Match Preview: Hereford vs. Bradford (Park Avenue)

Bradford (Park Avenue) visit the side that sit one place above them in the league table this afternoon as Hereford provide the opposition in the club’s sixth game of the season. 

The two sides are both level on ten points having both enjoyed promising starts to the 2018/19 campaign. Known as ‘the Bulls’, they kick-started their season with a 3-0 win over Blyth Spartans, a win that was followed by a draw with Nuneaton Borough. They then returned to winning ways, edging past Curzon Ashton and Leamington before league pacemakers Chorley inflicted defeat on Peter Beadle’s side.

Bradford suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Leamington after wins over Brackley Town and Blyth Spartans, but bounced back to accumulate four points from clashes with Spennymoor Town and Stockport County.

GUIDE TO THE OPPONENTS:

The Gaffer:

Peter Beadle 

When Hereford F.C were born out of the ashes of the dissolved Hereford United, Beadle became the newly-formed club’s first-ever manager. He had previously worked as Director of Youth Football at Hereford United and also enjoyed a stint as Caretaker Manager. Beadle has also managed Taunton Town, Newport County and Clevedon Town. A treble-winner in his first season as manager of the Bulls, Beadle has guided Hereford to three consecutive promotions and is now on the hunt for a fourth.

The former forward hung up his boots in 2005, having played over 350 professional games. He started his career with Gillingham, impressing enough to earn a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 1992. The Lambeth-born forward failed to make a single competitive appearance at White Hart Lane and moved on after loan spells with Bournemouth and Southend United. He struggled during a spell at Watford but found form at Bristol Rovers, making more than 100 appearances for the club before departing for Port Vale. A brief stint with Notts County followed before Beadle returned to Bristol, this time arriving at Ashton Gate to represent his former side’s rivals, Bristol City. After making 82 appearances for the Robins, he spent time with Brentford, Barnet, Team Bath and Clevedon Town before retiring.

One To Watch:

Harry White

An experienced player despite his tender age, White has enjoyed a stellar start to the season. The 23-year-old opened his account on the opening day against Blyth Spartans and went on to notch against Curzon Ashton and Leamington. An industrious forward, he cut his teeth in non-league football after being released by Coventry City, plying his trade with a string of sides including Coventry Sphinx and Banbury United. He then moved to the USA but returned to England in 2014, joining Gloucester City. White demonstrated enough potential to earn a move to Barnsley, but made just two first-team appearances and made more of an impact during loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers and Boreham Wood. The forward left Oakwell in 2016, and represented Solihull Moors and Chester before sealing a move to Edgar Street in the summer of 2018.

Supporters coach departure times:

Horsfall Stadium: 8:30am

Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford: 8:45am

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