Monday, December 31, 2001

Bulls unchanged for derby

Following two successive wins, Hereford United aim to make it three in a row tomorrow when they host high-flying Telford United in the Nationwide Conference.

The Bulls beat the Bucks 1-0 at the New Bucks Head Ground on Boxing Day thanks to Scott Goodwin's late strike, and then a 3-0 victory on Saturday boosted confidence against as Hereford swept aside struggling Stalybridge Celtic.

Hereford's unbeaten run now stretches back for three games, having conceded just one goal and scored five. Telford, however, will be eager to gain revenge for their festive flop to Hereford and were without a game on Saturday so Jake King's men have been preparing for almost a week.

Phil Robinson's Hereford team should be similar to that that started against Celtic on Saturday with one or two possible changes. Rob Elmes may be dropped in attack and replaced by Scott Voice, whilst Phil Robinson may move over in midfield for Jimmy Quiggin. Midfielder Alex Kevan and striker Danny Davidson are still absent through injuries, but Steve Piearce could return to the bench after not featuring in the squad for three weeks. Goalkeeper Scott Cooksey is still recovering from a hand injury and is likely to miss most of the season left to play.

Telford United could swap things around in attack to cause more problems for the Hereford defence. On Boxing Day, Jake King started with Gary Martindale and Gary Fitzpatrick, but with new signing Mark Quayle warming the bench, perhaps a change is likely. Quayle joined from Morecambe after a loan spell this month and was signed with money donated by supporters. He has already netted seven league goals this season and with Telford pushing up the Conference, Quayle could be recalled.

Manager King said: "Everyone is looking forward to the game as we want to get back on track after the upset last week. We want to remain in the top six and to do that we have got to win games. Losing was a bit of a shock to the lads as it has not happened since mid-October. The thing to do is to it pick up from there and start all over again.

"I'm not saying we're going to go on a run of one defeat in 15 like we've just had as that's difficult for any team to do once let alone twice. But if we can go five, six or seven games unbeaten at a time then we'll remain in the top six."

Hereford United have said that no pitch inspection is planned for tomorrow. The Bulls, according to Surrey Sports, are 11/8 to win with Telford at 13/8. The odds for a draw are 11/5.

Sunday, December 30, 2001

Shocker For Potential Bull Star

Hereford United's potential star striker has had to quit the game for a spell until he overcomes a huge barrier.

Danny Hill, age 18, played a reserve game for the Bulls after scoring fifteen goals for Kington Town in the Express & Star West Midlands League Premier Division this season and was touted to be joining the Edgar Street club. However, doctors have told him to stop playing when he suffered from dizzy spells and migranes whilst playing. He was told he had a hole-in-the-heart and must stop playing immediately.

Now, Danny must wait for an operation before playing again and the scaffolder from Hereford is eager to follow in his father's, Mick, footsteps and turn professional. Mick was an international with Wales and played for the likes of Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

"I was hoping to have an extended run in Hereford's second team but then this blow came out of nowhere," he told the Non-League Paper. "The doctor told me to rest and take it easy. But I'm only young and hopefully it should not be too long before I hear about the operation. I hope it is just a temporary setback that I am determined to overcome."

Kington chairman Bill Mayglothing said: "There were quite a few clubs looking at him and centre forwards of his ability are like gold dust. He had been playing really well. I know how disappointed he must feel.

Written by Terry Goodwin - 30th December 2001.

Pennies For Billy

Bring your change to Edgar Street on New Years Day for Billy the Bull, who is raising money for a new bull suit.

Billy needs to raise around £200 for the new outfit and will hold a half time bucket collection at the Telford United game. Please give generously.

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Wargen Quit Threat

Kevin Wargen, the HUISA chairman, revealed in today's edition of Bullseye that he would resign if Chelverton's Simon Morgan is put in charge of relocation of the ground.

In his regular column, he told that HUISA have been working extremely hard over the situation of the stadium and relocation.

He said that Leader Terry James and his council will pass the UDP (Unitary Development Plan) to keep Hereford United at Edgar Street but was extremely disappointed at one party in the discussions.

"I have to tell supporters of a letter I received from Simon Morgan, of Chelverton, who basically accused HUISA members of spreading misinformation and ultimately the destruction of the club," he wrote. "HUISA members spend a lot of time trying to talk to all concerned regarding development. We also raise money for the club, run away travel, paint the ground in the summer and do whatever to keep the club from folding. I feel so upset at this accusation by Morgan that I will not sit around a table with him. Indeed if it means he is in charge of relocation, I would resign. I am not above criticism from anyone - supporters or directors - but I will not be accused of trying to finish the club that I love and would do whatever I can to make it survive. I am happy to know that other people on the committee feel the same as me over the letter."

Wargen will endeavour to keep everyone informed of developments in the new year.