Next Game: St. Neots Town Away on Saturday 26th August at 3pm

Monday, February 29, 2016

Khalsa Move Up To Fourth In League


Sporting Khalsa have moved up to fourth place in the Midland Premier League.

They defeated Coventry Sphinx 3-0 this evening.

Meanwhile Hereford's Vase opponents Salisbury Town lost 3-1 to Team Solent in the Weesex League Cup Quarter Final. Substitute Ashley Jarvis scored for Salisbury, his 18th of the season to date.

Defeat means that Salisbury's 17 match winning run has come to an end.

Prediction league round 41 preview

Round 41 of the Bullsnews prediction league sees Hereford host Kington Town on Tuesday. Kington are currently 8th in the West Midlands Division 1.

Last 5 matches:
FC Stafford 1-3 Kington Town
Wyrley 2-2 Kington Town
Kington Town 0-1 Shifnal Town
St Martins 3-2 Kington Town
Bustleholme 6-2 Kington Town

Predictions with attendance, score and username needs to be sent before 7:30pm on Tuesday to bullsnewspredictionleague@hotmail.com

Busy Day Selling Vase Tickets


Hereford FC have had a busy day selling tickets for the FA Vase tie against Salisbury on March 12th.

The club has reported that they've sold 540 tickets to date.

Sales to season ticket holders continue tomorrow.

Kington Tickets Available Online


Tickets for tomorrow's HFA Cup Tie between Hereford FC and Kington Town are available online.

The club are not selling them 'face to face' until tomorrow evening as they are busy selling FA Vase tickets to season ticket holders.

Only the Main Stand will be open for the Kington game.

Prices are £5 for adults and £1 for concessions.
 

Vase Tickets On Sale To STH Today


Season ticket holders can purchase tickets for the FA Vase tie against Salisbury on March 12th from 10am this morning by going in person to the ticket windows at Edgar Street.

They will need to take their current ST book with them and will only be able to purchase one ticket per book.

Tickets can also be purchased online by STH for this game. 

More details as released last week can be found at: http://www.bullsnews.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/ticket-update-from-hereford-fc_25.html

HUST - Recommendations From EMG



HUST OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE 2016 #2 29/02/16

Recommendations for New HUST Board from the 2015/16 Election Management Group
1· Formally adopting an Election Policy and a Board Membership policy
2· Reviewing the integrity and accuracy of current membership data and putting processes in place to ensure the integrity of new membership data
3· Putting a process in place to request permission from members to be contacted electronically including adding this to the membership application form.
4· Creating a role for an appointed rather than elected secretary who can act independently of the elected board and consider appointing a separate membership secretary
5· Describing a clear process for the appointment of HUST representatives to the HFC board.

In response: It was resolved that these recommendations be accepted and as such -

** The current Board will seek to resolve this issue by undertaking a complete review of the governance of HUST over the coming months in order to present an amended version to the membership when completed. This will be overseen by an identified member of The Board.

** It was resolved that the current paid membership of approx 500 should be taken as accurate whereas the lapsed members will have to complete a new application form in order to re-join.

** It was resolved that any new Application Forms will include an entry for an email address.

** No official roles were determined by the meeting. It was felt that, because of the vast amount of work that needed to be addressed, the membership would be better served in the interim by having Board members working in cluster groups to address pressing issues and as such was deferred. Each Board member was requested to consider their skill-sets for the next meeting so that specific roles could be determined.

** It was resolved that, in order to allow for sustainability, continuity and longevity of HUST representation on the HFC Board and to ensure the smooth running of HFC on a year by year basis, membership of the HUST Board was not a pre-requisite and that the current holders of those three posts should be invited to continue in their roles. Although not currently practicable, ideally they should NOT undertake specific HUST roles.
This is to ensure that such representation is not automatically changed each time a new HUST Board is elected. This may involve HFC amending part of their constitution as well and, as such, will need further consultation. This was amended to include future ratification by the membership after a review of the governance is complete.
Further to this the HUST Board resolved to accept an invitation from the HFC Board to a meeting at the earliest convenience of the two Boards.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Long Eaton Away On March 31


Hereford FC will travel to Long Eaton United on Thursday March 31st for a Midland Premier League fixture.

Originally the game was set to take place on Saturday March 19th but has been moved due to to the second leg of the FA Vase at Salisbury taking place on that day.

News Round-Up


Heanor Town assistant manager Steve Huntington has left his role, telling supporters he is not happy with 'one or two things around the club'. The Lions have lost their last three games, scuppering their promotion push, with manager Glen Clarence hoping Huntington will remain involved with the club.

National South side Gosport Borough have denied they have a financial crisis despite admitting players have not been paid for two weeks. Chairman Mark Hook responded after one of the club's players tweeted that he was a free agent after going unpaid. Hook says the players have agreed a payment plan with finances restricted following a number of postponements. Gosport say the players are the only paid employees of the club.

Welsh Premier side Rhyl have set an aim to become a community club. A working party will conduct a review of the club's finances and debts to determine the funds required to convert the club, with current chairman Paul Higginson describing recent years as 'turbulent'. 

Aldershot have denied claims in the Non League Paper that they are in takeover talks with Ashley Read. The club confirmed that they had met with Read, who recently failed with a bid for Woking, but that a takeover was not under discussion.


Three Out Of Three For UITC


Below are three match reports from games involving UITC teams yesterday.

All three teams won their games which is a great credit to all those involved.

U15s progress to the JPL Cup Quarter Finals!!!
Hereford FC U15s 3 – 2 Birmingham City U15s

This fixture had been advertised all over social media during the week and it was great to see the local press, Bulls News, Nibbo, Directors and Trustees all attending today in what turned out to be an excellent game of football. With no Hereford FC Senior game, it was also pleasing to see some local support from Hereford FC fans with an attendance count of around 80 spectators.
The U15s put in an excellent performance in what turned out to be a very entertaining game. The Hereford boys were excellent in sticking to their game plan and looked well organised throughout the game.  
Hereford came out flying taking an early lead through Joe Mellars before Birmingham responded 10 minutes later to make it 1-1. Birmingham then took the lead with their striker chipping the ball over the on-rushing Hereford goalkeeper Joe Regan. Hereford created numerous chances to score and got their reward with a goal to make it 2-2 just before half time when centre back Ben Vanstone went on a run into the Birmingham penalty area, pulling the ball back for Jack Marston to calmly fire into the net!  
The second half got very competitive, both teams wanting to win, some great tackles flying in, some great 1v1 battles and excellent teamwork. The second half saw Hereford dominate possession and the ball spent the majority of its time in the Birmingham half. However, when Birmingham won the ball back, they were excellent on the counter attack and were quick to break but some excellent recovery runs and defending soon won the ball back for Hereford. Lots of credit must go to the Hereford boys who didn’t get frustrated, stayed patient and it was only a matter of time before they scored the winning goal. With 10 minutes left, Jake Spink received the ball on half way beating two players before playing a perfectly timed pass to Liam Bishop who slotted the ball into the far bottom corner of the net to make it 3-2. 




Hereford never looked like conceding after this and the determination to hold out and win the game from all the players was clear. Lots of communication and organisation, commanding eachother, working hard for eachother, meant they comfortably held on to win the game.
The Hereford boys showed great passion and desire to work hard and win their battles today and at the same time play some excellent football especially the second half performance. However, the best thing about this team is they can play either better and are capable of moving the ball more, switching play more and retaining possession better than they did today. 
Overall an excellent whole team performance and we march on to the Quarter finals!!
Squad: J.Regan, L.Perkins, C.Godsall, B.Vanstone, R.Edwards, T.Hayes, R.Davies, J.Marston, C.Greenhouse, T.Baycroft, M.Mcleod, C.Gauci, L.Bishop, L.Marston, J.Mellars, J.Spink
Goals: J.Mellars, J.Marston, L.Bishop
 

JPL League
Hereford U13s 5 - 0 Newport County U13s

All the hard work the U13s have been putting in at training came together this week as they produced one of their best performances of the year.
Hereford were fast out of the blocks and set the tempo from the start. The passing was sharp and the lads moved the ball quickly. The first goal came from a fantastic combination down the left with fullback Jack Mear eventually crossing deep from the byline with Will Powell smashing his header in at the far post. 
After scoring the usual 5 minutes of complacency didn't occur this week and instead the Hereford lads went straight back on the attack. Josh Williams slotted a great through ball to Tom Hamilton who finished cooly when under pressure.  
Hereford defended well throughout the game and didn't even allow County a shot on target. The determination in defence and quality in building from the back was brilliant. 
At the break the boys were challenged to win the game with out conceding. We've worked  a lot on maintaining possession but the way the lads picked off a strong Newport side was unbelievable. Josh Williams rounded off a man of the match display with a fine goal and Tom Hamilton completed his hat-trick. 
A top draw performance from a talented group of players who will only get stronger as they gel as a team. 


JPL League
Cheltenham Town 2 - 3 Hereford U12s 

Hereford 12’s travelled to Cheltenham Town’s Seasons training ground. This was the first time both teams had faced each other in the league this season. Hereford would start the match with a slight change of formation, as the away side set up for an expansive style of play which would utilise and express the flair and speed within their ranks.
As both teams got settled into the match, both sides retained possession well and remaining calm in control of the ball, Hereford were the more dominate side in the early stages of the game but were unable to find the back of the net due to some great last ditch defending from Cheltenham. Hereford would not give Cheltenham a rest and continued with the attacking flair from both wings and cross after cross, shot after shot entered the home teams penalty box. The break through finally came in the 2nd period as Tim Honey broke the deadlock and put Hereford 1-0 up as he got his body in-between the ball and defender to slot home. Cheltenham then shortly equalised as a well worked corner bought the home side level at 1-1, however this goal would only spur Hereford on as they kept up the pressure. With the scores level at the half way stage. It was clear that that the Hereford players were determined to get all three points from this fixture, as the persistence and work effort from every single player started to take its toll as the injuries started to add up.
With 40mins left of the game and Hereford again took the lead, this time working the ball well down the left wing which lead to an inviting cross as Joseph Harwood didn’t hesitate as he timed his run to poke the ball home amongst a crowded penalty box. Cheltenham would not give up either which created a great game of football to watch. This saw Cheltenham change tactics slightly as it was near impossible for the home side to break down Herefords defence of Jack Williams and Mikey Yalland, who were having a great game together. Hereford then saw a cluster of injuries in quick succession which saw Cheltenham take full advantage as again they draw level. This only triggered yet another Hereford reaction as straight from kick off they kept the ball, worked it down right hand side and as the cross came in which saw Hugo Bernard-Pullen’s hard work pay off as he timed his run into the box to slot home Herefords third and to seal the win finishing the match off.



£9 To Watch Hereford At Salisbury


It will cost £9 for Hereford FC supporters, who wish to sit, to watch their team in the FA Vase second leg tie at Salisbury on March 19th.

For those who prefer to stand the cost will be £8.

Concessions will be £6 and £5 respectively.

Details of how many tickets have been given to Hereford and when they will go on sale are expected to be announced in the next day or two.

Two Games From Wembley


Hereford FC are just two games from Wembley says John Richardson in today's Sunday Express.

IT might not have quite evoked memories of that Ronnie Radford goal and the inspirational conquering of Newcastle United but Hereford FC are just two games away from Wembley

A goal in extra-time gave the new club, which has emerged from the ashes of the now defunct Hereford United, victory in the FA Vase against Camberley Town in front of more than 3,000 fervent fans at Edgar Street to set up a two legged semi-final against Salisbury, managed by Steve Claridge.

Success against Salisbury and it’s a Wembley day out for the club in its first season after starting their new life in the Midland Premier League, football’s ninth tier.

The FA are staging the Vase and the FA Trophy, the knockout competition for non-league football’s big boys, on the same day, Sunday May 22nd.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

More Pictures From the U15's Cup Win











 

Second Half Pictures From Victoria Park


A selection of pictures from the second half of today's U15 Cup tie at Victoria Park.


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The Winning Goal from Liam Bishop
 



Alvechurch Get Closer To Hereford


Avlechurch won their game at Lye Town this afternoon and so have closed the gap on leaders Hereford to just two points with two games in hand.

Midland Premier League Table:


1 Hereford 28 21 3 4 85 26 59 66
2 Alvechurch 26 20 4 2 69 19 50 64
3 Heanor Town 29 17 4 8 75 52 23 55
4 Shepshed Dynamo 26 17 2 7 52 32 20 53
5 Sporting Khalsa 24 16 2 6 57 32 25 50
6 Highgate United 24 14 5 5 50 26 24 47
7 Walsall Wood 27 14 5 8 51 43 8 47
8 Coleshill Town 28 14 3 11 70 56 14 45
9 AFC Wulfrunians 28 13 4 11 51 50 1 43
10 Loughborough University 31 13 4 14 62 63 -1 43
11 Long Eaton United 25 11 4 10 49 41 8 37
12 Stourport Swifts 27 11 3 13 38 41 -3 36
13 Rocester 23 11 3 9 41 48 -7 36
14 Boldmere St Michaels 29 11 3 15 46 62 -16 36
15 Lye Town 27 11 1 15 45 41 4 34
16 Brocton 29 10 4 15 53 65 -12 34
17 Westfields 29 8 7 14 43 54 -11 31
18 Quorn 28 7 5 16 48 56 -8 26
19 Bardon Hill 24 6 5 13 35 60 -25 23
20 Coventry Sphinx 23 5 2 16 32 56 -24 17
21 Dunkirk 27 4 3 20 28 93 -65 15
22 Continental Star 26 1 2 23 18 82 -64 5

Today's Midland Premier League Results:


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

Absolutely Delighted Said UITC Chairman


Nic Vaughan, UITC chairman, said he was 'absolutely delighted' with the victory by the U15's over Birmingham at Victoria Park earlier today.

"Liam (Brewer) has got a fantastic collection of players in the U15's," Vaughan told BN.

"I think Birmimgham came here expecting a relatively easy ride but to come out 3-2 was absolutely fantastic."

The pitch and facilities at Victoria Park are very good for this level of football.

Inside The Victoria Park Clubhouse

"We've got a five year lease agreed last May. We've invested nearly a five figure sum here upgrading the facility so as you can see today the pitch is absolutely superb and we've got a kitchen here that's done a roaring trade this morning.

"Really confident about this facility going forward with its soccer schools or the acadamy, this is a facility that will only get better."

UITC has recently been looking for new trustees.

"We've had a lot of interest from supporters and wider from people who want to join the board. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can make some new appointments.

"My colleagues, one of them is retired and the other has a full time job like myself, and as you know everything that's voluntary you've also got to dice things up between your job and your social life.

"It's a tough one, any charity or voluntary organisation will tell you that getting volunteers isn't easy but we've certainly done well this season with the resources we have got."

Financially it must be quite hard?

"Not at all. Today for example so many people through the gate, the kitchen has done very well and today we will have come out with a profit of £100 with the referees covered as well.

"The more people that come through the gate, just like Edgar Street but on a smaller scale, the better for UITC."

How much is Victoria Park used? 

"This is used four days a week from nine to eleven by the under 18's with Jamie Pitman and Joel Edwards along our physio Jonny Evans.

"And it's used on match days, one or two matches.

"In an ideal world we would have some floodlights here but it is surrounded by houses.

"It would be nice to get them, we've had initial discussions with the local community.

"But at the moment we are concentrating on getting the pitch upgraded and the club house as well."


There was one incident that slightly spoilt the day for UITC as the visitors changing room door was damaged.

If there is anyone who could help with the repairs please get in touch with UITC.

  

Pics From U 15's Cup Game


A selection of pictures from today's U 15 Cup tie against Birmingham.















Quarter Finals Next For U15's


After today's U15's 3-2 victory over Birmingham City in the Junior Premier League Cup, manager Liam Brewer spoke to BN.

Liam Brewer
Firstly a few words about the opposition.

"It's Birmingham City, they train and play alongside the acadamy at the main training ground in Birmingham, it's their shadow squad so players in the acadamy drop in and out," Brewer told BN.

"It's a bit similar to our under 18's with a development and a performance team.

"Looking at their form they had nine wins in their last ten games.

"Ours is eight wins and two losses so we're not far off that either.

"We played them last year and lost 10 - 0 first game, then we draw 2-2 late in the season."

What's next in this competition?

"We now go into the quarter finals. Looking at the set up of the Cup competition I think we will play North Somerset who haven't lost this season.

"It will be a bit of a challenge!

"But this is the best team I've ever had, or got together."

Today's Squad
As for the game?

"We built this game up for them, we knew we would have a few fans watching, we knew there would be a couple of directors from the club we're coming up to support them. 

"They came out desperate to go, throwing themselves at everything. They are a physical team, they are an agressive team but also a very good footballing team.

"But you didn't really get to see much of that in the first half because they were still in that cloud of playing a big game here.

"Once they settled down, with a few changes as well, that's when they started to be quite dominant and kept hold of the ball a bit more.

"We could have lost that game but if we had we would have been extremely disappointed and would have felt we didn't deserve to."