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Thursday, February 28, 2002

News update
For all the news from Hereford United, click the links in the table below.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Season still alive: coach
Hereford have to recover from the FA Trophy defeat and focus on the league, says Phil Robinson. [More]

Monday, February 25, 2002

Fans clash in city centreShoppers looked on in horror as rival football 'fans' clashed in Chester city centre. More...
Robbo choked by defeat
Hereford United coach Phil Robinson was extremely unhappy with his side's 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at Chester City on Saturday.

"Their winning goal was a real choker," he told the Evening News. "We started to defend a bit too deeply. When you defend deep and you make a mistake, as we did, then it can prove costly."

He added: "It's common knowledge that we are struggling financially and we desperately wanted to do well in this competition. I have told the players to get themselves prepared to come in this week and work hard."

City's chairman Stephen Vaughan told the Chester Chronicle: "It's been a great weekend for the club; firstly we progressed to the quarter-finals of the Trophy with a superb victory, then we see two of our great young prospects signing new deals because they can see what a bright future we are building at the club."

Chester now play Burton Albion in the quarter finals, whilst Hereford hope to improve their league form.

Saturday, February 23, 2002

Injury time heartbreak for Hereford
Chester City 2 - 1 Hereford United... More...

Friday, February 22, 2002

Bulls look for quarter finals place
With good morale, Hereford United are confident of victory in tomorrow's FA Trophy tie at Chester City. More...

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Baker signs new contract
Hereford United's young goalkeeper Matt Baker has signed a new contract. More...

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

News updates
Many thanks to Roger and Tim for keeping the site going whilst I was away; today's news update can be accessed in the table below. Also, a big welcome to Helen Weaver who has joined the HU-FC.co.uk team - she went to the Boston match last night, and her report can be viewed here.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Boston Preview

Hereford go into Monday nights live Sky match with no new injury worries, but this is being written on a Sunday so keep an eye open on http://www.thisishufc.co.uk in case this situation changes. The Bulls will be keen to impress on the TV, and to make amends for the last minute defeat earlier in the season at Edgar Street

As for Boston, they have new signings Kevin Evans, from Cardiff, and Jim Rodwell, from Rushden, waiting to make their debut for Boston. Also, Boston have not played a match since the 26th of January when they lost 2-1 away at Stalybridge and have been replaced at the top of the Conference by Dagenham, who drew 3-3 yesterday with Yeovil to over take Boston at the pole. Other results have seen Woking beaten 4-0 at York Street, draw away at Nuneaton, a trashing of FGR 6-1 at home, plus a win and loss against Northwich. Again this is being written on Sunday so keep an eye on the Boston United official site at http://www.bostonunited.co.uk

Match coverage by Sky starts at 7:30pm on Sky Sports One, with a 8:05pm kick off.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

New updates...
...can be accessed by clicking the links in the table below.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

James reacts to club statement
All this and more can be accessed from the table below!
Hereford United 4 - 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hereford United progressed to the fifth round of the FA Umbro Trophy after overcoming Hampton & Richmond Borough at Edgar Street, eventually convincingly.

The 4-1 victory sets up a big tie in the fifth round - away at Chester City - but tonight's result do not display the resiliant nature of the Hampton performance for eighty minutes.

Phil Robinson named an unchanged Bulls side for the encounter, with Gavin Williams and Paul Parry in attack. Hampton played Craig Maskell at number 10; it was his shot that rebounded to Robbie Reinelt five years ago that sent Hereford out of the Football League instead of Brighton & Hove Albion.

The twice-delayed tie saw Hereford dominate early proceedings; Gavin Williams' first minute shocked was blocked and from the resulting corner, captain Ian Wright headed inches over Stuat MacKenzie's crossbar. Despite the Bulls dominating the attacking play and possession, Hampton's Darren Deegan clashed with Matt Baker whilst on a rare attack after twelve minutes. Baker cleared the danger but Deegan had gone down in the challenge and after a spell of treatment, he was stretchered off. It was announced after the match that Deegan had broken his leg, and he was replaced on the field by Marvyn Watson.

Midway through the half, United's Gavin Williams fired over from twenty five yards as Hampton were restricted to counter attacks. Five minutes later, Hereford took a deserved lead. Scott Goodwin crossed from the left and Matt Clarke, who was well positioned on the far post, headed home from close range.

Ian Wright and Scott Goodwin went close with efforts as Hereford looked to increase their advantage, but it was Hampton who were next to get the ball in the net. After thirty eight minutes, goalkeeper Baker came out to clear a loose ball but John Snape, who had come back to challenge the attacking Raphael Nade, appeared to slip the ball past Baker and into his own net. The goal was credited to Snape, but Nade appeared to get the final touch.

In the remainder of the half, Hereford had all the possession. Gavin Williams tried another long range effort as seen against Wrexham and Swindon, but the goalkeeper was able to save low on his line. The 1-1 half-time scoreline did seem a little unbalanced, but the twenty eight travelling fans from Hampton were delighted to be holding a Conference side. The first half statistics reveal one shot on goal for Hampton compared with five for Hereford.

Four minutes into the second half, Hereford took the lead. Gavin Williams was brought down in the box by Steve Omonua, and Tony James stepped up to slip the spot kick down the middle as Hereford scored just their second penalty of the season. Hampton can have no complaints as two minutes before the break, Matt Clarke's appeal for a penalty were turned down.

Paul Parry was foiled on two occasions as Hereford searched for a killer third goal, but Hampton's Nade fired over from the left at the other end as the Ryman League's were restricted to counter attacks. Both sides made changes, with Rob Elmes coming on for Scott Goodwin for the Bulls, and with seven minutes left, Hereford found another goal. An Ian Rodgerson cross was headed home by Gavin Williams, effectively sealing a Hereford victory.

A superb double save from Stuart MacKenzie meant Paul Parry was prevented from getting on the scoresheet again, but in added time it was Parry's free kick from the left than set up the fourth. Captain Ian Wright got onto the end of the ball to fire home as Hereford progressed to the fifth round.

The crowd of 1,167 will be pleased with the Hereford performance, but would be excused from thinking that the Bulls should have scored more. Man of the match Tony James was outstanding at the back, and scored a penalty, but nobody had a bad game for Hereford. The Bulls will play Chester in the next round, after they overcame Solihull Borough 4-2 in the replay tonight.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Two late goals secure Bulls win
Hereford United 4 - 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hereford will play Chester City in the fifth round of the FA Trophy after they beat Hampton 4-1 at Edgar Street tonight. Matt Clarke, Tony James, Gavin Williams and Ian Wright scored the goals for the Bulls.
Hereford hope for two wins
Not only do Hereford United hope to win against Hampton & Richmond Borough in tonight's FA Trophy fourth round clash, but need to beat the weather in order for the game to go ahead.

Tonight's game is ON at the moment, kick off at Edgar Street is at 7.45pm. The Bulls have to revive themselves after a 1-0 league defeat against Leigh RMI at the weekend, and coach Phil Robinson wants a good performance. "We can play at a higher tempo and we will need to because Hampton are treating it as their cup final," he told the Evening News. "They rested some players on Saturday for tonight's game and are really approaching it as a one-off. I think Hereford fans enjoy their cup football and it would be nice to have them out in force cheering us on."

Hereford have no injury doubts after Saturday, in which he was very disappointed with the result. "We missed having a game in the middle of a two-week break and didn't perform," he said. "The unbeaten run had to come to an end sometime but it was a shame it happened the way it did. We restricted them to two efforts one of which went in but we had a number of chances but it didn't go for us."

Hampton drew 1-1 with second-placed Canvey Island on Saturday, but are still languishing in seventeenth in the Ryman League Premier Division.

If the game is called off, further details will be added here.

Monday, February 11, 2002

James still top of the league
Tony James is still the best-rated player in the two counties. More...
James still leads award
Tony James is still top of the Ray Mercer Evening News Trophy as the best-rated player in the two counties this season.

Hereford's highly rated defender averaged 7.43 from thirty-two games and he is ahead of rivals from Stourport Swifts and other Herefordians. Matt Baker and Gavin Williams are both averaging 7.0.

Kidderminster Harrier's Dean Bennett is leading their team's performances with 6.85, Worcester's Paul Carty has 7.11, Stourport's Asa Charlton is on 7.32 and Evesham's Jay Powell has 6.65.

Meanwhile, Hereford coach Phil Robinson was disappointed with Saturday 1-0 defeat against Leigh RMI. After the match, he told the Evening News: "We didn't really perform today and, fortunately, I don't think that we can play that badly again. Our passing and shooting wasn't up to standard and I have had a word with the players.

"At least we have got a game under our belts now and hopefully that should put us in good stead for the FA Trophy fourth round match tomorrow night. But we have got a few things to work on."

Sunday, February 10, 2002

Feb 10th 2002 - Waywell full of Harrison praise


LEIGH RMI boss Steve Waywell told Football.Nationwide.co.uk that ex-Hereford defender Gerry Harrison was the key in his side's 1-0 win over the Bulls at Edgar Street yesterday.

"Gerry Harrison missed last week's game at Margate and we missed him - and against Hereford he was outstanding," said Waywell. "He's a cocky, confident sort of lad and the other players respond to that. He was definitely our man-of-the-match."

Waywell praised Hereford's excellent pitch and their supporters. "The pitch was brilliant and not bobbly, which is surprising with all the rain we've had. It was a good surface and a good atmosphere which always gives you a lift.

"But our lads deserve a lot of credit for beating a side who have been on a good run of form lately. We have an excellent away record and a lot of that is down to the fact that at Hilton Park we haven't the best of surfaces, a small crowd and not much atmosphere. Players respond to a crowd and that's what they did at Hereford."

In other news The Liaison committee have written to Chelverton to ask for the removal of Simon Morgan from relocation negotiations.

In his column in yesterday's Bullseye magazine, chairman Kevin Wargen wrote that HUISA had a meeting with council leader Terry James but the details had to be kept confidential for the time being. He also said that he had spoken to a person who may be looking to help the club in the future, who was concerned about misinformation being posted on the internet. He pleaded with supporters to be careful when publishing information and although the current situation was frustrating, "things are beginning to happen".

Meanwhile, HUISA have revealed that away travel will be going to two upcoming matches. A minibus will travel to the Boston United away game next Monday night (18th February), to be televised live on Sky Sports 1. The minibus will leave Edgar Street at 2pm and cost £21. If the Bulls get through in the FA Trophy fourth round, they will play at either Chester City or Solihull Borough. Any coach will cost £11 and leave at 11.30am. Should the Bulls draw on Tuesday night, please call the club on 01432 276666 regarding transport to the replay.

Saturday, February 09, 2002

Feb 9th 2002 - Dodge Blames Throat For Defeat


HEREFORD United's veteran midfielder Ian Rodgerson used his sore throat as an excuse for his side's 1-0 defeat to Leigh RMI today.

"I woke up this morning and my throat was on fire so I got some antibiotics from the doctor," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester. " I felt a bit lothargic but I wasn't playing to well so I'll use that as my excuse!"

The game saw plenty of Hereford chances but Leigh nicked the vital goal and Rodgerson commented: "We didn't play well today; we certainly didn't pass it well. The last few weeks have been a bit scrappy with the weather, trying to get venues to train, and it showed today. Leigh are a decent side and they're putting a little run together. We had one or two decent chances early on and if we had scored, I think we'd have gone on and won the game."

Michael Twiss, the former Manchester United trainee, got Leigh's winner with fifteen minutes left and Rodgerson continued: "It was a bit sloppy. He had a little bit of luck but these things happen. On the day, we were disappointed."

Hereford's next match is on Tuesday night, when they take on Hampton & Richmond Borough at Edgar Street in the FA Trophy. "It is extremely important," said Rodgerson. "Hopefully it will be a money-spinner for the club. We've gone eight games unbeaten until today so we've got to get back on track on Tuesday and make sure we win."

After that, Hereford's next league game is at Boston United on Monday night. The Pilgrims are top of the table and Rodgerson said: " I'm sure we can raise our game."

IN his Bullseye column HUISA chairman Kevin Wargen has written about the latest development with Chelverton.

"Since our last home game the Liasion committee have written to Chelverton to ask Simon Morgan to be removed from negotiations as far as relocation is concerned. This was quickly followed by a very strong rebuke to Morgan from Cllr Terry James."

Leigh Defeat Bulls

Hereford United 0 - 1 Leigh RMI


Hereford United's unbeaten run is over and they lost it deservedly at Edgar Street this afternoon with Lancastrians Leigh RMI securing a 1-0 win.

It was not that Leigh deserved their victory, but that Hereford threw away the game as they squandered chances and lacked the cutting edge. One lapse in concentration cost them dearly.

The Bulls won 1-0 at Hilton Park back in October and the reverse in the scoreline came as a result of a strong Leigh defensive performance and lacklustre efforts on goal from the Bulls. Coach Phil Robinson welcomed Gavin Williams back to the starting line-up and he was partnered by Paul Parry in attack. Rob Elmes was named on the bench and only entered the action after the hour mark. Leigh named former Hereford defender Gerry Harrison in defence after he was recently signed by boss Steve Waywell from Halifax Town.

The first half was dominated by Hereford, but Leigh's Tony Black forced Matt Baker to make the first save of the game in the third minute. The Bulls responded with Phil Robinson testing Mark Westhead, and then the player/coach headed against the crossbar as Hereford threatened.

Ian Rodgerson went close again on the eleventh minute before Dino Maamria tested Baker, and then Paul Parry ran onto a Gavin Williams through ball on fifteen minutes before firing a deflected shot wide. Hereford's defensive partnership of Tony James and Ian Wright coped well with Leigh's attacking force and Ian Rodgerson headed at Mark Westhead with seven minutes left of the half. Gavin Williams and then Michael Twiss went close as the two sides aimed to find the lead, and Paul Parry missed the target in the last minute of the half.

The second half was slightly more even, but Hereford again failed to hit the target after creating plenty of chances. Ian Wright, from the kick off, headed at Westhead wasting another chance before Leigh's Black fired at Baker. Paul Parry then hit a screaming effort over from twenty five yards as they dominated possession but were unable to break down a solid RMI defence.

Rob Elmes was introduced to the action but made little impact in a team lacking creating and dropping in confidence after facing a brick wall. Their morale was hit further with fifteen minutes left when Leigh took the lead against the run of play. Ian Monk crossed in from the right wing for Michael Twiss to pick up. The ball bounced off the post and Twiss was on hand to hit home from a yard out with the defence stranded. Leigh's solid defence and opportunist attacking tactics had worked and they had the lead, whilst the Bulls missed several chances to go ahead themselves.

With four minutes left, Ian Wright headed a forceful effort goalwards, only for Mark Westhead to tip over the bar to ensure three points for Leigh. Hereford didn't deserve anything from the game and there was little to get the crowd of 1,443 to return on Tuesday night.

The Bulls have to pick themselves up quickly for next week's FA Trophy tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough, who will be a difficult side to guage. Only thirty one supporters will be happy with today's result - and they were from Leigh RMI.

Hereford United: Matt Baker, Matt Clarke, John Shirley, Phil Robinson, Ian Wright (captain), Tony James, Ian Rodgerson (off, 62 minutes), John Snape (off, 81 minutes), Paul Parry, Gavin Williams, Scott Goodwin
Subs: Rob Elmes (on, 62 minutes), Lee Evans, Jimmy Quiggin (on, 81 minutes), Danny Davidson, Jon Hill
Yellow cards:Scott Goodwin (foul, 44 minutes) Rob Elmes (dissent, 85 minutes)
Man of the Match: Not awarded
Attendance: 1,443
Referee: Mr. S. Hapgood (Swindon)

Snapper Hopes For Nine


JOHN Snape is hoping to extend Hereford United's unbeaten run to eight games today as the Bulls host Leigh RMI, kick off 3pm.

The livewire midfielder is in his fourth season at Edgar Street and is known as one of Hereford's most committed players who is never afraid to go in for a challenge.

"Snape has been one of the unsung heroes in the years gone by but this year he has also proved a goal threat with something like five to his name," said coach Phil Robinson in tonight's Evening News. "He is very hard working and a real battler and as I said is now contributing with some goals. His strengths are that he is very strong and powerful and you need these kind of players in your team.

"Basically you know what you are going to get from him - he is a very consistent and committed player. Every team needs to have somebody who every week will work hard and win the ball back and he is certainly one of them.

"Central midfield is the hardest position on the field. They have to get forward in goalscoring positions and support the forwards, then get back and work hard defensively. You normally find at every club that in the fitness tests central midfielders come out on top because they have to do so much running."

Friday, February 08, 2002

Feb 8th 2002


RMI to provide tough test

Hereford United host Leigh RMI at Edgar Street in the Nationwide Conference tomorrow, kick off 3pm.

Leigh's away record is better than their home after to recent wins at Northwich and Telford but Hereford player/coach Phil Robinson is eager to end that run. "Their current form is decent and they have picked up quite a few places in recent games," he told the Evening News.

"Even though they are below us we are not going to be taking them lightly and know we have to carry on our recent form if we want to continue our eight-match unbeaten run. Everybody is fit apart from those three (Cooksey, Voice and Piearce) and everyone is raring to go having had the last few matches called off."

"Attendances have slipped gradually away during the season and what I am trying to say to people who have not come for a while is come and have a loot what we are about. We're playing some excellent football, scoring a lot of goals and the more people we have cheering us on the better."

Leigh boss Steve Waywell expects to have a virtually fully-fit squad for the trip to Hereford. Midfielder Gerry Harrison is set to return to the side after missing the 2-0 FA Umbro Trophy defeat at Margate last week. Harrison played for United in the 1996/97 season,

RMI could welcome Mark Westhead - who was expected to sign for League of Wales side Barry Town this week - into their squad for the game. The goalkeeper could start in a struggling side.

Waywell said: "Of course, every game is a cup final for us in our situation but team spirit has probably never been better than it is now and I am just looking forward to Saturday's game. The lads will be really up it and to get back into a groove and Hereford are only a few places above us so it should be a really tight game."

HEREFORD United goalkeeper Scott Cooksey has been forced to retire from football after another injury setback.

The twenty nine year old stopper hasn't played this season with a wrist injury which almost killed him, and he found out earlier this week that he requires another operation. Chairman Graham Turner commented on ClubCall that it was a sad day for the club.

Also departing Edgar Street is Mark Williams. The defender was released after a breach of discipline.

However, there is some good news coming from the club. Attacking midfielder Paul Parry has signed a new two year contract with Hereford, securing his future at Edgar Street until June 2004. Also considering new contracts are Matt Baker, Tony James and Gavin Williams. However, if offers come in from higher-graded sides, then they have a release clause allowing them to move on, if they wish so.

Thursday, February 07, 2002

Feb 7th 2002


HEREFORD United coach Phil Robinson has asked for supporters to back two wins in four days.

The Bulls take on Leigh RMI at Edgar Street on Saturday in the Nationwide Conference before playing their delayed FA Trophy clash at home against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday.

Crowds at Edgar Street are still too low with the club unable to cover costs, and Robinson told the Hereford Times: "We have been playing some good football lately, and it would be fantastic if the supporters who hadn't been to Edgar Street for a while came along and gave us another go.

"We received tremendous support from the terraces when we played Wrexham in the FA Cup earlier in the season and that level of support gives the players a huge lift."

Hereford should have a fully fit squad for Saturday's encounter with only Steve Piearce a doubt with an ankle injury. Long term victims Scott Cooksey and Scott Voice remain sidelined, but the Bulls are confident of securing the double over Leigh who they beat 1-0 at Hilton Park in October.

Captain Ian Wright said: "The confidence is high at the moment and we have been scoring a few goals at home lately, so we will be desperate to continue our unbeaten run. We played well at Leigh and I recall that John Snape scored a great winner that night."

Leigh are sixteenth in the Conference but have won five of their thirteen away games. In their last match, they were defeated 2-0 at Margate in the FA Trophy but haven't lost a league game since their start of January when they were hammered 5-0 by Southport.

On Tuesday, Hereford host Ryman League Premier Division strugglers Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Trophy fourth round. The winners will play Chester City or Solihull Borough in the next round, who replay in the Black Country on Tuesday night. 

Meanwhile the official website (www.herefordunited.co.uk) have reported that Hereford United's Edgar Street stadium was broken into last night (Tuesday).

Whilst the intruders did little damage, two doors were damaged and stewards' coats were scattered onto the pitch.
 

Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Feb 6th - Cooksey To Quit?


Scott Cooksey could retire from football after being told that he needs more surgery on his injured wrist.

The Hereford United goalkeeper hasn't played since last May after blood poisoning destroyed the ligaments in his wrist and severely weakened it. He featured for the reserves in January, but coach Phil Robinson told the Evening News: "Doctors are considering a further operation to try and improve things. Scott is currently considering his options and his future because he has a lot to think about."

Cooksey said the damage done by the infection, which left him in hospital for three weeks and almost killed him, made it unlikely the wrist would ever recover its full strength and mobility.

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Feb 5th 2002


IT was thirty years ago to the day that Hereford United recorded their finest hour.

The Bulls, then in the Southern League, defeated Newcastle United 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup after a replay at St. James Park four days earlier. The game finished 2-2, after being postponed several times.

The story that shocked the football world on February 5th, 1972 came from Edgar Street, Hereford, in the FA Cup third round replay...
Southern League side Hereford United, one of the biggest teams in non-league football, had progressed to the third round of the FA Cup and had held first division Newcastle United several days earlier at St. James' Park to a 2-2 draw. Hereford were pleased to bring the former league champions back to Edgar Street for another crack, but surely had no chance of winning.

Malcolm McDonald, the England international striker and one of Newcastle's best ever players, promised to score ten goals past Hereford but the Bulls, managed by Colin Addison, had other ideas.

Perhaps McDonald was a little optimistic, but with eight minutes left he neeted the first and it looked as if Hereford were going out after a good fight at Edgar Street. Cue a substitution!

Roger Griffiths was replaced by the attacking-minded Ricky George minutes before Ronnie Radford, a midfielder not renowned for scoring goals, unleashed a thirty yard screamer out of the mud to equalise in the most spectacular fashion.

The goal eventually was voted 'goal of the season' by viewers of BBC's Match Of The Day, and Hereford went into extra time.

Surely, the part-timers of Hereford United would tire? True, they were but substitute Ricky George had fresh legs.

It was George who scored to put Hereford into the lead in extra time from close range, and Newcastle searched for a desperate equaliser. It was not to be found, as Fred Potter in the home goal saved everything Newcastle could throw at them. Hereford had secured the biggest FA Cup upset ever, 2-1 over Newcastle United.

The season was one of sweet success for Hereford reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup (eventually losing in a replay to West Ham United), the semi final of the FA Trophy (losing to Hillingdon Borough), and finishing second in the Southern League. The Football League member clubs voted the Bulls into Division Four after a second vote at the expense of Cumbrian side Barrow.







Everyone celebrates after the Ronnie Radford goal (top).

Ricky George's winner goes in (middle).

The Hereford players celebrate in style after the game (bottom).

Thanks to Nigel Hill for the images.

John Motson, the BBC commentator on the day, spoke of the remarkable atmosphere: "In terms of atmosphere at English league grounds I've lost count really, but people say to me that the game that really got me off to a flying start at the BBC was Hereford v Newcastle in that famous Cup tie. Now that was a day that you'll never forget, and the atmosphere was... well, you'll never find anything to compare with it."

A LUNCHTIME pitch inspection has resulted in Hereford United's FA Trophy fourth round encounter against Hampton & Richmond Borough being postponed.

The pitch was playable yesterday, but heavy rain has resulted in the cancellation of the fixture for the second time in four days.

The winners of the tie, whenever it is played, with compete with either Nationwide Conference side Chester City, or Solihull Borough from the Dr Martens Western Division in the next round; the two teams replay at Solihull next Tuesday. The game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch today.

"It would have been nice to have been handed a home tie, but with Chester City in the lower reaches of the Conference and Solihull Borough from a lower league it is still a good draw for us," said Robinson.

Monday, February 04, 2002

Feb 4th 2002


Trophy draw made - Hereford or Hampton away

If Hereford United overcome Hampton Borough in the FA Trophy fourth round, they will face an away tie to the winners of the Chester City vs Solihull Borough match.

If Hereford and Conference rivals Chester progress, they will play at the Deva Stadium in the Trophy but if both are eliminated, the two will compete in a league match at Edgar Street. Solihull play in the Dr. Martens League Western Division, and are currently fourth. Chester and Solihull drew 0-0 on Saturday, and replay at Damson Park tomorrow night.

The game will be played on Saturday 23rd February, along with the other fifth round ties. The draw in full is:
1 Barnet or Scarborough vs Morecambe
2 Gravesend & Northfleet or Hendon vs Mangotsfield United or Stalybridge Celtic
3 Margate vs North Ferriby United or Braintree Town
4 Stevenage Borough vs Forest Green Rovers
5 Yeovil Town or Doncaster Rovers vs Canvey Island
6 Farnborough Town or Burton Albion vs Woking
7 Chester City or Solihull Borough vs Hereford United or Hampton & Richmond Borough
8 Northwich Victoria vs Telford United


Meanwhile, ex-Hereford and Swindon defender Gareth Davies looks set to join Chippenham Town of the Dr. Martens Western Division.

He quit professional football with a knee injury last month, but the 28-year-old is likely to run the academy and trained with the first team on Thursday night.

Sunday, February 03, 2002

Feb 3rd 2002


THE majority of non-league clubs have voted for their choice for the restructuring of the game - and have selected 'Proposal C'.

Teams such as Burton Albion, Chelmsford City and Altrincham have all backed the proposal for a north and south league below the Conference, and then four feeder league below the semi-national divisions. The Southern Football League, Hellenic League and Conference are likely to back the proposal, but the Northern League would rather see a split Conference league (north and south), as outlined in proposal B. The Isthmian League secretary Alan Turvey, who are most likely to lose out under new reforms, see the proposals as "change for change sake", as reported in today's Non-League Paper.

For a full outline on the five options, see a full report written by Yeovil Town's Ciderspace website - http://www.ciderspace.co.uk/features/0102-fa-proposal.htm

KINGTON Town chairman Bill Mayglothing has expressed his disapproval at Hereford United over the signing of two of their players.

The Express & Star West Midlands League Premier Division side have allowed Roy Jordan and Jon Hill to join Hereford on non-contract forms, but Mayglothing was annoyed at the manner of the moves.

Whilst he said he had no problems allowing the youngsters to move to Edgar Street, he told the Non-League Paper that nobody from Hereford contacted his club before signing the players. "This is not the way to go about things," he said.

Saturday, February 02, 2002

Feb 2nd 2002


TODAY's game between Hereford United and Hampton & Richmond Borough has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The FA Trophy fourth round game was not subject to a pitch inspection last night but after much heavy rain, and more on the way, the match had to be postponed. At 8.45am, the pitch was just about playable but the referee felt the rain and winds would have made it unplayable within hours.

The Hampton team coach was due to leave at 9am, so an early decision was welcomed to prevent them travelling.

The teams will try again on Tuesday night, kick off 7.45pm.

Friday, February 01, 2002

Feb 1st 2002


HEREFORD United will have to play well tomorrow to gain a place in the last sixteen of the FA Trophy, according to coach Phil Robinson.

The Bulls host Ryman Leaguers Hampton & Richmond Borough at Edgar Street in the fourth round, kick off 3pm, and after the Chesham tie in the last round, Robinson has every reason to be cautious.

He told the Evening News: "We know the quality of the Ryman League from our game with Chesham, who were a quality side. There is not going to be any complacency about the way we have been approaching this game, and have been working hard preparing for it. It will be a real tough test and we will have to be at our best to win the game."

Hampton are struggling in the Ryman League but won 2-0 against Newport County in round three. However, Robinson continued: "They are very strong physically through the middle of the team, have a bit of pace on the wings and have Craig Maskell up front. Everything seems to come through him - he has a lot of skill and a lot of experience, and has scored a lot of goals for them."

Hereford, though, have won their last eight games but Robinson said: "We are confident at the moment and our home form has been very good, but we can't be over-confident. We have to approach it like we have done our previous games."

The Trophy is a vital competition in Hereford's finances, after they reached the semi finals last year. "It is extra games and extra crowds coming in, and a chance of earning some prize money, which is vitally important to us at the moment," said Robinson.

Only one change is expected to the side that drew 1-1 at Southport last week with Gavin Williams returning after a one-match ban.

Meanwhile, all tickets have been sold for Hereford’s forthcoming evening with BBC commentator John Motson. `Motty’ will be joined by Hereford legend Ricky George at the eagerly awaited gala dinner event, which will be held at the Three Counties Hotel in Belmont on February 7th.

HEREFORD United have said that tomorrow's FA Trophy fourth round game will go ahead as planned and no pitch inspection is expected, despite heavy rain in the city.

A club spokesman told HU-FC.co.uk: "It's been raining but the water is running off it. It's been wetter."

The game will be called into further doubt if the heavy rain continues. We will keep you informed on any developments between now and kick off, which is at 3pm tomorrow.