Next Game: Weymouth at Home on Saturday 24th February at 3pm

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

First Half Pictures From St Neots Game

A selection of first half pictures from last night's 1-0 win by Hereford over St Neots.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Best Team Won said Saints Boss

Matt Healey spoke to St Neots Town's manager Matt Clements following his side's 1-0 loss at Edgar Street.

Clements said that despite the loss his side gave a good account of themselves.

Match Report: Hereford 1 - St Neots Town 0

Hereford are now four points clear at the top of the table after their fifth win a row, beating St Neots Town 1-0 at Edgar Street on Tuesday evening.

There were two changes to the side that leapfrogged King's Lynn into the top spot on Saturday, with Pablo Haysham taking Lance Smith's place who's struggling with a groin strain.

Attacking the Meadow End in the first half, Hereford's first corner of the game came in the second minute. Purdie's ball into the box from the right was met with a thumping header from West Brom loanee Dara O'Shea, but a defender cleared off the line to prevent an early goal for the hosts.

Against the run of play, a St Neots free kick with 15 minutes on the clock failed to test Hereford's keeper Martin Horsell. Jack Bradshaw's low drive was straight at the five-man wall and the danger quickly cleared by Ryan Green.

The Bulls then had another effort cleared off the line, with Jimmy Oates unable to break the deadlock with his headed effort. The pressure continued from Hereford without many clearcut chances. A foul on Mike Symons saw Taylor Parr go into the referee's notebook, but Jamie Bird's free kick from the edge of the area was too high and wide to trouble the keeper.

The remainder of the first half was dominated by the Bulls, but still rarely threatened. On the stroke of half time Jamie Bird had a chance to gift his side the lead going into the break, but his glancing header was met with a strong pair of hands from visiting keeper Finley Iron.

HT: Hereford 0 - St Neots Town 0

The majority of the 2,402-strong crowd were beginning to get frustrated with St Neots at the start of the second half as they were seemingly trying to run the clock down. Four minutes after the restart, a corner was eventually taken by the visitors but this was easily caught by Horsell.

Six minutes later Hereford took the lead through Dara O'Shea. Similar to his chance right at the start of the first half, O'Shea was able run onto the end of Rob Purdie's cross to head it firmly past Finley Iron.

As St Neots looked to instantly reply, a snapshot from Lewis Irwin was palmed away by Martin Horsell. From the resulting corner, the ball flashed across the face of goal but Tom Wood tapped the ball wide for nothing more than a goal kick.

Back down in front of the Blackfriars End, Pablo Haysham showed off his creativity by drifting into the box with the ball. Hereford's number nine forced the keeper into parrying his powerful shot, with Mike Symons heading over after the ball was worked the ball back into the area.

In the 68th minute another chance fell to Pablo Haysham. After taking a free kick on the left wing, he played a quick one-two with Purdie before seeing his rising effort clear the crossbar.

As the Whites searched for a second, two shots in as many minutes were kept out from the back of the net. Firstly, Mike Symons burst into the box but the keeper somehow managed to get his fingertips to the striker's shot and push it around the post for a corner.
Pablo Haysham, who had been causing problems for the Saints' defence for much of the game, couldn't capitalise on the corner as he saw his shot blocked by Tom Bradshaw.

As the game entered the final stages, Eliot Richard was bundled over in the box but the referee was quick to wave play on. And despite a final chance for Rob Purdie, the sliding Tom Wood prevented a late second goal.

FT: Hereford 1 - St Neots Town 0
Att: 2,402 with 9 in the away enclosure
Sponsors' MotM: Dara O'Shea

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), Pring, Richards, Green, O’Shea, Reffell, Bird (Murphy - 71'), Haysham, Purdie, Symons.
Subs not used: Bowen, Mills, Deaman, Puddy.

St Neots Town: Iron, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight (c), Wood, Parr, Semble-Ferris (Broccoli - 73'), Wiltshire, Irwin, Shariff, Williams.
Subs not used: Buddle, Rudman.

Next Game: Weymouth at Home on Saturday 24th February at 3pm

HUST Nominated Director Application Deadline

This from HUST:

The recruitment campaign to seek three appointments as HUST nominated
directors on the HFC Board continues until the end of the week.

HUST Chairman, Richard Tomkins, says ‘Thank you to those who have
already applied or sought further information in the roles.  The window
for applications closes at the end of this week. Therefore I’d
encourage anyone who is interested in putting themselves forward to send
in their application or get in touch for an informal conversation’.

Richard continues ‘We are also interested in hearing from those people
who think they have skills to offer the football club and the supporters
trust but either don’t meet the shortlisting criteria to be a
nominated director or are unable to take up a full time board
position.  This is because we want to develop a strong team around our
football club directors. Our Members have a wide range of skills and
talents and we want to utilise as many of those as possible to drive the
supporters trust and football club further forward’.

The deadline for applications for HUST nominated director roles is
midnight on Friday 23 February 2018. Applicants are invited to submit a
statement explaining why they are suitable for the role along with a CV.
Further details on the roles HUST is looking to fill and the nomination
process can be found in the HUST nominated recruitment pack:

Evo-Stik South Premier Results

Tuesday evening's results in the Evo-Stik South Premier:

Basingstoke Town 2-1 Stratford Town [194]
Hereford 1-0 St Neots Town [2402]
Kings Langley 1-0 Royston Town [118]
Redditch United 4-2 Gosport Borough [211]
Tiverton Town 0-3 Kettering Town [181]

The updated league table can be found here -

We Never Really Had Any Zip said Beadle

After Hereford's 1-0 win at home to St Neots Town on Tuesday evening, Hereford manager Pete Beadle said his side need to start putting in a performance for 90 minutes.

Speaking to BBC H&W's reporter Keith Hall, Beadle said: "I keep saying to the boys, we've had 45 minutes tonight, 45 minutes against Biggleswade and Bishop's Stortford. It would be nice to get that from the start and have that tempo.

"If we do start like that then teams are going to find it hard to contain us. But I'm really pleased with tonight and all we can do is keep putting points on the board.

"It's always nice to have a big lead at the top and it gives you a little bit of breathing space. We've got a big game on Saturday and they [Weymouth] will come here hoping to get one over on us."

But back to tonight's game, Beadle said the Bulls could've scored more but did well to contain St Neots' front four.

"We were a bit off it and slow first half in terms of our tempo, to the game. We had good possession but never really had any zip about our play. 

"Second half we started great, got the goal and then gradually started to wear them down. We could've added one or two more to the tally in the end but we didn't quite get there and it's a great result. 

"Their front four are a handful and they're a really good side. To keep them as quiet as we have done tonight I thought is a really solid performance."

Hereford Extend Their Lead At The Top With Victory Over St Neots

Hereford are now four points clear at the top of the Southern Premier table after beating St Neots Town 1-0 at Edgar Street this evening.

Dara O'Shea's goal after 54 minute was enough to secure the three points, with the Whites still having two games in hand over King's Lynn Town in second place.

More later.

BN Broadband Speeds With BT

As reported earlier BN is currently having BT broadband problems.

A speed check with has given the following result:

Download speed: 1.55mbs

Upload speed: 0.11mbs 

And BT have said the line is okay.

BN Problems With BT

BN apologies that due to problems with our BT broadband speeds we are currently having difficulties uploading news and photos.

This morning our upload speed has been as low as 0.10Mb.

Despite spending hours on the phone to BT, the problem has not been resolved.

Tonight In The Southern League

There are five matches in the Southern Premier League this evening.

Basingstoke v Stratford
Hereford v St Neots
Kings Langley v Royston
Redditch v Gosport
Tiverton v Kettering

Top of the League:

Hereford 31/74
Kings Lynn 34/73
Weymouth 35/72
Kettering 32/67

Monday, February 19, 2018

Two Southern League Games At Edgar Street This Week

Hereford FC have two Southern Premier League games at Edgar Street this week.

Tomorrow evening St Neots are the visitors and on Saturday high-flying Weymouth are in town. 

Tickets for the St Neots game are available online or from the club shop tomorrow from 10am to 4pm or from the ticket office from 6.30pm.

The club have given certain local schools free tickets to encourage youngsters to watch the game. Given it's half-term it's thought there will be a reasonable take-up of the offer.

Hereford Supporters At Dunstable

Around 350 Hereford supporters watched Saturday's game at Dunstable.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Second Half At Dunstable

A selection of pictures from the game between Dunstable and Hereford yesterday afternoon which the Bulls won 4-0.

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Slight Groin Strain For Smith

After yesterday's game at Dunstable, Hereford striker Lance Smith spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester.

Smith scored Hereford's second goal in their 4-0 win which propelled them to top spot in the Southern Premier League but later was subbed after he felt his groin.

"They've just told us in the changing room that we're top of the table. Best position to be in with games in hand as well," said Smith.

"It's the first time we've been there and we want to stay there.

"Since the FA Cup run we've always had games in hand so we've always been playing catch-up but King's Lynn have dropped points today.

"We've come here, done our bit, top of the league so it feels good.

"You don't want games in hand when you are not top, you can make them count when you're top, you can stretch the gap further and further.

"We didn't think we were threatened much by Dunstable. We had a game plan. I think we enjoyed it out there."

Defender Ryan Green scored one of the goals and was involved in several goal-mouth scrambles

"It was good he got on the score sheet and Purdie as well. They've rolled back the years today. Purds was top today.

"Had the game gone on and we didn't score we would have probably been forcing it. His goal settled us."

Smith was subbed early in the second half.

"I just felt my groin go at the end of the first half. The squad is strong so if someone comes off another top player can go on.

"I'll just rest it now. If I had carried on it could have been worse.

"It was annoying as I was enjoying it out there."

First Half At Dunstable

A selection of pictures from the first half of Dunstable v Hereford.