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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Where was Jordan King?

Yesterday's substitute bench only contained one defender, Dean Craven, and three forwards, David Brown, Daniel Carey-Bertram and surprisingly perhaps Nick Harrhy. Jordan King, not reported as injured, was left off.

Luckily there were no problems with injuries during the game, but it was a reminder to supporters than Hereford United appear to be short of a defender/midfielder.

With the uncertainty about a return for Mkandawire to West Bromwich and Tretton out until well into the New Year, it looks increasingly likely that Graham Turner will bring in another player shortly.

The manager will also have on his mind that several players are close to five bookings. Turner will not want an under-strength team to face Exeter in the Xmas/New Year games. If a player on four bookings gets another against Tamworth on December 13th he would miss the New Year Day's game.

With no game for a fortnight Turner and O'Kelly should have plenty of time to look for a suitable player. It had been rumoured that Jake King, father of Jordan, was doing some scouting for the Bulls but little, if anything, seems to have come of that as yet.


Saturday, November 29, 2003

Pitman gets his first goal

Jamie Pitman scored his first goal of the season today with a simple tap and well deserved to be HU-FC.co.uk's man of the match.

Speaking after the game Pitman told BBC Hereford & Worcester that he thought the Bulls were a more resiliant and confident side this season.

"The younger lads have come on a year and are more experienced at playing at this level. It is showing at the moment because we pass the ball well. We make ourselves plenty of chances and the lads are taking their chances.

"We've got Ben Smith on 12 and Steve Guinan on 18 which is excellent for this stage of the season."

Describing his goal, Pitman said: "It was a good run by Paul Parry and it came off the post and I gambled really. It was a tap-in really."

He praised his team mate Ben Smith saying: "He's been outstanding this year. It's fanastic to get twelve goals before Christmas. He's got a knack of being in the right area at the right time. He's got that ability to pick those times out and he knows I will be covering for him."

Commenting on the game Vic Searle, the Farnborough chairman and manager, added: "In the first half we were magnificent, but in the end we got what we deserved."


A win in the end
It took Hereford United 69 minutes before they took the lead through Ben Smith this afternoon, and another 20 minutes before Jamie Pitman made sure of a win against Farnborough.
Pitman tap-in makes sure

Hereford United 2 - 0 Farnborough Town

Two second half goals gave Hereford United victory over bottom placed Farnborough Town at Edgar Street.

United opened brightly, making one change to the side that beat Halifax Town 7-1 on Tuesday night. Tamika Mkandawire, who was suspended, was replaced by Richard Teesdale at the back, but it was Hereford's attacking prowess that was most clearly evident, albeit unable to find a first-half goal.

In just the second moinute, Paul Parry did well to beat Mark Thompson on the left channel but Rob Purdie couldn't convert from close range, firing wide of the near post. Four minutes later, Paul Harkness was released at the other end, but his shot went wide of Matt Baker's goal-frame.

Steve Guinan's header after twelve minutes was deflected through to an outstretched Mark Osborn, who saved at the near post, and Guinan did well on fourteen minutes later but turned well and slipped at the crucial moment. Just after the half hour mark, Tony James found himself in a good position twelve yards out, but his header went just over, as did Jamie Pitman's long-range drive in added time.

After the restart, United continued to pressurise, with Michael Rose firing just wide less than a minute after the kick-off. Steve Guinan then had a goal ruled out for offside, before Ben Smith openied the scoring with a deserved first goal. Paul Parry swung the ball in from the left and Smith turned well to fire home from close range.

Soon afterwards, the scorer was pulled back by Fiston Manuella as he chased a loose ball, and United looked for a penalty. It wasn't to be though, as the appeals were waved away by referee Steve Dorr of Worcester. David Brown also failed to capitalise on a couple of chances, and at the other end Matt Baker was forced into a double save to keep the scores level.

United made sure, though, two minutes from time when Jamie Pitman turned in a Paul Parry shot, which had rebounded off the post, and the scoreline keeps United second, still just a point behind top of the table Chester City..
Written by Terry Goodwin - 29th November 2003.
Hereford United Farnborough Town
Matt Baker Mark Osborn
Ryan Green Mark Thompson
Michael Rose Sasha Opinel
Jamie Pitman Nick Burton (captain)
Richard Teesdale Anthony Charles
Tony James (captain) Fiston Manuella (off, 78 minutes)
Danny Williams Billy Beall
Ben Smith Richard Hodgson (off, 57 minutes)
Steve Guinan Paul Harkness
Rob Purdie (off, 61 minutes) Howard Forinton (off, 78 minutes)
Paul Parry Ryan Semple
Subs Subs
David Brown (on, 61 minutes) Adie Hayes (on, 78 minutes)
Ben Scott Will Packham
Daniel Carey-Bertram Carl Hutchings
Dean Craven Ken Charlery (on, 78 minutes)
Nick Harrhy Barrington Belgrave (on, 57 minutes)
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Richard Teesdale (59 minutes) Richard Hodgson (foul, 8 minutes)
- Fiston Manuella (foul, 15 minutes)
- Sasha Opinel (diving, 44 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
Ben Smith (68 minutes) -
Jamie Pitman (88 minutes) -
- -
Man of the Match Jamie Pitman
Attendance 2,630
Referee Mr. S. Dorr (Worcester)


Game is on this afternoon

Although the forecast gave heavy rain and high winds, conditions have not been that bad and what rain there was has now moved out of the area, so the game is on this afternoon.

The pitch is unlikely to be badly affected as a drying wind has now set in.

Even the sun is out at HU-FC.co.uk HQ!


Friday, November 28, 2003

Avoid slip-ups says Smith

Although Hereford fired five past Farnborough during September's clash in which Ben Smith bagged a brace, that counts for nothing warns the ex-Yeovil man in today's Evening News.

"We were expected to beat Leigh and should have but we gave a terrible performance and came away with what we deserved which was nothing," said Smith. "It's important we keep our guard and don't waste the win against Halifax.

"If we can get on a run of seven or eight matches without defeat we can do ourselves a favour because it's so close at the top. There are five or six teams that are all taking points off each other so we can put a run together it could put us in a great position."

Smith says that the 7-1 win over Halifax was vital after the Shrewsbury game. "We were awful at Shrewsbury and it was especially disappointing for all the fans who made the trip over there," he said. "It was important we bounced back against Halifax. There's been a bit of doom and gloom but we're still in second position just a point behind the leaders.

"We're paying the price a little for starting like a train and people have got a bit disappointed because we'd been top but if we'd gradually moved up to the position we are in now everybody would be delighted.

"The manager wasn't happy with the display at Shrewsbury and asked for a big performance against Halifax and he got. I thought Halifax were quite a good side which makes the result even better."


Tretton will miss Xmas games

Andy Tretton will miss the two Christmas games against Exeter. Graham Turner has confirmed to BBC Hereford & Worcester that the defender will not be fit enough to take part.

"It's probably going to be in the New Year before he is fully fit. It's been a blow to us having him out for that long," said Turner.

The thigh muscle injury has taken longer to heal than initially thought and Turner suggested that whilst recovering at Lilleshall 'one or two things aggrevated it'.

"It's been a severe blow to us to miss a player of his quality for so long but it looks likely to be the New Year before he is going to be fit."

As regards Tamika Mkandawire, Turner said that as he is suspended for tomorrow's game and the fact that the Bulls do not play next weekend, no decision has been made as to whether he will continue at Edgar Street.

"I've spoken to Tam and I've spoken to West Brom. We would not rule out in a fortnight's time that he might be here for another month. But there is no certainty of that.

"I think that Tam himself felt that it might be time to go back to West Brom and be seen around the Hawthorns. But I pointed out to him that it's a great opportunity to be playing in a decent class of football. Better than West Brom reserves and I think he took that on-board and might reconsider.

"We will continue to try to get him to sign for another month," said Turner.


Thursday, November 27, 2003

Youth team beat battling Hay

Hereford United youth team beat Hay-on-Wye Under 18s 9-0 to progress to the next round of the Herefordshire FA Under 18s Giantkillers Cup. Adam Kite scored five, Andy Williams and Paul Collins both netted two.

United led 5-0 at half time on a frosty pitch in Kington. Hay tried to pass the ball throughout but the gap in class was just too great for the Welsh side. The two teams were as follows:

Hay-on-Wye: Kristoffa Hubball, Roger Goodwin, Alex Howard, Phil Coombes, Tom Lloyd-Williams, Chris Howe, Joel Weale, Josh Davies, Sam Powell, Josh Wisniewski, David Evans, Gavin Williams (sub).

Hereford United: Adam Ding, James Lester, Simon Gwilliam, Lewis Jones, David Hart, Mark Smith, James Wood, Paul Collins, Paul Allen, Chris Mortlock, Adam Kite, Andy Williams, Dean Jordan, Matt Kurkas.


Planners say 'no' to Asda

The Hereford Times have reported that the planners have given the thumbs down to the proposed Asda developement close to the new river bridge. It will now be up to the full Council to decide next Monday whether to give the go-ahead.

Hereford MP, Paul Keetch, and Paul Lowe from Asda have both questioned the planners recommendations.

Keetch has accused the council of sending out wrong messages to potential investors.

He suggested: "Are they trying to scupper Asda's plans at Belmont in order to bump up the value of Edgar Street?"

Lowe thought: "It has been suggested some on the council take the view that we will be tempted to the cattle market site creating a bidding war between Tesco and Asda. We have looked at the potential developement in the Edgar Street Grid and, as far as we are concerned, it is non-exsistent - there will be no bidding war involving us."

The planners say that although the the land involved was sorely in need of regeneration, the Asda scheme did not meet the present criteria.

Interestingly Graham Turner, the Hereford United chairman, says in his column this week that he has had no recent contact with either of the parties to whom the club owes a substantial amount of money and from whom the club lease the football ground.

Maybe the Richardson/Carillion parnership are simply watching what goes on at the Asda site and feel no need to make any moves at present.

If the Asda scheme is rejected and Asda walk away, will the Edgar Street area be worth as much money if there is only one supermarket to bid for a place on it?

However, Asda may be bluffing and as it is aiming to keep up with Tesco it is unlikely not to want a store in Hereford area. They may be fearful that if/when Morrisons take over Safeway the competition in Hereford could hot up. But in the long term if the plans for revamping the Edgar Street area do get the go-ahead it seems highly unlikely that only Asda, of the big four supermarkets, will not have a store somewhere in the area.

Waitrose are also thought to be watching the situation. They are known to be looking to expand along the West Midlands/Welsh Boarder area and it is beleived that they could be interested in taking over either the exsisting Safeway or Morrison store in Shrewsbury. One or other will have to be sold on if/when Morrisons buy Safeway.

Turner is delighted that the football ground is featured in the Edgar Street project but is worried that it some years away. In the mean time the ground has to remain in reasonable condition and that costs money.

"What is the point of spending a lot of money on something which is going to be torn down not far into the future.

"We would like to know what is the time scale and how it will be financed," he asks.

The Hereford Council must get its act together and make some decisions about the future of Hereford. All this uncertainy isn't helpful.


Four from Hereford in Court

Four Herefordshire men today appeared in court charged with public disorder and disorderly behaviour offences in Shrewsbury last Saturday when Shrewsbury Town played Hereford United, reports the Shropshire Star.

They all appeared at Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court and each had their cases heard separately.

Peter Clarke, 34, of Golden Post, Hereford, and Paul Errington, 39, of Union Walk, Hereford, both denied using threatening or abusive behaviour which would cause people to fear that violence would be used. Both cases were adjourned until January 15th for a pre-trial review.

Andrew Tilby, 41, of Roman Road, Hereford, denied disorderly behaviour that would cause harassment, alarm or distress. His case was adjourned until January 15 for a pre-trial review.

And Gavin Lloyd, 26, of Kingstone, Hereford, denied a charge of disorderly behaviour which would cause harassment and alarm and a second charge or being drunk and disorderly on Wyle Cope. His case was adjourned until December 3.

All four were released on unconditional bail.


Teesdale in against league's bottom side

Hereford United will be without on-loan defender Tamika Mkandawire for Saturday's home match against Farnborough Town, kick off 3pm.

The West Bromwich Albion centre back will finish his loan spell at United after the game, unless manager Graham Turner can gain an extension on the deal. Richard Teesdale is likely to partner skipper Tony James for the game against the bottom-placed side, as Andy Tretton remains sidelined for a month.

United bounced back from a 4-1 defeat at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday with on overwhelming 7-1 win against Halifax Town on Tuesday night, much to the delight of the 1,875 crowd. However, that number should be increased on Saturday, as better weather and a potentially convincing performance will bring the fans back.

However, the Bulls know not to be complacent. Defeats against Leigh RMI and Accrington Stanley, as well as a draw with Gravesend & Northfleet, have dented confidence somewhat but this will have been boosted by Tuesday's victory.

Without Mkandawire and Tretton, United should not miss any other players, while Farnborough, who's home match against Margate was postponed on Tuesday night, have no fresh injury worries reported yet. Vic Searle's side are rock bottom with just ten points, and United won 5-0 at Cherrywood Road while they were under Tommy Taylor's stewardship earlier this season.


Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Fixture switch

Hereford United will now play their away match at Scarborough on Tuesday, February 3rd, report the Seadogs' Official Website.


Turner hopes for more support

"We have got a December where we have got a chance of taking good points if we play like we've done tonight," Graham Turner told BBC Hereford & Worcester last night.

There are two more home games, against Farnborough and Tamworth, before the pre-Christmas trip to Forest Green. Turner hopes that the crowds will return on Saturday for the Farnborough game as the attendance was only 1875 last night.

"You would hope that they realise that they missed a cracking game," he commented. Some great entertainment."

"It was the real die-hards that always support us that came out and they were rewarded with that sort of performance. So we hope we can get a few more through the turnstiles on Saturday to respond to the way the players have performed."

Meanwhile, Tamika Mkandawire has played his last game for the Bulls unless his loan period is extended. He came off to applause last night when he was replaced by Richard Teesdale in the second half.

Although his loan period extends to Saturday's game, he is suspended as a result of being sent-off against Margate.

His substitution was probably more to give Teesdale some practice than for any other reason as Mkandawire has shown himself to be a useful young player.

It is understood that Graham Turner is hoping that West Bromwich will extend his loan period as it seems likely that Andy Tretton will be out until the New Year.


Performance will restore confidence

A performance like that will restore confidence within the squad is how Graham Turner saw last night's 7-1 win over Halifax.

"They showed a lot of character, particually after going 1-0 down. For a team under pressure to recover like that from a goal down showed good character," Turner told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"I thought there were some tremendous individual performances and good team performance. The players got what they deserved, a good scoreline which will do their confidence a power of good."

Halifax Town boss Chris Wilder blasted his side's defending after the Shaymen were demolished 7-1 by Hereford United at Edgar Street.

Wilder told The Courier, as reported on the Nationwide website: "It seemed for a period of 15 to 20 minutes in the second half that every time Hereford went forward they scored.

"We defended very poorly. The centre-halves were all over the place. We made it easy for them and they took full advantage. We take the plaudits when we do well, so we have to take the stick when we get stuffed and we were well and truly stuffed.

"It was a terrible scoreline and I don't like losing 1-0 let alone 7-1."


Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Bulls hit seventh heaven
Hereford United silenced their critics by hammering Halifax Town 7-1 at Edgar Street tonight.

The goals came from Ben Smith (2), Steve Guinan (3), Rob Purdie and David Brown, while Lewis Killeen put the Shaymen ahead after two minutes.

With Chester City drawing 3-3 at the Deva Stadium against Accrington Stanley, and Barnet drawing 2-2 at Scarborough, the Cestrians remain top but Hereford are now just a points behind. They go up to second, two points ahead of fourth-placed Exeter City, who won 3-2 at Shrewsbury Town.

Aldershot vs Stevenage Borough was called off, as was Farnborough Town vs Margate.
Seventh heaven for resurgent Hereford

Hereford United 7 - 1 Halifax Town

The turn-around following Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Shrewsbury Town could not have been more convincing, as Hereford United came from behind to sweep aside mid-table Halifax Town at Edgar Street tonight.

A staggering statistic of seven goals from ten on-target shots reveal how Graham Turner's men found their form in front of the lowest league crowd at Edgar Street this season, and a result like this will have the fans flocking back for Saturday's match against Farnborough.
The 7-1 scoreline is United's biggest league win since World War II, and their biggest win in any competitive game since 25th October 1989, when they beat Connah's Quay Nomads 9-0 in the Welsh Cup third round at Edgar Street.

Halifax took an early lead, scoring after just two minutes. Craig Midgley crossed from the right, and Lewis Killeen found the United defence sleeping as he volley home into the bottom corner. But it will be a long trip home for the forty-seven away supporters after they collapsed under the pressure of a revived Hereford.

Within eight minutes, though, Hereford had levelled. Rob Purdie picked up the ball in midfield, feeding the lively looking Paul Parry on the left channel, and his cross found Ben Smith in space, who equalised with ease.

The Bulls continued to create chances, with a Danny Williams' throw-in finding Parry just before the half-hour, but the United winger couldn't beat goalkeeper Mark Cartwright, while Adam Yates' attempted shot at Matt Baker at the other end went well over the crossbar.

United continued to dominate and deservedly went into the lead on thirty-three minutes. Ben Smith struck after a Danny Williams corner to net his tenth league goal of the season. The corner was brought outside the box, and Parry crossed for Williams to strike. His first shot was blocked, but Smith capitalised to fire home from the edge of the box.

After the break, Halifax came out brightly and Christian Lee fired at Matt Baker after just three minutes. Soon afterwards, though, Graham Turner's men extended their advantage. Steve Guinan netted his first on fifty-two minutes, and within three minutes he had scored again, taking his league total for the season to thirteen. The first goal for the ex-Shrewsbury striker saw him link onto a cut-back ball from Smith to smash home. Then, Smith played the ball off his heel for Guinan to hit it into the bottom corner to double his personal tally.

Halifax still battled on. Steve Bushell fired wide on the hour mark as Chris Wilder made a couple of changes in the hope of reviving his side. However, Danny Williams' shot twenty minutes from time forced Mark Cartwright into saving with his legs. A minute later, though, Cartwright could do nothing as Guinan netted his hatrick, making it 5-1 to the Bulls. A move from a dead-ball saw Williams dance around a defender, and Guinan beat a man from a yard out at the back post.

Within another sixty seconds, Rob Purdie had made it 6-1 with his first goal since August. Steve Guinan's header found Purdie midway through the half, and he charged forward to add the low drive from just outside the box.

It wasn't all over, though, as United made it seven through substitute David Brown. The former Telford man spotted the goalkeeper off his line from the right channel, and he chipped Cartwright and the ball bounced in off the underside of the crossbar.

Baker, though, had to do well in added time to stop a thirty-yard Ryan Mallon drive, but United won convincingly. They played splendid passing football, which has been sadly lacking in their last few matches, and look a resurgent side after the setbacks of recent weeks.
Written by Brian Goodwin - 25th November 2003.
Hereford United Halifax Town
Matt Baker Mark Cartwright
Ryan Green Adam Yates
Michael Rose James Dudgeon (off, 58 minutes)
Jamie Pitman Jamie McCombe
Tamika Mkandawire (off, 82 minutes) Kevin Sandwith
Tony James (captain) Ryan Mallon
Danny Williams (off, 76 minutes) Danny Hudson
Ben Smith Steve Bushell
Steve Guinan Craig Midgley
Rob Purdie Christian Lee (off, 58 minutes)
Paul Parry (off, 76 minutes) Lewis Killeen (off, 66 minutes)
Subs Subs
David Brown (on, 76 minutes) Darren Hockenhull
Ben Scott Mark Monington (on, 58 minutes)
Daniel Carey-Bertram Michael Senior
Richard Teesdale (on, 82 minutes) Jake Sagare (on, 66 minutes)
Dean Craven (on, 76 minutes) Andy Farrell (on, 58 minutes)
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Michael Rose (unsporting behaviour, 84 minutes) Danny Hudson (unsporting behaviour, 70 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
Ben Smith (10, 33 minutes) Lewis Killeen (2 minutes)
Steve Guinan (52, 55, 70 minutes) -
Rob Purdie (71 minutes) -
David Brown (80 minutes) -
- -
Man of the Match Ben Smith
Attendance 1,875
Referee Mr. R. East (Wilton, Wiltshire)


Quite impressed with Halifax

Halifax make the long journey to Edgar Street tonight with no injury worries apart from Adam Quinn.

And Hereford United are expected to have Micheal Rose back in the side after a one match suspension. Both Paul Parry and Tony James are also likely to play after picking up knocks on Saturday.

Richard O'Kelly saw the Shaymen in action last week and was reported to be quite impressed.

Meanwhile Court proceedings against several men from the Hereford area, who alledgedly took part in the disorder at Burton some weeks ago, are due to restart today.


Monday, November 24, 2003

Fourteen arrests after Shrewsbury clash

Fourteen arrests were made on Saturday as Hereford United and Shrewsbury Town followers clashed in the Shropshire city centre, reports the Shropshire Star.

Hereford and Shrewsbury police worked together to prevent further trouble, although the Yorkshire House pub sustained minor smoke damage when Shrewsbury fans set the building on fire to reach Hereford followers outside. Two people were arrested.

Police spokeswoman Sami Turner said today: "Officers were escorting the Hereford supporters to the railway station and they had to go past the pub.

"The landlord there agreed to not let anyone out of the pub until we had gone past. Someone made an attempt to set fire to the pub as a way of getting out."

Late this afternoon, it was confirmed that five of those arrested were from Hereford. Four were bailed and are due to appear at Shrewsbury Court this coming Thursday on public order type offences.

The fifth was released but has to return to Shrewsbury on January 14th for possible further questioning.

The total attendance at the game was 6,585, and no trouble was reported at the Gay Meadow itself.


Bulls bid to bounce back

After Saturday's capitulation at the Gay Meadow, Hereford United can get back to winning ways when they play Haifax Town at Edgar Street tomorrow night, kick off 7.45pm.

It will be a tough task for Graham Turner's Bulls to collect all three points though, as Halifax are a plucky side who beat United 1-0 at the Shay last term. Chris Wilder's men won 2-0 against Farnborough Town on Saturday, with both goals coming from Craig Midgley spot-kicks.

Midgley has now netted seven goals for the Shaymen this term, who lie in mid-table, ten points behind third-placed United, who have Michael Rose available again after suspension.

Andy Tretton, though, remains sidelined with his thigh injury, so Tamika Mkandawire and Tony James will play at left-back. Dean Craven could miss out to allow Rose in at left-back, and Turner faces a dilemma over his strike-force. Steve Guinan, Daniel Carey-Bertram, Rob Purdie and David Brown are all battling for places.

On paper, United should win. They have won six of their nine home matches, while Halifax's away form is poor, having won just one in nine. However, the Yorkshiremen have drawn four of those outings.


Saturday, November 22, 2003

We will have to perform on Tuesday

It isn't a case a doom and gloom, but the Bulls will have to perform on Tuesday against Halifax, said Richard O'Kelly after the defeat this afternoon.

"It will knock us back if we do not get a favourable result," O'Kelly told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Defending the Bulls against criticism that other clubs have sussed out Hereford tactics, he said: "If you move the ball around you will create chances, but today we had opportunities to pull the trigger at times or deliver a cross in there or to get a body in there. We did not do it."

Meanwhile, Shrewsbury manager Jimmy Quinn thought that the Shrews deserved to win the game. But he did think that Hereford "will be there or there abouts (the top of the league) at the end of the season."

He said: "Hereford are a decent side but it's our best performance this season."

The crowd at the Gay Meadow of 6,585 was the highest this season in the Conference with about 2000 from Hereford in attendance.


Shrewsbury played well

Graham Turner could have little complaint about the scoreline but he was critical of the referee's decision not to award the Bulls a penalty near the start of the game.

"Shrewsbury played well and probably outbattled us. They were more determined than us," said Turner, talking to BBC Radio Shropshire. "I thought cast-iron penalty at no goals for us. I think the difficulty for the referee was that he would have had to send the lad off but he didn't give it and Shrewsbury went down the other end with a wicked deflection for the first goal.

"Sometimes decisions like that do change games and I felt that was the case. That's not being wise after a 4-1 defeat. I don't complain too much about referees but that decision I could not understand.

"That knocked us down a notch or two. After that I have to say that Shrewsbury looked a good side and caused us problems. We were out-muscled and out-fought", he said.

"I thought we started to pass the ball well just before Shrewsbury scored and got into some good areas but the goal gave them a lift at home and the crowd got behind them. And then they got another one fairly quickly and if you can't play well when you're 2-0 up then there is something wrong.

"They will be in contention at the end of the season. It's been an embarrassing scoreline. I feel for our supporters. We brought up a terrific following here," Turner remarked.


Local derby result
Hereford United lost 4-1 to Shrewsbury Town at the Gay Meadow today, with the Bulls' goal coming two minutes from time through Tamika Mkandawire.
Bulls fail to tame Shrews

Shrewsbury Town 4 - 1 Hereford United

Shrewsbury Town hammered Hereford United in this local derby, and the Bulls' big following who made the trip up the A49 were left sorely disappointed.

Hereford missed out on the services of the suspended Michael Rose, so Dean Craven continued at left-back, and Jamie Pitman slotted back into midfield. Ex-Shrewsbury skipper Andy Tretton was again absent with his long-term injury. Shrewsbury boss Jimmy Quinn was without top scorer Luke Rodgers, but included new loan signing Graham Potter from Boston United in his squad.

The home side dominated the first half, and Kevin Street and Duane Darby both forced their way into the United box and looking likely to score before the deadlock was broken on thirteen minutes. The Bulls had grounds for a penalty after twelve minutes, but this was dismissed by the referee, and so Shrewsbury took control. A cracking twenty-five yard scorcher from Martin O'Connor opened the scoring; a deflection helped it on its way past Matt Baker.

United created very little. With eight minutes of the half left, Colin Cramb doubled the advantage after Ryan Lowe flicked on a long throw, and the ex-Doncaster Rovers striker hammered the ball into the top corner.

It could have been 3-0 by half time, had Duane Darby reacted better to a Paul Parry clearance, and Tamika Mkandawire blocked a fierce strike from Jamie Tolley.

After the restart, it was more of the same, although Danny Williams did force two good saves out of Scott Howie, both from long-range, to ease the pressure. Ryan Lowe, though, found Kevin Street at the back post on fifty five minutes and the ex-Bristol Rovers midfielder tapped the ball into the net to extend Shrewsbury's advantage further.

Darby was then denied by the foot of Dean Craven when a goal looked likely, and a Matt Baker save from a long-range Lowe effort revealed his alertness. The follow-up, by Colin Cramb, was quickly removed by Tamika Mkandawire.

With ten minutes left, a Luke Rodgers cross allowed Darby to run onto the ball and he slotted it home for Shrewsbury's fourth. United, though, found on and looked for a goal. They injected new life through David Brown and Daniel Carey-Bertram in the second period and got a consolation two minutes from time. Jamie Pitman picked up the ball twenty five yards out, hooked it over the mass in the area, and Tamika Mkandawire broke free to make it 4-1.
Written by Terry Goodwin - 22nd November 2003.
Shrewsbury Town Hereford United
Scott Howie Matt Baker
Darren Moss Ryan Green
Dave Ridler Dean Craven
Darren Tinson Jamie Pitman
Graham Porter Tamika Mkandawire
Ryan Lowe Tony James (captain)
Martin O'Connor (off, 67 minutes) Danny Williams
Jamie Tolley Ben Smith (off, 73 minutes)
Kevin Street Rob Purdie (off, half time)
Colin Cramb Steve Guinan
Duane Darby Paul Parry
Subs Subs
Jake Sedgemore Ben Scott
Jimmy Quinn David Brown (on, 73 minutes)
Luke Rodgers (on, 67 minutes) Richard Teesdale
Ian Dunbavin Danny Carey-Bertram (on, half time)
Ian Fitzpatrick Jordan King
Yellow cards Yellow cards
Dave Ridler (foul, 15 minutes) -
Darren Moss (unsporting behaviour, 84 minutes) -
Duane Darby (unsporting behaviour, 88 minutes) -
Red cards Red cards
- -
Scorers Scorers
Martin O'Connor (13 minutes) Tamika Mkandawire (88 minutes)
Coln Cramb (37 minutes) -
Kevin Street (55 minutes) -
Duane Darby (80 minutes) -
- -
Man of the Match Not awarded
Attendance 6585
Referee Mr. R. Pollock (Liverpool)


It's the big one today

Hereford United travel up the A49 to Shrewsbury for today's game hopeful that they come back with at least a point. The game should provide a real test between the two rival clubs and although the bookies appear to have gone with Shrewsbury, there is little doubt that the Bulls will be hoping to be back to top form.

So far this season, Hereford have drawn at top of the table Chester and at fourth placed Barnet. They defeated third placed Aldershot at home and won at home against Exeter, currently fifth, in a LDV game.

And Graham Turner will want to see his team do well against a club which he managed back in the eighties. He has seem the Shrews play on several occasions this season and has fond memories of his time there. But he says that he loyalty is now firmly with Hereford United and he will be very pleased if the Bulls come away with three points.

Full coverage of the game is available on the BBC Hereford & Worcester website (see earlier article) and there will be the usual coverage on both local radio stations.


Friday, November 21, 2003

Shrews official site predicts a draw

The official Shrewsbury Town website is predicting a 2-2 draw in the local derby with Hereford United tomorrow. The draw at Leigh RMI last Tuesday has given the Shrews cause for concern and it says that Jimmy Quinn is "facing the sternest test of his managerial credentials since arriving at the club".

Quinn appears to have fallen out with Luke Rodgers, the Shrews highly-rated striker. "His handling of Rodgers has come under the microscope with the once prolific marksman cutting an increasingly forlorn figure," reads the site. "We are told that he is now injured ahead of the Bulls clash and must take that claim at face value. But the truth of the matter is that Town lack a cutting edge without him."

On the Bulls it points out that: "Graham Turner will need no introduction to the Meadow faithful. The man is a living legend at Shrewsbury for his exploits in guiding the club to the old Division Two. He is showing once again that he has something of the Midas touch about him as he steers a financially poor Hereford towards the Football League."

In comments about the Hereford players they mention both Steve Guinan and Dean Craven as being ex-Shrews players. "Guinan has certainly filled his boots and Darren Tinson will have to be at his most alert to stop him," and as for Craven: "he was a surprise summer signing from Bridgnorth but has recently forced himself into the starting line-up in recent weeks."

They also wrote that others to watch out for include Paul Parry and Ben Smith. "The flying winger (Parry) has attracted much interest from league clubs and has a keen eye for goal. Pint-size midfielder Ben Smith has also caught the eye this season with a string of goals."

Meanwhile Jimmy Quinn thinks that tomorrow should be a good game. "Hereford's style of play should suit us as both sides try to play decent football," he commented.


Tight Conference finish predicts Turner

The following article appeared in today's Shropshire Star.

Shrewsbury legend and Hereford supremo Graham Turner is predicting the tightest Conference race in years as the two clubs closest to his Turner is patently aware that Salop could go to within two points of the Bulls with a game in hand if his former club win tomorrow's eagerly awaited derby as things tighten up at the top of the table.

He said: When you look through the sides it might be an accurate forecast to say it's going to be one of the closest Conference championship races in years because of the quality of the clubs in there.

"Yeovil were by far the best Conference side I'd seen when they won it last year and I don't see anybody this year doing the same as Yeovil did and getting away from everybody else.

"I think the gap has closed this year because a lot of clubs have improved and although its obviously two up and two down now the task of getting out is becoming harder by the season."

The Edgar Street supremo believes Shrewsbury's ability to splash the cash and attract experienced players will see them challenge for the title.

"I've seen them twice against Tamworth and at Leigh and they've got a lot of experience in there like the two lads at the back Tinson and Ridler and the two up front Darby and Cramb and you look at the strength on the bench," he said.

"When I saw the teamsheet at Leigh the other night I thought they'd got the reserves out with Rodgers and Quinn on the bench but I suppose at his age he's got to have a breather now and again!"

"The big spenders will be up there at the end of the season. I don't mean that necessarily in terms of transfers fees but the big wage payers like Chester and Shrewsbury."

In stark contrast, Turner is relying on youth and enthusiasm to give his cash-strapped club a chance of the championship and keeping his fingers crossed that they can hold their nerve.

"The likes of us and Barnet have got to hope that enthusiasm, good organisation and some useful young players, which is what we've got, will be enough to get us up there at the end of the season," he said.

"I think we've got enough about us to challenge but with such a young group of players they have to be able to handle the pressure when it starts to get into the last two or three months of the season when every point is vital.

"That's when we find out if we've got enough strength of character to pull it off."

Turner says Hereford's former Meadow contingent are relishing their return to the riverside ground tomorrow as Shrewsbury was the first fixture they looked out for at the start of the season.

He said: "I think there's a great interest in the game, not only from a personal point of view in going back to the Meadow but we've got one or two in our squad like Steve Guinan, Andy Tretton and Dean Craven who are looking forward to going back.

"We're delighted that there's a derby in store because it just adds a little bit of spice to the season and makes things more exciting locally."


Nicky on the run

Nicola Goodwin, the BBC Hereford and Worcester sports presenter, is this lunchtime half way through her run from Worcester to Hereford to raise for BBC Children in Need.

The ultra-fit Nicola left Worcester at 9.00am this morning and after a break at Froomes Hill hopes to arrive at Hereford at 3.00pm.

HU-FC.co.uk will give a donation to Children in Need in appreciation of Nicky's efforts and will DOUBLE the amount if Hereford beat Shrewsbury tomorrow.

Donations can be sent to BBC Hereford and Worcester, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5WW.


Guinan and Craven get chance to shine

Graham Turner has said that tomorrow's match at Shrewsbury will give several players the chance to make a point against their former club. He noted that it was unfortunate that former Shrews player Andy Tretton is out injured but for two others there will be a chance to shine.

"It will add a bit of spice for someone like Steve Guinan who has come here and done very well for us with his goals and the manner of his performances," said Turner. "So I think he will go back there wanting to prove something, as will Dean Craven."

Two Hereford "rejects" could feature for the Shrews tomorrow. Both Jimmy Quinn, best remembered for a missed penalty, and Jake Sedgemore had spells at Edgar Street.

Meanwhile Graham Turner has confirmed that Andy Tretton still faces sometime out of the game to allow his injury to heal.

"It looks as though it's a bit more serious than just muscle damage. It has gone on for eight weeks and I'm disappointed as I thought the maximum he would have been out was for six weeks," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester. "It doesn't look as though it is any closer to being sorted out. So that's a disappointment to us, but the rest of the lads are okay," he said.


Thursday, November 20, 2003

Mkandawire out for one game

Hereford United have confirmed that Tamika Mkandawire will only serve a one match suspension for being sent-off last Saturday against Margate. He will miss the home game against Farnborough on November 29th.

Graham Turner admitted that their initial fears were that the ban might have been for three games. He is said to be releived that Mkandawire was given the minimum punishment. It is thought that the Bulls are hoping to extend his stay at Edgar Street.

Meanwhile Turner has told BBC Hereford & Worcester that there are no major injury worries ahead of Saturday's Shrewsbury game apart from Andy Tretton.

It is understood that Tretton will have another scan to determine how recovery from his injury is progressing on Saturday.


Stern warning ahead of big derby match

Hereford United miss left-back Michael Rose for Saturday's crunch derby at the Gay Meadow against Shrewsbury Town, kick off 3pm.

Rose's one-match suspension means Dean Craven, once of the Shrews, will play at left-back, while Tamika Mkandawire will continue to fill Andy Tretton's boots at the heart of defence. Jamie Pitman, though, will return in midfield alongside Ben Smith, if Graham Turner decides to maintain the heart of the side that beat Margate 2-1 last weekend.

Shrewsbury Town have been hit by the news that star striker Luke Rodgers will miss Saturday's game.

The Shropshire Star reports that Rodgers has a hamstring injury and manager Jimmy Quinn does not want to rush him back. He said: "Luke Rodgers has got a problem with his hamstring attachment which he's been carrying for a little while now. He's persevered with it because he didn't want to stop training in case it affected his chances of getting back into the team.

"He's very sore and he's likely to miss Saturday because we've got another big game on Tuesday (against Exeter) and we want him right for that rather than make it worse."

Darren Tinson, the club skipper, has a neck injury, so Quinn will have to find a replacement if he is not fit, and winger Sam Aiston is suspended.

One fear is that of potential trouble at the game, but over one hundred police officers will be in attendance on Saturday, according to the Shropshire Star. Football intelligence chiefs will monitor hooligans travelling by cacr and train, and also keep a look out over potential hotspots in the Shropshire city.

The report reads: Dog handlers, mobile CCTV units and officers armed with hand-held video cameras will all be mobilised across Shrewsbury in a bid to make sure the top-of-the table Conference clash goes ahead without trouble.

The crowd is expected to be around 8,000, with 2,000 away fans, according to DCI Martin Whitelegg, who added: "Come to Shrewsbury, enjoy the football but if you cause trouble you will be locked up. Both clubs have some history of disorder and this match has potential for disorder in Shrewsbury.

"Our policing operation will be put into place to prevent that and we're putting other measures in place to prevent people coming into Shrewsbury on that day. If they are intent on travelling, we'll legitimately be able to detain them.

"It isn't a spontaneous thing. It's pre-planned disorder. They are not supporters, they're trouble-makers from both towns. Our job is to make sure the genuine supporters can come to Shrewsbury."


Edgar Street area meeting

Hereford United followers living close to the city will have the chance to listen to Geoff Hughes, Herefordshire Council's head of development, about how the Edgar Street area plans are shaping next week.

A public meeting has been set for next Wednesday, November 26th, at the Shire Hall by the Hereford Civic Society at 7.30pm. The general public will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the redevelopment.

Meanwhile, the Hereford District Council have announced that the public will be able to view the Edgar Street Grid Masterplan-A Twenty Year Vision exhibition at various locations in the county from November 24th to December 5th. The first location is in the Atrium, Maylord Orchards, in Hereford. They are looking for comments from the public by Monday December 8th.

The "Vision" suggests that the existing football stadium will be rebuilt and redesigned onsite.

Copies of the proposals can be obtained by post from Geoff Hughes, Head of Community and Economic Development, PO Box 44, Leominster, HR6 8ZD, or by telephoning 01432 260695.


2000 to go to Shrewsbury

Graham Turner says that Hereford United will be taking around 2000 supporters to watch the local derby at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

But, as he told the Hereford Times, he is surprised how the Shrews have handled the ticket arrangements. "We were led to beleive that it would be an all-ticket match and only found out that it wasn't, it's just all-ticket for the Hereford fans, when we were informed by our supporters," he said. "I think you have to be very careful with that scenario."

Last week Turner saw videos of trouble that occured earlier in the season at Burton and Tamworth when Hereford 'fans' were involved in violence. He hopes that the sixteen arrests that have been made will have a calming influence on the fringe elements.

Whilst always looking at the Shrews results with interest as a former player and manager, there's only one place Turner's loyalty lies. "We must make sure that the three points come back to Edgar Street with us." he remarked.


Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Live commentary from Shrewsbury

BBC Hereford & Worcester aim to provide live commentary from the Gay Meadow on Saturday as Hereford United play Shrewsbury Town in the Nationwide Conference.

Yours truly will be covering the game, providing all the action from just before kick-off on www.bbc.co.uk/hereford, as well as covering all the pre-match build-up and post-match reaction live on BBC Hereford & Worcester's regular frequencies of 104, 104.6 and 94.7FM.

This is the first Hereford United internet commentary from a Saturday match, although several evening games have been covered by the station.

Meanwhile, tonight's reserve team match has been postponed.


Quinn unhappy with his side

Jimmy Quinn, the Shrewsbury manager, has told of his disappointment with his team's performance at Leigh last night.

"Our defending at the back was nothing short of abysmal. We gave away too much possession and didn't produce enough quality into the box."

Dave Tinson, the Shrews defender, cricked his neck in the game and may be a doubt for Saturday's game with Hereford. Both highly rated striker Luke Rogers and manager Quinn were on the bench last night. Rogers did come on for a short spell towards the end of the game, but Quinn is beleived to be suffering from a slight hamstring injury.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed that Sam Aiston, the Shrewsbury midfielder, will miss the match as he is suspended.


Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Leigh hold Shrews

Leigh RMI have held Shrewsbury to a 2-2 draw this evening.

Shrewsbury stay in sixth place in the Conference having played 17 games for 32 points, while Hereford are second with 37 points from 18 games, two points behind Chester City.

It is understood that Graham Turner, the Hereford United manager, watched the match.


Baker set to reach 100 starts

Matt Baker is set to make his 100th Conference start for Hereford United this coming Saturday against Shrewsbury Town. He is now regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Conference and has played for the English National Game XI side on several occasions.

Baker, who was born in Wetherby, North Yorkshire, was signed by Hereford United in August 2000 from Hull City. He had been released at the end of the previous season and signed for United as reserve goalkeeper. At that time Scott Cooksey was the first choice so Baker had just two chances to prove his worth to the side in his first season. He made his debut against Southport in a 1-1 draw, a game in which he played very competently. He played just one more match that season, a 1-0 home defeat by Woking.

After Scott Cooksey's unfortunate injury in the summer of 2001, Baker played 2001/02 as first choice goalkeeper when he became recognised as a highly competent individual. He started in 38 games and let in 47 goals that year but fans will remember him being sent off at Nuneaton in August when he was adjudged to have fouled an opponent. Later that season he was injuried and Stuart Jones was brought in to cover for him only for Jones to be injuried in a game at Chester and Baker having to come on whilst not quite match-fit.

Last year he started 42 times and only 51 goals were scored against him. So far this year he has made 17 starts and 21 goals have got past him.

Perhaps one of Baker's best remembered performances was against Wrexham in the FA Cup in November 2001.The match report from HU-FC.co.uk noted: "Baker was quite simply keeping Hereford in the game. He was outstanding."

Any goalkeeper needs a strong defence to help keep out the goals and Baker has been lucky that those playing in front of him have included several of todays Hereford squad such as Tony James and past Bulls favourites like Ian Wright. But to have an average of only letting in 121 goals in 99 starts is commendable. This equates to only 1.22 goals per game.

At the beginning of this season Baker told HU-FC.co.uk that he was disappointed United had missed out on the play-offs. "We've had a long break to reflect on what happened last year and hopefully this season we'll finish one place higher. We've got to be looking to get promoted," he said.

Saturday will be a stern test for Baker. A clean sheet would be a great way to celebrate his 100th Conference start for the Bulls.


Tretton faces new scan

Andy Tretton, the Hereford United centre back, has suffered another setback with the news he requires a scan on his troublesome thigh, reports the Evening News.

He was hoping to be fit enough to have played a part in the local derby with his former club Shrewsbury, where he was captain for a spell, next Saturday but he now faces a hospital appointment.

Tretton suffered a thigh injury at Burton in September and despite lengthy treatment, including some time at Lilleshall, faces several more weeks without being able to play for the Bulls.

West Bromwich Albion defender Tamika Mkandawire, who is standing in for Tretton, has another week and a half left on his loan spell. This ends after the Farnborough Town match at Edgar Street on 29th November.

However, unless there has been an appeal by Hereford United, it is expected that Mkandwire will miss this game after being sent-off during the Margate game last Saturday.

Meanwhile former Hereford United defender Chris Lane has been transfer listed by Morecambe. Lane joined Southport from Edgar Street but moved to Morecambe at the start of this season.


Monday, November 17, 2003

Where is the Gay Meadow?

For those who have never been to the Gay Meadow, the home of Shrewsbury Town football club, we print some information which may be helpful.

The Ground lies close to the River Severn and is approached from Abbey Foregate.

From Hereford or the South take the A49 to Shrewsbury and follow the signs for Shrewsbury Town Centre. At the end of Coleman Head turn right into Abbey Forgate. The ground is close-by.

From the east it is advisable to travel on the M54 which turns into the A5 close to Telford. On reaching the outskirts of Shrewsbury there is a roundabout. Take the first exit. At the next roundabout take the fourth exit marked town centre. Follow the road past Shrewsbury college and up to another island. Take the third exit into Abbey Forgate.

Away supporters have 500 seated places, which are between the Shrewsbury family stand and the standing area for away fans, which can hold 2,000 fans. The capacity of the ground is 8,000.

As regards car parking there is limited parking at the ground (200 spaces) but they go quickly so if you want a space get there early. Opposite the Abbey by the ground is another large car park (200 spaces).

On the approach from the A49 down Old Potts Way there is a Cineworld, park there and walk down (5 mins). There is also a Safeways, but this is not really recommended as they tend to clamp on match days.

The other option is to park at the Shirehall which is up by the Column, 200 foot column with a statue on the top, this is about a 10-15 minute walk to the ground.

Arriving by rail, Gay Meadow is a brisk walk from the station. On leaving the station go to the main road and turn left up the hill. Go past the castle and into the center of the town. Follow the road to the left past Barclays Bank and to the traffic lights then turn left into Wyre Cop and go down the hill. Go over the bridge and the ground is on the left.

We will update this information if needed.


Chester still firm favourites

Chester City are still firm favourites to win the Conference this season. They are now quoted as low as 5-4 by Victor Chandler.

The lowest quotes for the other four likely contenders are as follows: Hereford 2-1 at Bet Direct, Shrewsbury 7-2 at Bet Direct and Stanleybet, Barnet 6-1 at Ladbrokes, UK Betting and Totalbet, and Aldershot also at 6-1 but only at Ladbrokes.

Taking an approximate average of nine leading bookmakers prices are as follows: Chester 3-2, Hereford 15-4, Shrewsbury 17-4, Barnet 7-1 and Aldershot 19-2.

The price for Chester has eased over the past few weeks, but Hereford's price has hardened slightly, no doubt because of poorer performances.


Still some Shrewsbury tickets left

Hereford United go to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday hopefully that they will have a large following backing the team.

Reports suggest that over 1,000 tickets have been sold to away fans, and there are still a few available, reports the official newsboard.

The club have said that tickets are only available until Wednesday afternoon, and they are priced as follows: Seating - £14 for adults, £9 concessions; Standing - £12 and £7 respectively.

The Bulls go into the game without defender Michael Rose, who is suspended. Dean Craven is likely to deputise.


Sunday, November 16, 2003

More anger towards referee's performance

Chris Kinnear, the Margate boss, told BBC Radio Kent that the referee was a disgrace after yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Hereford United.

"All of a sudden every time there was a tackle it was a booking. It was quite embarrassing," he said.

Referee Mr. Mullarkey of Exeter cautioned six Margate players, and also dismissed a player from each side.

"Every time we went near them they fell over," added Kinnear. "The players were frightened to tackle because they were wary of being sent off but there were no injuries. Not one of their players had to be treated for long and they seemed to jump up and run on after every booking."


Saturday, November 15, 2003

Referees and consistency

Graham Turner's notes in 'Bullseye' today included a few tongue in cheek words about referees. In particular he noted the performance of the Peterborough cup game referee who he suggested had made a complete laughing stock of himself.

What he thought of Mr Mullarkey, today's referee who sent Tamika Mkandawire off the pitch, has not been revealed yet, but he must be wondering where the consistency has gone.

The incidents at both games were quite similar. But whereas one player gets a yellow, another gets a red. At least Mr Mullarkey did not spend several minutes consulting his assistant and then change his mind.

In Bullseye, Turner reveals that during a walk with his dog last Sunday morning, his thoughts turned to the previous days events: "I began to have strange ideas of what happens to Referees when they qualify. Could it be that, as well as the certificate, the FA also presents them with a special Referee's brain to be packed in their bags along with the kit and whistle to be inserted on arrival at the ground.

"The brain would be specially programmed to be devoid of common courtsey, reduced communication skills, slightly deminished eyesight (no,disregard that one), total removal of the ability to use common sense, an unhealthy fear of the assessor and Paul Daniels type magic way of producing a yellow card out of nothing and just at the moment you expect him to produce a yellow one he mysteriously turns it into a red one."

Turner says that it is frustrating that whilst managers send in reports on referees, they never see the assessor's reports. "It would be constructive to know his views to see if we are on the same wavelength," he wrote.

And going back to the referee at Peterborough and his moment of hilarity when placing and replacing the ball following his change of mind about the penalty, Turner wrote that the Referee repeatedly moved the ball a couple of inches and booked Danny Williams telling him that: "the ball must be in the precise position."

"Bearing in mind that he had consulted an assistant who was fifty yards from the incident before changing his mind from penalty to free-kick, I wonder just how he concluded that position of the ball was so precise," Turner wrote.

The spectators were mystified as well!


Smith looks forward to Shrewsbury

Ben Smith is looking forward to next Saturday's local derby at Shrewsbury after Hereford got back to winning ways today.

He said: "When they scored, especially being down to ten men (Mkandawire was sent off in the first half), I thought here we go again. It's going to be another week where we drop back into the pack but luckily today we showed a lot of character. Every one worked really hard and it was good for us that we scored within five minutes of them scoring. Paul scored an excellent goal."

"And then after that they had a player sent off so it evened it up. Then it was end to end stuff and I think we shaded it."

Smith, talking to BBC Hereford and Worcester, was asked about the next game for the Bulls, away at Shrewsbury Town next Saturday. "Obviously it's going to be a massive game," he said. "I think the fans will look forward to it. It will be the first time we have played Shrewsbury for a few years and I know they are expecting a big gate.

"They are going to be one of our contenders near the end of the season so it will be good for us if we can take points off them."

Hereford manager Graham Turner commented added: "Sometimes there are games which are turning points in the season and we've just had 11 days in which everything we did has gone wrong."

Tony James also made his 200th appearance for the Bulls this afternoon, so he will be pleased that the team recorded a win.


Back up to second
Hereford United moved back up to second place with a deserved 2-1 victory over Margate in front of a disappointing crowd at Edgar Street this afternoon.

The game was full of incident with two sending-offs and an own goal. Paul Parry scored for the Bulls early in the second period after Margate had gone ahead and away defender Danny Murphy netted into his own goal after sustained Hereford pressure.
Bulls bounce back up to second

Hereford United 2 - 1 Margate

Hereford United overcame some recent poor form and rose back towards the summit of the Nationwide Conference as they beat Margate in an incident-packed game at Edgar Street.

Two red and six yellow cards tells of a dirty game, but this was not the case. Instead, a competitive match was seen, albeit in front of the lowest league crowd at Edgar Street this season.

The Bulls had to re-shuffle as Jamie Pitman was suspended, so Dean Craven came in alongside the returning Ben Smith in midfield. Danny Williams continued in his right-wing role, although pushed back after the dismissal of Mkandawire. Margate handed a debut to on-loan QPR defender Danny Murphy, but it was marred by the own-goal twelve minutes from time which proved the difference between the sides.

Hereford started as the brighter of the two sides, with Steve Guinan going close early on, and Ben Smith forcing an excellent save out of goalkeeper Phil Smith in the Margate goal. Matt Baker, though, also had work to do at the other end, as he made a double save in quick succession after twelve minutes.

Six minutes later, Che Stadhart surged towards the Hereford goal and Mkandawire attempted to tackle. He appeared to get to the ball, but the referee had other ideas, sending off the on-loan centre back and, after some deliberation, giving a free-kick.

Down to ten men, United were always to find it difficult but continued to dominate the first half. Their best effort came from Danny Williams, when his free-kick from a long way out went narrowly wide.

Eight minutes after the restart, Margate took the lead. A Terry McFlynn free-kick from the left channel found skipper Graham Porter in the box, and he struck to give the Kentish side a surprise lead. Three minutes later, though, the scores were level when Paul Parry capitalised on a poor clearance to rifle home a good ball.

Hereford, while on level terms, were still a man down and shouts from Emmanuel Omoyimni for a penalty were waved away by the referee. A corner fifteen minutes from time presented Margate with a good opportunity to take the lead again, but it went horribly wrong. The ball was caught by Baker at the far post, but Sam Sodje charged the United 'keeper and duly picked up his second yellow card, and his marching orders.

Within three minutes, the home side had taken the lead for the first time. Steve Guinan fed the ball to Parry on the right by-line, and his cross to the far post found the head of Danny Murphy, who was devastated as he turned the ball past Smith into his own net.
Written by Terry Goodwin - 15th November 2003.
Hereford United Margate
Matt Baker Phil Smith
Ryan Green Bill Edwards
Michael Rose Danny Murphy (off, 79 minutes)
Dean Craven Darren Annon
Tamika Mkandawire Sam Sodje
Tony James (captain) Terry McFlynn
Danny Williams Graham Porter (captain)
Ben Smith John Keister
Steve Guinan Che Stadhart (off, 81 minutes)
Rob Purdie Emmanuel Omoyimni
Paul Parry Jay Saunders
Subs Subs
David Brown Iain O'Connell
Ben Scott Adrian Clarke (on, 79 minutes)
Daniel Carey-Bertram Chris Zoricich
Richard Teesdale Ian Pullman (on, 81 minutes)
Jordan King Charlie Mitten
Yellow cards Yellow cards
- Che Stadhart (unsporting behaviour, 14 minutes)
- Terry McFlynn (unsporting behaviour, 15 minutes)
- Emmanuel Omoyimni (foul, 35 minutes)
- Sam Sodje (unsporting behaviour, 50 minutes)
- Jay Saunders (foul, 72 minutes)
- Bill Edwards (foul, 85 minutes)
Red cards Red cards
Tamika Mkandawire (professional foul, 18 minutes) Sam Sodje (second bookable offence, 75 minutes)
Scorers Scorers
Paul Parry (56 minutes) Graham Porter (53 minutes)
Danny Murphy (own goal, 78 minutes) -
Man of the Match Paul Parry
Attendance 2,320
Referee Mr. M. Mullarkey (Exeter)