Sunday, November 29, 2015

Highgate Match Rearranged

The home match with Highgate United, previously set for December 12th but postponed due to the FA Vase, will now be played on Tuesday, February 23rd.

Kick off will be 7.45pm.

Bundu Runs Rings Around Coleshill Captain

Hereford FC's Mustapha Bundu showed why he is rated so highly yesterday afternoon at Coleshill.

As our pictures show he gave the Coleshill captain the run around on several occasions.

The first three pictures, taken minutes after the kick-off and were a sign of what was to come from the youngster.

Bundu With The Ball

The Challenge From The Coleshill Captain Comes In

And Bundu Keeps Possession.
  A few minutes later a similar story with a shot as well

Bundu With The Ball

Bundu Tries A Shot After Keeping His Marker At Bay

However This Attempt Was Kept Out
 Not too long afterwards Bundu was in possession again.

This Is The Build Up To Hereford's Second Goal

Coleshill's Captain Tries To Take The Ball From Bundu

But Once Again He Fails

Seconds Later He Tries Again

And Fails Again

To Be Fair He Didn't Give Up But Still Failed - A Moment Later Mills Had The Ball In The Net
Coleshill couldn't contain Bundu so they tried to take him out of the game. The referee spoke to their number 4 after a rash challenge and later booked their captain for a similar challenge.

Coleshill Captain Receives A Yellow Card

Finally Bundu scores his goal but first he has to get past the Coleshill captain.

Bundu In Control Despite The Attention Of the Coleshill Captain

And The Ball Ends Up In The Back Of The Net

5 A Side With The London Bulls


We are  seeking players for a 5 a side league we are joining in Maida Vale which will begin on January 18th 2016.

Matches will take place every Monday evening.

If interested and for further information, please email: - and put '5 a side' as subject in the email.

All abilities welcome and suggestions for a post match pub would welcome!

There will be 6 teams in the division and we will play each other three times during the season; with a total of 15 League matches.

We are seeking a squad of 9 with an upfront sub of £68 to cover the 15 matches and the FA Affiliation fee.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

They Don't Care Who They Are Playing Said Beadle

It's two Cup games next for Hereford FC but manager Peter Beadle feels at present the players don't mind who the opposition is.

"I just think that the lads are so enjoying their football right now that they don't care who they are playing and what competition they just get on and turn up and play the games and are throughly enjoying it," said Beadle.

"Hopefully that will continue for a little while longer.

"It hasn't happened by luck for us to win twenty games on the bounce, it's come from pure hard work from the players.

"They've been excellent with their attitude and the way they apply themselves and they are now getting the plaudits for it.

"But they do know what the long term goal is which is to finish the season on top of the pile and that's going to take another big effort, a large amount of hard work between now and the end of the season." 

Early Goals Were Perfect Said Beadle

Hereford FC scored twice early in this afternoon's game at Coleshill and manager Peter Beadle thought they helped settle the game.

"After the game they gave us (at Edgar Street) they were ready to go today," said Beadle.

"So the goals in the first ten, twelve minutes were perfect for us, gave us a great footing in the game.

"And then after that you looked for us to kick on and maybe snatch a couple more but it wasn't quite to be.

"The wind probably favoured us a bit second half but even then we knew we couldn't take our foot off the pedal because the way they play, with the side they've got, and the quality they had from set pieces it was always going to be tough if they got a goal back in the game earlier in the half but it wasn't to be.

"Even at 3-0 they were not going to throw the towel in, they are too experienced for that.

"Even at 3-1 with twelve minutes to go the game was still not over then so the fourth one was just nice to kill it off and kill them off a little bit really when they had worked so hard to get them back into the game."

The conditions were horrible, wind, rain and cold.

"The worse one for any players is wind, the rain you can deal with, but wind is hard to play in. It was quite strong first half but it wasn't going end to end, it was coming across at a bit of an angle but we played into it first half and when we play on this surface the wind gets taken out of it with the way that we play."

First Half Pictures From Coleshill

Not the best day for taking pictures with heavy rain and the poorest lights at any ground Hereford have been to this season.

Here's a few from the first half:

Mustapha Bundu With An Early Chance

Bundu In The Build Up To Hereford's Second Goal

Eventually Bundu Passed The Ball To Joe Tumelti And Onwards To John Mills Who Scored From Two Yards.

Mike Symons Receiving A Kick And A Clout

Aaron Birch Gets His Foot On The Ball

Joe Tumelti

Really Pleased With Performance Said Beadle

After this afternoon's 4-1 win at Coleshill, Hereford FC Peter Beadle spoke to the press.

"Really pleased, it was a really good performance," said Beadle.

"We had spoken about the 3G pitch here and it certainly is condusive to the way we want to play.

"It's fast, it's slick and I think the boys throughly enjoyed playing on it.

"I thought some of our play today was excellent.

"We train on this surface anyway so we knew what we were coming to.

"Obviously they do vary a little bit but not a huge amount.

"So when we trained this week, we trained on 3G knowing that this would be the sort of surface we would be coming to and on this pitch as you'll have seen today if your pass is maybe half a yard not on the mark it causes a problem because of trying to adjust your feet and the surface is so fast.

"It suits so because of the players we've got and the way we play, the faster the surface the better.

"The players were ready for it and looking forward to it.

"Most of the group here now were part of the first game when we played them at home, and although we played well the result wasn't great.

"So it was important that we set a marker down to make amends for the last game and also continue this run."

Joel Edwards and Ryan Green were substituted because of injuries.

Ryan Green

"Ryan was more a precaution, he just felt his hamstring a little bit but nothing too serious.

Joel Edwards Was Tackled
And When He Got Up It Appeared He Had Hurt His Left Shoulder
"Joel, we'll see how he is over the next 48 hours. It's a shoulder or jarring injury, landing again. That's the downside of playing on this pitch is that they are quite firm underneath. He's just jarred his shoulder a little bit so hopefully in 48 or 72 hours it will calm down and the movement will start to come back and he should be fine."

Three other players were missing from the squad.

"Adam Page is injured. He's got this foot injury at the moment which is persistent. Cheltenham are looking after him.

"Pablo Haysham is ill so he could not be here.

"Nathan Hughes he's away at a funeral. Family reasons which are more important than football.

"It's the way things happen but we've come and again we've shown the depth of the squad we've got. Those three are missing but we've still got Max, Dylan, Tony, Sirdic and Carlos all waiting to come on, all quality players which just shows the depth we've got."

Today's Midland League Results And Table

Below are this afternoon's Midland Premier League results and the updated table.

MFLP AFC Wulfrunians 1 - 2 Stourport Swifts
MFLP Alvechurch P - P Rocester
MFLP Bardon Hill P - P Lye Town
MFLP Boldmere St Michaels P - P Coventry Sphinx
MFLP Brocton 5 - 5 Heanor Town
MFLP Coleshill Town 1 - 4 Hereford
MFLP Highgate United P - P Loughborough University
MFLP Quorn 2 - 2 Continental Star
MFLP Walsall Wood 2 - 3 Long Eaton United
MFLP Westfields 0 - 4 Shepshed Dynamo

1 Hereford 20 16 1 3 66 19 47 49
2 Heanor Town 19 13 3 3 58 31 27 42
3 Alvechurch 16 13 1 2 46 13 33 40
4 Shepshed Dynamo 18 11 2 5 36 20 16 35
5 Sporting Khalsa 14 11 1 2 38 14 24 34
6 Highgate United 16 10 3 3 35 16 19 33
7 AFC Wulfrunians 16 10 0 6 31 22 9 30
8 Walsall Wood 18 8 4 6 33 35 -2 28
9 Long Eaton United 16 8 3 5 29 23 6 27
10 Stourport Swifts 17 8 2 7 27 25 2 26
11 Lye Town 18 8 0 10 35 27 8 24
12 Coleshill Town 16 6 2 8 30 38 -8 20
13 Loughborough University 15 6 0 9 21 31 -10 18
14 Bardon Hill 17 5 3 9 19 38 -19 18
15 Boldmere St Michaels 17 5 2 10 28 40 -12 17
16 Westfields 16 3 6 7 24 31 -7 15
17 Quorn 17 4 3 10 25 35 -10 15
18 Rocester 14 4 2 8 17 34 -17 14
19 Coventry Sphinx 14 4 1 9 18 29 -11 13
20 Brocton 19 3 4 12 27 47 -20 13
21 Dunkirk 16 3 1 12 16 52 -36 10
22 Continental Star 17 1 2 14 11 50 -39 5

Hereford make it 20 on the bounce

Handshake Time
Hereford FC made it 20 wins on the bounce with a convincing 4-1 away victory at Coleshill Town on a wet and windy 3G pitch. An own goal by Rob Evans got the ball rolling, before John Mills nodded in from close-range. Mustaphu Bundu scored the pick of the goals just before the break, before the hosts pulled one back through Ricardo Reid. Mills however had the final say, stroking in from six yards to add some gloss to the result.

Both Adam Page and Pablo Haysham missed out through injury, so there were starts on either wing for Joe Tumelty and Bundu. The hosts boasted an impressive home record, having won their previous six, whilst Hereford had won their past eight away games on the bounce. In fact, the last time Hereford recorded a defeat was against Coleshill, when they were victorious at Edgar Street in August, winning a thriller 5-4.
Coleshill started brightly with a long-range effort pushed away by Harvey Rivers in the opening exchanges. Bundu showed some neat touches and forced the first-save from the home ‘keeper after gliding past his marker on the left-wing. 

The opening goal of the game came following good work from Mills. He latched onto a threaded ball down the right wing and dazzled the intentions of the covering defender, before delivering a cross to the back-post where the right-back, under pressure from Mike Symons flicked the ball into his own net.
Mike Symons Pressure Resulted In Hereford's First Goal
Soon after, Hereford were two up courtesy of Mills. It started with the leading marksman on the half-way line as his pass found Bundu. The Hartbury college student waltzed past three men, and inside the box, leaving the ‘keeper and right-back on the floor, but he couldn’t fix his feet to fire home; the ball though broke to Tumelty and his powerful cross across the box deflected up to Mills, who headed in from two yards.
John Mills Nodded The Ball Past The Keeper For Hereford's Second
Coleshill looked to regain a foothold in the game but they were largely left to shots from outside the box and Rivers wasn’t troubled. At the other end, Mills flicked over at the front-post following good work from Tumelty, and just before half-time, Bundu had all but sealed the match. He linked up with Mills on the edge of the box, before dragging the ball past his man and firing in off the inside of the post, with the outside of his boot.
Mustapha Bundu With Hereford's Third
Peter Beadle’s men had all but sealed the three points going into the second-period but still threatened to add further goals. Bundu again was involved, superbly nutmegging the right-back inside the area and cutting back for Symons, who had a left-foot shot blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs. Joel Edwards landed awkwardly on his shoulder and was replaced by Dylan Bonella. Coleshill missed a good opportunity at the far post, their attacker heading over after a long boot forward was nodded back across goal. Rivers had to be on hand to make some smart stops as the hosts threatened down the right wing.
With Tumelty and Bundu making way for Max Kontic-Conveney and Anthony Robbins, Beadle looked to sure up the midfield but Coleshill gave themselves a fighting chance when Reid controlled a pass in the box and swept past Rivers to make it 3-1. Yet it was Hereford who finished proceedings with the final goal with three minutes of normal time remaining. A hooked pass over the back-line released Symons, who composed himself inside the area to pull back to Mills and the striker grabbed his second by slotting into the corner.
On a blustery afternoon in Warwickshire, it could have proven to be a tough afternoon for Hereford but having coming out of the blocks quickly, the game was pretty much over after 13 minutes when Mills made it two. Once again, the strength in depth has been evident and there was quality across the pitch. Bundu was a handful throughout the game, showing confidence on the ball and taking his goal well and it would be hard to look further than him for man of the match. With Edwards picking up an injury, and Ryan Green failing to finish the game with a tight hamstring, Beadle will be pleased to have a free mid-week, and next weekend presents an opportunity to give fringe players a run out, when Bromyard visit Edgar Street in the Herefordshire Senior Cup. The next league match is not until the 19th December, when Lye Town host Hereford.
Hereford: Rivers, Oates, Green, Willets, Edwards (Bonella), Tumelty (Robbins), Purdie, Birch, Bundu (Kontic-Coveney), Mills, Symonds.
Subs not used: Moreira, Grant.

Today's Midland Premier League Fixtures

Below is a list of today's Midland Premier League Fixtures as at 10.00am this morning:

MFLP AFC Wulfrunians v Stourport Swifts Castlecroft Stadium
MFLP Alvechurch v Rocester Lye Meadow
MFLP Boldmere St Michaels v Coventry Sphinx Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
MFLP Brocton v Heanor Town Silkmore Lane Sports Ground
MFLP Coleshill Town v Hereford Pack Meadow
MFLP Highgate United v Loughborough University The Coppice #1
MFLP Quorn v Continental Star Farley Way Stadium
MFLP Walsall Wood v Long Eaton United Oak Park
MFLP Westfields v Shepshed Dynamo Allpay Park

There is a pitch inspection at Alvechurch at 10.30am to see if their match can go ahead. 

The game at Bardon Hill, where Lye Town were to be the visitors, has been postponed due to a water-logged pitch. 

UPDATE 10.35am: The game at Alvechurch has been called off. There's twitter talk that several of their players and supporters will go to Coleshill and watch the game against Hereford instead.

Update 10.50: The match at Highgate has also been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.