Next Game: Wantage Town Away on Saturday 10th December at 3pm

Friday, December 09, 2016

Four Match Ban For Pablo Haysham


Hereford's Pablo Haysham has been given a four match ban after being sent off at North Leigh on Tuesday Evening.

The ban will start with the game against Yate next Saturday. He will also miss the games against Bishops Cleeve, Evesham and Paulton.

Hereford FC Team Of The Month Of November

The Southern League have reported that Hereford FC are the November 'Team of the Month' in the South and West League.

Hereford won all their matches in the month.

It's the second time Hereford have won this award this season.

King's Lynn won the Southern League Premier Award and Farnborough the Central League Award.

'Airing' The Edgar Street Pitch

Picture From Ben Bowen
Hereford FC Groundsman Ben Bowen has been taking advantage of a gap between fixtures to get some air into the Edgar Street pitch.

The next home game is on Saturday December 17th against Yate Town.

Prediction League Round 29 Preview

Round 29 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford travel to Wantage. Wantage are currently 21st in the league. 

Last 5 results
AFC Totton 2-2 Wantage
Paulton Rovers 5-1 Wantage
Evesham 5-1 Wantage
Wantage 0-2 Bideford
Bridgwater 2-3 Wantage

Attendances 2016/17
Highest: 150
Average: 72
Lowest: 43

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

Back To Oxfordshire For Hereford Tomorrow

It's back to Oxfordshire for Hereford FC tomorrow with a Southern League South and West League game at Wantage.

Manager Peter Beadle will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways after the 3-3 draw at North Leigh on Tuesday evening.

And despite Wantage being in the relegation zone, Beadle has said he's unlikely to use the fixture to give a few fringe players game time. 

"I'll keep the winning team, I don't want to change it, I want points on the board.

"It's not that I don't trust the players who are not playing at the moment. The players who are playing at the moment why should I leave them out, they'll be banging on my door why am I not playing?"

Beadle brought both John Mills and Jimmy Oates off the bench to boost his options after trailling 3-0 at North Leigh. Whether he will start either or both on tomorrow remains to be seen but both played a vital part in Tuesday's 3-3 draw.

Tristan Plummer was subbed late in the game after feeling his hamstring. It's not the first time this season he pulled up with a hamstring problem. Beadle put it down to the 'heavy going'.

Rob Purdie missed Tuesday's game because of illness so may be a doubt for tomorrow.

Meanwhile below is some information from Wantage for those going to the match:

Entrance Fees: Adults £8, Concessions £5

Programmes: £1.50

Parking is very limited, we are not allowing parking at the Club ( to provide more pedestrian areas around the Club ) so weather permitting, we will allow parking behind the Clubhouse, or at the Memorial Park across the road from the entrance to the Ground, or there is parking in the Town Centre, which is about a five minute walk.

Turnstiles will open at 1pm, and we are offering a Happy Hour 1pm to 2pm, where drinks will be offered at a discounted rate.

We will operate our Kitchen as normal, but due to the numbers we are expecting, we are also offering a BBQ and a 'Can Stand'.

Sat Nav is OX12 8DW 

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Four Days To Bid For Purdie's Wembley Shirt


There are just four days remaining to bid for Rob Purdie's unworn Wembley shirt, the proceeds of which will go to the Children's Ward at Hereford Hospital.

Bidding (as at 7.45pm this evening) stands at £510.

Purdie scored Hereford's goal at the FA Vase Final last May. 

Full details:

Your chance to own a unique piece of Hereford FC history with this Rob Purdie unworn 'replacement' shirt from the FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Each player was provided with two shirts for the occasion, this is the unworn 'replacement' / 'blood' shirt that was available to Rob Purdie on the day of the game.

The shirt has the FA Respect badges on the sleeves, 'Purdie' and number 4 on the reverse and the unique embroidered WEMBLEY STADIUM written on the front (this is slightly different to the embroidery on the replica shirts).

The shirt comes signed by Rob Purdie on the front and back.

The shirt comes with a certificate of authenticity. We can also arrange for the shirt to be presented by Rob Purdie at Edgar Street ahead of a forthcoming home game.

**100% of monies raised from this shirt will go to the Hereford Hospital Children's Ward**

John Mills Third In Goals Chart


Hereford FC striker John Mills is currently the third highest goalscorer in the Southern League South and West. His goal on Tuesday evening at North Leigh takes his total to 18 to date.

Mills has missed a couple of games recently but is just one goal behind joint leaders Lance Smith of Evesham and Levi Landricombe of Tiverton on 19 goals.

Hereford's Mike Symons is 8th in the list with 14 goals.

Mills and Symons between them account for 32 of Hereford's 57 League goals.

Meanwhile Hereford's attendances are currently averaging 2594. That's after 11 home games.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

AFC Totton Chairman and Vice Resign

AFC Totton have today announced the resignation of their chairman and vice-chairman.

Chairman Andy Straker has been suffering with his health recently, and feels it is best for someone else to take over in the best interests of the club.

Vice-chairman Roy Edwards has been dealing with the increased workload, but a promotion at work means he is also unable to continue in his role.

The Stags would like to thank both Andy and Roy for everything that they have done in recent years. The pair worked well together in 2013/14, steering the club through the financial troubles which they inherited.

Because of the resignations, the club has called a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 21st December at 7.30pm where members can elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer.

Another Win For UITC Under 18's

UITC Under 18's played Bromyard Town Under 18's this evening.

Result: UITC  3  Bromyard 0

Scorers: Oxley, Young, Scotford

Starting XI:1.Griffiths 2.Clarke 3.Pugh 4.Purrington 5.MacDonald 6.Richmond 7.Oxley 8.Scotford 9.Young 10.Maddy 11.Muirhead

Subs: 12.Lancett 14.M.Davies 15.Hurst 16.Preece 17.G.Hayes

Jim Williams - BDO Darts Player Interview

Herefordshire's Jim Williams faces Tony O'Shea in the 1st round of the Lakeside in January. I managed to squeeze in a Hereford FC related question in tonight's interview.

Plummer Subbed Because Of Tight Hamstring

Hereford's Tristan Plummer who scored a cracker of a goal was subbed late in the second half at North Leigh last night.

"Tight hamstring, heavy going," said manager Peter Beadle

"I thought he put a good shift in, I thought he played well.

"Took his goal fantastically. What a finish.

"All the goals tonight were good goals. All three of their goals were good finishes, I know the one took a nick off Edge's knee. Second one is a great finish, first one also a good finish.

"Then our goals all good finishes. Just needed that last flick of Edge's played through the posts, let one of them knock it in. If you put it out wide of the goal no one is running onto it, they're running around it.

"Like I said at half-time you would have taken 3-3 all day!"

Some supporters felt the referee didn't play enough stoppage time given the goals, cards, injuries, substitutions.

"I won't know because Pablo's had a terrible night and knocked the stopwatch off with four minutes to go.

"When we scored the third goal we still had five or six minutes to go plus whatever there was to add on.

"I couldn't see it because he turned my watch off.

"He's not had a good night, never mind!" 

HFA Christmas Kick About

This from the HFA:

The Slope Made A Big Difference Said Beadle

One of the talking points at Peter Beadle's post match interview was the slope at the North Leigh ground.

"Huge difference," said the Hereford manager.

"I don't think it matters so much on our pitch, I think we do it because of our fans.

"As Salisbury proved on Saturday it makes no difference which way we go first. We tend to play well pretty much for both halves of the game. Obviously going towards our own fans in the second half is a bit of an incentive for the players, there's a bit more of a buzz about the place.

"John and Pablo both have expereience here before and they said they would like to kick up the slope first half and down the slope second half. Which is why we kept it as it was.

"It's a big slope, it's not a small one, it's a huge slope and if you're under the cosh it's hard to get out.

"Saying that I thought we dealt with it quite well first half. The goals weren't because we were massively under pressure, goals were because we shot ourselves in the foot.

"Second half when you are on the charge like we were, it's hard to get out of that half because it is a huge slope and it does play a huge part in the game.

"We dug in tonight and earnt our result.

"Keeper made a great save from Edge in the first and Simmo had a great chance with a header but second half we took our chances and in the end disappointed not to win it."

Mills scored the winning goal when it looked to some as though he might have passed it to another player.

"You weren't the only ones shouting pass it as well!

"I've never come across anything like him in my years of playing, coaching and managing. Don't get me wrong he has his weak side, his back to goal, his passing, his control, pretty much everything!

"But I've never seen anyone finish like him and I've worked, played with some good finishers.

"He's a machine. Eight times out of ten you give him the ball in the box and he'll score and that's the beauty of having him around.

"He's come back and he's desperate to get back involved and play and he's come on tonight and rescued us a point."

Second Selection Of Second Half Pictures From North Leigh

These from the fourth quarter of last night's game at North Leigh.


Hereford Have To Dig Deep For A Draw At North Leigh

Players Celebrate After John Mills Scores Hereford's Third Goal
On a very misty and foggy evening, Hereford FC took on what turned out to be their biggest challenge of the season so far when they met North Leigh away at Eynsham Park in front of a 366 crowd.

Led out by Captain Joel Edwards, the Bulls, as league leaders, anticipated a straightforward match against the Yellows sitting 24 points below on the league table. With only one change to the line up from Saturdays match against Salisbury, Edge taking the place of Purdie who was home ill, and playing in Red & Black Hereford didn't come out of the traps with the same gusto as of recent games that the fans expected.

North Leigh, playing downhill (a 12ft+ drop from one goal mouth to the other!) in the first half seemed to be only fractionally more on the attack than the Bulls opening their chances with a stray cross in the Hereford half for a first shot straight at Harris in goal. Hereford with a chance of a throw in, up the slope but North Leigh have a mission to defend and Hereford can make no inroads. Haysham & Edge working together to try to move the ball into the North Leigh half only results in a throw in down by the right hand corner flag, again cleared for another throw in along the sideline.

A chance for Haysham with a run forward (uphill) and a diagonal shot across the goal takes a deflection and goes wide for a corner which again is cleared back to the centre line, Hereford gaining possession back up the hill through to Edwards but the ball is effectively blocked for a goal kick sending the Bulls back into their own half. North Leigh passing with ease for an excellent build up finally blocked by Green for a corner. The corner is weak and easily cleared for Molyneux on the break up-field, the strong defence denying any chance of a shot and forcing a goal kick. The ball is met by Edge in midfield, finding space to move the ball out to Molyneux, through to Symons giving Haysham a shot but only finds the side netting.

Both teams level of possession is evenly matched as the ball is sent back down the slope into the Hereford half and our for a goal kick by Harris. At this point, there is a delay as Harris is not happy with the ball and after an inspection, the Ref calls for an alternative for play to continue. Hereford keep possession from the goal kick, Edwards with a cross to Symons but is given offside. The ball back down the slope again but a foul 30 yards out opens up the possibility of a shot on goal for Nor Lye, the ball sailing over the top of the 3 man wall and over the goal for a goal kick.

Molyneux now with a chance outside the North Leigh penalty area, the cross once more blocked for a corner, taken by Molyneux across the pitch and thought to have gone out over the line but the Ref waves play on, the ball now with Symons as he heads down towards goal, going wide but lack of pace makes an easy take for the keeper. A free kick minutes later heads deep into the Hereford half and a flick into the area for a goal shot is taken on by Murphy with a driving shot into the corner of the net. GOAL! 20 minutes in and Hereford go 1-0 down.

Hereford reeling from this take possession, Symons with a controlled ball to Haysham, through to Edge who equally drives a powerful shot at the North Leigh keeper, who at full stretch manages to get a hand to it and push the ball away. The game gaining more pace now, Plummer is tripped up in the penalty area but an appeal is waved away for Symons to be brought down shortly after, the free kick taken by McGrath to be headed away for a corner.

Hereford with possession sees Green with a run into the North Leigh half through to Molyneux and Symons but tackled to send the ball back towards the Hereford defence, Fortune 1 on 1 with Gray, a mistake by Fortune 25 yards out, toying with the ball rather than clearing, gives Gray the opportunity to take the ball for a shot into the top corner, Harris at full stretch but the pace is too strong for GOAL number 2. Hereford are now 2-0 down – 36 minutes gone.

Less than 4 minutes later, Hereford still not in control of the match are caught on the hop again with no cover for the ball in defence and a wide open area gives North Leigh their 3rd chance with a curling shot at goal 30 yards out, straight over the defence into the left hand top corner of the net. GOAL! Hereford now 3-0 down just before half time.

Back in the North Leigh half Symons has a kick for goal but slips, the ball having no pace is collected by the keeper. Tension is now starting to build as the players get in each others way, McGrath bringing a player down results in a yellow card. The goal kick to Symons is easily cleared by the defence for an Edwards throw in and cross into the box but is too strong for Molyneux to reach as the half time whistle blows.

HT North Leigh FC 3 – 0 Hereford FC

No doubt with Beadle's voice ringing in their ears from the dressing room team talk, Hereford make 2 changes to the start of the 2nd half.

SUBS: Hereford – Preece & Molyneux OFF Oates & Mills ON

The Bulls now doing what they do best, applying pressure to the North Leigh defence and with advantage of being on the downhill towards goal, they begin to raise the temperature and pace of the game, gaining more possession and better passing than in the first half. McGrath is fouled on the right hand touch line in the North Lye half, the free kick only back as far as the half way line, Hereford driving back into the oppositions half. Gray is down with an injury requiring treatment and a long delay before the goal kick resumes play back into the Hereford half. The ball goes out of play, the throw in quickly taken by Haysham but is called back as the Ref decides to call for the substitution of Gray with James at #16 for North Leigh.

McGrath has the throw in, taken on by Oates to Fortune who sends the ball down the pitch to Haysham, onto Edwards, going out again for a Hereford throw in. Calls for hand ball ignored as the ball floats towards the Hereford defence, forced out to Edge on the half way line, feeding to Plummer who has 2 players on him bringing him down for a free kick, taken quickly. The Bulls creating urgency, reducing the North Leigh players ability to tackle effectively, the ball with Symons and passed to Plummer who from a standing start and no build up produces a superb volley 30 yards out straight into the top of the net. GOAL! Hereford begin the long journey back, now only 2 behind – North Leigh 3 – 1 Hereford

Mike Symons Holds The Ball Up And Passes To Tristan Plummer

Who Scores With A Cracking Shot
Increased energy from Hereford now, better build up and Plummer attempting to force a corner, but cleared back as far as Green, back out to McGrath, cant find Symons, back to Fortune to result in a throw in. Edwards now with a cross to Symons but a push from Symons gives away a free kick. Another foul on McGrath in the North Leigh area, the ball finds Green who strikes for goal only to be brought down on the follow through but not seen by the Ref and waves play on.

Hereford's pace and possession is strong as McGrath feeds into Oates, onto Edge who takes the ball to Mills, North Leigh defence feeling the pressure, Symo is obstructed but again no free kick given. A late tackle on Haysham brings both players down, North Leigh's #5 Hole, runs the width of the pitch and strikes Haysham while still on the ground under the other North Leigh player who is not moving at this stage. The Ref attempts to bring the match under control as frustration and tempers rise. As a result both Haysham and Hole are awarded red cards and sent off. Both teams now down to 10 men.

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Back in play the Bulls now determined to get the match back on track, power into the North Lye half, Mills taking his first strike for goal but caught by the keeper. Oates on the break feeds to Plummer, out wide to Mills on the right who crosses into the box but nobody there to finish the shot. Hereford gaining more momentum. North Lye players wasting time retrieving and taking free kicks to try and slow the pace down. Ball now back to Green, through Fortune and Plummer for Mills on the break but kicked out. Throw in taken quickly, keeping the speed of pace, Plummers cross goes out for a corner on the right hand side. Taken by McGrath with Edwards sending the ball straight to the keeper. All the action is on the right hand side as Oates makes a run down the pitch to Mills who slices the ball over the goal for a corner.

Ball into the centre of the box but just headed over the bar by Symons for another corner on the same side. A repeat kick in by McGrath again finds Symons in the middle of the crowded box and this time he heads it down into the back of the net. GOAL Hereford now only 1 goal behind at 3-2 with just over 10 minutes of normal time left + injury time.


Hereford on the attack now with a free kick straight at the keeper for a goal kick but the Bulls are beaten in the air and the ball is kicked away by the North Lye defence. The #9 Seacole is shown the yellow card for time wasting. Plummer now has the ball but is obstructed, played on but the Ref brings the ball back for a free kick to the Bulls but is cleared again by North Lye defence, digging deep to retain their lead. The header from Edge is straight to the feet of Oates who takes it on the break, is tackled but wins it back to McGrath to Edwards who spins to Mills out wide on the right. Mills takes the ball into the area, 1 on 1, Symons calling for the pass but Mills forges forward just inside the base line, determination to put the ball in the net and is rewarded with a superb swerving shot around the keeper to even the score. GOAL! Hereford equalise with minutes left on the clock. Score now 3 all.

SUBS: Hereford - Plummer OFF Williams ON

The Bulls, with little time left driving the field now, running rings around the North Leigh defence as the desire for another goal to go ahead in the late stages of the match is high. Oates with a great ball to Williams who expertly holds it to pass to Symons, back to Oates who volleys wide. Green is now in the penalty area adding support to the striking force, back to McGrath, to Oates but headed away for a throw in. A final attempt by North Leigh sees the ball whistle over the the top of the bar off Fortune's header.

Green gains possession, finding Oates, onto McGrath, seeking Mills but comes off Edwards instead for a free kick. Green again forcing the ball back into the North Leigh half to Williams, back to Oates whose cross is headed away back into the Hereford half, now deep into injury time. Mills tries again but the keeper wins the ball for a goal kick. Williams with possession finds Oates, working well together but goes out for a throw in. One last attempt as Green crosses to Edwards who wins a corner. Edge takes the corner but a defender heads the ball away as the final whistle blows.

FULL TIME : North Leigh 3 -3 Hereford FC

Bulls News MOTM
Following a poor performance for Hereford in the first half this was going to be a difficult decision. The second half was a different team with a different attitude and tempo and rewarding the travelling fans and 1000 listeners on Radio Hereford FC to really appreciate the grit and determination the Bulls have to pull the game out of the deep and walk away with a draw and a crucial point to take them 10 points clear at the top of the table. There were lots of sparks of brilliance in the 2nd half, particularly the goals (obviously!) but the game changer was the introduction of Jimmy Oates whose class and pace took the match to a new height and raised the focus of the team.

TEAM: Harris, Green, Edwards (c), Edge, Preece, Fortune, Molyneux, McGrath, Plummer, Haysham, Symons

SUBS: Sinclair, Oates, Barnes, Williams, Mills

Next Match at Edgar Street: Hereford FC v Yate Town - Saturday 17th December 3pm KO

Second Half Pictures from North Leigh

A selection of pictures captured during the second half of last night's eventful game at a foggy North Leigh.

Apologies for the quality of the pictures.

Mike McGrath

Mike Symons

The North Leigh Keeper - Never In A Hurry!

Handbags After Pablo Haysham Has His Hair Pulled

Card For Haysham
And One For Stuart Hole

First Half Pictures From A Foggy North Leigh

A selection of pictures from last night's 3-3 draw at North Leigh. Conditions were quite foggy and the flood lights not the best.

Pablo Haysham

Haysham With A Shot

Jamie Molyneux

Tristan Plummer

Mike Symons

Jamie Molyneux

Mike Symons Claiming He Was Brought Down

Molyneux Can't Quite Connect With A Cross From Haysham

Four Match Ban For Haysham?

Pablo Haysham With His Hand On His Head Whilst Jamie Edge Holds Back A Leigh Player

Hereford FC's Pablo Haysham could face a four match ban after being sent off at North Leigh last night. North Leigh also had a player red carded.

"I thought Pablo's was harsh," said manager Peter Beadle 

"I thought it was a yellow card and I thought their one was deserved a red because you can't run thirty yards and grab someone by the hair.

"There's nothing we can do about it really.

"The referee said to me that he thought Pablo's was two-footed. I don't think it was two-footed, I had a good view of it.

"I thought he was weak tonight spent too much time talking to the players when the ball went out of play, not assert himself but trying to get his point across.

"He doesn't have to, just referee the game, referee it as you see it.

"Too much time talking to them, too much time talking to us and our team.
Peter Beadle TalkingTo The Referee After The Final Whistle

"Obviously if it were a Premier League game with all the cameras I'd like to see it again.

"I thought it was harsh. Yes he has over-run it, yes he lunged but he wasn't off the floor, he was always in control and he got the ball. The lad has kicked it and it sounds and looks worse than it actually is.

"For me I think he's been dealt with harshly"

How long a ban?

"I'm not sure.

"Because it's his second one, it was two games the first time around, it could be a four.

"It's a shame because he's a fantastic player.

"The first one, the first sending off he got we thought was harsh so we'll have to take it on the chin and get on with it."

The Proverbial Game Of Two Halves Said Beadle

Mike Symons Scored Hereford's Second Goal
In his postmatch press conference, Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle felt last night's 3-3 draw at North Leigh was 'the proverbial game of two halves'.

"I said to the players at half time that we hadn't played that badly and we had found ourselves 3-0 down but they had had three shots, the third one took a deflection, awful mistake for the second one, poor defending for the first one. They took their chances.

"We hadn't played that badly and what we needed to do was be more clinical in the final third and stop trying to be so pretty at the back. Sometimes you have to put your foot through it. We want to play the right way but sometimes you can't, you've just got to defend properly.

"I said to them if you get the first goal, they will get nervous especially with the slope and then if you can get another one who knows and in the end we could have won or just nicked it or quite easily have won the game."

Beadle brought on John Mills and Jimmy Oates.

"Ryan is not as dynamic as Jimmy and we just felt bringing on that side  and get him up and down the touchline so we'd got more attackers on the pitch.

"I didn't think Mark or Jamie had done anything wrong, they hadn't played badly. But we needed a bit more impetus especially down the slope. And it worked today.

"The character the players show every week it astounds me it really does. With the expectation the football club has and to go in 3-0 down, a lot of players would have crumbled and folded but they didn't, they rolled their sleeves up.

"I said to now is the time to stick together through the second half, play the same game, play as you have done but be a bit more clinical in the final third and see where we go.

"And if we get one, they'll start to get nervous and it proved to be the case. In the end with a bit more quality we could have nicked it."

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Results and Updated Table

There were four matches in the South and West tonight, below are the results:

Barnstaple Town 0 - Swindon Supermarine 1
Bishops Cleeve 0 - Salisbury 5
North Leigh 3 - Hereford 3
Taunton Town 4 - Paulton Rovers 1

And the top of the table:

Hereford P20 GD+42 54pts
Tiverton P20 GD+25 44pts
Evesham P19 GD+30 42pts
Mangotsfield P18 GD+11 39pts
Swindon P20 GD+12 24pts

A Game of Two Halves at North Leigh

Hereford extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points following a 3-3 draw at North Leigh this evening.

The Bulls looked to be heading for their first league defeat since February, trailing three goals at the break. James Murphy (2) and Brad Gray (1) scored the goals for the Windmill Army.

But Hereford mounted a comeback in the second half, with Tristan Plummer, Mike Symons and John Mills ensuring the Bulls remain the only unbeaten side in the top eight levels of English football.

FT: North Leigh 3 - Hereford 3
Att: 354

More later.

Oates To Start At North Leigh?

Jimmy Oates could be back in the starting eleven for Hereford FC this evening at North Leigh. The right back has been on the subs bench for a couple of games recently but came on against Salisbury last Saturday after central defender Mark Preece came off.

Assuming Preece remains unfit, Ryan Green will probably partner Clayton Fortune.

Oates has been one of Hereford FC's most consistant players and there is a view that Green had a difficult time trying to contain Salisbury's Mason Walsh on Saturday whereas when Oates came on Walsh seemed less of a threat.

Striker John Mills is also expected to be challenging for a start. He appears to have recovered from his recent hamstring injury. If Beadle does start Mills, he will have a difficult decision deciding who to leave out from a side who have scored eight goals in their last two games.

Edgar's Winter Soccer Schools

This from UITC: