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Pre-Season Match Preview: Hereford FC vs. Cardiff City U23

Edgar Street - Wednesday, 26th July 2017, 7:45pm...

26 July 2017

Cardiff City's U23 squad head to face the reformed Bulls in pre-season action...

Edgar Street, home of Hereford FC

The opposition...

Since rising from the ashes of Hereford United in 2015, Hereford Football Club has enjoyed two back-to-back league championships, winning the Midland Football League Premier Division in 2015/16 before topping the 100 point mark on their way to the Southern League Division One South & West title last season.

Despite striker John Mills netting over 100 goals in two seasons, the Bulls have brought in Lance Smith from Evesham & Keyon Reffell from Merthyr Town to bolster an already dangerous strike force. Creative sparks for Peter Beadle’s side come from playmaker Pablo Haysham and stalwart Rob Purdie, who has made over 400 appearances for Hereford FC (and its previous incarnation Hereford United), among others.

Defensively, the Bulls will be looking to rely on the experience of Ryan Green. Once the youngest ever Welsh international, Green has transformed from a roaming full-back to a central defensive rock in the latter stages of his career. In 2002, Green had a non-contract spell with Cardiff City, moving onto Sheffield Wednesday before making an appearance for the Club at Ninian Park.

Rob Purdie, pictured after scoring at Wembley in 2016

Pre-season so far...

Two games in two days saw our opponents pick-up very different results at the start of their pre-season. On July 11th, the Whites lost 3-1 away at AFC Wulfrunians before firing six goals past Lads Club the following day. This was one of two big pre-season wins so far for the Bulls, who also netted five at Bishops Cleeve on July 18th.

Their most recent pre-season game saw Hereford FC draw 0-0 with AFC Telford United in a highly competitive match last Saturday. The Bulls will visit local side Gloucester City this coming weekend before finishing their season preparations with a home match against Stourbridge one week later.

Heading into the oncoming campaign as one of the favourites for the Southern Premier League title, Beadle’s men travel away on opening day, visiting Kings Langley on August 12th.

Kevin McNaughton, pictured playing against Hereford in 2008

Most recent meeting…

A Cardiff City XI took on Hereford United in pre-season in 2013 at Edgar Street, with Nicky Maynard & Kadeem Harris scoring in a routine 2-0 victory.

Our 2007/08 Third Round meeting with the Bulls, en route to the FA Cup final, was the most recent competitive meeting, with Bluebirds legend Kevin McNaughton stunning those in attendance with an incredible volley from distance. Subscribers of iFollow Cardiff City can watch this goal again, as well as a number of McNaughton’s finest moments in a City shirt, by clicking here.

Stuart Fleetwood, formerly of Hereford United and Cardiff City, pictured playing for Wales at youth level

Club Connections...

Gentle giant John Charles finished his Football League career with Cardiff City in 1966 before directly moving to non-league Hereford, later becoming player-manager of the Club.

The Bulls and the Bluebirds faced off on a regular basis in the 1980s & 1990s, with a number of players appearing for both teams during this period, including the likes of Chris Pike, Gareth Davies, Steve White and Ian Rodgerson.

Aforementioned recently for his connection to Shrewsbury Town, winger Paul Parry left Edgar Street after six years in 2004 to move to South Wales. Current Merthyr Town forward Stuart Fleetwood went in the opposite direction in early 2006 - becoming a key part of the attacking line during two spells with Hereford United.

Most recently Jon Brown (2013-14) & Academy graduate Brad Williams (2016-17) have also appeared for the Bulls.

The Bulls vs. the Bluebirds!

Don't miss a moment...

Watch live: Tickets are still available for this match. Adults: £9 | Concessions: £8 | Under 18s: £1. Buy online – – until 4pm on Wednesday. Hereford FC operate cashless turnstiles, so those purchasing on the evening will need to do so from the Edgar Street ticket office. Disabled supporter information is available on 01432 268257.

Catch-Up: Extended highlights of the match will be available to subscribers of iFollow Cardiff City.

Social: Live updates will come via our official U23 Twitter account, @CardiffCityDVP.

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Match Reports

Pre-Season Report | Hereford FC 1-5 Cardiff City U23

City U23s impress in a fine performance at Edgar Street...

26 July 2017

Cardiff City U23 continued their pre-season campaign with an excellent performance in an emphatic 5-1 victory away to Hereford FC.

City started brightest on a balmy evening with the first chance falling to Ibrahim Meite; however, the forward was flagged for offside.

It didn’t take long for City to find the net though. Declan John whipped in a cross following a smart one-two with Meite, and Matty Kennedy was the beneficiary as he stroked it in.

After a slow start Hereford started to press with a sustained period of pressure around the City goalmouth leading to a free-kick on the edge of the box. Pablo Haysham then found the head of Mark Preece who nodded home to level the scores.

This galvanised the visitors who struck back to take the lead – a deflected Stuart O’Keefe pass landing at the feet of John whose shot crept in at the near post.

City didn’t have to wait long before adding a third, with Meite using his pace to charge up the field and slot home past an isolated keeper. 

The half was rounded off with Brian Murphy saving a sharp Keyon Reffell chance, a full-length dive to his left denying the Bulls a second score.

A more even second-half display saw Murphy being kept busy with several Hereford chances, all denied by the good work of the Irishman, including a neat bit of skill inside his own box to outfox Lance Smith and a couple of full-stretch tips over the bar.

An effort from Cameron Coxe thudded against the right-hand post, but the next goal came courtesy of Craig Noone – a mix-up leading to Bulls keeper Ethan Ross spilling the ball at the feet of the winger who fired the ball from outside the box into the back of the net.

Noone soon added his second of the night soon with a shot that bounced off Hereford’s Preece to sail over an unlucky goalkeeper for the final goal of the match, rounding off an excellent pre-season display from the young Bluebirds.

Hereford FC: Ross, Oates, Bowen, Edge, Deaman, Preece, Reffell, McGrath (Mills), Smith (Hayes), Waysham, Purdie (Preen).

Cardiff City U23: Murphy, Coxe (Trialist), Young (Duffus), Trialist, John (Trialist), Weymans, Humphries (Veale), O’Keefe (C), Kennedy, Noone, Meite.

Subs not used: Byrne, Trialist, Trialist.

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