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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Prediction league round 32 preview

Round 32 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford travel to AFC Wulfrunians. Wulfrunians are currently 6th in the Midland Football League.

Last 5 matches
Sporting Khalsa 2-3 AFC Wulfrunians
AFC Wulfrunians 0- 10 Nuneaton Town (Birmingham Senior Cup)
AFC Wulfrunians 4-4 Quorn
Alsager Town 0-2 AFC Wulfrunians (FA Vase)
AFC Wulfrunians 2-2 Bardon Hill

Last 5 attendances
85 vs Nuneaton Town
83 vs Quorn
64 vs Bardon Hill
102 vs Stourport Swifts
85 vs Long Eaton

2015/16 Attendances
Highest: 106
Average: 86
Lowest: 64

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

Rivers Joins Swindon Supermarine On Dual Deal


Swindon Supermarine FC have reported that Hereford FC goalkeeper Harvey Rivers has joined them on a dual registration deal.

 

This from Swindon Supermarine FC:

Manager Dave Webb is pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Harvey Rivers from Hereford FC this morning on a dual registration with the Bulls. Harvey comes into the squad to cover for the loss of Matt Bulman's whose knee injury he suffered at Didcot last week is going to keep him out for at least ten weeks.

The 20-year-old keeper signed for the newly-formed Hereford FC at the start of this season following his departure from Gloucester City. He was ever present for the Bulls until the arrival of former Yate Town keeper Martin Horsell at the start of December.
 
Harvey was a youth team player at Hereford before doing his scholarship at Cheltenham Town. He then signed for Gloucester City in the summer of 2014 but found first-team opportunities limited so he left the Tigers at the start of this season to play more regularly. Whilst at Gloucester City he also had loan spells at fellow South & West Division sides Cinderford Town and Bishops Cleeve.
 
At the time, Hereford FC manager Pete Beadle, who had a short spell working at Cheltenham's Centre of Excellence before joining Hereford United as director of Youth football, said: "Young keeper Harvey Rivers - who started out at Edgar Street before doing his scholarship at Cheltenham Town - was second choice goalkeeper at Gloucester City. "He was offered new terms for 2015/16 by the Conference North side after playing well in their final game of the season, but opted to come to Hereford instead.
 
Welcome to Swindon Supermarine FC Harvey, we hope your time at Marine is a successful one.



HUST Pleased With 50/50 Draw Support


HUST are very pleased with the continuing support for the 50/50 draw at home matches.

Here's an update from Mike Langford HUST Treasurer and seller/organiser of the 50/50 draw.

'Many thanks to our magnificent supporters who also continue to support the match day 50/50 draw in great numbers, allowing us to have some excellent cash prizes.  The Westfields game produced a prize pool of £1,050 and 4 cash winners plus 2 consolation prizes of 24 cans of Westons Stowford Press cider.  Our thanks to Westons Cider.

The prize pool at the Coventry Sphinx game was £750 but 2 of the 4 prizes were not claimed after the match or since.  The details are as follows:

Ticket number 12506 wins £200

Ticket number 13328 wins £100

Please search out your tickets and if you have one of the winning numbers please claim your prize after the Leicester Nirvana F A Vase game on Saturday 9th January 2016.  I will be paying the 50/50 Draw prize winners from that game at the reception desk by Addisons Bar in the Starlite Rooms.

My gratitude also goes to our merry band of sellers who come along week after week whatever the weather.  So many thanks to Karen, Jean, Nikki, Joanie, Derek, Jeremy, Tom, Andy, Nigel, Ian and his sons Nick and Pete.

The success of the 50/50 Draw means that HUST has so far banked just over £10,000 which will be used to purchase further shares in Hereford FC and further support this incredible new beginning.  We hope to be near to £20,000 by the end of the season'.


One Midland Prem Game On New Years Day


There is one Midland Premier League game set to take place tomorrow, New Years Day.

The game is between Heanor Town who are currently third and Shepshed Dynamo who are fifth.

Ten matches are listed to take place on Saturday including Hereford's trip to AFC Wulfrunians. So far this season the 'Wulfs' haven't had to postpone a game so this game should take place

However the weather forecast doesn't look good and several pitch inspections are likely.

Already the game between Walsall Wood and Loughborough is in doubt. There will be a pitch inspection at 10am on Saturday morning to see if this game can go ahead.

We Are Always Looking To Improve Says Beadle


Peter Beadle And Matt Bishop In the Dug-Out Last Monday
Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle is always looking to strengthen his squad but he has several players who didn't play last Monday available again soon.

"We've got Sirdic to come back," said Beadle.

"Symons needed a rest. He hasn't played a lot of games before he came, then all of a sudden he's played a cluster of games. So he needs a breather.

"We've still got Carlos and Max. We've got plenty of numbers at the moment.

"Obviously you are always looking to improve so if something came along may be we would look into it, if we could fit it in.

"But right now it's tough to come and play here because who would want to come and sit on the bench. It's not ideal.

"We have some fantastic players here and the ones that have been on the bench they understand now more than ever about if we are going to achieve it's not just about this season, this is about next season and the season after that and the progress of the football club as a whole. It's the bigger picture.

"Obviously every player wants to play every week. My job is to try and keep as many of them as happy as I can, to keep them here and hungery.

"It's not easy to keep bringing players in but if we need to we will but we played two games over Christmas and we gained more games over other teams that haven't played and have been called off.

"And as the weeks go by it's going to be tougher and tougher certainly for other teams because they are going to have to play more and more games in a smaller time period.

"We've got the games on the board already and that's been down to a lot of hard work by our grounds people here and also the benefit of taking 200, 300, 400 people away from home, they don't want to call the games off. So they've worked hard to make sure the pitches have been okay for us to play on.

"We've been to some grounds where the pitches have been just about playable and we've got results which has shown a different side to us.

"So we've got the games on the board, the points in the bag so it's up to the rest to catch us.

"We know we've got a big January, we've got Wulfrunians on Saturday which won't be easy, they beat Khalsa last Saturday.

"We got the Vase game, the Alvechurch game, we've got to go to Coventry at the end of the month, we've got Khalsa.

"So we've got a fantastic month coming up and one to look forward to.

"And who knows at the end of January we might have a clearer picture of what's going to happen." 


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Extra Seats For Wulfrunians


Hereford Awaydays have a few extra seats available for Saturday's trip to the Castlecroft Stadium.


Saturday 02nd January


AFC Wulfrunians v HEREFORD FC........3-00KO


Ground Admission 


Adults £7-00 .......Consessions £5-00


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Edgar's Soccer Schools Christmas Special 2015


Edgar Answers Questions
Today concluded the end of UITC’s Soccer Schools Christmas Special. Over the two days we’ve seen more than 35 children join in with the fun with Edgar.

George Leyshon-James coaching during the session

Players showing off their dribbling skills
Laura Davies UITC Football Development Officer commented: 

“The two days held at thePoint4 have been a real success from our point of view, we’ve seen lots of new faces, as well as old ones too.

“It has been great for us as coaches to see children attend who we’ve coached in schools or at our Development Centre and shows how positive our programmes within the community are at the moment.

Edgar, Laura Davies And The Children Who Attended Today's Session
“We need to say a big thank you to those children who attended and to the parents/guardians for their support and feedback, as well as those at ThePoint4 for allowing us to use their facilities for our Christmas Soccer Schools.

“I’d also like to thank Hereford FC players Joel and Carlos for coming to visit us last week and hopefully we will see many other HFC players visit our young stars in the future.

“On behalf of those at UITC, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you during February half term…watch this space!”
  

News Round-Up


Kidderminster owner Colin Gordon is back in the dugout in order to help manager Dave Hockaday. The Harriers are now 12 points short of safety at the foot of the National League after losing 3-0 to Forest Green yesterday, their sixth straight loss. Fans have accused the club of already resigning themselves to relegation to a tier they haven't been at in 30 years.

Heanor Town have signed midfielder Gerry Moran and defender Jordan Simpson. Moran returns to the club after a spell at Rocester, while Simpson comes in from Belper Town. Bath City have announced an agreement between the club's shareholders and the Big Bath Bid group to turn the club into a debt free community owned club. The deal centres around the partial redevelopment of Twerton Park to clear massive debts at the club, with a feasibility study due to report whether the plan is possible in February.

Police have ended their investigation into fraud claims at Ashford United after some of the club's Directors claimed that a deal to install a 3G surface at their ground lumbered the club with massive debts. The company involved, who now own the stadium, says it is now to launch defamation proceedings against the Directors involved and the club, with them having been banned from the ground in November.

Telford are trying to sack striker Danny Glover after the FA found him guilty of playing for a Sunday League side while under contract to the Bucks. The FA fined the much travelled striker £300 for the offence, but Glover has now appealed his notice of termination from the club. Former Hereford United youth player Cory Williams has moved to Welsh Premier side Rhyl from National North Colwyn Bay.

Former Edgar Street coach Dave Kevan has left Notts County after manager Ricardo Moniz was dismissed. Kevan left Forest Green in March to join Moniz but they couldn't stop the Magpies dropping down to League Two.


Report On AFC Wulfrunians Last Game


Midland League secretary Gary Hazelhurst watched the Boxing Day match between Sporting Khalsa and AFC Wulfrunians.

With Hereford travelling to the Wulfs next Saturday here's his report on the game.

Sporting Khalsa 2 AFC Wulfrunians 3

There is nothing like a Boxing Day derby to blow away the Christmas Day and has these sides had met in the FA Cup earlier in the season and played out a 5 goal thriller, a lot was expected at the Aspray Arena. With the pitch a little sticky following days of rain, it was no surprise that both sides struggled to play any flowing football early on. Wulfs’ forwards were a constant threat to the Khalsa back line and James Pemberton had to react quickly, racing off his line to thwart Ricky Anslow. The home side should have taken the lead in the 20th minute. A free-kick from Craig Bannister was punched into the air by Danny Tipton who proceeded to palm the ball into the path of Mensah Kinch but this time, Tipton made a comfortable save. Matthew Martin was next to test Tipton but again the Wulfs keeper was up to the task. Kinch went closest to breaking the deadlock but his shot rattled the crossbar. 

Craig Gregg wasted a great chance for Wulfs just after the break, shooting wide when clean through. Wulfs opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. Jamie King latched on to an excellent through ball from Ravinder Aulak and fired into the corner past Pemberton. The lead lasted a minute, a mistake at the back letting in Marvin Nisbett who beat Tipton and then tapped home. A minute later, Nisbett hit the post and saw the follow-up saved by Tipton. Bannister then wasted an opportunity for Khalsa as they pressed for a second goal. At the other end, Kyle Brady volleyed wide when well placed but in the 69th minute, Brady made no mistake tapping in a cross from Anslow.

Gregg forced a fine save from Pemberton as Wulfs looked to extend their lead. Substitute Michael Nelson hit the post again for Khalsa who could not force home the rebound. Wulfs made it three in the 82nd minute. A poor back pass by Tim Jackson played in Brady and although he was forced wide, the ball found its way to Anslow who made no mistake. Khalsa were back in it two minutes from time when Nisbett beat Tipton top the ball and tapped the ball home. In stoppage time, the visitors went the closest when Mark Ganderton’s shot was well saved. Wulfs saw out the clock to put a dent in Sporting Khalsa’s promotion hopes. A great second half and a game that could have gone either way. 

Over the 90 minutes, Wulfs were good value for their win and it sets them up for their home game against Hereford next week.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Midland Premier League Weekend Preview


Here is this weekend's Midland Premier League preview written by Gary Hazelhurst.

One game on New Year’s Day sees Heanor Town entertain Shepshed Dynamo. With both sides at the top end of the table, this could be a tight encounter. On Saturday, Leaders Hereford take their long winning run to Wolverhampton to face AFC Wulfrunians, fresh from victory over Sporting Khalsa. This should be an excellent game of football on a wonderful playing surface. 

Match of the day is undoubtedly at Lye Meadow as Alvechurch and Sporting Khalsa lock horns. With Khalsa losing their last two league games, they will be looking to get back to winning ways while Alvechurch are beginning to look like the only side that could challenge Hereford for the title. The battle at the bottom of the table has been hotting up in recent weeks. Basement boys Continental Star are in serious danger of being cast adrift and they travel to in-form Boldmere St Michaels. Dunkirk have picked up points lately and their trip to Quorn pits them against the side two places and 5 points ahead of them. Coventry Sphinx are 3rd bottom and they welcome inconsistent and free-scoring Coleshill Town to Sphinx Drive. 

Highgate United have played 7 games less than leaders Hereford and they could challenge for the top three if they can get some of these games played. They travel to Westfields who are looking for points at the other end of the table. Bardon Hill have been unfortunate with the weather too and they now find themselves in the bottom 6 as they travel to Long Eaton United. Brocton have picked up 10 points from their last 12 including three consecutive away wins and they take this upturn in form to Hillsfield to face Rocester who have picked up 7 points from their last three games. Two games firmly in the middle of the table sees Stourport Swifts entertain Lye Town and Walsall Wood entertain Loughborough University. 

One other point:

The poor weather continues to affect Midland League fixtures with 9 holiday fixtures falling by the wayside. With further bad weather forecast for the rest of the week and next weekend, it does appear that this is something we will have to put up with for a few more weeks to come. In the Premier Division, both Highgate United and Shepshed Dynamo have not played a league fixture since November – hopefully, their luck will change in 2016!



Beadle Looks Forward to AFC Wulfrunians


Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle feels next Saturday's game at AFC Wulfrunians will be a 'really tough game'.

"I think they have been a little bit hit and miss but they've also shown how capable they are as a side of beating the top teams," Beadle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"They beat Khalsa again last week so we've got to go there and perform as we did second half today.

"No games are easy, we see the best of every single team we play because they are up for it because it is Hereford.

"I've watched plenty of games this year where - no disrespect to the years I've watched - the standard at the games haven't been great.

"But I know when they come and play us or we go and play them they are up for it because we are the team everyone wants to shoot down. We are the team that everyone wants to beat. They want to be the team that ends the run.

"So it's not going to be easy and take out of that the fact that Wulfrunians are a very good side.

"They are in the top six, they were last year as well so it's going to be a really tough game and we need to make sure everyone is ready for the challenge ahead for next week."


Alvechurch And Sporting Khalsa Set To Meet On Saturday


Two of the promotion contenders in the Midland Premier League play each other on Saturday whilst leaders Hereford are away at AFC Wulfrunians.

Second placed Alvechurch are due to play fourth placed Sporting Khalsa at the Lye Meadow.

As far as Hereford are concerned a draw might be the best result but whatever happens one or other of the two teams will drop points.

At present there is some doubt whether the game will go ahead at the Lye Stadium given the wet weather forecast for the rest of the week.

Both teams have played four games less than Hereford and would not want to see the game called off if at all possible.

1 Hereford 23 19 1 3 77 21 56 58
2 Alvechurch 18 15 1 2 53 13 40 46
3 Heanor Town 22 14 4 4 63 38 25 46
4 Sporting Khalsa 18 13 1 4 47 21 26 40

"This is a very big game for us and hopefully we can put a knife through their title hopes and make ourselves the number one contenders to chase down Hereford," Alvechurch manager Ian Long told the Redditch Advertiser.

"That's if the game goes ahead, we have a lot of rain scheduled this week so we'll have to see what happens.

"I would be happy to play it at Khalsa if it gets the game on but we'll see."

Long watched Hereford's game against Westfields on Boxing Day.

"It's unusual to see a side get two home games over Christmas but full credit to Hereford who are a very good side.

"We went to watch them on Saturday and they have a good team, a fantastic stadium and a big fan base and they should be winning this league.

"But we'll be fighting until the very end to win the league."  


Latest HUST Prize Bull Lottery Draw


This from HUST:

The latest HUST Prize Bull Lottery draw No. 84 took place on Monday night.

The winning numbers are:- 8 - 15 - 19 - 23

Should you have the winning combination, please contact prizebull@hufctrust.co.uk to claim the jackpot. More details on the Prize Bull Lottery and entry forms are on the Prize Bull Lottery page.

After last weeks win, the Prize Bull Lottery Jackpot starts at £1000

Carnybull's Bridgnorth Guide


Next Saturday Hereford FC travel to AFC Wulfrunians and Carnybull suggests calling into Bridgnorth en route.
AFC WULFRUNIANS v HEREFORD FC Saturday 2nd January 2016

Via BRIDGNORTH (10 miles from the ground)

By ROAD: A49 to Ludlow then A4117 for 1 mile then B4364 to Bridgnorth
then A454 to left turn by Mermaid Inn on to Castlecroft and ground.

WARNING: The B4364 twists and turns for 19 miles - deceptively faster than Mesut Ozil - so be careful! Alternative is to carry on north up the A49 and take the much easier but slightly longer B4365 then B4368 via Shipton and A458 to Bridgnorth.

RAIL: Either Wolverhampton then No. 3 bus to ground (20 mins) or for the full- on Bridgnorth drinking experience suggest:

0840 from Hereford to Kidderminster arriving 1006 (change at Bromsgrove)

Then 1030 Severn Valley Railway steam train to Bridgnorth arriving 1136
Delivers you (bar on board) straight to the Railwaymans’ Arms – shock-a-block with all manner of wondrous beverages!

CARNYBULL’S GUIDE TO BRIDGNORTH

A small market town with ancient timbered buildings in the High Street, comprised of Low Town and High Town, separated by the Severn River, with High Town perched 110ft up on a sandstone rock. If you park behind the Falcon Inn in Low Town, you can walk across the bridge and access High Town via the funicular railway or one of several flights of steps.

Beseiged by Cromwell for three months, cannonball holes are still visible in the rock as you drive up from the bridge. Once the Roundheads broke through, the Royalists fled - not before burning down 300 dwellings and no doubt endearing themselves to the remaining townsfolk.
If you plan to stay on Friday night, there is a Motown disco in the Falcon Inn presently the most popular nightspot (until 4 a.m.)

I’d recommend starting at the Railwaymans’ Arms (parking available) - where you may spot local dignatories enjoying the shunting whilst waving to passengers - then heading uphill via the Town Park and East Castle Street to sample Bridgnorth’s other real ale hostelries.

Nearly all carry HPA and other Wye Valley brews.

Black Boy on Cartway – many CAMRA awards. Cartway once led down to Bridgnorth’s dock and was full of pubs in the days when the (now silted-up) Severn could accommodate cargo boats and the street swarmed with drunken sailors. The only reminder of those wicked times on the Cartway, so they say, is Bridgnorth’s sole remaining house of ill-repute.

White Lion in West Castle Street (Nearly captures the legendary Barrels atmos)
High Street – Spoons, The Crown, The Bear.
Low Town – Falcon Inn

Eating: Tapas Bar on High St, Crown, Spoons, the King’s Head or Baileys

BUS TO WULFRUNIANS

890 bus leaves the Harp Inn in High Town at 1353 and from Fosters Arms in Low Town (over the bridge) at 1357, gets to the Mermaid Inn around 1425 (short walk to ground).

Club Shop And Office Closed Until January 6th


Hereford FC have annouced that both the club shop and office will be closed 'to the public' until January 6th.

Tickets for the FA Vase game against Leicester Nirvana can be purchased online from today. They will be available from the club in person as from next Wednesday.

The shop will open on Thursday and Friday as well as on match day.

The game is all pay except for executive club members.

Prices are: Adults £8, Concessions £7 and Juniors £1 

To purchase tickets online go to: http://www.herefordfc.co.uk/tickets/

Monday, December 28, 2015

We Took Our Foot Off The Pedal Said Willets



Mustapha Bundu On Top, Jamie Willets And John Mills
Hereford FC defender Jamie Willets felt that the players had taken their feet off the pedal following their first goal which he scored.

"I was really happy with my goal which put us one nil up," Willets told BN.

Willet's Shot Heads For Goal
Willets Celebrates With Bundu And Mills
"It was a good start but unfortunately for us we took our foot right off the pedal after that and we were really slack for the remainder of that half. It wasn't good enough by our standards.

"Deservedly so they got their equaliser, they worked really really hard. They played some really good stuff in the first half.

"I don't think we helped ourselves really. Even though we went in 3-1 up at half time it wasn't to our standards.

"But second half we put in a much better performance.

"Really, really happy, we've got another three points and whilst it's nice for me to get a goal all I care about is three points at the end of the day."

The team talk at half time seemed to make a difference?

"It was addressed that we were not good enough and we created a lot more chances second half.

"Their sending off did help a little bit but we were on the up by that time."

Willets has played in every League game since he joined Hereford from Stourport. And he's been on the winning side every time. His record at Stourport was nearly as good.

"I played seven games at Stourport and we won six. My last game at Stourport we lost to Coleshill so if you take that one away...

"My season is going absolutely fantastic, I started off like a house on fire for Stourport and the team did as well.

"Then I got a great move to a great club, to Hereford, and this winning run I'm thrilled to bit with it.

"All we've got to do now is move onto the next one, AFC Wulfrunians away, lovely pitch, lovely set-up and let's hope we can get another win."


Prediction League Round 31

Points for round 31 of the Bullsnews prediction league have now been sorted following Hereford's 6-1 win over Coventry Sphinx

Round 32 takes place on Saturday when Hereford travel to AFC Wulfrunians.

Points from round 30 and an updated table can be found at http://bullsnewspredictionleague.blogspot.co.uk/

After Today's Victory


Some pictures from after the final whistle at Edgar Street this afternoon.

The Meadow End

Manager Peter Beadle Talking To Louis Connor, The Sphinx Keeper

Man Of The Match - Mustapha Bundu

The Halp Lap Of Honour

Long May It Continue

Three 'Family' Supporters

It's 25 On The Bounce For Hereford


Hereford FC go into the New Year having won their last 25 games in all competitions and having scored 104 goals. 77 of those goals have been from 23 Midland Premier League games.

It's a great achievement but how does manager Peter Beadle feel about it?

"I think the fact that we were 24 on the bounce before today showed everyone we were flying. I'd have been happy with 24 one-nils, that'll do me!" said Beadle.

"We have got players who will score goals and they are a threat.

"I was really surprised with the way last Saturday Westfields set up to play against us and we showed what we are capable of.

"Today was a little bit different but again you've seen the threat of our front four and what they can achieve and that's with one or two not playing.

"Joe has been playing with a problem and he didn't have his best game today but he was effective. He's got a bit of a problem with his foot which he is carrying at the moment so we are trying to manage with game time and stuff to keep him sharp. But he did look a bit flat today on times.

"The other two up front and Mustapha out wide, I thought they were excellent today and we've got Simmo and Nathan to come into it if we need them."

Interviewer Keith Hall then asked about the groundsmen who look after the pitch.

"I think the pitch is better today. Even looking at it now it looks as though no one has played on it. It looks fantastic.

"I know how hard they work here with Ben and the chap who works with him who I can't remember his name which will go down well I know! ( Memo to PB - It's Graeme Keeble)

"They were here on Christmas Day and to have two games in 48 hours at home bearing in mind that there have been so many games in our division called off recently, to play two so close together and the pitch hardly looking like it's been used has been fantastic.

"It provides the players with the sort of surface we need to play the way we want to play. Hopefully if the weather stays good it will be like this to the end of the season.

"They've put in a great shift over Christmas and like I said the pitch has been fantastic."

More Second Half Pictures From Hereford's Game


More pictures from the second half of this afternoon's game at Edgar Street.

Substitute Anthony Robbins Is Brought Down

Ryan Green Puts the Ball Into The Box

Connor Pounces On the Ball In Front Of Substitute Nathan Hughes. It Was Connor's Debut For Sphinx.

Ryan Green Looks Annoyed After He Overhits A Cross

And Nathan Hughes Looks Disappointed After He Misses A Chance To Score

The Linesman Appeared To Give A Penalty After Hughes Was Felled But The Referee Said No

Supporter Information For AFC Wulfrunians

This from AFC Wulfrunians:

All away supporters please read our advice on your visit to Castlecroft Stadium next Saturday.

AFC Wulfrunians v Hereford FC on 02nd January 2016
AFC Wulfrunians  welcome all Committee, Players, Staff and Travelling Supporters at the forthcoming game onSaturday 02nd January  2016 at the normal kick off time of 3.00pm. THE ENTRANCE FOR SPECTATORS WILL BE OPEN FROM 1.30PM.( at bottom of stadium car park by field)
Admittance charges £7 adults £5 Concessions (Under 18 and over 65) Under 12’s free
The Address of the Ground is Castlecroft Stadium, Castlecroft Road, Wolverhampton WV3 8NA
Directions: BY ROAD: From Bridgnorth take A454 for around 10 miles towards Wolverhampton when you reach Mermaid pub at traffic lights turn right up Windmill Lane then turn right onto Castlecroft Lane, continue across cross roads past Wightwick Cricket ground and stadium is on right.
BY RAIL: Wolverhampton Station is just over 3 miles from the ground .Buses leave from opposite the Bus Station by rail station, no. 3 bus leaves every 15 minutes and will take around 20 minutes to the ground.
We hope that there will be a substantial number of travelling supporters from Hereford and we have made the following specific arrangements for the game.
• Coach Parking; We have capacity on the ground for the team bus only, and have made specific arrangements for the parking of coaches for supporters are the Rugby club right next door to the ground.
• Car Parking; We also have capacity for parking on site (approx. 75 cars). Cars will be directed to specific parking areas by stewards. We also have the rugby club with 75 spaces and can use The Old Wulfrunians club at  253A Castlecroft Road where there are 60 spaces , the walk is 10 minutes (Parking free on all )
• Food; We have arranged for  2 mobile burger bar to be located on the ground adjacent to the Grandstand area for the sale of hot and cold food and drinks.
• Alcoholic Drinks:  Bars will open at 1.30pm and close at 5.30pm. We will have 2 bars on the day, with the lower stand bar been for Hereford fans.
• No Bottles or Cans are allowed to be brought onto the site for consumption around the ground.
We are sure the arrangements we have made will be of benefit to supporters of both teams and we are looking forward to this historic match between both clubs.

Second Half Pictures From Hereford


A selection of pictures from the second half of the game between Hereford and Coventry Sphinx.

Mark Albrighton Receives A Second Yellow After Bringing Down Pablo Haysham

John Mills Took The Free Kick

But Keeper Connor Got A Hand To It

A Return To The Starting Eleven For Nathan Summers

Mustapha Bundu Gets Ahead Of  His Marker

A Chance For Pablo Haysham
But Keeper Connor Got A Hand To It


First Half Pictures Hereford V Sphinx


A selection of pictures from the first half of this afternoon's game between Hereford and Coventry Sphinx.

A Free Kick For Sphinx Came To Nothing

A Chance For Pablo Haysham

Sphinx Supporters After Their Team Equallised

Keeper Louis Connor Keeps Mills On Hold

Captain Joel Edwards

Connor Gathers In Front Of Mustapha Bundu


Hereford 6 – Coventy Sphinx 1


Joel Edwards Leading Out Hereford Along With Mascot Alfie From Ross Juniors
As expected for this afternoon's match against Coventry Sphinx, Hereford manager Pete Beadle made a handful of changes to the side that beat Westfields 3-0 on Boxing Day. Nathan Summers got his first start since resigning for the Bulls, with Dylan Bonella and Joe Tumelty also being named as part of the starting XI. Jimmy Oates and Aaron Birch dropped to the bench, with Mike Symons being rested as Nathan Hughes was named as a sub.

As the game got off to a slow, scrappy start in the same manner as Saturday’s city derby, a foul by Rob Purdie 20-yards out led to a free kick in a promising position for the visitors, but goalkeeper Martin Horsell in the Hereford goal had little trouble in claiming Jack Rooney’s low drive.

With 8 minutes on the clock, Mustapha Bundu’s snapshot forced keeper Louis Connor into making a fine save, punching the ball over the crossbar for a corner. Dylan Bonella delivered the ball into the heart of the box, and after Nathan Summers had a strike well-saved by the keeper, Mills delivered the ball into the path of Jamie Willets, who made no mistake in striking low past Connor.

Jamie Willets With Hereford's Opening Goal


Neither side created much in the way of chances throughout the majority of the first half, but just shy of the 20-minute mark striking-duo John Mills and Pablo Haysham combined effectively on the left flank; Mills took a throw quick to Haysham, but his cross was too far ahead of Bonella on the far side of the box as the ball harmlessly went behind for a goal kick.

Five minutes later Haysham was rewarded for his determination to chase a long ball, switching to Mustapha Bundu on the opposite wing. As Bundu did well to get past his marker, he crossed the ball back to Haysham in the box, whose effort went behind off the outside of the post.

With 27 minutes on the clock, Coventry managed to pull themselves back level. Jacob Dobbs broke away from midfield after John Mills gave the ball away cheaply, unleashing a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area. Despite Martin Horsell doing well to block the shot, David Blenkinsopp was first to react to the rebound, burying the ball into the back of the net infront of a well-populated Meadow End.

7 minutes from half time, Hereford grabbed their 100th goal this season. Pablo Haysham played a neat through ball to John Mills, and as Mills created space for himself in the box, picked his spot beating Connor with his left-footed effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

John Mills Scores Hereford's Second Of The Afternoon


Just before the break, the hosts increased their lead to two goals. Mustaphu Bundu intercepted a headed clearance from Jack Downes on the edge of the area, and after rounding captain Thomas Muldoon, sent his curling right-foot shot low to the left of the diving Louis Connor.

Mustapha Bundu Lines Up The Shot For Hereford's Third

And Celebrates In Front Of An Empty Section Of The Len Weston Stand
HT: Hereford 3 - Coventry Sphinx 1

Eight minutes after the restart, a long clearance found Mustapha Bundu and he offloaded the ball to Pablo Haysham further upfield. As Haysham broke into the box, he was brought down. 

Pablo Haysham About To Be Brought Down

Did Haysham Think It Was A Penalty?

Despite calls from the home side that it should be a penalty, referee Alan Robinson awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, before dismissing Mark Albrighton for his second bookable offence. From the free kick, Purdie tested the keeper with a low shot to the right of the goal, but following a goalmouth scramble Connor eventually claimed the ball.

In the 61st minute, Pablo Haysham burst through the centre of the Coventry defence, and in front of an expectant home crowd, slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.

Haysham Scores Hereford's Fourth Goal


A handful of chances then followed for the home side. Firstly Joe Tumelty saw his rising shot beat the crossbar after being set up by John Mills, then minutes later Pablo Haysham’s shot was deflected behind for a fruitless corner.

As the game entered its final 10 minutes, a beautiful through ball to John Mills from Purdie on the right, left him with just the keeper to beat. As Mills all-too-easily rounded Connor, he had little trouble in tapping the ball into the back of an unguarded net.

John Mills Gets Around Keeper Connor
And With No One Else To Beat Scores Hereford's Fifth Goal Of The Afternoon


The Whites continued to dominate play as they searched for a 6th goal. Pablo Haysham could’ve grabbed his second in the 80th minute when his headed effort from Joel Edwards' cross narrowly went wide of the target; but Haysham was rewarded for his efforts in the 82nd minute, when through on goal he made no mistake in tucking the ball home.

Pablo Haysham Makes It Six For Hereford


Deep into injury time a Hereford corner lead to a string of saves by Louis Connor. As Purdie found Haysham on the edge of the 18-yard box, his powerful strike was parried, before a follow up shot by Purdie was also kept out.

FT: Hereford 6 – Coventy Sphinx 1
Att: 2,910
Sponsors’ MotM: Mustapha Bundu

Hereford: Horsell, Green, Edwards (C), Bonella, Willets, Summers, Tumelty (Robbins – 69’), Purdie, Mills (Hughes – 80’), Haysham, Bundu.
Subs not used: Oates, Birch, Rivers.

Coventry Sphinx: Connor, Muldoon (C), Sockett, Downes, Rooney, Albrighton, Dodds, Grocott, Blenkinsopp, Rankin, Thomson.
Subs: Wilson, Akinuli, Downie, Barnett, Brown.