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Thursday, January 30, 2003

Bulls lose defender for away trip

Michael Rose will travel to Ostend to play for the England National Game XI against Belgium on February 12th, missing Hereford United's trip to Margate in the process.

The left back, who has been impressive since his summer move from Chester City, will miss the Margate match and the news will come as a major blow to United boss Graham Turner as his side aim to pick off points to satisfy their play-off aspirations.

The only positive from the announcement in terms of Hereford's match is that Margate have also lost their left-back. Greg Oates has been named in Paul Fairclough's first squad as manager of the team.


No appeal over sending off

Hereford United will not appeal over Danny Williams' red card at Morecambe on Saturday. The midfielder appeared to kick out at a Morecambe defender in the game, and the club will accept the punishment.

Following on from our news yesterday, the club have announced that volunteers for Saturday's maintenance work should meet at the players entrance at 9am. The work is expected to be finished by lunchtime, and any tools (particularly those for pointing and cleaning) would be useful.

Tickets are still available for the Gala Sports Dinner, featuring Tommy Docherty and comedian Kenny Smiles, next Thursday 6th February. They cost £30, include a three course meal, and are available from the club.

Meanwhile, the Bulls played a Swansea City XI in a friendly last night, losing 3-1. Michael Husbands scored the only goal in a team largely formed with trialists and reserve players.

Elsewhere, The FA have rejected the move for a Conference 2 system next season, but the proposals will be considered over a longer timescale. 63 of the 69 teams in the feeder leagues have indicated that they wish to join the new system.


Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Fans required for maintenance work

With the football team on a free Saturday, Hereford United fans are asked to come to the club on Saturday morning at 9am.

The Bulls need help with maintenance work at Edgar Street, and already supporters have agreed to aid the club as there is no match to attend, reports Ian Morgan of the Hereford Times.

Furthermore, the tickets for the club's fund-raising annual dinner on February 6th are selling very well, and some are still available. For more details, contact the club on 01432 276666.


Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Break gives Hereford time to recouperate

Graham Turner's Hereford United are not in action again until next Tuesday, allowing the squad to recouperate.

The Bulls go to Farnborough Town on Tuesday 4th February, hoping to do the double over the Cherrywood Road-based side, who they beat 2-1 on the opening day of the season. However, Boro', who lost 5-1 to Arsenal at Highbury in the FA Cup fourth round, have lost manager Graham Westley, who quit the club this morning and joined Stevenage Borough this afternoon!

Steve Guinan suffered with cramp at the end of Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Morecambe, and a knock to Rob Purdie kept him out of the game, so both will relish the chance of getting back to peak fitness.

However, Hereford will miss centre back Andy Tretton for the game as he serves a one-match suspension, so Ian Wright is set to deputise. Some Conference teams in FA Trophy action this weekend, so there is no league programme.


Sunday, January 26, 2003

Colin tops monthly league

Colin E is currently at the summit of the HU-FC.co.uk Predictions League after three matches, while 'len westons last stand' still tops the overall league.


Morecambe were at their best - Harvey

Hereford United played Morecambe at their best, according to Shrimps supremo Jimmy Harvey.

Talking to the Non-League Paper, he said that Morecambe played: "Some of the best football we have played this year."

"That was a vital win for us and keeps us right up there. Some of our football in the first half was the best I've seen this season. The second was a different game and they made it difficult. We invited too much pressure, but held on and scored another good goal ourselves."

Steve Guinan, the Bulls attacker, came off with three minutes to go, but United coach Richard O'Kelly confirmed that it was for hamstring cramp.


Saturday, January 25, 2003

Coach takes positives from defeat

Hereford United coach Richard O'Kelly was naturally disappointed that Morecambe beat the Bulls 3-1 today, but drew positives from the match.

He told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "In the second half we really pressed and pushed them to the limit and at 2-1, we had one or two great opportunities to equalise."

Danny Williams received a red card just before half time, which was for a scuffle, according to O'Kelly. "Danny was on the floor and their guy was stood up and the next thing I know is that the referee is producing a red card," he continued. "Danny will be disappointed because he's a crucial part of the team.

"Morecambe are a good side. They've got a lovely playing surface here and they move the ball around well on it, but we caused them some problems. I don't think we were at our best today, but we created enough chances to prove that we are move than capable of bouncing back and we finished very strongly in the second half."


First half performance costs United dear

Hereford were defeated this afternoon 3 -1 by Morecambe. Danny Williams was sent off at 44 minutes just before half time. Hereford battled in the second half but failed to produce a result - they didn’t deserve to lose by that margin.

Terry's report on today's game is here.


Friday, January 24, 2003

Extension to loan


According to this week's Hereford Journal, the £1 million plus debt owed to the developers by Hereford United could be extended for up to three years.

Liquidators of bankrupt company Chelverton have not yet wound the company up, so its subsidiary Formsole technically still has the loan on its books pending the transfer of its share assets to the Carillion-Richardson partnership.

Carillion, a development company formed after the demise of Tarmac, and Richardson, the Black Country developers with an eye on the future of the total Edgar Street site, are understood to be inclined to extend the United loan.

“Because Carillion-Richardson have yet to buy Formsole they are not legally in a position to extend the loan – but they want to help as much as they can”, a source told the Journal.

Meanwhile Bulls supporters returning from Morecambe using the A49 should note that it is expected to be closed on Saturday evening from 7pm for bridge repair work at Wofferton between Leominster and Ludlow.



Turner faces selection headache

Hereford United have just one player sidelined for tomorrow's Nationwide Conference trip to Morecambe.

Matt Clarke remains sidelined after his knee operation, but Graham Turner must choose whether to stick with the side that beat Gravesend & Northfleet 3-0, or to bring back the suspended duo of Steve Guinan and Danny Williams who missed out on that match.

"Both Williams and Guinan are available and it's a nice problem to have a selection headache for a change," admitted Turner in the Evening News. "Sawyers and Purdie both did well last week and after a 3-0 win it doesn't automatically mean I'm going to change the side around. But if they are left out they can have gained confidence in the knowledge that they have contributed to a good win."

Of Morecambe, Turner continued: "They changed the way they play slightly and are a much bigger side with the emphasis on hitting the ball forward quicker but that may have been the influence of the pitch. Morecambe are up their challenging for a play-off place with us and will be a handful but we feel we can handle most things that teams throw at us.

"Our form has been good and we showed with our win at Chester that we can be solid and compete with the top clubs."

Meanwhile, Hereford United director and former council chairman George Hyde will stand as an independent at next May's council elections. Hyde is one of twenty four independents standing, according to BBC Hereford & Worcester.


Thursday, January 23, 2003

Shrimps aim to get back on track

Morecambe boss Jimmy Harvey has told his side that they must beat Hereford.

The Shrimps have dropped out of the play-off zone, and drew with Nuneaton on Tuesday night after a last minute goal from Richard Lavery.

Lee Elam and Keith Hill should return after injury, but will require late fitness tests.


Two return for Morecambe test

Hereford United face a tough test against seventh placed Morecambe on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

The Bulls go to Christie Park, where Morecambe have lost just one league match this season, hoping to extend a run of six wins in their last seven league matches.

At Edgar Street in August, Morecambe won 2-1 but Hereford welcome back attacker Steve Guinan and midfielder Danny Williams, who both missed out on last Saturday's 3-0 win over Gravesend & Northfleet.

Of Morecambe, Graham Turner told the Hereford Times: "They are always a good side and have a lot of experience. They like to pass the ball around but will also give us space in which to play.

"But the most important thing is our own form. It's very promising at the moment - we are playing some good football and our discipline has been excellent. We showed in the win at Chester that we can be solid and match the clubs in the top group."

Morecambe, managed by former Hereford favourite Jimmy Harvey, have Keith Hill out with injury and will wait over the fitness of Lee Colkin.


Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Turner will let Parry make decision

Graham Turner has confirmed that no bids have been made for Hereford United midfielder Paul Parry.

However, he said that if Parry wants to join Bristol Rovers, the club speculated to be tracking him, then Hereford will not stop him.

"I know they have been at our games but on Saturday Gravesend thought they were looking at one of their players," said Turner in tonight's Evening News. "I wouldn't want Paul to leave but I have always said I would never stand in his way though at the moment it is all just speculation."

Meanwhile, the new England National Game XI (semi-professional) manager is Paul Fairclough, who has had spells in charge of Stevenage Borough, while former Hereford player Bobby Gould has become manager at second division Cheltenham Town.


Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Bulls stay fifth

Hereford United stay in fifth place, inside the play-off zone after rivals Morecambe failed to win at Nuneaton tonight. Although Morecambe took the lead through their top scorer Wayne Curtis, Nuneaton equalised in the dying minutes of the game.

Hereford have 46 points from 26 games, whilst Morecambe now have 44 points from 27 matches.


Graydon refuses to comment on transfer speculation

Bristol Rovers manager Ray Graydon has said that he will not comment on possible signings until they are confirmed.

It is rumoured that the Division Three strugglers are tracking the Hereford duo of Paul Parry and Michael Rose but Graydon will not move on the subject.

Talking to Rovers' official website, Graydon said: "I don't ever consider myself close to signing someone, and I don't like talking about transfers until they are finalised and the player is here.

"I think that speaking about players coming here raises supporters' expectations and I would prefer that that expectation wasn't there in case things don't happen. All I will say for now though is that I am working flat out with my staff to improve the situation."

Meanwhile, Hereford boss Graham Turner could be set to make an offer to Tony Battersby, the attacker who rejected a move back in October. He has just been released by Boston United, but Hereford could face opposition from Doncaster Rovers and Chester City for his signature.


Monday, January 20, 2003

The cost of the CVA

It is five years since the CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) was set up at Hereford United. In that time the cost of the arrangement has probably come to more money than the amount left to be paid to unsecured creditors.

The first year of the CVA saw over £49,000 paid out. The supervisors fees and expenses came to £31,752 and legal fees were £9,848. VAT was another £7,280. However, no money was paid out to creditors in that year.

The second year (1999) was when the main payments to creditors took place. Some £129,744 was paid to the Inland Revenue, £44,617 to the Customs and Excise, and some Trade and Expense creditors were paid £41,063. On top of this the supervisors received £11,410 and other costs came to £908. There was another £2,062 for VAT.

More payments were made in 2000. Trade and Expense Creditors were paid £46,081, and the Supervisor received another £1,036.

According to the report for 2001 no payments were made and it is understood that no payments were made last year (2002). The documentation for 2002 is due to be published within the next three months. It is expected that the supervisor will require some payment for his work probably around £1,000 per annum.

The costs of the CVA for the first five years have come to £64,979. When the CVA is completed there will be more costs for finalisation. The final bill for the CVA could come to nearly as much as the unsecured creditors were owed.

Some of the extra costs may have gone on a modification of the CVA which it is beleived happened as a result of the joint venture with Formsole. It is thought that the CVA can continue for up to ten years and if the joint venture is successful then the creditors will be paid in full. However if the venture fails then the creditors could get nothing. This information came from a source close to the Supervisor but has not been confirmed by the club.

One thing is certain, Peter Hill and his fellow directors at the time could not have tried very hard to do a deal with the unsecured creditors. Swansea City managed to agree only to pay 10p in the pound recently when they got into trouble, so why did Hereford agree to 100p in the pound?

As Graham Turner told a supporters meeting last autumn (see HU-FC.co.uk reports dated August 13th) that he hoped to make a payment to creditors this season and he said there was about £25,000 left to pay, it looks as though the club is aiming to honour its debts whatever the future.

It is to be hoped that £25,000 is all that is owed.


Ford full of Hereford praise

Andy Ford, the Gravesend & Northfleet manager, has praised Hereford United, who beat his struggling side 3-0 on Saturday.

"Hereford are at the top of the form table right now and they were very, very strong and hungry," he told BBC Radio Kent.

"Technically they were much better than us. We held our own, but when we conceded two goals early in the second-half a few players' heads began to drop. With the run of form we're on at the moment we can't afford to make silly mistakes and miss chances the way we did."

Hereford go to Morecambe next Saturday, knowing another victory would help to secure their play-off place.


Sunday, January 19, 2003

Interest in Paul Parry

Paul Parry, the Bulls' 22 year-old winger, has been the target of attention from Bristol Rovers this week, but whether that interest will result in an offer for him is unclear at present. The story started last Tuesday when Hereford played Yeovil.

On Wednesday the Bristol Evening Post reported the first signs of attention in Parry as follows:

Last evening,Bristol Rovers assistant manager, John Still, took charge of the side for their clash at the Memorial Stadium against Torquay as boss Ray Graydon was elsewhere watching a potential transfer target in action.

"Ray was watching a player and it's somebody I've already seen, so there was no point me going, " said Still.

"I think it's somebody we will be very interested in signing and who could do a good job for us but, ultimately, the decision has to be down to the manager.

"I know the player very well and I'm sure he's somebody we'd want.

"The work ethic of the side is high now whether it's Ray here or me, so it's OK to do that.

"We do need a bit more strength in depth around the side and hopefully one or two situations we are watching could come to something positive."


It appears that Graydon wanted a second opinion on Parry as he sent John Still, the former Barnet boss, to Hereford yesterday despite Still saying that he had already seen him. With Parry scoring twice, he should have been impressed.

Should an offer be made for Parry it would need to be quite substantial as Hereford are not quite as desperate for cash at present as has been the case in the past.

A move to Bristol Rovers may not be that good a career move for Parry either as Rovers currently lie fifth from bottom of the third division. However the interest is a tribute to him as he will surely play in higher league football at some stage in his career.


Three tied at top

In the HU-FC.co.uk Predictions League, three players are tied at the top of the monthly competition - silverbull, barnetbull and riverswye. Overall, len weston's last stand is still the seasonal leader.


Saturday, January 18, 2003

Good day all round

Most results in the Conference have gone Hereford's way today. Only Halifax and Yeovil, out of the other clubs in the top seven, won their matches (against Farnborough and Morecambe respectively). Doncaster were beaten at home by Telford in the shock result of the day and tonight Chester were held at home by Barnet.

This means that the Bulls move up to fifth place in the league. Yeovil lead with 59 points from 28 games with Chester and Doncaster both on 51 points from 27 games. Halifax lie fourth on 49 points but have played 28 games. Then come Hereford United with 46 points from 26 games and Scarborough also with 46 points but from 27 games and a poorer goal difference. Morecambe are seventh with 43 points from 26 games.For the Bulls to be in fifth place with at least a game in hand over those around them is a good position at this stage of the season.

Next week's fixtures are crucial as Hereford are likely to have a hard game at Morecambe on Saturday and will do well to come back with all three points.However Morecombe have a mid-week game at Nuneaton, which they should win, but could leave them a little tired for Saturday. Other games to look for are next weekend are Scarborough versus Chester and Northwich versus Halifax. Draws in both of these games will help the Bulls.

The Bulls really are on good form. Seven league games without defeat is excellent and to have only conceded one goal in those games (against Forest Green) says volumes about the defence. Realists know that all good runs come to an end at some stage but hopefully not too soon.

The discipline league is somewhere else Hereford are doing well. After todays game the Bulls are well in front of the rest with only 35 points. Gravesend are currently bottom with 82 points.


O'Kelly pleased with performance

Richard O'Kelly, the Hereford United coach and occasional possible substitute was pleased with this afternoon's performance against Gravesend.

Speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester he said: "It was a good result. We played Gravesend away earlier in the season and they are the only side that has battered us.So it was very important that we got back onto winning ways today.

"Over the last two months or so we have changed the system slighty and we have created an awful lot of chances and now we have started taking them. We always felt we were going to score a goal."

Gravesend don't play well in the second half according to statistics, "so we thought if we went out there and went for the throat or the jugular we would get our rewards," continued O'Kelly.

"Paul Parry had a couple of chances in the first half but in the second half he brought the ball to the edge of the box and finished rather well.Then he chased a back pass down, got tremendous pace, and nipped it past the keeper and put it in an empty net."

Talking about other players, O'Kelly said: "Rob Sawyers, whose chances have been limited, the longer the game went on the better he got today and he got a well deserved goal after some great work from Ben Smith. And Rob Purdie produced the form that hasn't always come out for him but he looked very confident today causing them all sorts of problems.

"We have only got a small squad of players and what the managers concentrated on is quality and he feels that every player we have got in the squad is of the ability to go straight into the team. With a player like Ian Wright sat on the bench, you know you have got good quality out there. And there is always me to come on as well!

"Every game from now on is going to be a massive game for us and we have to go to Morecambe next."

Rob Sawyers told the media: "It's nice to get my first goal for the club, especially at home. We sensed they were tiring at the end of the first half and we thought we would wear them down eventually."


Revenge for the Bulls

Two goals from Paul Parry just after the break and another from Rob Sawyers in injury time gave Hereford United a well deserved win over Gravesend this afternoon by 3-0, the same score as occured in their earlier meeting this season when Gravesend won.

Terry's report on today's game is here.


Skipper to play in attack?

With top scorer Steve Guinan suspended, Hereford United boss Graham Turner has to find a partner for John Grant in today's game with Gravesend & Northfleet at Edgar Street, kick off 3pm.

Guinan misses out after picking up five yellow cards, so Rob Purdie or Ian Wright are likely to start in attack after Turner failed in his efforts to bring in a loan striker for the game.

United also miss the suspended Danny Williams, and Matt Clarke is recovering from a knee operation. Therefore, on-loan full-back Jay Lovett will fill in, ahead of Richard Teesdale.


Friday, January 17, 2003

Turner fails to find striker

Bulls manager Graham Turner has failed in his search for an on-loan striker for tomorrow's game against Gravesend. It is understood that he was hoping for a response from either of two strikers that might have been available. He said that the hunt will continue.

Meanwhile, Turner confirmed to BBC Hereford & Worcester that Jay Lovett has come to Hereford on a one month loan from Brentford and is likely to be in the squad tomorrow. He will probably replace Richard Teesdale at right-back.

Turner admitted the squad is stretched to its limits at the moment. He said: "The suspensions of Steve Guinan and Danny Williams and the injury to Matt Clarke have left us very thin on the ground as far as the squad is concerned and it needs strengthening. It is a crucial period of the season for us now.We can't afford to slip away in the league."

Talking about Gravesend, Turner thought that the away match early in the season was "without doubt our worst performance. We never got underway and I thought they were quite a good side on that occasion. Very big and strong and played very effectively. We took quite a good support down there and they must have been wandering what side they were watching."

"We are hoping to make amends," he vowed.


Thursday, January 16, 2003

Turner clinches loan deal

Hereford United have sealed the signing of Brentford right-back Jay Lovett.

The defender joins the Bulls on a month-long loan deal, filling in for Matt Clarke who is out for around four weeks following knee surgery.

Age 24, Lovett had a trial with Lincoln City in November, according to the official Brentford website, and featured in the Londoners' 2-1 defeat at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday. However, he has not featured regularly since moving to the Bees two years ago, and has also had spells with Plymouth Argyle, Saltdean United and Crawley Town.


Fleet welcome back top scorer

Gravesend & Northfleet should have Nick Burton and Che Stadhart back for Saturday's trip to Hereford United.

Striker Stadhart, who has scored nine league goals for the Conference strugglers this season, suffered no reaction to his back problem on his return in Tuesday's FA Trophy defeat by Dover Athletic, whilst Burton has overcome an ankle injury.

Justin Skinner misses out through suspension, and former Hereford defender Paul Sturgess has been released following his move at the start of the season from Stevenage Borough.

Hereford have collected 16 points out of their last possible 18 and lie seventh in the Conference, whilst Gravesend are just one place above the drop zone and haven't won in their last four league matches.


Move the Market says Keetch

Paul Keetch, MP for Hereford has written to the Hereford Times explaining why opposition to the Market Bill (to enable the Hereford Council to move the livestock market) must end.

In particular he is asking Bill Wiggin, MP for Leominster, to drop his opposition to the Bill.

"No firm proposals can be placed before the council for planning permission until the Markets Bill becomes law," wrote Mr Keetch. "The only people who would benefit from a delay in Parliment are the solicitors. Hereford United would be able to redevelop its ground and include other sports facilities," if the plans go ahead.

Meanwhile Formsole, the company who forwarded Hereford United £1 million pounds, which is due to be paid back in May this year, has changed hands.

Simon Morgan,of Chelverton West Ltd has confirmed to HU-FC.co.uk that Formsole's shares are now held on trust for CR Chelverton Properties (CRCP). The original owners, Chelverton Group Limited are in liquidation. (For more details see our reports from November 2002)

Formsole itself is funded by loans from CRCP which were transferred from Chelverton Group Limited.

Mr Morgan also confirmed that one of the partners in CRCP, Richmond Land UK Limited, has gone into "solvent liquidation". As CRCP have a pre-emptive right over the Formsole shares this is likely to mean that the other two partners in CRCP, Carillion Plc and Richardson Developments Limited, will be the two main companies involved with Formsole and Hereford United.

Simon Eastwood of Carillion has also spoken to HU-FC.co.uk about the current situation.

"We are hopeful that arrangements with the liquidators of Chelverton Group Limited and Richmond Land Ltd will be concluded very shortly which will allow Carillion and Richardsons to continue discussion with the Board of Hereford United," he said.

Mr Eastwood is a Property Director with Carillion. One of the other persons believed to be in talks with the club is Mr. Corner of Richardsons.


Duo subject of Rovers interest

Nationwide League Division Three strugglers Bristol Rovers have shown an interest in the Hereford United defender Michael Rose and midfielder Paul Parry.

Today's Western Daily Press reports that Rovers boss Ray Graydon saw United lose 2-1 to Yeovil on Tuesday night, and could be set to launch a bid for the two. He even missed Rovers' draw at Torquay United to see the Hereford match.

Both would command a fee, but Rovers will be eager to improve a side whose left wing has been particularly troublesome this season.


New signings before Gravesend game?

Hereford United boss Graham Turner is aiming to bring in two new loan players before Saturday's Nationwide Conference clash with Gravesend & Northfleet at Edgar Street, kick off 3pm.

One of the players which Turner is after is a second division right-back, who played in a game on Tuesday night, according to the Hereford Times.

Turner told the Western Daily Press: "We are hoping to bring in two players before the weekend providing there wasn't anything untoward in their games on Tuesday night. One of them played in the second division and I am hoping that will go through before the weekend."

The Bulls will be without three players on Saturday, with Matt Clarke still injured and Steve Guinan and Danny Williams both serving one match bans. That will mean changes to the side which were beaten 2-1 in the FA Trophy by Yeovil Town on Tuesday.

An improvement will be required if Hereford are going to get anything off Gravesend, as they crashed 3-0 at Stonebridge Road back in August. The defeat was their first of the season, but the Kentish club are struggling down in nineteenth position whilst Hereford remain seventh, three points off a play-off place with two games in hand over fifth-placed Halifax Town.

Meanwhile, the United board of directors will investigate a complaint made by former boss Colin Addison after he was the subject of a abuse from a handful of supporters recently. Addison had brought his Forest Green side to Edgar Street on December 28th, only for "abusive language and obscene gestures" to be aimed at him.


Good response to Conference expansion

75% of the 69 clubs eligible to apply for the Conference 2 proposals have entered in favour of the new set-up, reports the Nationwide Conference chief executive John Moules.

The new divisions are oversubscribed in the two-division north-south divide, and Moules said: "the simple rule change to expand the Conference to 66 clubs should be implemented immediately, to be in place for season 2003/2004." However, the move has already been rejected for next season.

He continued: "Our preference is to have two semi-national divisions, feeding into the current Nationwide Conference of 22 member clubs. We propose to continue to operate promotion of three clubs from the feeder leagues Premier Divisions and introduce play-offs between the three Conference Divisions while increasing promotion with play-offs with the three feeder leagues and the two semi-national divisions."


Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Johnson pleased with Yeovil victory

Hereford United went out of the FA Trophy last night, and Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was obviously delighted with the outcome.

"It was a magnificent second-half performance and we have beaten a good team away from home," said the Glovers boss after their 2-1 win.

Ben Smith, the Hereford goalscorer, told BBC Hereford & Worcester that the Bulls did not play as well as they have lately. Smith was on the losing side for the first time since coming back from injury.

He said: "We gave away two quite sloppy goals in the first five minutes and from then up it was an uphill task. We managed to get it back to 2-1, and we had chances in the first half to get it back to 2-2.

"The second half was very scrappy and we did not trouble their goal quite enough. In the end we got punished for a slow start. You can't give the top of the league a two goal start."

Speaking about the next game Smith suggested that with a small squad they would miss the three key players unavailable and Graham Turner said that he is still hoping to bring in two loan players before that game.


Tuesday, January 14, 2003

United out of Trophy

Hereford United went out of the FA Trophy this evening, 2-1 against Yeovil Town.

Tonight's report is here.


Hereford aim for fourth round

Hereford United need to overcome Conference table-toppers Yeovil Town to reach the FA Trophy fourth round tonight, kick off 7.45pm.

The rescheduled third round match, being played at Edgar Street, was called off because of a frozen pitch on Saturday, which could have cost the club £8,000, according to secretary Joan Fennesy. However, it has given United skipper Tony James time to recover from an ankle injury. Matt Clarke, though, remains absent with a knee injury so Richard Teesdale will fill in.

United boss Graham Turner is eager to win the game, despite the distration it could cause to Hereford's Conference play-off bid.

Terry Skiverton should return in defence for Yeovil, with the winners of the game playing Morecambe or Lancaster City at home in the fourth round on February 1st.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press: "To be fair we only get the Trophy out for special occasions but it's there in our memories - we enjoyed everything abut that Trophy run and the final and it brings back great memories for us to start our defence.

"Both me and Graham (Turner) know that when you talk about the Trophy final it is a long, long way off yet but we do know that after this game one of the favourites for the competition will be out."

Ex-Hereford midfielder Michael McIndoe is expected to line-up in the Yeovil side, and he commented: "This is probably the toughest tie we could have got in this (southern) section of the draw.

"It's a big game for me and Gavin Williams taking on Ben Smith and Jamie Pitman who obviously used to play for Yeovil. I am not expecting a great reception but they did make £25,000 on me after I had been there for six months."

Any required replay will be next Tuesday at Huish Park, kick off 7.45pm.


James should be fit

Tony James should be fit for tonight's FA Trophy game against Yeovil.

James damaged an ankle during training last week and could have been a doubt had the game taken place last Saturday. The few extra days has allowed the injury to improve.

Otherwise, Graham Turner has said that he should have a full team available with the exception of Matt Clarke who will be out for up to six weeks after his operation on his knee. Richard Teesdale is likely to take Clarke's place.


Monday, January 13, 2003

FA Trophy draw made

The winners of the Hereford United vs Yeovil Town FA Trophy third round match will be at home in round four.

Whoever progresses will be at home to either Morecambe or Lancaster City in the fourth round.

The game will be played on Saturday, February 1st.


Sunday, January 12, 2003

Attendances up at home games

The Non-League Paper has produced figures showing how the the changes in the promotion situation have led to bigger gates at most grounds. From the start of the season to the end of November the turnstiles have recorded a 16.8% in attendance across the Conference. Chester City are leading the figures with an increase of 150% from a poor base last season, because many home fans boycotted the Deva Stadium, but Doncaster Rovers have the highest average gate of 3620. The paper suggests clubs will continue to record higher attendances as the season progresses.

Hereford United registered a 11% gain to the end of November, which was below average. Since then, gates have improved and some 26651 spectators have watched 13 league matches giving an average of 2050 per game. This compares with 19737 at this stage twelve months ago giving an average of only 1518. The increase from last season to this is now running at some 532 per game or 35% extra, producing extra income, which should be running at over £3000 per game. If this trend continues, then some £70,000 more gate money could be taken by the end of this season, and these figures do not take into account possible play-off or FA Trophy gates.

Commenting on the better figures, Conference secretary John Moules said: "This is a very exciting time for the Conference. It's all down to extra competition for places which is now being reflected in the attendance figures."


Voice makes deal permanent

After a loan spell with Hinckley United, Scott Voice has moved from Edgar Street to the Knitters on a full-time basis.

The Hereford United striker has had his career with the Conference club dogged by injuries, but since a move to Hinckley, he has refound his fitness and form.

United have been paid a nominal four-figure fee for the attacker, who was signed on a free transfer from Bilston Town in July 2001. Voice will revert to part-time status for the duration of his new 18-month contract with the club.

Hinckley boss Dean Thomas told thenon-leaguepaper.com: "Scott's big, strong and gets into positions that give us something different. Now he's got to start scoring goals."


Clarke aims for swift return

Hereford United defender Matt Clarke hopes to be back in action within four weeks.

He told the Non-League Paper: "It's disappointing that I will have had to miss yesterday's FA Trophy tie with Yeovil, but I had to have the operation toi be fit for the rest of the season."

As it was, the game was called off yesterday and will be played on Tuesday night.

"It's important that I'm back for our bid to reach the play-offs and for our attempt to get back into the Football League," he continued.


Saturday, January 11, 2003

Boss looks for new signings

Graham Turner is hoping to boost his Hereford United squad as players miss out through injury and suspension.

Both Danny Williams and Steve Guinan are banned for next Saturday's game against Gravesend & Northfleet, whilst Matt Clarke misses out through injury and Scott Voice has extended his loan deal with Dr. Martens Premier Division side Hinckley United.

Meanwhile, ex-Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty is putting his weight behind Hereford's annual fundraising dinner, report the Evening News. He will be the principal speaker at United's dinner at The Three Counties Hotel on Thursday, February 6. Tickets, priced £30, are available from the club offices in Blackfriars Street or by calling 01432 276666.


Game called off

After a morning pitch inspection, this afternoon's FA Trophy third round game at Edgar Street has been postponed.

After an initial tour of the pitch, the match officials planned to re-inspect later on, but have since called the match off.

Hereford United vs Yeovil Town will now be played on Tuesday 14th January, kick off 7.45pm.


Friday, January 10, 2003

Bulls match hangs on overnight frost

A pitch inspection will be held at 9.30am tomorrow to ascertain whether the Hereford United vs Yeovil Town FA Trophy third match is to go ahead.

The frost has eased after temperatures remained above freezing last night, and it is hoped that sub-zero conditions will not occur tonight. The club are 'very hopeful' that the game will go ahead, according to the official website.

Already, though, several matches in the Trophy have been called off, including the local derby between Lancaster City and Morecambe, and the all-Conference clashs at Forest Green Rovers, where Barnet were set to be the visitors, and Haifax Town, who were to play Doncaster Rovers.

After picking up the Conference manager of the month award for December, Bulls boss Graham Turner said: "It might be tempting fate and I know a lot of managers who are superstitious about receiving the award before a game that's probably why they've switched presentations to midweek. But it's a nice reward to have and I appreciate it, though it's nothing without the players who have had a magnificent month."

Of the match itself, he told the Evening News: "It's a cracking cup tie to look forward to with all the ingredients you could want for a cup match. They are flying high in top spot with two former Hereford players in Gavin Williams and Michael McIndoe returning to the club while Ben Smith and Jamie Pitman will be keen to do well against their old club. Hopefully we will get a good gate because we respond well to a decent atmosphere as we did against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup."

The teams drew 0-0 at Edgar Street in September, and Turner reckons a close match is in store again. "We have improved since we last met while Yeovil have showed what a good side they are by topping the table for such a long time period," he said.

On the playing front, Hereford will be without Matt Clarke (knee injury), so Richard Teesdale is likely to stand in a right-back.

"Matt's had his knee clean up with a little bit of bone shaved off but he's going to be out longer than we expected and he is at Lilleshall starting his rehabilitation," said Turner, who felt Clarke could be absent for as long as six weeks.

No other changes are expected so Ian Wright and Michael Husbands will be on the bench for the game. The United skipper was ill on New Years Day, and Husbands came on in the Forest Green game to impress Turner.

"He's a young boy who has played a few reserve games for Villa and it will be a good experience for him to come up and play for us. We've also put Danny Moon and Kevin Gwillam on non-contracts after they impressed in the reserves. But we need to bring in some more players because Gwillam and Danny Williams are suspended next week."

Steve Guinan is also suspended for the Gravesend & Northfleet match at Edgar Street on January 18th.

Yeovil will give a late fitness test to skipper Terry Skiverton, and boss Gary Johnson said: "Terry has got to be 50-50 really, but we have got Colin Pluck fit again and back for selection." Adam Stansfield is missing with a broken leg, whilst striker Abdoulai Demba has left the club and moved to Belgium.

"It's a huge game that will see one of the favourites out of the competition at the end of it," continued Johnson. "We aim to make sure it isn't us."

Meanwhile, the FA have rejected the implementation of the Conference 2 leagues for next season.


Both managers confident

Both Graham Turner and Gary Johnson are confident of success in the Trophy and the League this season and Turner feels his team will continue to improve starting with tomorrows crunch game.

Turner, talking to BBC Hereford and Worcester, said " I said to the players this week that we can look forward to another 16 points out of the next 18. There is no reason why we can't acheive that. There is no reason why we can't steak a claim for a place in the top five or even better than that. There is still a long way to go in the season and I think that as a team because of the massive changes we had in the summer, we only kept six players from last season, so there is a considerable amount of new players and faces coming into the club. They have now settled in and gelled and so we are hopeful that we can go on and acheive a play-off place.

The question as to whether the FA Trophy could be a serious distraction to Yeovil's hopes of promotion has been asked of manager Gary Johnson so often lately that he is quick with a reply reports the Daily Telegraph.

"This week the Trophy is our priority," he said. "Next week it will be the league."

As Trophy holders Yeovil are understandably loathe to make an immediate exit in tomorrow's third round tie at Hereford, however much it might benefit their chances of capturing the Nationwide Conference title. "I have a group of boys who enjoy winning and they enjoyed winning the Trophy last season," Johnson elaborated.

"While they are all fit and healthy it should be no problem fitting in an extra five or six games. It will only become a problem if we start getting behind with our fixtures."

With 16 points from the last 18, Hereford are the Conference's form team. But Yeovil are not doing so badly either. Johnson was surprised recently at having to fend off questions that his Conference leaders were in the midst of a lean spell after losing at Forest Green and drawing at home to Barnet.

"I didn't see that as a bad spell," he said. "If that's a major blip, I'll take it."

Indeed Johnson feels happy enough with Yeovil's form to offload two strikers. Carl Alford has gone and is likely to be followed shortly by Abdoulai Demba, whose wife wants to return to her native Belgium.

The weather in the Hereford area is brighter this morning with little frost.


Thursday, January 09, 2003

Hereford aim to beat weather first, then Yeovil


The third round game is in doubt, according to BBC Hereford & Worcester, because of freezing weather, which is not likely to change until Sunday.

Hereford have won five of their last six games, but will need to be at their best against table-topping Conference rivals Yeovil, who are managed by former Latvian international boss Gary Johnson.

United supremo Graham Turner told the Hereford Times: "The FA Trophy is a very important competition to us because we want to keep our run going and keep the season as exciting as possible. It is definitely the tie of the round and it's vital that we get through to the next stage.

"We know a fair amount about Yeovil and we also know that they have had a tremendous following in their last two away games. We are told they took over 1,000 supporters to Forest Green and had 800 for the trip to Gravesend last Saturday."

Hereford have been impressive in the Trophy in recent years, reaching the fifth round last year and the semi finals in 2000/01, losing out to Forest Green Rovers over two legs. However, with the Conference play-offs now in place, the Trophy does not have the same effect of keeping the season alive, particularly as the Bulls are in the running for a promotion-competing spot.

Richard Teesdale is likely to come in for Matt Clarke, who is recovering from a knee injury, whilst Scott Voice could feature on the bench after returning from a loan spell at Hinckley United. The Dr. Martens Premier Division side are in negotiations to sign Voice on a permanent deal.

Turner said: "If Voice were to join them, our squad would be down to 15 pros and we would need to bolster it by one or two players. The feeling in the squad is very good and we would want players with ability and the right type of character. We have a list of players that we would be interested in, but our finances have not changed very much."

Michael McIndoe, a former Hereford player now at Yeovil, is hoping for a change of fortune for the Glovers. He told the Western Daily Press: "Since I have left things haven't gone so well for me against them. The first time I played them they beat us in the second last game of the season which meant we finished second in the Conference to Rushden and Diamonds.

"And the next game I did my ligaments after a bad tackle by one of their lads which kept me out for four weeks. And then I got sent off the last time I played against them for a bad bit of discipline by myself."

"I know they have got a lot of people behind the scenes there doing some very good work, " he continued. "There's Graham and Ron Jukes especially and because of the financial situation they had to get in ten free transfer players in the summer. Graham develops players and makes them better with the work he does with them."

McIndoe could captain Yeovil if Terry Skiverton doesn't feature, and Gavin Williams is also likely to start.

If the scores are level on Saturday, there will no be extra time and the replay will be at Huish Park next Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.


Turner picks up award

Graham Turner picked up his manager of the month award yesterday after taking Hereford into the play-off positions in December.

A swift turnaround in form after a run on one point in six games has since seen them win five and draw one of their last six outings.

Meanwhile, both Scarborough and Halifax Town will be barred from entering the play-offs if they remain in administration.

Both sides will not be able to join Division Three whilst in administration under Football League guidelines.

"Any team in administration would not be allowed to play in the play-offs," confirmed Conference chief executive John Moules.

Along with a club's financial situation, ground grading is also taken into acocunt before a club can enter the promotio play-off competition.


Preparing for Saturday

The frosty weather has meant changes to the usual training regime this week for Hereford United.

Graham Turner, speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester said: "The weather has played a part in the preparations. When the grounds get hard, there are very few places you can go and train. We have had to go indoors for a couple of days on astro-turf.

"The players are all in fine fettle. The rest last weekend did them the world of good and I think we will be raring to go."

The Bulls play Yeovil in the F.A. Trophy cup match on Saturday at Edgar Street in what should be the tie of the round.



Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Clarke has knee surgery

Matt Clarke, the Hereford United defender, has had an operation on his troublesome knee.

The former Kidderminster Harriers right-back had been struggling with the injury in recent games and has had exploratory keyhole surgery.

He is expected to return relatively shortly, but will definitely be out for the next three weeks. Richard Teesdale is likely to fill in.


Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Teesdale relishing first-team opportunity

With Hereford United hosting Yeovil Town on Saturday in the FA Trophy, defender Richard Teesdale could get his chance to shine.

The twenty year old is likely to fill in for Matt Clarke, who is recovering from a knee operation, at right-back after impressing as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Telford United on New Years Day.

Clarke is likely to be out for a month, and Teesdale is relishing the chance to play first team football. He told the Western Daily Press: "With Ian, Tony and Andy in the squad I didn't expect to have made the number of starts I have already done,"

"Now we're playing 4-4-2 it means one less spot for a central defender but with the possibility of injuries and suspensions you have to be geared up to do your best when called on."

"When I get the chance I always aim to give 100 per cent and I think the manager has noticed that," he continued.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson should see attacker Andy Lindegaard feature alongside Kirk Jackson, but skipper Terry Skiverton has a knee injury and will miss out.


Monday, January 06, 2003

Big crowd expected for local derby

Hereford United's home match against Yeovil Town next Saturday is likely to attract the biggest crowd of the day.

The game has been billed as tie of the FA Trophy third round, with holders Yeovil top of the Nationwide Conference and traditional rivals Hereford competing for a play-off place.

The Non-League Paper reports that a crowd of 5,000 is expected at Edgar Street, larger than the attendance at Hereford's FA Cup first round game against Wigan Athletic in November.

The rivalry between Hereford and Yeovil has been deepened in recent years since the Bulls rejoined the Conference. Although Yeovil have had the best of the games between the two, Hereford won 3-2 at Huish Park at the end of the 2000/01 season to prevent the Somerset side gaining promotion, and also hammered Yeovil 4-0 at Edgar Street in the LDV Vans Trophy in December 2000.

Furthermore, Yeovil currently have former Bulls Michael McIndoe, Tom White and Gavin Williams in their camp, whilst Graham Turner's squad includes ex-Greens Ben Smith and Jamie Pitman.


HUISA Meeting

There is a HUISA meeting next Saturday to update members on recent events.

Starting at 12pm, the meeting will be held at the Richmond Club in Edgar Street, opposite the cattle market.


Sunday, January 05, 2003

Girolami switches to Juniors

Hereford United's Football In The Community Officer Adriano Girolami has relocated his playing career to the city.

Girolami had been with Llanwern in the Welsh Division One league in a player/manager role, but has decided to joined Pegasus Juniors.

Juniors are struggling in the Hellenic League Premier Division, and Girolami chose to join the Hereford-based side over Bristol Manor Farm, who also expressed an interest in his services.


Stoke named as finale setting

The Nationwide Conference play-off final is set to be held at Stoke City's Brittania Stadium.

The match, to be played on Saturday 10th May, will be competed at the 28,000 capacity arena and Conference chief executive John Moules is hoping for a bumper crowd.

"We are expecting a crowd of 20,000 plus for the final - even more if two of the big three teams like Yeovil, Doncaster or Chester are involved," he told the Non-League Paper.

"The game is bigger than the Trophy final because there is a place in the Football League at stake. We are holding it on a day when people can comfortably travel - and will be sticking to our pledge of fair ticket pricing. All twenty two Conference clubs will share in the income from the play-offs."

The Non-League Paper suggests that £500,000 could be raised through gate receipts, commercial spin-offs and coverage by Sky Television.


Saturday, January 04, 2003

Crewe to win Last Team Standing?

BOLSA's Last Team Standing competition is nearing its completion.

Bristol City (Jamie Griffiths) went out 2-0 to Leicester City while Crewe Alexandra (Richard Price) drew 0-0 away to Bournemouth.

A victory for Crewe Alexandra in the replay on January 14 would mean that Richard Price wins the competition.


Hereford drop to seventh

After today's Conference games, Hereford United have moved down to seventh in the league.

Both Halifax Town and Scarborough jump above the Bulls, as Brian Quailey scored twice to see Halifax beat Telford United 2-1, whilst three late goals meant Burton Albion were defeated at Scarborough. However, Hereford and Morecambe, both on 43 points, have one game in hand over Scarborough and two over Halifax, who are tied on 46 points.

Elsewhere, the top three won, with Yeovil Town winning 4-2 at Gravesend & Northfleet as Andy Lindegaard notched a hatrick. Chester City's Daryl Clare scored the only goal at Kettering Town and Doncaster Rovers collected three points in a 2-1 win at Barnet.

In the FA Cup, three Conference sides were in action. Morecambe were defeated 4-0 at Ipswich Town, and now host Hereford on fourth round day at Christie Park. Well done to Dagenham & Redbridge, though, who held Plymouth Argyle to a 2-2 draw.

Stealing the headlines, though, were Farnborough Town, who won 3-2 at Darlington thanks to Danny Carroll's winner, and third division Shrewsbury Town, won beat Premiership Everton 2-1. Well done to both, who now enter the fourth round draw on Monday.


Predictions League Update

Please note that next Saturday's match at home against Yeovil Town does not include in the Predictions League, as it is an FA Trophy match.

As there are only three Conference matches in January for Hereford, the January/February monthly competitions have been combined, as that number could be reduced further if Morecambe progress in the FA Cup and, in the process, leave Hereford without a game on fourth round day (January 25th).


200 Club Winners

Winners from the Hereford United Vice Presidents 200 Club:

August                        

1st (£50) No. 98 Mr G Hyde
2nd (£25) No. 1 Ms V Richardson
3rd (£10) No. 97 John Wilding

September
1st (£50) No. 1 Ms V Richardson
2nd (£25) No. 24 Mr J Legg
3rd (£10) No. 116 Mr P Everall

October
1st (£50) No. 45 J. Curley
2nd (£25) No. 48 P. Davies
3rd (£10) No. 110 C. Clifton

November
1st (£50) No. 28 Mrs P Davies
2nd (£25) No. 43 J Burkin
3rd (£10) No. 118 I Nicol

December
1st (£50) No. 5 Leigh Davies
2nd (£25) No. 116 P. Everall
3rd (£10) No. 44 P. Davies

Friday, January 03, 2003

Turner confident of play-off push

A feature article on Hereford United has been published in today's Daily Telegraph, written by Nicholas Harling.

If popular opinion is anything to go by, the destiny of the Nationwide Conference title rests between the top three, Yeovil, Doncaster Rovers and Chester City. In any other season, the majority of other clubs would have spent the coming months going through the motions except, of course, those struggling against relegation. But, with the advent of play-offs, there is the chance of promotion to the Football League for a second club. It is a whole new ball game.

The four clubs, Morecambe, Hereford, Scarborough and Halifax, bracketed together on 43 points, the last three of whom are battling to regain lost League status, now have the kind of motivation seldom sampled by their predecessors.

"Clubs in seventh and eighth positions would have been writing off the rest of the season," said Graham Turner, Hereford's manager, yesterday. "But now there is an incentive for any number of clubs to reach the top five.

"This has changed the Conference considerably. It has enhanced the competition, raising the status to the extent that quite a lot of clubs are now prepared to speculate to accumulate. There's now a better quality of pitches, players and teams. There are also people of the calibre of Mark Wright coming into it."

Modesty prevented Turner from mentioning the fact that the recent stutters of Wright's Chester team began with a defeat by Hereford, who have taken 16 points from 18, following a run of six games which yielded a single point. With the help of Steve Guinan's six goals in five games, Turner has been named manager of the month and promotion is beckoning, albeit possibly via the play-offs.

"The Conference was desperate for the extra promotion place," said the man whose one previous experience of play-offs was "heartbreaking". His Wolves team, deprived of automatic promotion by a point, were beaten to the prize by Aldershot, who had finished nine points below them. The system has its critics, but Turner insisted: "I accepted it before the start of the season. It's no good moaning about it afterwards."

The Edgar Street crowds, over 3,000 for both Hereford's last two home fixtures, testify to the extra interest. "There's nothing quite like the relief and recognition of going up as champions," said Turner, "but just imagine the euphoria, especially for the supporters, of winning the play-offs. It's almost preferable."

Even though Yeovil are five points clear, Turner is convinced that the "title is no foregone conclusion". It should though be to Yeovil's advantage that they are not, for once, involved in the FA Cup at tomorrow's third-round stage. But as FA Trophy holders, manager Gary Johnson will want his team to make a decent defence - starting with the third-round trip to Hereford tomorrow week - without falling between two stools.


Thursday, January 02, 2003

Wiggin deeply worried

Bill Wiggin, MP for Leominster, has replied in today's Hereford Times to several letters regarding the cattle market which is currently situated close to Edgar Street, the home of Hereford United.

After stating that he is in favour of improving the city, he says: "I am keen to see Hereford United prosper as well, but am deeply worried. At the moment, there is no evidence that the club would benefit from the council's extra freedom (gained by moving the market) and, indeed, there is nothing to stop them applying the same arguments to the football ground as the council have applied to the cattle market.

"If it was certain that the football ground is safe and that there will be genuine and helpful improvements, then I will be delighted."


Galloway deal dead

Any lingering hopes that Hereford United were to sign Mick Galloway have ended today after the former Carlisle United midfielder jonied Gretna.

Galloway was on-loan at Hereford back in the Autumn, but has since been released from Carlisle United and signed on trialist forms for the Raydale Park-based club in December.

Now, the transfer window has re-opened and Galloway has signed a two year contract with the Scottish Division Three side.


Monthly award goes to Turner

As Organic Bull previously posted, Graham Turner has won the Nationwide Conference Manager of the Month award for December.

The award comes as Hereford United have jumped five places in the Conference, and won three of their four matches in the month, including a win at title hopefuls Chester City and a 5-0 demolition of Woking at Edgar Street.

Going into January, Hereford have a week off before playing Yeovil Town on the 11th in the FA Trophy third round.


New league leader

Well done to 'barnetbull' who leads the monthly table of the Predictions League by two points. 'len westons last stand' reamins in control overall.

It's all there, under the interactive! menu.


Turner - Manager of the month

It has been announced this morning that Hereford United's manager, Graham Turner, has been made the Conference Manager of the month.

This well-deserved award is in recognition of his skill in leading the Bulls to their recent run of form.



Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Turner pleased with Christmas results

Graham Turner seems well pleased with the Christmas results.

"Ten points out of twelve is a good return," Turner told Trevor Owens of BBC Hereford & Worcester. "We've worked hard for it."

He continued: "I thought that it started to take its toll in this afternoon's game. I thought one or two players just began to look a little bit jaded, a little bit tired. They didn't half work hard. It's the busiest Matt Baker's been and he had an outstanding game. We have done well to take the three points today."

Talking about the goals, Turner said: "Paul Parry had a terrific run and made a great cross for John Grant to score and the timing of Ben Smith's run was first-class and the strike was terrific."

"We did not play as well as we can do today although we had a lot of chances. The players can now have a break as the next game is Yeovil in the Trophy on Saturday week.

"Richard Teesdale who replaced Matt Clarke is a good young player.He's got plenty of composure. Probably not his best position but he will do for the moment."

Jake King, the Telford manager, felt his side were unluckly especially with the first Hereford goal. "Hereford have got the video. You will see that he's punched it in the net. We were on top of the game at that time, we needed to score."


Injury and suspension problems

Injury and suspension problems are likely to affect Hereford United over the next few weeks.

Matt Clarke limped off this afternoon and is likely to have an operation on his knee on Saturday. He will probably be out for a month.

Ian Wright was not on the bench today. He is suffering from flu and was advised to stay at home.

Both Steve Guinan and Danny Williams received yellow cards in the game. Guinan appeared to make a late challenge and Williams was booked for not being ten yards away from a free kick. This card was perhaps a little harsh as he was moving back as the free kick was taken. These two players will both miss a game, probably against Gravesend on January 18th, as they were on four yellow cards before this game .

Michael Rose was also booked, for arguing with a decision, late in the game.


Three more points

Hereford United kept up their unbeaten run with a 2-0 win over Telford this afternoon. Grant and Smith were the scorers in a hard fought game in front of another good crowd of over 3000.

To read today's report, from Terry, click here.



Club confirm match is on

Hereford United's match against Telford United this afternoon is definitely going ahead.

Kick-off is at 3pm, and no formal pitch inspection was required.


Game On

Hereford United's match at Edgar Street against Telford United is currently on, and will kick-off at 3pm as scheduled.

There was some concern that it might be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but no inspection is planned.