Next Game: Kings Langley at Home on Saturday 21st October at 3pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hereford To Play Tenbury In HFA Cup

Hereford FC will play Tenbury United at home in the quarter final of the HFA County Cup.

The date for the game will be announced later.

Eastleigh's Hoyte Gets Three Match Ban


Eastleigh's Gavin Hoyte has been given a three match ban for a 'hefty' challenge on Hereford's Mike Symons last Saturday in the FA Cup game between the two teams.

Hoyte was the player involved in an incident with Gavin Preen which saw the latter rushed to Southampton Hospital.

Andrew Boyce has been given a one match ban for bringing down Symons when the striker was denied a goal scoring opportunity.

On top of that Eastleigh's captain Sam Togwell has been ruled out for a 'couple of months' after being subbed at half-time after picking up a thigh injury.

Hereford Miss Out On Cup TV Coverage

Probably not surprisingly, the FA Cup first round tie between Hereford and Telford has not been selected for full live television coverage.

Those ties selected are:

Hyde United v MK Dons (Nov 3rd)
Shaw Lane v Mansfield (Nov 4th)
Chorley v Fleetwood (Nov 6th)

Each club will receive £67,500 from the FA's broadcast fund.

UITC To Support Hereford Foodbank At Christmas

UITC are pleased to announce that they will be supporting Hereford Foodbank once again this year.
On the run up to Christmas they will be collecting food and festive treats. Dates and places to donate to be confirmed nearer the time.
 If anyone would like to help with setting up a drop off station for donations, please contact

October Soccer Schools

UITC are holding two soccer schools over the October half term, with a trip to Wembley also on offer.

Both soccer schools take place in Hereford - one at Central Park, and the other at Hereford Academy.

See the flyer below for more details, or contact .

Throwback Thursday - Hereford United 2-0 Bradford City

Lets head back to the 15th October 2011, and the era of Jamie Pitman and Gary Peters in charge. Goals from Steven Leslie and Tom Barkhuizen gave Hereford the win over the Bantams. The initial arrival of Peters sparked a brief resurgence in form, as the previous week the Bulls had drawn 3-3 at Swindon, and after this Bradford victory won their next two matches against Barnet and Northampton. Unfortunately despite a hefty squad budget the Bulls were relegated on the final day of the season.

Hereford Lined Up
David Cornell
Joe Heath
Stefan Stam
Simon Clist
Rob Purdie
Andy Todd
Steven Leslie
Harry Pell
Nicky Featherstone
Tom Barkhuizen
Nathan Elder

Yoann Arquin
Delroy Facey
Michael Townsend
Attendance - 2,462

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Action against Farnborough

Or from the lack of video clips maybe more appropriate to say lack of action.
A disappointing game to say the least but things may have been a little different if this had gone in


                                                       A Good save from Oates


Inches away from Mills


And finally the sending off at Normal Speed


And slowed Down


Symons To Miss Two Games

Hereford striker Mike Symons is awaiting confirmation of his suspension after being red carded, in effect two yellows, during the game against Farnborough last night.

Given he was red carded earlier in the season, Symons is expected to miss two games.

They will be the away game at Tiverton next Tuesday and the FA Trophy home game against Weymouth on Saturday week.

Update Oct 19th: FA confirm Symons suspension is two games.

Kings Langley Tickets Available Online

Tickets for Saturday's game at Edgar Street between Hereford FC and Kings Langley are available online.

They can also be purchased from the club shop on Friday from 10am and on Saturday from mid-day.

Hereford FC Contender For Top Honour In H&W Sports Awards


Hereford FC are one of six contenders for the top honour in this year's Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.

All will be revealed at a ceremony at Worcester Warriors on November 23rd which will be hosted by BBC H&W's Kate Justice.

The six contestants for the top honour, the 'Sports Personality of the Year', are Bromsgrove Sporting FC, Daryl Mitchell, Droitwich RFC, Evie Richards, Hereford FC and Johnny Arr.

The 'Sports Personality of the Year' winner is the sportsperson or organisation, judged by a public vote, deemed to have achieved the most in 2017.

The public vote is now open on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership website at:

The poll closes on 11.59pm Sunday 19th November.

Latest Southern Prem Review

A look back at last night's Southern Premier Division results written by Steve Whitney.

With overnight leaders Kettering Town in Emirates FA Cup replay action on Tuesday night, King`s Lynn Town and Slough Town took full advantage to move above the Poppies in the table after both secured victories.

The Linnets proved too much for second-bottom Dunstable Town, running out 4-0 winners at Creasey Park.
Ryan Hawkins gave the visitors a 27th minute lead that Michael Clunan eventually doubled 5 minutes after half-time from the penalty spot.
Sam Gaughran added a third in the 76th minute and Ryan Fryatt rounded things off with Lynn`s fourth in stoppage time.
Slough were 2-0 Arbour Park winners over newcomers Tiverton Town.
A crowd of 514 saw goals from James Dobson after 22 minutes and Chris Flood 12 minutes later eventually proved enough for the Rebels.
Weymouth`s good form continued with a 3-2 win over Merthyr Town which lifted the Terras to fourth place.
Brandon Goodship again proved to be the Weymouth hero, netting a hat-trick with goals in the 40th, 54th and then the 87th minute.
The Martyrs had led through Ian Traylor`s 25th minute opener and then pulled back to 2-2 through Eliot Richards after 64 minutes.
However, it was a night to forget for Hereford FC, who dropped to fifth after losing 1-0 at Edgar Street to a Farnborough side who have recovered well from their 6-2 hammering by Weymouth on October 11th to record back-to-back victories.
They were greatly aided here though by a decision to issue striker Mike Symons with a second yellow card for a challenge on keeper Matthew Cafer 3 minutes before the break “ a decision not universally agreed with by the majority in the 2,014 crowd!
And then to rub salt into the Bulls wounds, just 2 minutes after half-time, Perry Coles popped up with what proved to be Boro`s winning goal, although they were grateful to Cairney for making two or three good saves to keep them ahead.
St Ives Town haven`t won in the league since the opening day of the season, and Tuesday`s 1-0 home defeat to Bishop`s Stortford keeps the Saints in third-bottom spot.
Darren Foxley scored the only goal to earn the Blues the spoils 8 minutes into the second half.
Gosport Borough`s woes continue and they still chase their first win after going down to a 4-0 Privett Park defeat to Banbury United.
It was almost all over bar the shouting by the 7th minute as the Puritans already led through Jefferson Louis and Ravi Shamsi efforts.
Tom Bradbury added a third with 16 minutes gone, but the visitors took their foot off the gas after that, eventually scoring a fourth through Conor McDonagh with 9 minutes remaining.
Tuesday`s two other matches both ended in 2-2 draws.
St Neots Town`s Taylor Parr had a mixed night as he inadvertently gave hosts Chesham United a 12th minute lead and then equalised at the right end 4 minutes later.
Scott Sinclair then looked to have given the Saints a great chance to earn a good away win when he put them ahead after 76 minutes, only for Shane Bush to level matters for the Generals 5 minutes later.
At Kings Langley, the home side raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Kieran Turner after 16 minutes and Mitchell Weiss right on the stroke of half-time.
But visiting Dorchester Town made it a second successive draw with second half goals from Billy Lowes in the 49th and 64th minutes.

UITC Hold Tournament For Main Sponsor Cargill

United in the Community hosted a 5-a-side tournament on Sunday at Central Park for the employees at Cargill. Fifty employees across six departments from Cargill’s facility in Hereford had entered and over 90 people attended the tournament to spectate and enjoy the day.
Over £300 was raised by the employees on the day, all of which supports UITC and many of its programmes. Cargill have been UITC’s main sponsor for two seasons now and have funded projects such as the Soccer Schools Programme and the Girls Football Programme, which has seen great success with the introduction of the U18’s girls team.

Luke Shuttleworth, Community Manager, commented on the day and the partnership with Cargill stating, “Today was all about coming together and celebrating this ongoing support and hopefully we can enjoy many more days like this with Cargill employees in the future.

UITC is proud to be in partnership with Cargill. This partnership adds value to our community projects and helps us to develop opportunities and programmes, which can improve life choices. A big thank you to all who volunteered their time to make this happen, the participants and the spectators”.

The winners of the tournament were ‘Grandstand Road’s Retail A Team’, they were presented with an award by Chris Hall, General Manager at Cargill.

Below are some photos from the tournament captured by Andy Walkden:


Second Half Pictures From Last Night At Edgar Street

A selection of pictures from the second half of last night's Southern Prem game at Edgar Street.

For More Photos Of The Game Go To The OS!

Elkins Case Adjourned Again

The case against Sam Elkins, the Didcot player involved in a scuffle with Hereford supporters earlier this year, was adjourned at a hearing yesterday.

'The case was adjourned to 29th November 2017 at Oxford Magistrates Court at 10am for a case management hearing.

'He is required to attend at the next hearing'. 

Gosport 11 Months Behind With Rent

Gosport Borough owe over £7,000 in unpaid rent to their local council, with the Southern Premier side 11 months behind with payments - according to the Portsmouth News.

Chris Ward, the council’s borough treasurer, told the site: "The club suggested a repayment plan involving two rental payments per month, starting in August. One would be its current rent and the other would go towards clearing its arrears. The council accepted this.

"No payments have been received.

"‘The council has no wish to deepen the club’s difficulties, but we can’t support it at the expense of council taxpayers."

The club, who are without a league win so far this season, said that there's no quick fix to their problems.

Chairman Iain Sellstrom said: "I have no intention of handing back the keys.

"I will do whatever I can to make this club survive, but I’m not a miracle worker.

"There is no quick fix – this process of repaying all our debts will probably take about five years to do. But we owe it to our fans and to the local community to make this work."

The full article can be read here (link).

First Half Pictures From Farnborough Game

A selection of pictures from the first half of last night's game at Edgar Street where Hereford suffered their second home defeat of the season, 1-0 to Farnborough.

Beadle Looks To Replace Bowen

In his post match interview after last night's defeat at the hands of Farnborough, Hereford manager Peter Beadle was asked about defender James Bowen who has left to join Solihull Moors.

"They put a seven days in last Monday for him," said Beadle.

"And James rang me this morning and said he had spoken to them and that he was going to go to Solihull which is on his door-step.

"I didn't agree with his reasons why he was going to go there but it's his choice, I can't stop him.

"Obviously we're sad to see him go and obviously on the day of the game it's always going to be difficult.

"It is what it is but, like I said, we've still got good enough players who on a good day would have put in a decent performance. But today wasn't to be our night.

"May be it's just what we needed after what happened over the weekend. may be it's that little bit of grounding we need to kick on again."

As regards replacing Bowen?

"We are making enquiries as we speak and we've got a couple we would like to speak to but that process takes a bit of time.

"Hopefully if we can't do something in the next couple of days we might look to do a loan and bring in a proper left back before the weekend but we'll see."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hereford 0 – Farnborough 1

Mike Symons Distraught At Being Sent Off
Following on from the euphoric FA Cup win at Eastleigh on Saturday, there were four changes to the Hereford side for the visit of Farnborough on Tuesday evening.

Hereford adopted a 5-3-2 formation, with Adam Page, Dan Preston, Rob Purdie and Pablo Haysham all coming into the side to replace the injured pair of Garyn Preen and Calvin Dinsley, as well as James Bowen and Keyon Reffell.

After losing the toss, Hereford were left to attack the Meadow End in the first half.
Two chances for the hosts almost saw them take an early lead. First, John Mills fired an effort towards goal after being set up by Adam Page, but a wicked deflection saw his effort denied by the upright.
Moments later, Mills couldn’t quite connect with Ryan Green’s aerial cross to net an opener.

As Farnborough started to get a foothold in the game, they came close to breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute. Jamie Cureton was through-on goal, but the 42-year old striker was denied by a great save from Horsell.

Despite this, the Bulls kept up the pressure. Jimmy Oates saw an 18-yards chipped effort tipped over by the keeper, before a low-drive from Pablo Haysham whistled wide.

Visiting keeper Matt Cafer couldn’t hold onto an inswinging corner, and after the ball found its way to McGrath on the edge of the area, the midfilder couldn’t control his shot as it over the target.

The hosts were then reduced to ten men two minutes before the break. Mike Symons was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card of the evening. The referee deemed Symons to have fouled the keeper after breaking into the box on a dangerous-looking run.

HT: Hereford 0 - Farnborough 0

One change at the break for Hereford saw Lance Smith replace Pablo Haysham, but despite the fresh legs up front, it was Farnborough who took the lead in the 47th minute.
A ball through to Perry Coles wasn’t dealt with by the Hereford defence, and with just the keeper left to beat, he calmly rounded Horsell before slotting into the back of an unguarded net.

As Peter Beadle’s men faced an uphill battle to get anything out of the game, they were lucky not find themselves two goals down by the 50th minute. With Farnborough looking a constant threat, goalscorer Coles fired into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Mike McGrath tried his luck midway through the second half, but a headed clearance off the line denied him the equaliser.

At the other end of the pitch, Nic Ciardini’s free kick proved an easy save for Horsell, before Jamie Cureton failed to get enough on his shot to beat the keeper.

As the half wore on, the home crowd grew increasingly frustrated with their side. Lance Smith teed-up fellow substitute Jamie Bird, but the ex-Cardiff forward blazed his shot well over the bar.

Ultimately, Hereford lacked the creativity and width offered by Keyon Reffell and Garyn Preen, and after a disappointing result tonight, hopefully Saturday will see an improvement.

FT: Hereford 0 – Farnborough 1
Att: 2,014 with 9 in the away enclosure
Sponsors’ MotM: Ryan Green

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), Page (Bird – 67’), Purdie, Green, Deaman, Preston, McGrath, Mills, Haysham (Smith – 46’), Symons.
Subs: O'Shea, Franklin, M. Harris

Farnborough: Cafer, Hammond, Emmerson, Evans, Saville, Huggins, Southam, Everitt, Cureton, Coles, Ciardini.
Subs: Calcutt, Forbes, Hutchings, Fearn, Willock.

Next Game: Kings Langley at Home on Saturday 21st October at 3pm

No Excuses Said Beadle

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle gave his reaction to the press after his side was defeated 1-0 by Farnborough this evening.

"We very disappointed, of course we are," said Beadle.

"There are no excuses, I think it was probably just one game too far maybe.

"We've had a lot of games, a lot of travelling. We put a big effort into Saturday.

"We've had the disruption with James and a few injuries today but that's not an excuse.

"We just didn't get going and then we get a sending off just before half time.

"Then we talked at half time about being tight and solid for ten minutes and play our way into the game.

"And then a minute into the second half we give away such a poor goal. Back to our old ways a bit giving away such a poor goal. Then we huffed and puffed.

"They never caused us any real problems apart from a few little bits, nothing I would call a major threat.

"So in general it was one of those days I think. We weren't at it and maybe it was just one game too far.

"Calvin came off ten minutes into the game Saturday so of course he is injuried. He's got a hamstring so he's going to be a couple of weeks. Keyon was already playing with a sore ankle but he took a whack just under his knee so he's got a bit of swelling on his knee and is struggling to bend it.

"But we've got plenty of ability in the squad to change the team. Pablo and age have come in so no problem there.

"Preston has come into a three at the back which at times looked okay but at other times a little bit shaky but it will look a bit shaky as we haven't worked on it a great deal.

"Overall just a disappointing performance."

Mike Symons was sent off when given a second yellow for an incident with the Farnborough keeper.

"Two yellow cards, it's a foul. There's no excuses it's a foul. I don't know why he made the challenge as the keeper had the ball in his hands. Players have their moments of madness, it happens but there are no excuses for it.

"I don't understand what his thought process was but it put us under pressure and on the back foot at the start of the second half.

"We didn't defend their goal at all well. It was a long ball over the top. Jack completely misses it and the lad goes in and scores. 

"No excuses, the sending off was what it was but we have to cope with that and get on with it but in a game of very few chances, a bit like Slough, it was very reminiscent of Slough a while ago.

"Let's just hope we get the reaction like we did after Slough. We bounced back after Slough and put a good few results together and performances but today the performance wasn't quite right."

Reaction from Farnborough manager Spencer Day

"We thoroughly deserved the win"

The thoughts of Farnborough manager Spencer Day after tonight's 1-0 win over Hereford FC at Edgar Street this evening.

Evo-Stik South Premier Results

Tonight's results from the Evo-Stik South Premier:

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Chesham United 2-2 St Neots Town [192]
Dunstable Town 0-4 King's Lynn Town [129]
Gosport Borough 0-4 Banbury United [230]
Hereford (0) 0-1 (0) Farnborough [2014]
Kings Langley 2-2 Dorchester Town [176]
Slough Town 2-0 Tiverton Town [514]
St Ives Town 0-1 Bishop's Stortford [162]
Weymouth 3-2 Merthyr Town [527]

The updated league table can be found here -

Bulls Crash Back Down to Earth

Ten-man Hereford fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Farnborough this evening.

Perry Coles' goal just after half time secured the three points for the visitors.

Mike Symons was dismissed in the 42nd after he picked up a second yellow for a foul on the keeper.

It Was A Hard Decision said Bowen

James Bowen celebrating his goal at Weymouth last month

After this afternoon's news that James Bowen has joined Solihull Moors on a deal until the end of the season, he has said it was a tough decision to leave Edgar Street.

"Just want to thank everyone at Hereford FC - management, players and the fans.

"I wouldn't have been the player I am without everyone's help."

Solihull are currently 23rd in the National League, two leagues above Hereford.

"I decided to make the move to test myself at a higher level," Bowen added.

"It was a hard decision, especially as the team are doing so well.

"All the best for the future, and once again, thanks for all the support and best wishes.

"Up the Bulls!"

Bowen will be in contention for their game against Guiseley on Saturday.

Bowen Moves to Solihull

James Bowen pictured at Kings Langley

Hereford's James Bowen has signed for National League side Solihull Moors.

Bowen had two spells at Hereford, the first during the club's inaugural season, before rejoining in the summer.

An article on Moors' website said the club were 'pleased' to have secured Bowen's signature.

A seven day approach was put in for the left-back last week.

Beadle To Make Changes For Farnborough Game

Hereford manager Peter Beadle will be forced to make at least two changes to the eleven that started at Eastleigh last Saturday.

Both Calvin Dinsley and Garyn Preen are expected to miss out after picking up injuries.

It's thought Rob Purdie and Adam Page will take their places.

Striker Lance Smith had what was reported to be a 'prior engagement' last Saturday which seemed surprising especially given it was a FA Cup game so he might have to settle for a place on the bench tonight.

If so John Mills is expected to be partnered by Mike Symons.

Defender Dara O'Shea also missed out last Saturday possibly because of his two games for the Irish Republic's under 19's last week. He will be hoping for a recall. 

However given Ryan Green and Jack Deaman both had good games last Saturday, Beadle has a difficult decision to make.

Whether Beadle will make further changes remains to be seen but with so many matches in the next few weeks some rotation is possible.

With players such as Pablo Haysham not starting recently, Beadle has scope for some change.

We're Not Massive Underdogs Said Beadle

Speaking to Hereford FC's official site, manager Peter Beadle has said that he is pleased to be playing Telford in the first round of the FA Cup.

"I wouldn’t rate us as massive underdogs," he said.

"Telford are used to a higher level, they’re used to having to perform week in week out, and they will come here as favourites. However, although we’re underdogs, I am always confident that if our players turn up and perform, then we can give any team a game."

Eight Southern Prem Fixtures This Evening

There are Southern Premier League fixtures this evening including the game at Edgar Street between Hereford (4th) and Farnborough (15th).

Leaders Kettering don't have a league game as their fixture against Royston has been postponed. Instead they face Nantwich in a FA Cup replay.

Second placed Kings Lynn should win their away game at Dunstable (23rd) and Slough (3rd) should overcome recently promoted Tiverton (8th).

Game of the evening could be at Weymouth (5th) where Merthyr (7th) are the visitors. 

Chesham v St Neots
Dunstable v King's Lynn
Gosport v Banbury
Hereford v Farnborough
Kings Langley v Dorchester
Slough v Tiverton
St Ives v Bishop's Stortford
Weymouth v Merthyr

Monday, October 16, 2017

Season Ticket Holders Get Priority for Cup Tickets

The club have said they expect tickets for the FA Cup First Round home tie against AFC Telford United to be 'in high demand'.

This means that they will give certain supporters priority when it comes to ticket sales.

1) Season Ticket Holders

2) HUST members
Fans with ticket stubs from the next two home games (Farnborough and Kings Langley)

3) General sale

Ticket prices will be announced in due course.

Hitchin Stop Redditch From Overtaking Hereford

Just one Southern Premier League game was played this evening.

Hitchin 1 Redditch 0

A win for Redditch could have lifted them to second place. However their defeat means they've dropped one place to sixth position.

Top of the League:

Kettering 11/28
Kings Lynn 12/28
Slough 11/27
Hereford 11/26
Weymouth 12/25
Redditch 13/25

Full First Round Draw

Here is the full list of ties from the FA Cup First Round Draw which was made earlier this evening.

Hereford are at home to Telford. Sides in blue are from the Southern Premier.

Full FA Cup first-round draw:

Stevenage v Nantwich Town/Kettering Town
Bradford City v Chesterfield
Port Vale v Oxford United
Newport County v Walsall
Morecambe v Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town v Southend United
Peterborough United v Tranmere Rovers
Cambridge United v Sutton United
Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town
AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers
Luton Town v Portsmouth
Shrewsbury Town v Aldershot Town
Hereford v AFC Telford United
Guiseley v Accrington Stanley
Blackburn Rovers v Barnet
East Thurrock United/Ebbsfleet United v Doncaster Rovers
Leatherhead v Brackley Town/Billericay Town
Boreham Wood v Blackpool
Shaw Lane v Mansfield Town
Colchester United v Oxford City
Plymouth Argyle v Grimsby Town
AFC Wimbledon v Lincoln City
Rochdale v Dover Athletic/Bromley
Coventry City v Maidenhead United
Chorley/Boston United v Fleetwood Town
Carlisle United v Oldham Athletic
Notts County v Bristol Rovers
Dartford v Swindon Town
Cheltenham Town v Maidstone United/Enfield Town
Woking/Concord Rangers v Bury
Crewe Alexandra v Rotherham United
Gillingham v Dagenham & Redbridge/Leyton Orient
Hyde United v Milton Keynes Dons
Gainsborough Trinity v Slough Town
Solihull/Ossett Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United
Charlton Athletic v Truro City
Wigan Athletic v Crawley Town
Gateshead v Bath City/Chelmsford City
Exeter City v Heybridge Swifts