Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some Players Have Let Me Down Said Foyle

Martin Foyle Talking To The Young Salisbury Manager Before Kick-off
In his post match interview with BBC Hereford and Worcester after the 4-1 defeat at Salisbury, Martin Foyle said that some players had let him down. 

"There are some of the players who need to take a good look at themselves because some of them are not doing their jobs," said the Hereford United manager.

"They have let me down tonight. 

"They just fell asleep from a corner and after the first goal goes in it gets nervy because of the position that we are in.

"The second goal was just a little ball in, spun off and it's in the back of the net, 2-0.

"Give credit to them second half, we came out, we had a little bit more fight but still not putting enough balls in the box from good areas.

"A couple of good corners have gone in and the little lad, Sinclair, has headed it out from six yards with no pressure on him.

"We look a big side but certainly at times we look frail and weak.

"We're conceeding poor goals.

"We broke away probably four or five times in the second half but we can't for some reason complete it.

"It's the quality that's letting us down.

"I can understand the supporters frustration because there's no one more frustrated than me and Andy Porter at the moment."

Foyle mentioned his small budget.

"I've brought in what I can with what money I've been given and at the moment it's not good enough."

Stats From Salisbury

Sam Smith (On Right) Scored Hereford's Goal
Below are the main stats from last night's Conference game between Salisbury City and Hereford United.

Result: Salisbury City 4  Hereford United 1

Scorers: Kamdjo (10) Fitchett (28) (89) Wright (90) / Smith (59)

Possession: Salisbury 55%  Bulls 45%

Shots on Target: Salisbury 5 Bulls 3

Shots off Target: Salisbury 6  Bulls 5

Corners: Salisbury  Bulls

Fouls: Salisbury 10  Bulls 11

Cards:Yellows for Chris Bush and Michael Rankine

Attendance:1112 with perhaps 120 in the away areas

Conference Table: Hereford United are 19th

BT Sport Covered the Game

Ghosts 4 Pumpkins 1

The Bulls suffered stage fright in their BT Sport debut, going down 4-1 to Salisbury.

Sam Smith's goal was nothing more than a consolation as the home side raced into a two goal lead and sealed the points with two more late on with the Bulls pushing forward.

Full report later.

Friday Night

FA Youth Cup

Harris Wary Of TV Excitement

Salisbury boss Mikey Harris says he must keep his side disciplined to avoid trouble in tonight's TV game with the Bulls.

There has been a red card in more than 60% of live Conference games since 2007, with William Hill currently offering 9/2 on a dismissal tonight. Harris warns that the stats suggest players can get overexcited by the cameras:

"There seems to be quite a high percentage of the games that involve sendings off, so keeping discipline and not getting overawed or overexcited by the occasion is key. 

I'm sure there'll be nerves and it's the first time for a few of the lads that they've played in a live TV match. But that can be a positive, I think if you can harness that extra energy that you get from it, it can be a real benefit to the team, and that's certainly what I'll be telling them to do."

Salisbury have beaten both Wrexham and Grimsby at home in the Conference in recent weeks, and are unbeaten at the 'Ray Mac' since the opening day loss to Tamworth. 

Former Bulls keeper James Bittner will be in their squad, but is expected to be only on the bench having yet to make an appearance for the side since rejoining them after a brief stint with Newport. He has been unable to dislodge regular stopper Will Puddy, a man linked with a move to the Bulls during the summer.

Former Bulls target Chris McPhee, who rejected a full time job with the Bulls to go part time for family reasons, is expected to feature having scored twice in 14 games so far this term.

One Day Left To Mo

This from the Supporters Trust:

With Movember commencing tomorrow and folk shaving above their top lips for the last time for 30 days, we remind you that our Movember Network is set up to link all Hereford United Fans together as we grow together. There is no need to be a member of the Trust, just the will to make a difference and keep your top lip warm for the next month.

Movember is a charity which concentrates on raising funds & awareness in regards to Male Health, particularly Prostate & Testicular Cancer. By growing the ‘Mo’ you are able to get people to sponsor you and really help out in the fight against cancer. It’s not a male only charity (admittedly it is hard for females to grow a moustache) Mo Sista’s are welcome to join and raise funds for the charities cause and even by wearing a fake moustache can feel like they are involved too!

To join our network, please first sign up of Movember via their website ( & then once you are all set up join our network by either searching ‘Hereford United Supporters Trust’ or using the following link (

We look forward to growing with you.

News Round-Up

Tamworth have signed midfielder Charlie Allen on a months loan from Gillingham. The 21 year old hasn't played for the Gills first team since manager father Martin was sacked earlier in the month. Dartford captain Elliot Bradbrook will miss several weeks after fracturing two ribs in their FA Cup win over Ebbsfleet on Tuesday.

Four English players involved in the Southern Stars match fixing case in Australia have been handed worldwide bans by FIFA. The quartet will not be able to play until the outcome of the court case is known. Burton boss Gary Rowett has been linked to the vacant managerial role at Notts County. The former Derby defender called the rumours 'speculation'.

Luton defender Danny Fitzsimmons has been ruled out for the season after undergoing knee surgery. The 21 year old is yet to debut for the Hatters after damaging the knee in pre-season following his move from Histon.

Back The Bulls In Addisons Tonight

With the Bulls in action on BT Sport tonight, you can help the club by watching the game in Addisons.

Draught pints are £2.50 from 7pm until the end of the game, and there will be filled rolls also available behind the bar.

If you're in London, the London Bulls are getting together at the Jetlag Bar (125 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 6QB) from 7pm.

Meanwhile, in Leominster, The Bell in Etnam Street is also showing the match.

In other news, Shortwood United's FA Cup match with Port Vale will be held at their own ground and shown live on BT Sport. The game will take place on Monday, November 11th at the 1,500 capacity Meadowbank Ground.

£25,000 Raised From Share Issue

In issuing the results of the supporter consultation, the Bulls have revealed that they have sold £25,000 of shares so far.

The main result of the consultation is that they have scrapped plans for the Aylestone Park training ground as 'delays are foreseen for at least a further 12 months' on the project. 75% of funds raised will now be directed towards ground development, with 15% repaying loans on the Starlite Rooms rebuild, and the remaining 10% spent on the playing budget and 'contingency'.

The full report is on the official site here.

Random Names In FGR Frame

The bookies have listed a string of names as favourite to be the next Forest Green boss in the last 24 hours.

With Bulls boss Martin Foyle cut from 25/1 to 6/1 in less than a day, John Coleman and Terry Brown were joint favourites throughout. But, in a hectic afternoon yesterday, first Robbie Fowler became the odds-on favourite - after being a 150/1 outsider - then Eastleigh boss Richard Hill before Kidderminster boss Steve Burr became Evens favourite in the evening after another leading light in the lists ruled himself out.

Former Fleetwood boss Mickey Mellon told the Lancashire press that current side Barnsley, where he is coach, had received two approaches from the Gumpers - but he was happy to stay with the Championship side.

Currently, Burr remains even money favourite with Robbie Fowler 7/2, Mickey Mellon 4/1 - his lowest odds despite rejecting the job, Terry Brown and John Coleman 7/1, Gary Brabin 8/1, and new name Paul Sturrock at 10/1 before Bulls boss Martin Foyle at 12/1. 

Meanwhile, the Gumpers' New Lawn ground could hold Shortwood United's FA Cup game with Port Vale.

Their own ground, with a usual attendance of little more than 100, is being evaluated to hold it's reported 1,500 capacity with BT Sport holding off announcing it's final live game, after picking Wimbledon-Coventry as their first choice, until a decision is made on whether to switch to their near neighbours.

Bulls On BT Sport

Hereford United travel to Salisbury later today for their Conference League game which is set to be covered by BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm.

There will also be coverage on BBC Hereford and Worcester and Bulls Player.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halifax Home Game Now November 26th

The home match with Halifax, postponed due to the FA Cup, is now set for Tuesday, November 26th.

With the original weekend now taken by the FA Cup First Round game with Burton Albion, the Bulls will face the Shaymen with a 7.45pm kick off.

Trust Pin Badges Available

The Supporters Trust have enlarged the range of merchandise available from their online shop.

New in this week are pin badges and wristbands. The pin badges are both the main Trust logo and the Junior logo, while the wristbands are black on white, or white on black, embossed with the Trust name.

All merchandise is available in the Trust's online shop:

Foyle Shortened In FGR Manager Betting

Bulls boss Martin Foyle is now third favourite in the betting to be the next Forest Green manager.

The ex-York man has been cut from 14/1 to 6/1 in the betting, with joint favourites Terry Brown and John Coleman slipping from 2/1 to 3/1, Gary Brabin from 6/1 to 8/1, and Mickey Mellon from 10/1 to 14/1.

The Gumpers are not expected to make a decision on a new manager this week, with caretaker Scott Bartlett told he will be in charge for Saturday's game with Dartford.

News Round-Up

Aldershot are out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at home to Nailsworth's top side Shortwood United at the Rec last night. Worcester are also out after going down 3-0 at Lincoln, while Kidderminster are through after beating Bradford PA 2-1 in a game that didn't finish until nearly 11pm. The game was delayed by nearly 30 minutes after Bradford's coach failed to arrive, then the match went into extra time with the game goalless.

Wrexham keeper Joslain Mayebi is reported to have received new French documents and is on his way back to the club. Manager Andy Morrell says he still expects answers after receiving a call 'from some random solicitor' to tell him the keeper was on his way back. Tranmere have confirmed that the owners of the club are in negotiations to sell the Prenton Park outfit. The club's Supporters Trust are aiming to raise £500,000 to make their own bid for the club.

Forest Green have parted company with caretaker boss Gary Seward after telling him he was not being considered for the permanent job. Youth coach Scott Bartlett is now in temporary charge of the first team. Former Telford coach John Psaras has teamed up with ex-Luton assistant Alan Neilson to make a joint bid for the role. Nuneaton striker Andy Brown will miss a further two months after surgery on a detached retina. He has missed most of October with the problem already.

Aldershot director Terry Knights has told the BBC that manager Andy Scott's position should not be questioned after their loss to Shortwood United. Scott only signed a two year extension two weeks ago, but they have won only one of their last eight games. Club captain Craig Stanley apologised to fans after the defeat, saying that 'there were a few strong words in the dressing room afterwards'.

Nuneaton have released full back David McNamee and midfielder Mark Bell. Former Scotland international McNamee has struggled with injury this term while Bell, who only signed in the summer, has failed to start a game with only three sub appearances to his name.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

London Bulls Meet For Salisbury Game

Ricky George in the Jetlag Bar last Dec

The London Bulls are again meeting at the Jetlag Bar in London to watch Thursday's televised match.

They congregated at the bar last December to watch the Bulls beat Barrow, and return to cheer the Bulls on from afar.

The bar is located at 125 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 6QB, with the Bulls in the Ground Floor bar from 7pm. Food will also be available from the bar.

The nearest Tube stations are Great Portland Street and Warren Street.

Salisbury Travel - Thursday

Salisbury City v Hereford United                         

Skrill Premier
Thursday 31st October 2013 KO 7.45 pm
The Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Partridge Way
Old Sarum
Phone 01722 776655

Salisbury FC were formed in 1947 although there are records of a Salisbury side going back to the late nineteenth century.  From the mid-sixties they spent the majority of their time in the Southern League.  In 1992 they changed their name to Salisbury City and in 1997 they moved from their old Victoria Park ground to a new purpose built stadium in Old Sarum a few miles north of Salisbury before debuting in The Conference Premier in 2007/8 largely on the back of goals from the prolific Matt Tubbs.  Financial difficulties resulted in a two-division demotion but “The Whites” have fought their way back and currently sit in sixth place in the Skrill Prem.

Visiting fans are accommodated on the Hop Back side of the ground where both seats and standing areas are available.  Admission is believed to be £14 for adults, £12 for seniors, £10 for students and free to U16’s.

HUISA – departs from Radford’s at 4.00 pm with a fare of £14 (non-members £16).  Seats can be booked through The Club office (08442 761939).

BY CAR – travel to Gloucester and to the top of Birdlip on the A417.  Continue on the A417 passing Cirencester.  When you reach the M4 roundabout, continue forward onto the A346 (sign Marlborough).  In Marlborough, follow signs for Salisbury (A346).  Continue on to the A338 following signs for Salisbury taking care to observe the speed cameras in Tidworth.  At a roundabout just south of Porton, take the second exit (sign Old Sarum) then after 2.8 miles turn right into Sherbourne Drive (Opp Ottons Land Rover dealership).  The stadium will be clearly visible at the end of the road.  Distance is about 102 miles and you should allow two and a half hours.  Postcode for SatNav is SP4 6PU.

SIGHTSEEING/ALEHOUSES – Those able to travel early in the day may wish to visit Stonehenge, which is just seven miles away.  There are a goodly number of fine drinking/eating establishments in Salisbury.  Anyone wanting just a good choice of well-kept ales would do well to seek out the Duke of York in York Street.  The Kings Head on Bridge Street is the local ‘Spoons/Lloyds.  The Salisbury City clubhouse usually admits visitors and serves Hop Back beers as well as a variety of freshly prepared rolls.  The nearest pub is the Harvester, which is a mile away towards Salisbury.


Lack Of Home Games Makes Off-Field Income Vital

The name of Dennis Strudwick is probably getting cursed around Edgar Street when anyone glances at the current fixture list.

The Conference fixture compiler's summer efforts have left the Bulls with just one home match - a Tuesday night encounter with Chester - between now and December 7th's game with Nuneaton.

The situation mirrors last season when, between mid-October and mid-December, the Bulls had only one home Conference match and four away. That period was, at least, softened slightly by a favourable home draw in the FA Cup First Round.

The fixture list's, and cup draw's, unkindness means the Bulls are again reliant on off-field income to pay the bills, so it is important that fans visit the club where possible to swell the coffers.

There are many off-field events available at the club this week. As well as the Starlite Cafe being open through the week, the Starlite Rooms hosts a Charity Quiz on Wednesday while the club will also be showing Thursday's game in Addisons.

On Friday the latest Mod Nite is in the Starlite Rooms, with tickets available in advance or on the door, and on Saturday a Mexican band will provide entertainment for a youth team fundraiser.

Foyle Fifth Favourite In FGR Manager Betting

Bulls boss Martin Foyle is fifth favourite in the bookies' betting list to become the next Forest Green boss.

With yesterday's hot favourite Gary Mills ruling himself out of the running, but still being quoted at 40/1 for the job, VC Bet have named John Coleman and Terry Brown as the new 2/1 joint favourites.

Gary Brabin (6/1) and Mickey Mellon (10/1) follow, before Foyle comes in at 14/1 ahead of Tony Adams (16/1) and Eastleigh boss Richard Hill (20/1). Kidderminster boss Steve Burr is a 33/1 shot, and current caretaker boss Gary Seward 40/1.

Jimmy Harvey, an early frontrunner, is 66/1 along with Wrexham boss Andy Morrell.

News Round-Up

Gateshead boss Gary Mills has rejected the chance to speak to Forest Green about becoming their new manager. The Heed had already turned down the Gumpers' approach for Mills, with the former York boss saying he is staying in the North East for 'the right reasons'. Carlisle have posted a loss of £660,000 for last season, with turnover down by nearly £800,000. The Cumbrian side underwent a series of cost-cutting exercises over the first half of the year, and hope to break even this season if gates match last term's.

Wrexham boss Andy Morrell has blasted goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi after he failed to return from a short trip home to France. The 26 year old left last Monday and was expected to return ahead of the weekend, but Morrell was forced to use a teenage youth team keeper as substitute for their FA Cup match. Morrell says he will want to see proof of claims that Cameroon-born Mayebi was refused re-entry into the country over visa issues. Morrell says that midfielder Kevin Thornton will undergo an operation to cure an ankle problem, while out of favour winger Adrian Cieslewicz can go out on loan.

Foyle Pleased To Have O'Keefe Fit

Josh O'Keefe Back In Action
Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has said that he pleased to have Josh O'Keefe available again after a two month spell out with a broken arm. 

O'Keefe scored the winning goal at Hornchurch last Saturday in the FA Cup-Tie.  Last season his talley was 13.

"It's no coincidence the goals have dried up since Josh got injured," Foyle told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"He runs beyond the striker and into the box - we've really missed that.

"He gives us something different. We haven't had anyone with the legs to do what he does.

"The rest of our midfield stay the safe side because it takes a brave man to make the runs into the box that Josh does."

Burton Cup-Tie Moved To Sunday

The FA First Round Tie between Burton Albion and Hereford United will take place on Sunday November 10th with a 3pm kick-off.

HUISA will be running a coach to the game.

Admission prices:

Seated: Adults £15, Concessions £12, Children £8.

Terrace: Adults £12, Concessions £10 Children £5.

All pay on the day.

Consultation Results Due Tomorrow

The results of the fan consultation done by the Club's Board of Directors are due to be released tomorrow.

In the original announcement, the Board noted the following on the official site:

Once the consultation closes on 21st October 2013, the Board of Directors will publish the following documents at 12 noon on 30th October on the club’s website:

  • Summary of responses to the Consultation
  • Decision by Board of Directors on proceeds of share issue

Monday, October 28, 2013

HUISA – Salisbury

Depart from Radford’s at 4.00 pm with a fare of £14 (non-members £16)

Seats can be booked through the Club office (08442 761939).

Youth Cup Tie Set For Wednesday November 6th

Hereford United's Youth Team are set to play their FA Youth Cup-Tie against MK Dons on Wednesday November 6th with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The Young Bulls have already won three ties in the preliminary rounds. However for MK Dons this will be their first game in this seasons Youth Cup.

3/1 For Hereford Win At Salisbury

BetFred are currently offering 3/1 on a Hereford victory at Salisbury on Thursday evening.

Top price for a draw is 13/5 with William Hill.

Generally: Salisbury 1/1  Draw 12/5  Hereford 11/4 

One other price of note - at present Josh O'Keefe to score the first goal of the game is 25/1 with ToteSport. He is around 15/2 with other bookmakers.

Watch Salisbury Match In Addisons Thursday Night

If you are not heading to Salisbury for Thursday's Conference game, the club will be screening it in Addisons Bar.

Draught pints are £2.50 each from 7pm til the end of the match, with the game live on BT Sport.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.

League Clubs Watch Leadbitter

Danny Leadbitter In The Recent Game Against Barnet

Hereford United defender Danny Leadbitter is being watched by several clubs according to his agent Clive Hart 

"I am aware that a number of clubs from the Football League have been keeping tabs on Daniel," Hart told Sky Sports 

"Daniel is really enjoying his football at Hereford and is grateful to the club for giving him a chance to join them in the summer.

"He is really flourishing under the management of Martin Foyle and I am not surprised other clubs are watching him. 

"Daniel is happy at Hereford, but he is determined to play at the highest level possible and if offers come his way he will have to look at them."

Charity Quiz In Starlite Rooms Wednesday Night

Burton Trip Likely To Move

The Bulls' FA Cup trip to Burton is unlikely to be on Saturday, November 9th.

The Brewers share stewards with Derby County, who are already at home on the Saturday, and are likely to seek a move of the game to either Friday night or Sunday.

The match is unlikely to attract the TV cameras, with the Lincolnshire derby of Grimsby-Scunthorpe, and matches involving the bigger sides like Coventry and Wolves expected to be preferred.

The Brewers are currently sixth in League Two this season, having reached the play-offs last term, and have won each of their last three games without conceding a goal.

Trust Passes 300 Member Mark

This from the Supporters Trust:
In the past week the Hereford United Supporters Trust has amassed 310 total members, with the current split being 258 Adults & 52 Juniors.

With multiple areas of the world covered, including Australia, USA & Canada, and high profile members such as former players Gareth Davies, Stuart Phillips, Rob Elmes & Ricky George signed up & local MP Jesse Norman, we are extremely happy with our current membership total.

We reached the 300 figure thanks to the joining of Adam Stansfield’s immediate family. The 9 Adults & 3 Juniors signed up from the Stansfield Family have all been given honorary memberships in recognition of the hard work they all carry out on behalf of the Adam Stansfield Foundation, which is the Trust’s Sponsored Charity (To donate to them please see the button at the bottom of this page). Andrea (Adam’s sister) & Shaun were guests of the Trust at the first game of the season.

HU Supporters Trust Andrea Shaun Parkin

All Adult members are welcome to stand for our inaugural elections for our board with the closing date for nominations being midnight on Thursday (31st October) when all nominations must have been received by our Secretary. Head over to the Election page of this website for further details.

If you have changed any details or if you are have any queries regarding your membership, please get in touch via

In other Trust News, our Car Stickers are now available to be purchased via the online shop at only £1.00 each, they will also be available to purchase from our Membership Table at Home matches. Our Wristbands will also be made available shortly.

£14 Admission At Salisbury

Admission prices for Thursday evening's Conference game at Salisbury have been announced.

Hereford supporters will pay as follows:

Adults £14
Senior Citizens £12
Students £10
Children under 16 free

Stand transfer: £2

HUISA are running a coach to the game. More details from the club.

News Round-Up

Former Bulls loanee Phil Marsh has rejoined Stalybridge Celtic. The 26 year old joins the club on a months loan from Guiseley, where he has been since leaving Forest Green in January. Port Vale have banned the local paper from the club after it asked about delays to a special commemorative shirt that around 1,000 fans had paid £55 each for in the summer. The Sentinel says it has been asked to pay £10,000 a season to cover the club in future, a sum not expected from any other paper.

Chester have released striker Ben Mills by mutual consent, and he has joined Conf North Brackley Town. The former Macclesfield man, 24, cost the Cestrian side a fee 12 months ago, but he made only six starts this season with his summer preparations wrecked by an injury picked up at the end of last season. Weymouth's plans to build a new stadium are in doubt after the local council rejected plans to build 170 homes on their current site.

The Non-League Paper claims that Forest Green are to ask Gateshead to release manager Gary Mills so he can take over at the Gumpers. The news has seen Mills, who has won seven of the last eight games with the Heed, jump to the head of the bookies' lists. Former England captain Tony Adams, who lives locally, has also been linked to the job in the local press, while caretaker boss Gary Seward also wants the job full time.

Former Bulls striker Mathieu Manset is available for loan after failing to break into the Coventry starting XI. The unpredictable Frenchman has made nine sub appearances this season, scoring once, but failed to make the matchday squad at the weekend.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Burton Face Difficult Test Says Manager Rowett

Burton Albion will face Hereford United in the first round proper of the FA Cup and manager Gary Rowett says it will be a 'difficult test' for the Brewers. 

"I think in reality, to be drawn at home against anyone, you should see that as an advantage regardless of the fact our away form is excellent at the moment," said Rowett as reported by the Burton Mail.

"We know that Hereford are going to be a decent side who have not been out of the League for that long. 

"They’ve got a good team and it’ll be a difficult test. 

"We won’t take anyone lightly."

Bromyard Soccer School Cancelled Tomorrow

The Community Trust's Soccer School in Bromyard tomorrow has been cancelled due to the predicted bad weather.

The schools due to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bromyard are currently still going ahead, while the Hereford Soccer School goes ahead as normal.

Bulls To Face Burton Albion Away in Cup

Hereford United have been drawn to play Burton Albion away in the first round of the FA Cup.

The tie is expected to take play on Saturday November 9th with a 3pm kick-off but could be moved.

Burton are currently sixth in League Two. However their gates are only around 2400 so, unless the Bulls can win or draw the game, this tie is unlikely to swell the bank balance at Edgar Street.

The Bulls last played at Burton on January 2nd 2012. On that day they won 2-0.

Ready To Win!

I Didn't Enjoy The Game Said Keeper Evans

Chris Bush Protects Rhys Evans
Whilst Hereford United keeper, Rhys Evans, didn't have much to do during the whole game, he's tweeted that he didn't enjoy the game.

'Not often I comment about a match, but I don't think I've enjoyed a game less than yesterday's 1st half especially, kicking into that wind,' he tweeted.

'And thanks to the fans who made the effort to come. In light of recent weeks and results. Not a pretty watch, I hope the draw later rewards.'

Ball 64 For The Bulls

The Bulls are ball 64 in today's FA Cup First Round draw.

48 League One and Two sides join the competition with the 32 remaining non-leaguers. Some big sides are in the First Round including Bristol City (5), Coventry (13), Portsmouth (33), Preston (34), Sheff Utd (38), and Wolves (46).

Gloucester are 71, Worcester (if they can get past Lincoln in a replay) are 52, and Shortwood United - the other Nailsworth side - are 76, if they can get past Aldershot in a replay.

Many of the smaller sides dropped out of the competition yesterday but Southern League Premier sides Biggleswade (75) and Stourbridge (55) remain, and Southern League First Division Daventry, in the First Round for the first time, are 79.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Second Half Pictures From Hornchurch

A selection of pictures from the second half at Hornchurch this afternoon. Hereford United won the game with the only goal of the game in added time.

Hornchurch Keeper Just Gets To The Ball
Jon Brown Getting Some Orders From Coach Andy Porter
Michael Rankine With Hereford Supporters Behind Him
Chris Sharp Was Another Of Today's Substitutes
Eric Odhiambo
Frankie Artus Gives Chase

Pictures From The First Half At Hornchurch

A selection of pictures from the first half the FA Cup-Tie at Hornchurch this afternoon.

Chris Bush, Rod McDonald And Michael Rankine Await A Corner Kick
Frankie Artus Back From Injury
I'll Try Not To Land On You
Eric Odhiambo
Keeper Rhys Evans Had Little To Do
Rankine Surrounded By Hornchurch Defenders

Around The Hornchurch Stadium

A few photos from around Hornchurch Stadium where earlier today Hereford United narrowly defeated the home side 1-0.
Hereford United Directors And Guests Along With The 'Hereford' Press. The Directors Talked To Supporters In The Windmill Pub Before The Game.

It's Down Stone Steps And Across A Running Track to The Pitch
Hornchurch Fans Hoping For A Win?
Jumped Ship - Samantha Bufton Used To Live In Leominster But Now Follows The Urchins
Several Apples Landed On the Pitch After Hereford Scored. They Were Thrown From Outside The Ground.

Last gasp Bulls win at Hornchurch

Scorer Josh O'Keefe Gets A Hug From Chris Bush
An injury time strike from Josh O’Keefe put United in the hat for the First Round Proper of the FA Cup as The Bulls stuttered to victory at Ryman League Hornchurch this afternoon.

Frankie Artus, Jon Brown and Josh O’Keefe got starting nods with Eric Odihambo replacing Ross Dyer to partner Michael Rankine up top.

The hosts collected an early booking when Purcell was late with a challenge on Leadbitter before Odihambo tested keeper Echepare with a snap shot.  A Chris Bush cross was headed wide by Jon Brown then Bushy’s long throw was flicked on by Rankine and Odihambo made ground before firing into the side netting.  Bemer tried a tumble in The Bulls’ box but the referee was unimpressed as he was actually behind Leadbitter when he fell. 

Eddie Odhiambo and Michael Rankine Combine In This Attack
The blustery wind and uneven pitch combined with the longer than usual grass made passing football unlikely and caused uncertainty when receiving the ball.  Rob Purdie and Frankie Artus were both visibly struggling to predict the bounce in midfield and lost out on several occasions due to hesitancy. 

O’Keefe combined well with Frankus on the left but a late saving tackle by Elliot Styles cleared the threat.  Rankine showed a clean pair of heels to two defenders but the ball held up and his shot was blocked by Echepare. 

For Hornchurch, Purcell sent in a shot from the corner of the box which Rhys Evans competently dealt with.  Just before half time, McDonald was forced to leave the field when a side strain picked up in the pre-match warm up failed to ease.  Replacement Dom Collins was quickly into action to clear as Stefan Payne shaped to shoot.

HT Hornchurch 0  Bulls 0

The Bulls started quicker in second period and Bush’s throw was flicked on by O’Keefe but Ranks’ volley whistled just wide of the upright.  

Chris Bush Gets Caught By Styles
Chris Bush skipped past two opposition players in a trademark burst forward but was stopped by a late and dangerous challenge by Styles who was promptly dismissed from the field of play. 

Bush Receiving Attention From Physdio Johnny Evans Whilst The Referee Calls For Styles
With a tall central defender missing, Foyle introduced Chris Sharp in place of Brown and moved Odihambo out wide.  Sharpie’s bustling style soon created him a chance from the left but Echepare was able to push the shot round the post.  The Bulls earned a series of corners without really testing the keeper and were a shade fortunate to see May’s free kick skid wide of the target.

Purdie and Leadbitter combined on the right to release O’Keefe through centre-field and when his weighted pass reached Sharp his shot was, again, blocked away for a corner.

With a replay looking all but certain, the game had entered the four added minutes when Dan Walker replaced Odihambo. 

Walker's Cross Fed The Ball to Josh O'Keefe Who Scored
Walker was fed by Leadbitter and despite a poor first touch Walker got a second bite and fired a low drive across the box to O’Keefe at the back post and “goal machine” made no mistake in his return to the squad.

Michael Rankine On Top Of Scorer Josh O'Keefe And Team-Mates
FT Hornchurch 0  Bulls 1

Attendance: 713

Hereford: Evans, Leadbitter, Graham, McDonald (Collins 39), Bush, Purdie, Artus, O’Keefe, Brown (Sharp 57), Odhiambo, (Walker 76) Rankine. Subs unused: Lloyd-Weston, Gwynne, Edwards, Collins, Krans.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Starkey, Bentley, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Bremner (Bourne 76), May, Payne, Purcell (Rook 85), Spencer. Subs not used: Coyne, Lechmere, Eyong.

So, both the first team and the U18’s have notched victories in their respective FA competitions this week but this one will be the most welcome as it brings £12,500 into the coffers of HUFC.  The game was scrappy probably down to the unpredictability of the surface and the wind.  A welcome win but still some way from convincing.  I didn’t hear any announcement of the attendance but the respected Independent Supporters Association chairman assured me that he’s counted at least 204 on the Riverside supporting The Bulls.

See you in Salisbury on Thursday.

First Round Draw Sunday Lunchtime

The FA Cup First Round draw will take place tomorrow, with shows on both ITV and BT Sport.

The ITV1 show starts at 1.35pm, and the BT Sport 2 show at 1.45pm, both 30 minute shows with live coverage of the draw. 

The games are scheduled to take place on the weekend of November 9th, with the Conference home game against Halifax now postponed. £18,000 is on offer for the forty First Round winners, while three of the games are expected to be televised with a near £70,000 boost for coverage.

Foyle Glad To Be In Cup Draw

A Very Relieved Martin Foyle
Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester after today's game, Martin Foyle expressed his relief at winning:

"Very relieved. Gale force winds and a very lively pitch. Both sides struggled to put 2/3 passes together. You couldn't get much quality today.

"I made a few changes, four from the other day, I'll keep changing it until I get it right. I can understand a bit of supporter frustration, but I thought they were fantastic today. To come all this way, in the stand behind us. 

"I actually enjoyed having them close to me. I was talking to one or two, explaining things, and they understood where we were coming from from a coaching point of view.

On Rod McDonald's injury, which he originally picked up in the warm-up: "He's got a side strain. It was so late in the day but Dom's done very well. He's been chomping at the bit, had so many injuries.

"I'm pleased we're in the draw, especially for the club. They've had hard times but hopefully we can get into another one. I don't just want to drop out in the next round."

Andy Porter
Asked how big today's win was, Foyle added: "It was needed. Especially for the changing room, more for myself really. I can just relax a bit. My standards, and Andy's (Porter) standards are so high, we've always been in League football. 

"We've just said in there 'we don't want to be non-league, we want to be in the League - do you want to come with me?'"

O'Keefe Brings Home Cup Prize

Returning Bulls midfielder Josh O'Keefe gave the Bulls a £12,500 lift with an injury time winner in the FA Cup match at Hornchurch today.

The game seemed destined to end goalless before a 93rd minute finish from the free scoring O'Keefe, back after two months out with a broken arm. The hosts had been reduced to 10 men for a nasty lunge on Chris Bush, but the Bulls struggled to break the deadlock with the Urchins' keeper in top form.

Full report later.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bulls Must Do The Business At Hornchurch

Hereford United travel to Hornchurch this morning for a 3pm FA Cup-Tie.

The game comes at the end of the first week of sales to the public of new Hereford United shares. The club hope that the issue will help the club move forward with new stands as one of the stated projects.

However the current financial situation at Edgar Street remains one of living from day to day. Expenditure still exceeds income and the directors are having to fund the deficit. This can't continue.

It's imperative that the team does the business this afternoon. No doubt a draw would, financially, be the best outcome as then a replay next Tuesday would be an extra pay day.

But winning a replay can't be taken for granted.

And with a Conference fixture at Salisbury next Thursday, manager Martin Foyle told BN he didn't want three games in five days. So he'll be keen to ensure his team are at their best this afternoon.

Good support at Hornchurch will help and it's expected around 200 will make the trip.

Meanwhile as ever there will be coverage of the both on both BBC Hereford and Worcester and Bulls Player.