Sunday, March 31, 2002

Woking fired-up - Robbo

Woking are tomorrow's opponents for Hereford United at Edgar Street as they hope to push away from the Nationwide Conference relegation trapdoor, kick off 3pm.
The Bulls lost 3-2 to Scarborough yesterday whilst Woking, four points behind the Bulls, drew 1-1 with Leigh RMI.

Hereford are expected to be without goalkeeper Stuart Jones, who has a hip injury, and Ian Rodgerson, Phil Robinson and Ian Wright are all doubts after coming off at Scarborough. Matt Clarke, Danny Davidson, Steve Piearce and John Shirley all didn't feature in yesterday's squad, so it will be interesting to see whether they make comebacks tomorrow.

Bulls player-coach Phil Robinson said: "They (Woking) will be fired up for the game, but we have to match them for fight and desire and hopefully if we can do that, we will have enough ability to take the points."

Former Bulls defensive midfielder Jamie Pitman could figure in the Woking line-up.
Hereford have only beaten Woking in their last five meetings, with a 3-0 win at the Kingfield back in September 2000. Since then, Woking have won 1-0 (FA Cup), 1-0 (at Edgar Street) and 1-0 (at the Kingfield this season), and prior to the 3-0 victory, the Surrey-based outfit won 4-2 at Edgar Street in spring 2000.
All football matches are set to go ahead despite the death of HRH The Queen Mother, but a minute's silence will be held as a mark of respect and players will wear black armbands. "We would join the rest of the sporting world and the country in mourning the loss of the Queen Mother," said FA head of communications Paul Newman. "Like everyone else, our thoughts are with the other members of the Royal Family at this time."

Robbo baffled by penalty decision

Hereford United crashed to a 3-2 defeat at the McCain Stadium against a lowly Scarborough team yesterday.
After the match, winning boss Russell Slade told BBC Radio York's Ivan Ash: "I didn't think we knew what to do at 3-1. The answer was quite simply keep on doing the same thing. I don't think had our shooting boots on at times, we didn't take six or seven good chances. We lifted the tempo after the early setback which was an absolute wondergoal, and I thought we got on very much on top. Hereford were at sixs and sevens, especially when they lost Wright, and we got right on top; perhaps we deserved a little more than the 2-1 at half time."

Of the penalty appeal that was turned down, Slade commented: "I thought it was a definite penalty, and I wasn't certain whether the second one was. This is the consistency that we need to be concentrating on in the game and fortunately, it fell our way."

"3-2 in injury time and you think is something else going to happen? To be fair, it would have been very, very hard on us if they had got an equaliser."

Hereford player-coach Phil Robinson was baffled by the awarded penalty, labelling it as a "bizarre" decision. "All their players were lining up as they thought he had given a goal kick, and nobody could believe it when we found out he had given a penalty. The penalty really did change the game, but we didn't press them until it was too late."

Saturday, March 30, 2002

Bulls thrown back into relegation battle

Scarborough 3 - 2 Hereford United

Hereford United went down to their sixth defeat in eight games as Scarborough emerged victors at the McCain Stadium.
The 3-2 scoreline by which the Seadogs won does not show the difference in quality between the two. Hereford, for the most part, were lacklustre, particularly at the back where they are normal solid.

Tbe Bulls welcomed back the impressive Matt Baker to that starting eleven in place of the injured Stuart Jones, and John Snape replaced the notably-absent Matt Clarke in midfield. Also absent from the Hereford squad were John Shirley, Danny Davidson and Steve Piearce. Scarborough boss Russell Slade named ex-Hereford midfielder Gareth Stoker in midfield.

Eager to get revenge for their 6-0 defeat at Edgar Street last October, Scarborough started brightly with Stoker firing wide from a free kick twenty five yards out. Scott Goodwin went close at the other end before United took a shock lead which few in the stadium could believe had actually gone in. Gavin Williams fired a volley from thirty five yards following a Paul Parry lay off which sailed over the head of back-pedalling goalkeeper Andy Woods before dipping into the unguarded net.

Scarborough then took control, but lost debutant Andy Wright after sixteen minutes. Two minutes later, though, Hereford captain Ian Wright was taken off injured and replaced by Jon Hill. Then the problems started. Wright's captaincy was taken over by defensive partner Tony James, but the back line was visibly waeker. Scarborough found it easier to break the Bulls down, and had it not been for Baker, Hereford couls have been several goals down at the break. Karl Rose was thwarted by a last ditch save, and then Gareth Stoker wasted a couple of long range chances as the Seadogs responded.

Just past the half hour mark, midfielder Jason Blunt levelled the scores. Karl Rose beat off a challenge from James before passing to Blunt, who fired an angled drive from twelve yards past the helpless Baker. Three minutes later, United defender Dean Barrick appeared to bring down Blunt, but the referee waved away appeals for a penalty as Scarborough turned up the pressure.

Would Hereford survive to the break? No. Tony James was supposedly seen pulling the shirt of a Scarborough attacker and the referee pointed to the spot. The players, who were walking away from the penalty area, were as surprised as the fans that the spot kick was awareded. The home side took full advantage of this dubious decision, however, as Steve Baker fired a low ball which Matt Baker got a hand to before it shot into the net.

The Bulls lost Ian Rodgerson with a hamstring injury in added time, as Ross Diamond came on to make his first team debut, and Scarborough substitute David Pounder went close with a shot that missed the target by inches.

The second half started as the first had ended, with Scarborough on top. With fifty five seconds on the clock, Ryan Sugden was sent through after beating Jon Hill before firing past Baker when one-on-one with the ex-Hull City stopper.
The home side continued to have the lion's share of possession as the Bulls appeared frail at the back, but Barrick hit the bar with a cross from the left wing after fifty five minutes. Scott Jordan headed just wide as Scarborough searched for a fourth, but Paul Parry and Gavin Williams kept Woods on his toes at the other end with some promising openings. Sugden tested Baker just before the hour, but Hereford's reliable goalkeeper tipped the ball away before saving a quick rebound shot from Gareth Stoker.

Then the crucial move came that improved Hereford's chances. Coach Phil Robinson was removed for attacker Rob Elmes, and the change was immediately evident in the away side's play; they attacked more and seemed to create more openings. Ross Diamond made some impressive moves in midfield, and the Hereford attacks seemed more creative and effective. Richard Holmes headed narrowly over in a spell that saw end-to-end action, and then Tony James gave Hereford hope with a minute left. A Gavin Williams free kick on the left was headed onto the crossbar by John Snape, and after a poor clearance, defender Tony James popped up from five yards to reduce the deficit.

However, it was matter of too little, too late, much to the disappointment of the eighty or so travelling fans.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 30th March 2002.

Scarborough Hereford United
Andy Woods Matt Baker
Scott Jordan Richard Holmes
Mark Hotte Dean Barrick
Gareth Stoker Phil Robinson (off, 68 minutes)
Shaun Rennison Ian Wright (captain, off 18 minutes)
Steve Baker Tony James
Jason Blunt (off, 86 minutes) Scott Goodwin
Phil Salt (off, 75 minutes) John Snape
Ryan Sugden Paul Parry
Karl Rose Gavin Williams
Andy Wright (off, 16 minutes) Ian Rodgerson (off, 45 minutes)
Subs Subs
Mark Patterson (on, 75 minutes) Rob Elmes (on, 68 minutes)
Romain Faure Lee Evans
David Pounder (on, 16 minutes) Jimmy Quiggin
David Henderson (on, 86 minutes) Ross Diamond (on, 45 minutes)
Greg Shannon Jon Hill (on, 18 minutes)
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Karl Rose (foul, 47 minutes) John Snape (foul, 52 minutes)
Mark Hotte (foul, 89 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
Jason Blunt (31 minutes) Gavin Williams (8 minutes)
Steve Baker (40 minutes, penalty) Tony James (89 minutes)
Ryan Sugden (46 minutes)
Man of the Match Matt Baker
Attendance 1,478
Referee Mr. W. McIntosh (Lincoln) - The Independent Hereford United Online Resourc


Thursday, March 28, 2002

Friday March 29th:

Jones out for Scarborough trip

Victory for Hereford United at Scarborough tomorrow will help cement their Nationwide Conference status, kick off 3pm.
The Bulls face crucial matches against relegation threatened Scarborough and Woking over the Easter weekend, and player-coach Phil Robinson told the Evening News: "At the beginning of the week we faced three teams that were below us in the table, and we needed to make sure by the end of the week that was still the case.

"It was a great start beating Chester and that win went a long way towards keeping us safe, but all the teams in the relegation zone also won so even though we picked up three points, we didn't open up a gap."

Hereford will be without goalkeeper Stuart Jones, who is suffering from a hip injury picked up in Tuesday 1-0 win over Chester City.

Scarborough midfielder Mark Patterson is available after suspension, and told the BBC: "We are optimistic and our aim is to get another three wins, we think that might be enough. We are not looking at the other results. Hereford is going to be a tough game, they can turn it on on their day and have players who can produce on the day. It's going to be a good game and hopefully we can get the win."

FA broker promotion deal

The Football Association has reportedly brokered a deal between the Football League and Conference to increase the promotion places to two from next season.

A Conference item reads: "The Nationwide Conference welcomes the recent action by the Football Association in arranging for the long awaited increase in promotion places to the Football League. The granting of the extra promotion place is scheduled for the start of the 2002/03 season and will create an opportunity to introduce the added value of play-offs."

However, it is thought that there is an unresolved point over 'parachute payments' for the second relegated team from Division Three. Once that is resolved, the proposal should go to the Football League AGM in June for ratification.

Thursday March 28th:

Cooksey wants management role

Scott Cooksey is eyeing up a football management job, but not in the immediate future.
The ex-Hereford 'keeper, who quit the game through injury last month, returned to Edgar Street to report for the Press Association at last Saturday's game against Morecambe. He told the Hereford Times: "I was more nervous doing this job than I ever was playing in goal."

After an operation to put a metal plate in his wrist, which is due soon, Cooksey hopes to become a PE teacher and has been offered a placement at a school in Walsall. However, he plans to take coaching courses and eventually go into management, something which he "really wants to do."

United set for Scarborough battle

Hereford United have a tough task on Saturday if they want to overcome a Scarborough side at the McCain Stadium, kick off 3pm.
Boro' are struggling just outside of the relegation zone whilst victory for Hereford could propel them into eleventh position in the Nationwide Conference.

Of the games against Scarborough and Woking, United coach Phil Robinson told the Hereford Times: "Both sides may sit below us in the table, but we must be on top of our game. We did beat Scarborough 6-0 in October, but it promises to be a different game on Saturday."

John Snape makes a welcome return to the squad after missing the last two games through suspension, but Boro have been boosted by the news that former Fortuna Sittard player Andy Wright has signed for Russell Slade's side. "He comes with a good pedigree and is the sort of player I would like in my squad as we go into the last nine games of the season," said Slade. "Andy is a good addition to the side and will certainly be in the squad of 16 for Saturday." Also, the Seadogs will be without Darryn Stamp, who is suspended, and Neil Mann, who is injured, but Mark Patterson returns.

Surrey Sports quote Scarborough as evens to take the points in the game. Both a draw and a Hereford victory are quoted at 9/4.

  • The Herefordshire Football Assocation Senior Cup Final will be played at Edgar Street tomorrow between city side Westfields and borderland holders Kington Town. Both sides have beaten fellow West Midland League Premier Division opponents on the way to the final. Kick off is at 11am, with a close game in store.

 Council leader expands on plan

Herefordshire Council leader Terry James has told the Hereford Times that he has not yet started talks about purchasing the leases to Edgar Street from property developers Chelverton.
The move is part of James' plan to redevelop the whole of the Edgar Street area, as reported on earlier this month, and is crucial to its success.

Edgar Street is set to become a multi-sports and leisure centre, with the grandstand of the football ground developed into incorporating a separate exhibition and arts area, and another stand left for the development of the hospitality club and a social side, according to today's Hereford Times.

He said: "Because the development would be divided into four elements - two managed by the public sector and a third by the commercial sector - it will only require 25% of the building to be maintained by the club itself."

Yesterday, James buried the the concept of "a major food retail development" on the site in the Hereford Journal, saying that it should be "put firmly behind us".

A phased redevelopment of the stadium itself would see a new leisure centre - financed by the sale for commercial use of the existing Holmer Road site - a multiplex cinema, an exhibition, arts and conference facility linked to the Courtyard complex, an arts academy and a Hereford United hospitality and social club.

"The development will then only require 25 per cent of the building to be maintained by the club itself, with the whole ground then being avaliable for other uses like festivals, rallies and large-scale events", said James. "The council would build its own headquarters on the adjoining area, thereby allowing it to dispose of the 20 office buildings it now operates and using the savings from such a move as well as the capital from their disposal to finance the development. We have already received expressions of interest from twenty two different development companies interested in working with the council to develop the area to give the best deal for Herefordshire."

Wednesday March 27th:

Narrow win pleases Bulls

Hereford United midfielder Scott Goodwin was pleased that his side overcame Chester City 1-0 in last night's Nationwide Conference encounter.
The Bulls had already lost to City twice this season and Goodwin said: "Everyone in the dressing room knew about that and it was a tough game. They were unlucky but we deserved it at the end of the day. It was backs to the walls, and I was pleased to get to half time. The second half was exactly the same."

Goalkeeper Stuart Jones was taken off injured after twelve minutes, and this concerned Goodwin. "It looked a bit nasty," he commented. "But we've got Matt Baker on the bench and we know what he can do. He came in and did a good job. For me, hes been the player of the season and it's nice to see him back."

In their next two fixtures, Hereford play Scarborough and Woking over the Easter weekend. "Scarborough will be a really tough game," said Goodwin. "With two games in three days, we'll be looking for the six points."

Hereford player-coach Phil Robinson was delighted that his side held on for victory, telling the Evening News: "We defended well at times and got bodies behind the ball. We are now three points nearer to safety."

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

BOLSA reveal new website

The committee of BOLSA – Bulls On-Line Supporters Association - would like to announce that they have established the official organisation website.
The site puts the club's financial problems in historical context together with what it means to be a Hereford United fan. Additional sections focus on the fund raising efforts of BOLSA providing a diary of forthcoming events and the opportunity to buy BOLSA merchandise. Taking advantage of BOLSA’s role as an independent, internet-based organisation the site was compiled by Supporters in Corfu and Sweden.
As an organisation that was established to serve the Supporters of Hereford United, BOLSA wants the website to be the mouthpiece of the memories, good and bad, that come with being a Hereford United Supporter. It is a fans’ site that is there to address fans’ ideas particularly pertaining to fund raising schemes for the club. We would like to hear from members of the Hereford public what it means to them to be a Hereford United Supporter. The fans’ memories section of the website is there to include everyone’s stories. Please submit your recollections to or BOLSA, c/o MWPC, 72 Commercial Road, Hereford, HR1 2BP.
You can visit the website at

Wright secures lucky win

Hereford United 1 - 0 Chester City

A single goal from Ian Wright was enough to secure Hereford all three points and pull them further away from the dreaded drop zone at Edgar Street tonight, as they beat fellow Conference strugglers Chester City.
The away side, though, will feel that they should have gained at least a point against a Bulls team who were much improved from Saturday, when they lost 2-0 against Morecambe.

Hereford lined up with Dean Barrick filling in at left back following his loan move from Doncaster Rovers. There was no room in the squad for Rob Elmes, John Shirley or Steve Piearce, who had an ankle injury. Matt Clarke moved into midfield following his return from suspension, with Gavin Williams and Paul Parry forming the attack. Stuart Jones started in goal, with Matt Baker again confined to the bench.

Mark Wright's Chester City team included ex-Bull Brian McGorry in the starting eleven, but there was no room for Mark Williams, who was on the bench. Also absent from the starting line-up was Jimmy Haarhoff, who had scored twice against the Bulls already this season, including the last minute goal which sent them out of the FA Trophy at the Deva Stadium last month.

United started well with Gavin Williams and Paul Parry firing narrowly off-target in the opening period before skipper Ian Wright opened the scoring. His twenty five yard drive following poor Chester defending sailed low past 'keeper Wayne Brown to give Hereford the lead.

Six minutes later, Hereford stopper Stuart Jones and Chris Tate, the Chester attacker, collided whilst battling for a cross ball and both were taken off. Jones looked particularly bad and a stretcher was called for, although not used. Matt Baker took over in the home goal, whilst ex-Manchester United youngster David Brown came on for the away side.

Paul Parry continued to pressurise as he smashed the ball into the side netting following a good move in which he beat the offside trap to connect onto a long ball from Richard Holmes. Then Chester took control, with Hereford restricted to counter attacks. McElhatton smashed a glacing header over the crossbar and Richard Peacock tested player coach Phil Robinson before Matt Baker tipped a McElhatton shot around the post. David Brown then tried his luck with a close range effort, that was blocked, and further chances rained in as Hereford held on.

The second half brought more of the same for the crowd of 1,295 onlookers. Richard Peacock shot an angled effort over before Beesley was thwarted by Dean Barrick. On sixty five minutes, Chester argued for a penalty when Baker appeared to have brought down Brown in the box but referee Melin, who had a good game, cautioned the striker for diving. Mark Wright was clearly not happy on the touchline, and proceeded to make a couple of changes, bringing on striker Jimmy Haarhoff and midfielder Chris Blackburn.

Parry tested the 'keeper with fifteen minutes remaining when he linked onto a Gavin Williams upfield ball, but his shot was saved low by Brown. Matt Clarke headed onto the crossbar with ten minutes left after Phil Bolland had tested Baker at the other end, and Hereford had to hold on for four minutes of added time until their victory was confirmed.

The result is Chester's first defeat in the league since January 8th, but eases Hereford's relegation fears. The away side probably deserved a point, but it was sweet revenge for the Trophy defeat earlier in the year.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 26th March 2002.
Hereford United Chester City
Stuart Jones (off, 12 minutes) Wayne Brown
Richard Holmes Brian McGorry
Dean Barrick Michael Rose
Phil Robinson Michael Lancaster
Ian Wright (captain) Phil Bolland
Tony James Gary Brabin (captain)
Scott Goodwin Shaun Carey (off, 71 minutes)
Matt Clarke Michael McElhatton
Paul Parry Chris Tate (off, 15 minutes)
Gavin Williams Mark Beesley
Ian Rodgerson (off, 62 minutes) Richard Peacock (off, 71 minutes)
Subs Subs
Jimmy Quiggin (on, 62 minutes) Mark Williams
Matt Baker (on, 12 minutes) Lee Woodyatt
Danny Davidson Jimmy Haarhoff (on, 81 minutes)
Ross Diamond David Brown (on, 15 minutes)
Jon Hill Chris Blackburn (on, 71 minutes)
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Ian Wright (foul, 20 minutes) David Brown (unsporting behaviour, 66 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
Ian Wright (6 minutes) -
Man of the Match Matt Baker
Attendance 1,295
Referee Mr. P. Melin (Milton Keynes)

Monday, March 25, 2002

Bulls sign ex-Owl

Hereford United have made another loan signing in time for tomorrow night's match against Chester City, with Doncaster Rovers defender Dean Barrick joining the Bulls until the end of the season.

Barrick is an ex-Sheffield Wednesday trainee who had spells with Rotherham United, Cambridge United, Bury and Preston North End. He spent a spell in Scotland on loan at Ayr United and sustained a bad groin injury, and joined Doncaster in February 2001. He has since signed a two year contract, keeping the 32 year old at Belle Vue until summer 2003. During his Football League spell, Barrick was a favourite at left back who likes to get forward.

Chester City are expected to name an unchanged side for the match, and club secretary Michael Beech told the BBC: "Every game is another challenge. We're on a good run and have been undefeated since the beginning of January so our confidence is reasonably high."

Bulls hope for double revenge

Hereford United have Matt Clarke back from suspension for tomorrow night's Nationwide Conference clash at Edgar Street, kick off 7.45pm.
And they'll need him if they are to gain revenge against a Chester City side who have beaten the Bulls twice already this season. Hereford lost 2-0 at the Deva Stadium in October, and then crashed out of the FA Trophy at the fifth round stage to a last minute Jimmy Haarhoff goal in the north Wales border city.
Following that painful exit for Phil Robinson's side, the Bulls have won just one game. Their 1-0 victory at Dover Athletic eased their relegation fears, but Chester, managed by Mark Wright, have pulled themselves out of the relegation zone as they close in on Hereford.

United are without the suspended battling midfielder John Snape for the clash, but Matt Clarke return in defence. Paul Parry is hoped to make the team after an illness kept him out of Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Morecambe, but Steve Piearce is a doubt after sustaining an ankle injury in the game. Goalkeeper Matt Baker could be set to return after injury, but faces opposition for his place from stand-in stopper Stuart Jones.
Chester could include former Hereford players Mark Williams and Brian McGorry in their squad for the match.
Meanwhile, anyone wishing to travel to Scarborough on the away travel should book with the club on 01432 276666. Tickets cost £30, but could be reduced if numbers are high enough. The bus will leave Edgar Street on Saturday morning at 8.45am.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Now the Yanks are after our players!

The United States semi-professional team coach Leigh Cowlishaw is looking to recruit British Conference players to play in the USA.
The coach told the Non-League Paper after England beat his side 2-1 that many of the players int he Conference could play at a much higher level in the USA and said: "Come and play in America."

Their attendances average 10,000 and players such as ex-Hereford man James Wall, now at Burton Albion, spent last summer in the States playing for Nashville Metros. He will return at the end of the season to play for Atlanta Silverbacks.

Cowlishaw recommended the move he made several years ago and said "A-League rules state the seven players in the 26-man roster can be from outside the US and many clubs don't fill the quota.

"If players want to play in front of big crowds, earn decent money and exposed to greater media coverage in America I'm sure it would be an offer they'd consider."

One former player returned to Edgar Street yesterday, though. Goalkeeper Scott Cooksey, who had to quit the game last month through injury, was spotted in the press box reporting on the match.

Wrighty downbeat after Morecambe defeat

Hereford United skipper Ian Wright was naturally downbeat after yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Morecambe at Edgar Street.
Speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester after the game, he said: "We're disappointed to lose at home. The first goal was a bit of a scramble.

"We looked to get something from the game so hopefully they (the teams below) haven't caught us up. We've just got to win on Tuesday to take the pressure off."

Of Steve Piearce's injury, he said: "It's unfortunate as he did quite well in the game. His ankle has ballooned right up so he's struggling for Tuesday (when Hereford play Chester). There's a few of us carrying knocks but we've got a small squad so we'll have to get on with it."

Ex-Hereford midfielder Jimmy Harvey, now the Morecambe boss, was surprised that his team didn't score more.

"It's nice to come and win here," he told the Non-League Paper. "If anything, we were guilty of not finishing it off earlier as we could have scored four or five."

Hereford will welcome back Matt Clarke for Tuesday visit of Chester City, but John Snape remains sidelined through suspension.

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Bulls slip to another defeat

Hereford United 0 - 2 Morecambe

Morecambe recorded their first ever win at Edgar Street as Hereford United slumped to yet another disappointing defeat.
The 2-0 reversal on home soil is Hereford's fourteenth league loss this season, although they remain nine points clear of the drop zone.

Bulls coach Phil Robinson named Stuart Jones in goal as he made his home debut, with Matt Baker returning on the substitutes bench. Richard Holmes, a defender on-loan from Notts County, made his debut at full back whilst Steve Piearce started his first game of the season in attack. John Snape and Matt Clarke were both suspended. Morecambe, managed by ex-Hereford midfielder Jimmy Harvey, named striker Peter Thomson on the bench following a move from Luton Town.

The game started with Morecambe having the best of the play, a trend that continued for most of the match. However, Gavin Williams tested away 'keeper Craig Mawson with a dipping cross on two minutes, before Scott Goodwin headed wide. Then the Shrimps surged forward. After eleven minutes, Phil Robinson was forced to clear a Ryan Zico-Black cross at the far post before an Adriano Rigoglioso squad hit the Hereford post. Zico-Black tapped in the rebound, but the referee deemed it to be offside.

Hereford 'keeper Jones saved well from Gary Thompson twice in five minutes as Morecambe pushed to open the scoring, and there were few chances at the other end as Hereford removed the injury Ian Rodgerson for Jimmy Quiggin. With thirty five minutes on the clock, John Shirley, who hadn't been impressive thus far, cleared the ball off the line. A Zico-Black long shot caused the problem, and Hereford broke with a Phil Robinson shot spilled by the goalkeeper. He recaught the effort but appeared to clash with Steve Piearce in the process, and required treatment.

Ian Wright and Gavin Williams went close as Hereford pushed, but John Norman should have given Morecambe the lead at the other end - his header was thwarted by Jones.

Morecambe were even more dominant in the second period that they were in the first. Their defence was solid, with Rob Elmes and Scott Goodwin missing the target as Hereford lost Steve Piearce through injury. Morecambe's front-pairing of Norman and Thompson was causing problems for Jones but he was equal to all they could throw at him, albeit with a bit of good luck!

However, good fortune can only last so long and it ran out for the Bulls with twenty one minutes left. A cross from the left by Rigoglioso was turned goalwards by Zico-Black, but it took a wicked deflection off United defender Richard Holmes before sailing past the stranded Jones.

United never looked like coming back into the game with a lack of pace in attack, and the lead was doubled ten minutes later. A cross from defender Paul McGuire was controlled well by Norman, who took it around Jones before slipping the ball into an unguarded net.

In added time, Gavin Williams tested Mawson at the other end, but Hereford were already demoralised and defeated. There is much work to do if anything is to be gained from Tuesday's encounter against Chester City.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 23rd March 2002.
Hereford United Morecambe
Stuart Jones Craig Mawson
Richard Holmes Paul McGuire (off, 82 minutes)
John Shirley Jamie Murphy
Phil Robinson Dave McKearney
Ian Wright (captain, off 89 minutes) Dave Perkins
Tony James Crumbleholme
Scott Goodwin Ian Arnold (off, 71 minutes)
Steve Piearce (off, 59 minutes) Gary Thompson
Rob Elmes John Norman
Gavin Williams Adriano Rigoglioso
Ian Rodgerson (off, 19 minutes) Ryan Zico-Black (off, 80 minutes)
Subs Subs
Jon Hill (on, 89 minutes) Andy Fensome (on, 82 minutes)
Matt Baker Iain Willcock
Jimmy Quiggin (on, 19 minutes) Peter Thomson (on, 71 minutes)
Danny Davidson (on, 59 minutes) D. Carlton (on, 80 minutes)
  C. Robinson
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Scott Goodwin (26 minutes, foul) -
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
- Richard Holmes (own goal, 69 minutes)
  John Norman (79 minutes)
Man of the Match Tony James
Attendance 1,408
Referee Mr. G. Chapman

Friday, March 22, 2002

Robbo wants top six place

Hereford United coach Phil Robinson is still hoping for a Nationwide Conference top six finish,
Two wins could put United within one point of sixth place and Robinson told the Evening News: "The league is that tight that if we win these two matches we could even start thinking about a top five or six place. As it stands if we can get two wins from anywhere before the end of the season then we will be relatively safe."

Defending, normally Hereford's strongest point, has become an issue in recent weeks. "What was disappointing about the Farnborough game was that we actually scored two goals away from home but lost because we didn't defend properly," he said.

Bulls hope to win again

Hereford United welcome a former favourite back to Edgar Street tomorrow as Jimmy Harvey brings his Morecambe side south in the Nationwide Conference, kick off 3pm.
Harvey was a Hereford midfield favourite in the 1980s and is now manager at Christie Park of a Morecambe side destined to turn full-time soon.

When the two teams met in September, the result was a 2-2 draw with Rob Elmes and Paul Parry scoring for the Bulls. Since then, Hereford have slumped but eased relegation fears with a 1-0 win at Dover last Saturday.

Coach Phil Robinson told the Evening News: "We wanted to get back to keeping a clean sheet and we worked hard to do that against Dover. Morecambe are quite handily placed to finish quite high if they can win their games in hand. They are one of the better footballing teams in the Conference with some good players including Stewart Drummond who plays for the England non-league international side. They've also got Robbie Talbot who is one of the leading scorers in the league so they will be difficult opposition."

The signing of Richard Holmes from Notts County on loan came through Bulls chairman Graham Turner. "It emerged he was available and we've been looking for a bit of cover because Matt Clarke has been struggling with injury," said Robinson. "Matt is still suspended so there is a good chance Richard will feature."

With the Meadow End roof now mended, Hereford hope to win their second game in succession and will continue to field Stuart Jones in goal. The non-contract stopper is filling in as Matt Baker has an ankle injury. Richard Holmes, on loan from Notts County, could make his Hereford debut, but Matt Clarke and John Snape are suspended. The Bulls also have injury worries over Ian Rodgerson and Scott Goodwin with a troublesome abdominal problem, and Steve Piearce is a doubt despite his winner last week.

"It was a quality goal and he scored a similar one last year against Morecambe," said Robinson. "We've known all along that he has the ability to score goals like that and if he can keep himself fit and stay free of injury he could have a major part to play."

Morecambe have new injury or suspension concerns, and coach Harvey said: "There are no easy games in this division and Hereford are a good side at home - but we are looking forward to it." The Shrimps could give a debut to attacker Peter Thomson, who signed from Luton Town today.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Holmes signs on loan

Notts County’s young defender Richard Holmes has joined Hereford United on a month’s loan according to BBC Sport.

He made a big impact in the right-back berth in season 1999/2000. Holmes has played in just three games for the Magpies this season and will be looking to impress while at the Bulls in a hope to regain his first team place at County. Richard Holmes will return to Meadow Lane on April 21st.


Hereford United supporters are still awaiting an announcement from the leader of Herefordshire Council, Terry James, regarding his proposals for the redevelopment of the Edgar Street area of the city. The United board says the plans are instrumental to the long term future of the Club. An announcement had been expected yesterday, but a Council Spokesman told BBC Hereford and Worcester no such statement was imminent.

Junior Bull Family Quiz Night

A Junior Bulls Family Quiz Night will be held on Thursday April 4 2002 in Legends at Hereford United football ground. The Quiz is open to all ages with teams comprising of up to 5 individuals with a £5 entry fee per team. Spaces are limited so be sure to enter your Team early. Trevor Owens of BBC Hereford and Worcester will be the Quizmaster, special guests are also expected, as well as an appearance from Billy The Bull. Tickets can be obtained from Hereford United Club Shop and office (01432) 276666 and MWPC, 72 Commercial Road, Hereford. has been the centre for organising the quiz, and prizes have come from contacting companies on the internet and from users of United's official forum. Funds will go directly to HUFC and a collection will be made for the Save The Bulls Fund.

Email for more details.
Also,the home game with Dagenham and Redbridge has been rescheduled for Tues 16th April.

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Reaction to Dover victory

Hereford United emerged victorious from todays Nationwide Conference six pointer, with a 1-0 victory over relegation-bound Dover Athletic.
Bulls goalscorer Steve Piearce said on BBC Hereford & Worcester: "I scored a similar one away at Morecambe last year. We started to get dragged into the relegation fight and the main thing is two wins could shot you up the table. If we can put a good run together we should be able to finish in the top eight."
Before the victory, Hereford had lost their last four matches and Piearce commented: "Out of the four games, Farnborough was the worst but we could have had something from the other three so it was important to put that right today. We'll go into the Morecambe game full of confidence."
Losing boss Clive Walker told the Non-League Paper: "We've lost a lot of games here in the same manner this season. It's all about scoring - which they did and we didn't.
In response to the protests for the re-instatement of Neville Southall as boss, and the removal of commercial director Bill Williams, Walker quipped: "At least there was some noise that created a bit of an atmosphere which the lads responded to."
Hereford stop the rot

 Hereford United gained a vital single goal victory at Dover this afternoon to ease their relegation fears The Bulls were without Matt Clarke suspended and Matt Baker, ankle injury; so Stuart Jones continued in goal and Jimmy Quiggin returned to mid field with John Shirley and Scott Goodwin filling the full back positions. Gavin Williams and Rob Elms led the attack. The first half was one of missed chances. Elms hit the side netting, and both Paul Parry and Gavin Williams smashing headers over. In the second half Elms should have done better when he shot wide after a Scott Goodwin cross. United goal keeper Jones had a better game than last Tuesday saving several Dover attempts. With 10 minutes to go substitute Steve Pierce picked up a loose ball on 25 yards, which he lobbed over the Dover keeper to give Hereford the lead. Hereford move one place up the table after todays result.

Piearce hero as Bulls finally win

Dover Athletic 0 - 1 Hereford United

Hereford United ended a run of four consecutive defeats when they beat bottom of the league Dover Athletic at the Crabble today.
The Bulls needed a late goal from substitute Steve Piearce to win the points after an impressive performance from United goalkeeper Stuart Jones, who kept the home side out on several occasions.

Matt Clarke was suspended for the game, and Ian Rodgerson not fully recovered from a foot injury, so the two were absent from the starting eleven. Hereford coach Phil Robinson drafted in Jimmy Quiggin and Rob Elmes as his line-up underwent a re-shuffle. Dover, who sacked Neville Southall as manager this week, named ex-Hereford man Kristian James on the bench.

The opening half was a tense affair with few real goalscoring chances. Openings were created but few were converted into serious efforts on goal. Gavin Williams should have put Hereford ahead after eleven minutes when he hit a curling twenty five yard free kick over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Williams wasted another chance before Robinson hit the side netting.

In the Hereford goal, Jones was forced to punch clear a cross-cum-shot from Dover wing back Steve Norman, and then proceeded to turn a Scott Ramsay shot around the post with a superb diving save.

As the half came to a close, Rob Elmes hit his header over the bar and then Tony James allowed Kevin Seabury through at the other end, only for Jones to make another impressive save to keep the scores level. In added time at the end of the first half, both Paul Parry and Gavin Williams missed good headers to put the Bulls ahead, and so the crowd of 952 were left without a goal at the break.

A transformation occurred at the break, with Dover reformed and ready to attack. In fact, they dominated for spells of the second period and were unlucky to eventually lose the game.

Jamie Day struck from twenty yards just five minutes into the half, but the midfielder hit his left-footed angled shot just wide of the target. That came after Rob Elmes had headed over a Gavin Williams corner at the other end. Dover, at that time, were making the most of their possession and substitute Chris Allen ran rugged John Shirley on the Dover left wing.

Hereford, though, came back and Jimmy Quiggin failed to beat goalkeeper Hyde after a Paul Parry corner from the left. On the hour mark, Scott Goodwin placed a cross to Rob Elmes from deep on the left wing, but the ex-Halesowen striker flashed his header wide.

With twenty five minutes remaining, Jones was called into action again as Seabury fired a low shot into the corner. Hereford's stand-in 'keeper made a low dive to turn the ball around the post after Seabury was fed through by Ramsay.

Graham Turner, the Hereford chairman, then made the crucial substitution. Quiggin was removed and replaced by Steve Piearce, and at first made little impact. Ramsay continued to pressure the Hereford goal as he headed the ball at Jones, and then Chris Allen crossed the ball across goal but nobody was there to connect.

Then Piearce made an impact. With ten minutes left, he picked up a loose ball and proceeded to lob it over Dover stopper Hyde from twenty-five yards. The ball dipped into the net, and Hereford had the goal they required.

The closing minutes were tense with Dover pushing for an equaliser, but the Bulls held on. Jimmy Strouts created Dover's best levelling chance, but he smashed his drive at the goalkeeper.

The result means Hereford move up one place in the league, and hit fourty two points for the season. Their next match is at home against Morecambe next Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 16th March 2002.
Dover Athletic Hereford United
Paul Hyde Stuart Jones
Tony Browne John Shirley
Steve Norman Scott Goodwin
Jake Leberl Phil Robinson
Lee Shearer Ian Wright (captain)
Jamie Day Tony James
Kevin Seabury Jimmy Quiggin (off, 66 minutes)
Jimmy Strouts John Snape
Keith Scott Rob Elmes
Scott Ramsay Gavin Williams
Neil Le Bihan (off, 51 minutes) Paul Parry
Subs Subs
Kristian James Ian Rodgerson
Chris Allen (on, 51 minutes) Lee Evans
Dave Bathgate Daniel Davidson
Tom Hickman Jon Hill
Phil Smith Steve Piearce (on, 66 minutes)
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Jimmy Strouts (foul, 47 minutes) Ian Wright (foul, 67 minutes)
Steve Nrman (foul, 60 minutes) Gavin Williams (unsporting behaviour, 84 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
- Steve Piearce (80 minutes)
Man of the Match Stuart Jones
Attendance 952
Referee Mr. P. Crossley (Bromley)

Friday, March 15, 2002

Baker out for Dover battle

Hereford United chairman Graham Turner has publicly slammed his players after they slipped towards the Nationwide Conference relegation zone.
Turner, who now plays a part in the team management, said: "If the players don’t recognise the dangers, they shouldn’t be playing football. We’ve got to sort it out quickly."

The Bulls have lost their last four matches and this Saturday go to bottom of the table Dover Athletic knowing a win is vital to keep them up.

Dover Athletic, under the new management of Clive Walker, will be without attacker Matt Carruthers on-loan Leon Kelly, who are both banned, for the match. Dover are also in poor form, having lost seven of their last eight matches.

Hereford United coach Phil Robinson told the Evening News: "We need to start picking up points and the sooner the better. On paper Dover should be one of our easier matches but everybody is scrapping for points and if they've just got rid of their manager it could be quite a tricky game for us."

"We performed quite well at times against Farnborough, hit the woodwork twice and scored two goals which you think would be enough away from home. But our defending was not quite up to scratch and it is something we have to get back to."

Ian Rodgerson is a doubt with a foot injury and Matt Baker is out, so Stuart Jones will continue in goal.

Thursday Feruary 14th:

Leader speaks of Edgar Street plan

Hereford United's ground redevelopment has further been outlined by Herefordshire Council leader Terry James in today's Hereford Times.
"What we need is a super sports and leisure centre in Hereford. I am very positive about my plans, but we are not yet in a detailed stage," he said. "It would mean a much-improved facility for Hereford and it is one of my number one priorities. The football ground would certainly be part of a large and busy complex to be used by the community which would help the club raise money off the pitch."

The existing leisure centre, on Holmer Road, would be sold for commercial use and the money used to fund the multi-million pound proposed redevelopment, according to the council leader. He said that he had a wide, although not total, support for him plan. His plans for the cattle market and Merton Meadow area were also earmarked in a new report from Hereford Arts Academy.

It said: "The site may well include new council offices, a large hotel, a cinema, a redeveloped football ground with the existing leisure centre relocated with it and other facilities."

United chairman Graham Turner commented: "Terry James has indicated at a liaison meeting with supporters that he will be making a statement on the future of the club on March 18 or 19. We have therefore called a board meeting for March 20 to discuss the council leader's proposals for the ground and the make up of the consortium."

Big job after wind damage

The damage caused last Saturday will be a big job, according to Hereford United.
The club's game against league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge was called off after the roof caved in at the Meadow End due to high winds, and this cut an electric cable. A wooden beam and toilet area also need to be mended, with the toilets requiring a complete rebuild.

Meanwhile, twenty people are needed for a "fun" penalty shoot out at Edgar Street. The first round is on April 13th (Northwich home match), and the final a week later (Hayes home game). The shootouts will be held before kick off and during half time in front of the Meadow End. Try your skill against Hereford United's reserve keeper and see how your nerve holds!
The winner will receive a trophy and a free season ticket for 2002/2003 season (terrace), and the competition is open to the first twenty people to get £75 of sponsorship, (all monies to be paid by 10th April).
This is a HUISA fundraising event. To register your place call 01432 890 205 or 01432 359389.

Bulls hope to stop the rot

Hereford United go to Dover Athletic hoping to end a four match losing streak on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Dover manager Neville Southall was sacked yesterday as the Kent side languish at the bottom of the Nationwide Conference, and Clive Walker has taken over as caretaker at the Crabble ground.

The Bulls are now only six points off the relegation zone, and they go into Saturday's game without Matt Clarke, who is banned. Matt Baker will face a race against time to recover from his ankle injury, and is also on standby for the England National Game XI when they play the USA in a couple of weeks.

  • The supporters coach from Hereford to Dover has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

    Southall out at Dover

    Dover Athletic go into Saturday's Nationwide Conference clash against Hereford United without manager Neville Southall.
    The ex-Wales and Everton goalkeeper has been sacked after less than three months as manager of the Crabble-based club, who host Hereford this Saturday, kick off 3pm.
    The new board at Dover made the decision as the Whites are bottom of the league, two points adrift of Hayes, and Clive Walker takes over as caretaker until the end of the season.

    A Supporters' Trust spokesman said: "I don't believe this is a good time of the season to sack a manager."

    Hereford are sixteenth in the league at the moment, but are jsut six points off the relegation zone.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Losing Streak Continues

Ian Wright put Hereford United ahead. Farnborough hit back and levelled through Piper on 20 minutes. Phil Robinson, who has just come back from injury, netted two minutes later to give Hereford a half time lead. 

However, three goals in the second half sealed the victory for Farnborough. Taggart 59, Lee 79 and another goal from Piper late on meant that United came home with nothing.

Disaster at the Aimita

Farnborough Town 4 - 2 Hereford United

Hereford United recorded their fourth consecutive defeat as they went down 4-2 at Farnborough Town in the Nationwide Conference, a reversal of the score at Edgar Street when Phil Robinson started his managerial career.
The Bulls were without goalkeeper Matt Baker for only the second time this season, as he had an ankle injury. Replacing the ex-Hull goalkeeper was Stuart Jones, a former professional with Torquay United who signed for the club at the weekend.

Phil Robinson returned to the starting line-up, as did Scott Goodwin so Paul Parry pushed up-front to partner Gavin Williams. Rob Elmes dropped to the bench for the game against a Farnborough side which included ex-Dover Athletic striker Joff Vansittart and goalkeeper Tony Pennock, on-loan at the Aimita Stadium from Rushden & Diamonds. Pennock had spells with Hereford and, perhaps more notably, Yeovil Town, before making the summer switch to Nene Park.

A Gavin Williams free kick provided Hereford's first attack after nine minute when his thirty yard strike bobbled around the area before being cleared. A Farnborough counter attack resulted, and Jones was forced to rush out of his goal to clear the danger. Three minutes later, Williams again swung un a free kick, this time from the right flank, for captain Ian Wright to turn a right footed volley goalwards. The ball sailed into the bottom left hand corner as Hereford took an early lead.

Six minutes later, a Dean Green effort on goal caused no problems for Hereford's Jones but Farnborough's pressure was showing. A minute later, another Green cross was slipped under the goalkeeper by Lenny Piper, and the scores were level.

It took just two minutes for Hereford to regain the lead, though! Ian Wright turned provider as he headed across the ball to Ian Rodgerson, who calmly turned the ball home from close range. United should arguably have scored a third on the half hour mark, but a Paul Parry free kick was turned onto the post by the agile Pennock.

Farnborough, though, appeared to take control as the half closed. Joff Vansittart was brought down just outside the box, and Lenny Piper sent over a high free kick that Jones coped with. In the dying minutes, Chris Piper's cross-cum-shot swirled just wide as Hereford appeared devoid of any attacking impotus. They went in ahead at the break, though, but Boro' boss Graham Westley made a substitution, bringing off defender Mark Harper for winger Tony Taggart. Westley is also the chairman at the Aimita Stadium, and has a similar role to Graham Turner who was in charge of team affairs from the touchline on this occasion.

Matt Clarke turned saviour at the start of the second half when he was on hand to head away a Farnborough cross as the last man on the Hereford line, and the away side had little to offer in a one-sided fourty five minutes. Robinson's low shot from just outside the box tested Pennock three minutes before Farnborough equalised again. Dean Green swung in a cross from the right which substitute Taggart turned home from close range.

Taggart went close three minutes later when he fired wide after a shot by Ian Wright, and a minute later Barry Laker headed inches over the crossbar from a Taggart cross from the left. Hereford, at 2-2, had to make changes. John Shirley, who had failed to impress, was removed for striker Rob Elmes as the game swung from end to end, but there were few real chances to liven up a dull atmosphere. The crowd of 479 was the lowest at Farnborough for a league game this season, and even that was boosted by a travelling support of a hundred or so.

With ten minutes left, Farnborough substitute Christian Lee was left unmarked on the far post as a ball came over from Taggart. He headed home from close range to give the home side the lead, which they deserved on the run of play. Hereford, though, came close to equalising with four minutes left when Tony James headed the ball onto the post from six yards out but it rebounded away. Ian Wright also shot over from long range as he attempted to find a way through, but it was all in vain.

In fact, the nail in the coffin came in the last minute when Dean Green had a close range shot blocked by Hereford's Phil Robinson, but Lenny Piper was on hand to tap in to give Farnborough all three points.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 12th March 2002.
Farnborough Town Hereford United
Tony Pennock Stuart Jones
Michael Warner Matt Clarke
Justin Gregory John Shirley (off, 66 minutes)
Tim O'Shea (off, 73 minutes) Phil Robinson
Mark Harper (off, half time) Ian Wright (captain)
Barry Laker Tony James
Gary Holloway Ian Rodgerson
Lenny Piper John Snape
Joff Vansittart (off, 79 minutes) Paul Parry
Dean Green Gavin Williams
Chris Piper Scott Goodwin
Subs Subs
Darren Annon (on, 73 minutes) Rob Elmes (on, 66 minutes)
Graham Benstead Lee Evans
Miguel De Souza Steve Piearce
Christian Lee (on, 78 minutes) Jimmy Quiggin
Tony Taggart (on, half time) Jon Hill
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Justin Gregory (33 minutes) John Shirley (dissent, 34 minutes)
  Matt Clarke (foul, 61 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
Lenny Piper (20 minutes, 89 minutes) Ian Wright (12 minutes)
Tony Taggart (59 minutes) Ian Rodgerson (22 minutes)
Christian Lee (79 minutes)  
Man of the Match Phil Robinson
Attendance 479
Referee Mr. D. Bryan (Stamford) - The Independent Hereford United Online Resource © Terry Goodwin 2001
Baker out for Farnborough game?

Hereford United have a doubt over the fitness of goalkeeper Matt Baker for tonight's game at Farnborough Town, kick off 7.45pm.

The 'keeper has an ankle injury and Lee Evans is on standby to take over should he fail to make the game. However, Phil Robinson should return after a calf injury and Ian Wright, Matt Clarke and Scott Goodwin are all fit again.

"We were looking forward to playing at the weekend but obviously couldn't because of the situation but one advantage has been that it has allowed players with a few niggles a bit of extra time to recover," said Robinson in tonight's Evening News.

"After two league defeats we need to get back to winning ways and we will be looking to do that tonight. Farnborough are a strong side with good players like Gary Patterson, captain of the non-league international team, and they play attacking football which will make it tough for us."

Monday, March 11, 2002

Bulls wait on fitness of Baker and Parry

Hereford United hope to have two crucial players fit for tomorrow's Nationwide Conference clash at Farnborough Town, kick off 7.45pm.

The Bulls should welcome back Phil Robinson after a calf injury, but will wait on the ankle injuries of Paul Parry and Matt Baker.

Farnborough boss Graham Westley has no fresh injury concerns as his side prepare to face Hereford at the Aimita Stadium. Boro haven't won in their last four games and on Saturday slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Yeovil Town.

Dean Green, Gary Holloway and Joff Vansittart all made substitute appearances at the weekend and will hope for a place in the starting line-up.

Westley said: "It was a disappointing performance on Saturday and we've lost three on the bounce now and we need to respond in a positive manner." 

United foot costly bill

Hereford United will have to pick up a £3,000 bill after Saturday's clash against Dagenham & Redbridge was called off.
Gale-force winds ripped off part of the Meadow End roof which cut an electricty cable. This, is turn, prevented the PA system from working and therefore the ground failed to meet safety requirement.

Hereford have to pay for match officials, Dagenham's travelling expenses, programmes plus lost revenue in sponsorship.

Chairman Graham Turner told the Evening News: "It could have been a serious problem in terms of injury so it was lucky it happened at 11.45 rather than 2.45. From a financial point of view it was a blow because we would have had a decent crowd for the league leaders and now we have to contemplate reduced numbers for a midweek game. The insurance company and loss adjustors are visiting the ground today to inspect it and it is urgent we repair it as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the Conference officials have denied that a one down-three up relegation system will be introduced. The rumours first came around after a source revealed that Conference chairman had voted to accept the plan.

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Robbo rues postponement

Hereford United coach Phil Robinson was understandably disappointed at yesterday's match postponement.
The Bulls were due to play Nationwide Conference leaders Dagenham & Redbridge, but strong winds ripped off part of the roof at the Meadow End, and also cut the electricity supply to the public address system.

"Quite a large section of the roof has blown down and another part looks as though it might follow," said Robinson in tolday's Non-League Paper. "It's very disappointing but the safety of the fans is paramount so our safety officials were left with no choice but to call the game off."

"We've been existing on a week-to-week basis and with no revenue coming in today it's going to be a long time until our next home game a fortnight today."

The game is expected to be replayed in April, and Hereford's next match is at Farnborough Town on Tuesday night, kick off 7.45pm. sponsor ball - the independent Hereford United online resource, have teamed up with sponsors to sponsor the match ball at Hereford United's upcoming fixture against Morecambe.

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