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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Bromsgrove Rovers 1 - 2 Hereford United
Due to technical problems, I have only published the match report, written by Tim Ward, here as yet.

Tuesday 30th July 2002 - (7.45pm) - Pre-season friendly match - Third time lucky for Hereford - Bromsgrove Rovers 1 - 2 Hereford United

Hereford recorded their first win at the third time of asking, at the expense of Bromsgrove Rovers, 2-1 in front of 316.

The starting line up saw six different names from the line up against Swindon, with Clarke, Griffiths, Teasdale, Perry, Garrity and Purdie replacing Baker, Wright, Pitman, Jones, Smith and Parry.

The game got off to a quick start with Josh Perry, the ex-WBA striker, shooting wide from sixteen yards when well placed. Soon after, Rovers took the lead when a nice passing move resulting in a shot well saved by Griffiths, but unfortunately the ball fell straight to defender Kevin Banner who tapped home.

It took time for Hereford to recover, and when they did Purdie, the new signing from Leicester City, had a shot saved. Before Steve Guigan, in the 14th minute, (previously called David Smith against Swindon!) slotted home, after an excellent chest down, to level up the score. He then almost repeated this feat only four minutes later, but this time Rovers’ keeper Chris Taylor made a good save.

Then it was Perry’s turn to force the keeper into a saved with a header at the back post, before a storming run by Rose down the left wing saw him put in an excellent cross to Guigan at the back post. Guigan could not finish off the good work slicing wide, in the 30th minute.

In the last ten minutes of the first half Perry twice and Danny Williams forced the Rovers’ keeper into three more saves.

The second half did not have the same amount of chances, Bromsgrove had two chances which were both fired wide. In the middle of the chances Hereford made four changes with Grant, Smith, Pitman and Parry coming on and it was Grant who got the winning goal. Richard Teasdale’s battling run down the right wing saw an excellent cross to the back post for Grant to smack into an empty net, and he also had the final chance of the match as he shot over when eighteen yards out.
The downside to the night was when midfielder Ben Smith was brought off with a suspected dislocated shoulder, and was taken away in an ambulance.

This wasn’t as impressive as the other friendly performances so far, but with all the trialists playing it was hard for the team to play fluidly. Now for Bristol City on Saturday...

Written by Tim Ward - 30th July 2002.

Scorers
Kevin Banner (4 minutes)
Steve Guinan (15 minutes)
John Grant (77 minutes)

Man of the Match - Tony James
Attendance -316
Referee - Mr. A. Smith (Worcestershire)

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Back the Bulls
Hereford United vs Bristol City - Saturday at 3pm. Go along and support your team.

Third Time Lucky for Hereford

Hereford recorded their first win at the third time of asking, at the expense of Bromsgrove Rovers, 2-1 in front of 316. The starting line up saw six different names from the line up against Swindon, with Clarke, Griffiths, Teasdale, Perry, Garrity and Purdie replacing Baker, Wright, Pitman, Jones, Smith and Parry.


The game got off to a quick start with Josh Perry, the ex-WBA striker, shooting wide from 16 yards when well placed. Soon after Rovers took the lead when a nice passing move resulted in a shot well saved by Griffiths, but unfortunately the ball fell straight to another Bromsgrove player who tapped home.


It took time for Hereford to recover, and when they did Purdie, the new signing from Leicester City, had a shot saved. Before Guigan, in the 14th minute, (previously called David Smith against Swindon!!!) slotted home, after an excellent chest down, to level up the score. He then also repeated this feat only 4 minutes later, but this time Rovers’ keeper made a good save.


Then it was Perry’s turn to force the keeper into a saved with a header at the back post, before a storming run by Rose down the left wing saw him put in an excellent cross to Guigan at the back post. Guigan could not finish off the good work slicing wide, in the 30th minute.


In the last ten minutes of the first half Perry twice and Danny Williams forced the Rovers’ keeper into three more saves.


The second half did not have the same amount of chances, Bromsgrove had two chances which were both fired wide. In the middle of the chances Hereford made 4 changes with Grant, Smith, Pitman and Parry coming on and it was Grant who got the winning goal. Richard Teasdale’s battling run down the right wing saw an excellent cross to the back post for Grant to smack into an empty net, and he also had the final chance of the match as he shot over when 18 yards out.


This wasn’t as impressive as the other friendly performances so far, but with all the trialists playing it was hard for the team to play fluidly. Now for Bristol City on Saturday.....
Bulls sign two
Hereford United have secured two new signings for the 2002/03 season, boosting their squad size to fourteen.

Danny Williams, the former Chesterfield midfielder, has impressed during a trial spell and signed a one year full-time contract at Edgar Street.

"He's got a good pedigree and has done well in training and the two games he has played," said Bulls boss Graham Turner to the Evening News.

Also joining is Robert Purdey, a youngster from Leicester City who played several reserve games for Hereford last season. The Official Website report that he has also secured a one-year deal.

Rhodri Giggs' spell at Edgar Street, though, has come to an end but tonight's team at Bromsgrove Rovers will contain some triallist. Josh Perry, Richard Teesdale and Michael Garrity will feature at the Victoria Ground in tonight's match, kick off 7.45pm.

Sunday, July 28, 2002

Bulls on-tour
Hereford United travel to Bromsgrove Rovers on Tuesday night, kick off 7.45pm. Go along and support your team.

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Changes at Classic Gold
A new voice will be reporting on Hereford United away matches for Classic Gold this season. The person appointed is well known and often heard at Edgar Street and should prove to be a great asset to the sports team at the radio station.

Thursday, July 25, 2002

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United still after Kelly
Hereford United have offered an improved deal to ex-Tranmere Rovers and Wolves attacker David Kelly.

The Bulls also face competition from Telford United for his signature, whose boss Jake King told the Shropshire Star: "David has had an improved offer from Hereford and the ball is in his hands,

"He's a good professional, extremely fit with fantastic feet and his finishing is terrific."

A striker, though, that will not be joining Hereford is David McNiven. McNiven played a trial game for the Bulls last Friday night as they went down 2-0 against Tranmere, and ex-Bull Jimmy Quinn has captured his signature for Northwich Victoria.

The squad as it stands at the moment, has much promise after two games together, according to the Hereford United coaches Richard O'Kelly and Graham Turner. O'Kelly told BBC Hereford & Worcester that he's pleased with the progress the side has made during the pre-season campaign but feels there's more to come from the squad. Tuesday night's game against Swindon showed "genuine signs of improvement" from Friday's defeat to Tranmere.

However, the new three-man defensive system is still finding its feet, says boss Turner.

"The three central defenders (Ian Wright, Andrew Tretton and Tony Hames) are still coming to terms with the new system and, at times, a true level of understanding has not been there," he told today's Hereford Times. "But, to be fair, we have just played against two very good teams and they have been good workouts for us."

Paul Parry, withdrawn at half-time against Swindon following a knock, should be fit for the trip to Bromsgrove Rovers next Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm, while striker John Grant is suffering from a foot injury.

Goalkeeper Kenny Griffiths, signed on a one-year contract from Torquay United earlier this week, could also feature once again.

Sunday, July 21, 2002

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Thursday, July 18, 2002

Turner looks at new system
Graham Turner hopes to employ a three-man central defensive system for Hereford United's upcoming friendly matches at Edgar Street against Tranmere Rovers (Friday, 7.45pm) and Swindon Town (Tuesday, 7.45pm).

Ian Wright, Tony James and newcomer Andy Tretton will form the basis of the defence, with the two wing-backs being able to proceed forward.

He told the Hereford Times: "The arrival of Andy Tretton gives us an opportunity to play with three central defenders, allowing our full-backs to move forward.

"Although it's very early in our pre-season programme, the matches will allow us to assess problems which might arise from using a new system."

Goalkeeper Matt Baker will play after a trial at Leyton Orient, and former Aberystwyth Town winger Rhodri Giggs, the brother of Manchester United and Wales star Ryan Giggs, is also expected to line up for the Bulls as a trialist against Second Division Tranmere. Former Ipswich Town trainee Ashley Nicholls and ex-Chesterfield midfielder Daniel Williams could also feature for Hereford.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Walsh move not off?
It appears that Hereford United are not out of the running for Wrexham 'keeper David Walsh after all.

Despite being on trial at Shrewsbury Town, Walsh told the Shropshire Star: "Hereford United have been in touch and I've been in contact with Brian Talbot from Rushden and Diamonds.

"Eric Nixon also wants me to go and do some training with Tranmere. I'm not going to rush though, I'll just wait and see what happens."

Walsh, though, is likely to play for Shrewsbury in clashes against Shifnal and Everton.

"He's a good shot stopper and controls the defence well. We'll be having another look at him next week and see what goes from there," said Shrews boss Kevin Ratcliffe. "The only problem he had was with the flight of the ball coming over the top of defenders, but that's something that comes with games and getting to know the defenders."

Monday, July 15, 2002

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Friday, July 12, 2002

TRIBUTE NIGHT
With dry weather forecast the Tribute Night looks set to be a great success. Tickets still available from Edgar Street.

Monday, July 08, 2002

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Sunday, July 07, 2002

TURNER UPBEAT
Graham Turner was featured in an article in today's NLP."I am back in a tracksuit- and loving it," he said. " I spent the last season on the administrative side and it was no fun. Once a manager always a manager and I could not wait for the start of pre-season training. The adrenaline is flowing again knowing we are preparing for one of the most crucial seasons in the clubs history."

Monday, July 01, 2002

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Bulls snap up Benbow
Conference club Hereford United, who are having to virtually re-build their squad for the new season, have added another newcomer to add to Crewe striker John Grant, according to thenon-leaguepaper.com

Director of Football Graham Turner is giving attacking midfielder Mark Benbow the chance to make the grade at Conference level after returning from Australia.

Benbow, 24, began his career with League of Wales outfit Newtown and also played for Rhayader Town in the same league.
In addition he turned out for the Bulls' former groundsharers Pegasus Juniors in the Hellenic League and in the Dr Martens League for Merthyr Tydfil, Worcester City, Bromsgrove Rovers and, last season, Redditch United before moving to Australia to play.

Turner has also recruited a left back from a Nationwide League club, although he wouldn't name him until his contract with his previous club expired on Sunday.