as I turned around to see it nestling. And it sounded quite convincing."

Interviewer Keith Hall suggested Beadle might consider Oates for penalties should they happen.

"I don't want to go to penalty shoot outs, I've been through too many of them!

"I'm glad for him because he has been one of our most consistant performers since he came back after his little spell at the start and then he had an injury and then he came back and since then he has been fantastic.

"Again, like Sid with his first goal at Coventry, like with Jimmy today you could see how tight the group are, even when he scored it all of them went to him like they did with Sid at Coventry.

"They are a fantastic group of lads to work with and they are great to manage and they've now out two trophies in the cabinet and we get ready now for the one next week." 

Trophy Number Two for Hereford

Hereford beat Westfields 5-1 at Edgar Street this afternoon in the Herefordshire County Cup Final

Rob Purdie put the Whites 1-0 up after 34 minutes from the penalty spot, before Mike Symons and James Pilling increased Hereford's lead to 3 goals before the break.

Sirdic Grant scored his 3rd goal of the season with 69 minutes on the clock, before Substitute Blaine Waugh scored a consolation goal for 'Fields.

Jimmy Oates then fired home a spot kick 5 minutes from time, for what is his first goal for the Bulls.

Report, pictures and reaction to follow.

It's The HFA County Challenge Cup Final This Afternoon

It's the HFA County Challenge Cup Final this afternoon at Edgar Street. Westfields who have won the Cup for the last five years will line up against Hereford FC in the tie that is set to kick off at 3pm.


Before kick-off at about 2.15, Ronaldo is set to walk around the perimeter of the ground. 

And at half-time the names of the two 'Wembley' mascots will be announced. The HFA had over 400 entries for the chance to go with a player onto the hallowed turf.

After the final whistle the Cup will be presented to the winning team.

Admission to the game is Adults £8, Concessions £5 and Juniors £3. As this game is being run by the HFA everyone has to pay. 

Tickets can be purchased online at

Or at Edgar Street right up to 3pm.

Adam Stansfield Tops For Sale In 'Wembley' Shop

A limited number of Adam Stansfield shirts will go on sale this morning in Hereford FC's Wembley shop.

Profits from the sale of the shirts will be forwarded to the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The 'Wembley' shop will be open from 11am to 2.45 pm today.

From tomorrow it will open from 10am to 5pm.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Prediction League Round 61 Preview

Round 61 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford host Westfields tomorrow.

Last 5 matches:
Westfields 4-1 Rocester
Coventry Sphinx 3-0 Westfields
Shepshed Dynamo 2-2 Westfields
Westfields 1-2 Dunkirk
Bardon Hill 0-4 Westfields

Predictions with attendance, score and username needs to be sent before 2:30pm on Monday to

U15's Match Report

Junior Premier League National Cup Semi-Final - 30/04/2016

Hereford FC U15s 2 vs. 1 Newport County U15

Hereford U15s played Newport County U15s in the Semi-final of the JPL National Cup. The game was played at Edgar Street, home of Hereford FC and was a great experience for both teams who all thoroughly enjoyed it with a good crowd cheering both teams on.

Hereford U15s have come on a great journey this season to reach the semi-final which has seem them compete in 11 games to reach this far in the competition. They were really looking forward to the opportunity to play at Edgar Street.

Hereford had a poor first half with the whole occasion (Ground, spectators, competition) getting to them mentally causing a number of nervous moments. They did take an early lead through Liam Bishop but the goal was ruled out for offside. Newport had a spell where they were in control and after a defensive mistake, they broke away to make it 0-1 to the visitors. 

Half time 0-1.

A good, productive half time team talk saw Hereford come out with much more confidence; they knew they needed to score.  Second half saw them play some much better football and looked more likely to score than Newport. They controlled the game for long periods and restricted Newport to minimal time on the ball. It didn’t take long for them to equalise when Jake Spink received a pass from Luke Marston, then broke into the box and fired the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Hereford restricted Newport to few chances but did give away some silly free kicks in and around the penalty area which caused problems with some excellent set pieces from the visitors. These were dealt with by the Hereford defence and goalkeeper.

Hereford who were having a lot of the possession started to create a number of chances to score and with 15 minutes to go, Liam Bishop put the young bulls 2-1 ahead, firing the ball into the top corner of the meadow end goal and celebrating in style!!

Overall, both teams took a while to settle down in the environment but produced an exciting, very competitive game and for Hereford, a great comeback to win 2-1. They battled hard, had to adapt their style of play and ensure they did what was needed to win the game.

A fantastic achievement for a team who didn’t even qualify for the cup competition last year… A year on and their in the Final!!! The final will be played Saturday 14th May at Lilleshall, kick off time and opposition TBC. We hope to see as many of you as possible supporting the boys!!

Team: 1.Regan, 2.Godsall, 3.Hayes, 4.Baycroft, 5.Edwards, 6.Vanstone, 7.Marston, 8.Greenhouse, 9.Bishop, 10.L Marston, 11.Mellars, 12.Spink, 14.Mcleod, 15.Gauci, 17 Davies (Capt)

Goal Scorers: Spink, Bishop

Manager: Liam Brewer

Coach: Luke Brimfield

Another Pre-Season Friendly Announced

Hereford FC have announced that they will travel to Undy Athletic for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday July 19th kick-off 7.30pm.

The Causeway before Undy's friendly against Port Talbot in July 2015
Undy play near Magor just off the M4 in Gwent. Currently they play in the Welsh Football League Division Two.

Meanwhile it's understood that there will only be one or two home friendlies this pre-season and they will take place close to the start of the season.

This is because of renovations to the Edgar Street pitch which are due to commence shortly.

Second Half Pictures From U15's Cup Semi-Final

A selection of pictures taken during the second half of yesterday's U15 JPL semi final cup tie against Newport County which Hereford won 2-1.

The date of the final is yet to be confirmed.

Hereford's First Goal
Hereford's Second Goal