Next Game: Hitchin Town at Home on Saturday 18th November at 3pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017

First Hereford Hat-Trick For Smith

Lance Smith scored his first hat-trick for Hereford in their 5-0 win over Hitchin this afternoon. Afterwards he talked to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"Playing in front of all those people and scoring just one goal is good but three is amazing," said Smith.

"There were a couple of minutes when we switched off a little bit but all in all there was a strong performance from everyone from front to back.

"The first one was a nice little finish but my favourite was probably the second, a flick in the corner.

"A good team performance today."

Smith and fellow striker John Mills appear to be forming a good partnership.

"He's had a few chances today, he'll come and knock three or four in next game. We'll take it in turns. 

"Today I thought was a really big game. We had a lot of cup games but this is what we are here for, promotion. The cups are a bonus. The league is what we need.

"The two new lads that came in today have done well. It was good all round today.

"We went in at half-time 3-0 up. We couldn't take them lightly.

"The football was really good today, enjoyable."

Hereford have another home match on Tuesday.

"We need six points out of these two games. We've just got to keep going. This league is want we want, to get promotion."

Second Half Pictures From Hereford's 5-0 Win Over Hitchin

A selection of pictures from the second half of Hereford's 5-0 win over Hitchin.

First Half Pictures From Edgar Street

A selection of pictures captured during the first half of Hereford's 5-0 win over Hitchin this afternoon.

Pring's Debut In Five Goal Charge By Bulls

New signing Cameron Pring seemed well pleased with his debut for Hereford this afternoon when he spoke after the game to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"It was great," said Pring.

"To win 5-0 on your debut and to get an assist from a free-kick, it was a good day.

"It's hard getting used to what players are like and how they play but I thought I fitted in quite well. All in all I think I did all right.

"A goal would have been nice on a debut but I'm happy with the performance."

Rob Purdie Places The Ball Ready For Cameron Pring To Take A Free-Kick
Did Pring know any of the Hereford players?

"I know Adam Page from Cheltenham when I was at Cheltenham a couple of years ago but apart from that I only know names."

The game is more physical at Hereford than Bristol.

"It's a side of the game I need to get used to, I think this is the perfect place to get used to it.

"It's a great club, the atmosphere today was great. It's perfect for me, I'm sure I will enjoy it a lot."

Pring was asked about playing alongside Ryan Green.

"He was talking to me constantly through the game, helped quite a lot."

Tyrone Duffus also made his debut this afternoon.

"He was very good in mid-field, he bossed it today." 

Pictures From Before Kick-off At Edgar Street This Afternoon

A selection of pictures taken before kick-off this afternoon at Edgar Street where Hitchin were the visitors.

Peter Beadle

Jack Deaman Leads Out Hereford

Two Players Made Their Debuts For Hereford - Cameron Pring and Tyrone Duffus.

Exceptional Performance Said Beadle

After Hereford 5-0 win over Hitchin, manager Peter Beadle spoke to the local media.

"The win was great but the performance was exceptional," said Beadle. 

"We obviously feel asleep a little bit for their penalty but fortunately for us he tried to wind it up and ended up slipping over.

"To get the third one was good and we asked the players second half to be efficient and manage the game properly.

"We started the second half great, a couple of chances from corners and then got the penalty.

"Unlike John, he missed it.

"I thought everybody to a man, a bit like Tuesday, were excellent, the work-rate was spot on and the quality of the play was very good.

"We won it 5 against a team that have been on a very good run and there won't be very teams who will put 5 past them home or away.

"But it could have been a lot more with the chances we've had and the keeper has been magnificent for them.

"So all in all a really good day, hopefully not too many knocks so a clean bill of health, a clean sheet and five goals at home."

Two new players started the game this afternoon, Tyrone Duffus and Cameron Pring.

"I think you could have given man of the match to either one of them with the way they played. Again remember they are only 20 years of age, they are young but they've got good schooling behind them.

Cameron Pring
"We knew Cameron from the game when he played for Merthyr here, so we knew what he was about, so we're delighted to have him here. 

Tyrone Duffus With Steve Jenkins
"Tyrone I've known for a little while now. This is a great opportunity for him to play on the stage he's on at the moment with what he is doing at Cardiff. This is different type of football for him and Cameron. Cameron is a bit more used to it but I thought they both acquitted themselves brilliantly. 

"They haven't trained with the team at all yet so to come in and play like that cold I though the pair were exceptional and either one of them could have got man of the match.

"They were backed up well by the other nine men who I thought were exceptional on the day too."

Interviewer Keith Hall felt the 'movement was so impressive today'.

"We said on the bench this is what we are all about, this is how we should be. Whether it was because of the balance or because one or two people are looking at the bench and saying I need to up my performance because the bench is strong again and we've got another player sat in the stands who is not available yet but he's sat there watching.

"We've got the other boys who are now starting to come back from their injuries, Dan Preston, Pablo Haysham, Mike Mcgrath, Calvin Dinsley. Hopefully Pablo and Calvin won't be too long or Dan. Macca is going to be a little bit longer. Where do we fit those three in?

"You look at the early part of the season when we were on a really good run of performances and results. It's when we are at our strongest as in numbers. Maybe that plays a small part in it as well as people look at the bench and look at the people coming in and it gives them that little bit more impotus.

"Not that we haven't played well recently. I thought we played really well last Saturday, really well on Tuesday, but today against a team like that I think that really sets a benchmark for us and makes a statement to the rest of the teams that even though we are on these cup runs we are not taking our foot off the pedal." 

Next on Tuesday is St Ives on Tuesday and time to do it again.

"That's the challenge, it's that consistancy.

"People say that players are at this level for that reaon, that they don't consistantly perform to the levels. We've done it quite consistantly through the last two seasons. So it's really important we do the same on Tuesday.

"If we give that work-rate as we have done today, we play with the same fluency that we have done today then if the performance is right nine times out of ten the result takes care of itself. 

"Tuesday is really important as it's one of our games in hand, we make the most of it."

Beadle was asked about the partnership of John Mills and Lance Smith.

"I thought they were brilliant today, John had an off day in front of goal. Over the bar first half, keepers make a great save from another one first half, then his missed penalty, then another great save second half, so he's had one of those days today.

"But what he did do helped to Lance's goals.  So today they complimented one another and now it's can they do the same on Tuesday. It's the challenge you put in front of them, you've done that today, can you do it on Tuesday.

"We been lucky enough to change a few today. The two wide boys were exceptional with the work they did today, then we got the other two on for twenty minutes or so. 

"So we are looking in a very strong position again with bodies back to fitness and players who have joined us. So it's important we keep that momentum going."

Eliot Richards was at the game.

"He hasn't signed as yet. His transfer papers have been signed today so we need to wait for Merthyr to say that's gone through. 

"We've showed an interest in Eliot for sometime. We tried to sign him in the summer and in fact we went in for him before we knew about the troubles at Merthyr. 

"So once the transfer forms are signed and Merthyr have agreed to the transfer then we need to wait for clearance. The sooner the better as he's fit and wants to be playing and he'll bring another dimension to the team. Hopefully not too long for clearance." 

Evo-Stik South Premier Results

Today's results from the Evo-Stik South Premier.

Merthyr lost 13-1 at Chesham, with bottom side Gosport claiming their first win of the season at home to Dunstable.

Banbury United 1-1 St Neots Town
Basingstoke Town 1-2 King's Lynn Town
Biggleswade Town 2-0 Kings Langley [186]
Bishop's Stortford 2-2 Farnborough [252]
Chesham United 13-1 Merthyr Town [230]
Dorchester Town 4-1 Kettering Town [410]
Gosport Borough 1-0 Dunstable Town [188]
Hereford 5-0 Hitchin Town [2104]
Royston Town 2-1 Redditch United [217]
Slough Town 3-0 Weymouth
St Ives Town 2-2 Frome Town [145]
Tiverton Town 2-1 Stratford Town [227]

Hereford are up to fourth.

The updated league table can be found here -

Bulls Put Five Past Hitchin

Hereford beat Hitchin Town 5-0 at Edgar Street this afternoon.

Debutant Tyrone Duffus scored twice, with Lance Smith netted a hat trick.

Both sides missed penalties, and Hitchin ended the game with ten men as Callum Donnelly picked up a second yellow.

More later.

Icke Event At Old Trafford Cancelled

Former Hereford United goalkeeper David Icke has had an event set for Old Trafford cancelled.

It appears that Manchester United received complaints about his views.

Tickets for the event 'An Evening With David Icke' were to cost £170 each.

"The booking was made by a junior member of staff who was unaware of Icke and his objectionable views," said a spokesman for United

Fleetwood Tickets For STH's On Sale After Hitchin Game

A quick reminder that season ticket holders can purchase tickets for the FA Cup match at Fleetwood on December 2nd from 5pm to 5.30pm this afternoon at Edgar Street.

They will be available from the ticket office. Remember to have a season ticket book with you.

Sth's can purchase up to four tickets provided they have a book for each ticket required.

Seated Tickets:

Adult £15, Over 65 and Student £11, Under 16 £4, Under 5 Free

Terrace Tickets:

Adult £13, Over 65 and Student £9, Under 16 £2, Under 5 Free

Season Ticket Holders can also purchase their tickets on Monday or Tuesday from Addison's Bar from 10am to 4pm.

Southern Prem Matches This Afternoon

For the first time for several weeks there is a full list of Southern Premier League matches this afternoon.

Hereford (5th) will hope to pick up all three points against Hitchin (13th) who have only won once on their travels this season to date.

Leaders Kings Lynn are away at Basingstoke who despite being 14th have won six of their eight home games.

Match of the day is at Weymouth (2nd) who play Slough (4th). Weymouth are in a somewhat false position in the table having played four more games than Slough and so might do well to take even one point from the Rebels.

Meanwhile Kettering (3rd) play at Dorchester (20th) and should finish the game with three points. 

Finally in trouble Merthyr are expected to without most of their senior players for their game at Chesham. Manager Gavin Williams has said he will select mainly from his development squad.

Banbury v St Neots
Basingstoke v King's Lynn
Biggleswade v Kings Langley
Bishop's Stortford v Farnborough
Chesham v Merthyr
Dorchester v Kettering
Gosport v Dunstable
HEREFORD v Hitchin
Royston v Redditch
Slough v Weymouth
St Ives v Frome
Tiverton v Stratford

Friday, November 17, 2017

Preview: Hereford vs Hitchin Town

Ben Chilman previews tomorrow's game:

Hereford finally return to Evo-Stik South division action after four games in three cups with the Bulls remaining in all competitions. 

This week saw the turn of the FA Trophy with Potters bar coming to Edgar Street and forcing an unwanted replay on Tuesday night in Hertfordshire. Kick off was delayed when the team coach broke down en route, and with Beadle sporting a fine pair of trousers, it's true sign winter is on its way!

Hereford took the lead in the first half with Lance Smith bundling home a John Mills shot from close range. The Bulls extended their lead with Symons, who came on for Smith, beating two players at the by-line to cross into the six yard box for the home sides centre backs to fumble the ball in. While the Scholars got a goal back the Bulls saw the game out for a 2-1 win. 

After Tuesday night's result, the Bulls will play Oxford City in the third qualifying round on November 25th. Hereford remain one of the few sides from the Evo-Stik South to still be in the competition with Kings Lynn, Kettering, Weymouth, Tiverton, Redditch and Merthyr all out. This may add strain to an already depleted Bulls squad.

While Jimmy Oates sat out Tuesday night's game with a reported illness, he is expected to be back in the side for this weekend with Page to drop back to the bench. Rob Purdie was the other player to sit out the mid-week game but should be back for this league clash.

Tuesday night produced two more casualties with Lance Smith landing awkwardly and being taken off while Pablo Haysham suffered with cramp. This adds to the growing injury list which still includes midfielders Calvin Dinsley and Mike McGrath who both remain side-lined for a few more weeks. 

However, the club are hopeful Tyrone Duffus' international clearance will have come through by the weekend to help fill the ever increasing hole in midfield. The current Cardiff City U23 player is an attacking midfielder who has spent much of his career in at Everton. He is on a youth loan until January.

The other club signing this week was left back Cameron Pring. The 19 year old is on a two month loan from Bristol City and has just completed a one month stint at Aldershot Town making one appearance from the bench. He will be available in all cup competitions and is likely to be in contention for a start Saturday. 

Eliot Richards has also joined the club, but his international clearance won't be through in time for tomorrow's game.

Hitchin Town are a Hertfordshire based side who play in yellow and green kits. The Canaries could be described as a slightly unknown quantity this season thanks to a degree ofvarying results. For example only two weeks ago this mid table team convincingly won 3-1 at home to second placed Weymouth. However, just a few weeks previous the Canaries lost 4-1 away to 17th placed Farnborough. 

Hitchin do have an inform striker in Elliot Baily, number 10. The former Barton Rovers forward usually plays alongside Connor Vincent who also joined the Canaries in the summer after the departure of last season's top scorer Robbie Burns. Mark Burke knows the side hasn't reached the consistency levels that brought them fourth place last season.

Hereford Showed Interest in Richards ‘A Few Weeks Ago’

Eliot Richards, who is set to sign for Hereford, has said the club showed interest in him before his release from Merthyr. 

The midfielder made over 100 appearances for Bristol City before moving to Cheltenham in 2015, but two months later he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

But since then he's been given the all clear and has gone on to play for Bath, Weston and Gloucester

Richards told BN: "I was very impressed by the vision the manager has for the club going forward and how the club look after the players.

"I had interest a few weeks ago about joining Hereford, and I received a few offers but thought it was the best option for me."

And briefly, what does he hope to achieve during his time at Edgar Street?

"I want to play well, and get promotion with the club this season."

Meanwhile Merthyr boss Gavin Williams has told the Hereford Times he believes Richards is one of the best players in the league.

Eliot Richards - Short Profile

Richards At Bristol Rovers
As reported earlier 26 year old Eliot Richards is set to join Hereford FC after leaving Merthyr.

Caerphilly born forward Eliot began his career at Bristol Rovers where he made more than 100 appearances, before moving on to Tranmere Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and represented Wales at under 19 and 21 levels. Eliot also had loan spells at Exeter City and Bath City, and joined Weston in the summer of 2016.

Whilst with Weston he went on loan to Merthyr in October 2016. In January 2017 he signed for Merthyr.

He spent the last pre-season training with Gloucester City and appeared in friendlies for the Tigers, but started the campaign at Merthyr.

Midfielder Richards Set To Join Bulls

Eliot Richards is to sign for Hereford after leaving Merthyr, according to Gloucestershire Live

26-year old Richards won't be available for selection tomorrow as he waits for international clearance to come through.

He has previously been at clubs including Cheltenham, Weston and Gloucester.

Hitchin Manager Played At Edgar Street In 1994

Hitchin manager Mark Burke played at Edgar Street in the FA Cup game between the two club in the 2004/05 season.

"It was exciting," Burke told Comet Sport.

"It was the first time we’d reached the first round proper for about 20 years and we drew a league club which was new to us.

"We treated it as a day out. We had a meal before and after in the hotel and turned up to the ground.

"We took a 2-0 lead into half-time having played really well in the first half and scoring two really good goals, which were highlighted on Sky Sports by Andy Gray.

"They came back at us in the second half and got a 2-2 draw. That set up the replay in Hitchin, which was another memorable night. Fortunately we got a result and won 4-2."

Burke is looking forward to tomorrow's game between the two clubs at Edgar Street.

"It’s a big occasion for the club, I hope the boys will be up for it, I’m looking for them to thrive.

"The players could freeze and the occasion could be a bit too big for them but I don’t think that will happen, I think they’ll embrace it and enjoy the experience and go there to get a result."

Statement From Merthyr Board

The board of Merthyr Town FC have released the following statement on their current problems:

'With regret due to current financial situation at the club the Board have had to look at making significant savings both on and off the pitch.  This will hopefully allow us to survive in short term and rebuild going forward.

Cashflow at the club has become extremely tight due to lack of home games since October.  All avenues of expenditure are being re-evaluated to protect club going forward.

Last night members of the board and manager Gavin Williams met with the players.  They informed the players there was no choice but to cut the playing budget significantly.  This has understandably resulted in many of them deciding to leave.

We would like to thank every one of them for their contributions to the success on field over the years and wish them well in the future.  Gavin Williams is confident he will be able to field a competitive team going forward and he is in discussion with players willing to stay.

Saturdays game at Chesham will consist of the club’s development players.  This will give Gavin time to build a team and give current players time to stay.  We ask owners and supporters to be patient whilst we continue to re-evaluate all aspects of the operation.  We have 5 home games coming up soon, and ask you to drum up support and attend in numbers.

If we all pull together we can overcome our difficulties.'

Beadle Interested In Merthyr Players?

There is some speculation that Hereford manager Peter Beadle may be considering an offer to one or more Merthyr players given the situation at the Welsh club.

It's thought that all Merthyr's players are non-contract.

Given the current injury list at Edgar Street, Beadle remains on the look out for another couple of players despite the loan signings of Tyrone Duffus and Cameron Pring. 

Why Merthyr find themselves with financial problems at present hasn't been made clear. Gates have recently dropped but that may not be the only reason.

According to 'Dial M For Merthyr' there is talk of a debt to HMRC and maybe £60K of other debts. The club also faces an employment tribunal instigated by a former CEO.

Meanwhile the club have confirmed that Duffus can play tomorrow as his international clerance has gone through.

And Pring is on a two month loan deal.

It’s A Tricky Situation Said Merthyr Manager

An update on the situation at Merthyr. 80% of the club's players have left following a rumoured 70% cut to the playing budget.

This from the Martyrs OS:

Last night members of the board met with the players to discuss the clubs' situation. 

After the meeting manager Gavin Williams met with the players individually.

"80% of the players have had to leave, but I am still in discussion with some players about staying.  I am confident we will be able to field a competitive team, but it will take a bit of time."

"I want to thank the players who have left for their contributions. The commitment and dedication every single player at the club has shown has been first class and they have been very understanding of the situation I have found myself in and acted brilliantly. The boys are gutted for each other, the management team and especially the supporters."

"It's a tricky situation we have found ourselves in, but we need to pull together now.  We always have great support and we are going to need that now more than ever, which I am very confident will happen after speaking to some of the supporters.  We need to create an us against the world mentality."

"I know supporters are going to want to know as soon as possible what the make-up of the squad is going to be, but I don't want to release bits and pieces here and there so please bear with me while I continue to work at it.  I have been encouraged by the early talks I have had with a number of players and will announce more as soon as I can."

"Thanks for your patience continued support."

From the archives - Hereford v Hitchin

Hereford FC face Hitchin for the first time tomorrow afternoon, but back in 1994 The Bulls played Hitchin in the FA Cup 1st round. The first match ended 2-2, but in the replay at Top Field Hitchin ran out 4-2 winners.
Here is the footage of the initial game. Hitchin were 2-0 up by half time with a double from Shaun Marshall. Hereford rallied in the 2nd half and scored two quick goals courtesy of Neil Lyne ( The first is pretty amusing, when the goalkeeper and defender collide). Interestingly the much maligned Andy Llewellyn provided the cross for the first goal.
Hereford came unstuck in the replay. Steve White put Hereford ahead, then Hitchin equalised. Gary Pick made it 2-1 but then after the sending off of Richard Wilkins the Bulls collapsed and ended up losing 4-2.
John Layton reacted to the defeat by making wholesale changes, and Hereford defeated Northampton 3-1 four days later in their next league game.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Several Resignations From Merthyr Board

An emergency meeting has been called of Merthyr Town's owners following the resignation of four of the club's nine directors.

On Tuesday it was announced vice-chair Anthony Hughes was leaving the board, before another statement confirmed Lee Rossiter, Jamie Mack and Robert Parker had also resigned.

A source close to the club said a number of players were leaving Penydarren Park after being told they wouldn't be paid on time.

One of those who has been told find pastures new is ex-Bull Stuart Fleetwood, who shared his thoughts on Twitter.

The 31-year old striker also said he'd offered to play for free against Chesham on Saturday.

Defender Scott Tancock also tweeted his thoughts, thanking the genuine fans.

Hereford 4/7 To Defeat Hitchin

Hereford appear favourites to defeat Hitchin Town on Saturday.

Hereford 4/7 Draw 13/4  Hitchin 21/5

Meanwhile Hereford are now 4-1 to win the Southern Prem title.

Slough 10/3
Kettering 7/2
King's Lynn 7/2
Hereford 4/1

Search for Left Back Over

This from the OS:

The Bulls have signed 19 year old Cameron Pring on a two-month loan deal from Bristol City, subject to the relevant paperwork being completed.

The 19-year-old left-back has just completed a one-month stint at Aldershot Town, where he was restricted to one substitute appearance.

Earlier this season he featured eight times on loan at Merthyr Town.

Speaking to the official Bristol City website, Brian Tinnion, the club's loans manager and club ambassador, said: "Hereford have got a very busy period between now and Christmas.

"Beads (Peter Beadle, Hereford FC manager) is in need of a left-back, so we know Cameron will go there and play games. It's a deal that works for everyone."

Fleetwood Ticket Details

Hereford FC have released details for supporters wishing to purchase tickets for the FA Cup game at Fleetwood.

We have been allocated a total of 1,095 tickets for our FA Cup Second Round game at Fleetwood on Saturday 2nd December, 3pm KO. No further tickets will be made available.
Tickets will be sold under the following conditions;


1) Season Ticket Holders
Between 18th November – 22nd November
Check below for sales periods
2) HUST Members
22nd November, subject to availability
3) General Sale
24th November onwards, subject to availability


– Season ticket holders will need to hand over Voucher E
– Season ticket holders can purchase one ticket per season ticket book, and can use up to four season ticket books per purchase
– HUST Members can purchase one ticket per HUST membership
– General Sales will be limited to 4 tickets per purchase


Tickets will go on sale to SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY between 5pm-5:30pm from the Matchday Ticket Office following the home game vs Hitchin.
Tickets will be available to SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY between 10am-4pm from Addison’s Bar.
Tickets will be available to SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY between 10am-4pm from Addison’s Bar.
Due to the home game against St Ives on Tuesday, no Fleetwood tickets will be available on Tuesday after 4pm.
Tickets will be available to SEASON TICKET HOLDERS & HUST MEMBERS ONLY between 10am-4pm from Addison’s Bar.
General Sale tickets will be available from Addison’s Bar & online, subject to availability.
General Sale tickets will be available from Addison’s Bar & online, subject to availability.


Season ticket holders who live away and who wish to apply for tickets via postal application are asked to send Season Ticket Voucher E along with name, address, contact phone number, email address and the type of ticket required (terrace/seating & Adult/Conc/Student/U16).
Season ticket postal applications should be received no later than 4pm Tuesday 21st November.
Season Ticket postal applications will be processed on Tuesday 21st November and are subject to availability.
You will be contacted to arrange payment and delivery/collection.
HUST Members who live away and who wish to apply for tickets via postal application are asked to send their HUST Membership number (please do not send your membership card) along with name, address, contact phone number, email address and the type of ticket required (terrace/seating & Adult/Conc/Student/U16).
HUST postal applications should be received no later than 4pm Wednesday 22nd November.
HUST Postal applications will be processed on Wednesday 22nd November and are subject to availability.
You will be contacted to arrange payment and delivery/collection.




Adult £13
Over 65 £9
Student £9
U16 £2
Carer FREE
Adult £15
Over 65 £11
Student £11
U16 £4
Carer FREE

Hitchin Tickets On Sale

Tickets for Saturday's Southern Prem match against Hitchin Town can be purchased online.

They will also be available from the club shop on Friday from 10am to 4pm and from the ticket office from 12noon on Saturday.

Tickets for next Tuesday's home match against St Ives will go on sale online from Sunday at 10am and from the club shop from 10am on Monday.

Throwback Thursday - Hereford United 3-0 Maidstone United - 2nd September 1989

2nd September 1989 and Ian Bowyer's men continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 victory over the Stones. Ian Benbow gave Hereford the lead, and an encouraging afternoon was topped off with a brace from Colin Robinson.

Hereford Lined up
1 Gary Phillips
2 Mark A Jones
3 Brett Williams
4 Mel Pejic
5 Darren Peacock
6 Russell Bradley
7 Richard Jones
8 Jon Narbett
9 Ian Benbow
10 Colin Robinson
11 Paul Tester
Sub Gary Stevens

Attendance 2,627

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One League Game This Evening

There was one Southern Premier fixture this evening.

Frome Town 3-1 Dorchester Town [234]

Frome rise to 7th in the table.

Second Half At Potters Bar

A small selection of pictures from and after the second half at Potters Bar where Hereford won the FA Trophy replay.

First Half Pictures From Potters Bar

A selection of pictures from the first half of the game at Potters Bar last night where Hereford won the FA Trophy replay 2-1.

Did Lance Smith Get A Jab To His Head?
As It All Kicked Off Afterwards

Bulls bounce back to winning ways

The Bulls eased themselves into the next round of the FA Trophy with a stuttering but ultimately winning performance in this unwanted replay against Potters Bar Town.

The already depleted Bulls squad was further weakened by the absence of Jimmy Oates who was reported ill and unfit to play. He was replaced by Page in at left back and a tactical switch saw Smith start in place of Symonds who was left on the bench.

A quiet opening saw Hereford have most of the possession but with little end product and it was the home team who created the first real chance. A mistake by Page resulted in a cross cut in from the right touchline to the edge of the box where the Scholar’s striker shot over from16 yards.

Hereford took the lead just 5 minutes later with a well worked goal from one of the few moments of quality in the match. O’Shea found some space as he broke down the right and hit a well judged cross field pass to Mills who controlled the ball, turned the defender and hit a right foot across the goal area for Smith to force the ball home at the back post.

Hereford's First Goal.

Just a few minutes later Mills could have put the Bulls two up as he seemed to be clean through before going to ground under the challenge of the last defender. The angry shouts for a penalty were waved away by the referee who reached for his notebook and booked Mills for diving.

The Scholars did begin to show more threat halfway through the first period. Firstly a smart shot across goal from a free kick was palmed around the post by Horsell. The ensuing corner from the same attack did end up with the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for a foul on Horsell.

The last real action in the first half saw Mills involved again, this time seemingly being clattered by the goalkeeper as the Scholars stopper leapt and missed a long Horsell clearance that his defender had failed to deal with. Mills looked favourite to get on the end of the clearance but found himself on the ground and the keeper gratefully hugging the ball.

Half Time: Scholars 0 - 1 Bulls

In the first half Bird’s contribution had been quiet but just two minutes into the second half he was disappointed not to see a well hit shot nestle in the top corner as it flew over the top after the ball was cheaply given away on the wing.

The Scholars had obviously been told to up the tempo in the second half and they came out with an extra spring in their step and bite in their tackle. All this really did was kill the game as a spectacle and led to more mistakes and some players reverting to type with long ball tactics.
Cue Symo, who replaced Smith in a right midfield role after 56 minutes but it wasn’t until 80 minutes had gone before he used his unique combination of body strength and dazzling feet to beat two players at the byline and get an excellent cross into the 6 yard box where the two
Scholars centre backs played involuntary ping pong resulting in the ball in the back of their own net. What followed was a lesson from the diplomatic PA announcer who was well versed in avoiding any further punishment for the two embarrassed parties.

The squad injury crisis worsened as Pablo went off holding his right leg ominously in the hamstring area. He was replaced by Franklin who was given a chance in difficult circumstances to help see the game through to the end.

Ironic PA announcements aside the entertainment was not over. Despite a couple of dangerous free kicks the Scholars really hadn’t threatened for most of the second half until their number twelve turned sharply on the edge of the box and shot across Horsell into the far corner to score the best goal of the night on 88 minutes. The excitement for the home crowd was short lived however as the Bulls saw the game out to a successful conclusion

Full Time: Scholars 1 - 2 Bulls

Hereford: Horsell, O'Shea, Page, Reffell, Green, Deaman, Preen, Bird, Mills, Haysham (Franklin – 83’), Smith – Symons (56’).

Reffell must get a mention for reporter’s man of the match. Whilst not contributing to the key moments he was very tidy playing in a key position he is not used to and was good enough to do a comprehensive job on this level of opposition. Mentions too for O’Shea, Green and Deaman, the latter getting my vote for most improved player this season.

Beadle - who must have misread the weather forecast because he was sporting a pair of long trousers, the first time I’ve seen him do so since that fateful Wembley day - was unusually quiet and will have a lot to ponder with a looming fixture pile up and a growing injury list

With key players missing, some playing out of position and others not showing the bite that Beadle might expect in a cup tie like this he must be scouring the market looking for the players he needs to bolster his squad. If he wants to maintain a place in all competitions he will need to do something.

Report written by Richard Bishop.