Hereford Pegasus ended their preseason friendlies with a laboured 3-0 win against local side Hinton on Saturday afternoon.
The Herefordshire County League side gave a spirited performance and defended in numbers at time but young full back Owen Giles opened the scoring with a well hit shot from 30 yards on 16 minutes. Despite heavy pressure and a number of chances created, the Redmen were unable to increase their lead before half time.
The second half saw some improvement but it wasn’t until the 76th minute that Peggy doubled their lead when some good work from Levi Ellis in the right fired a ball into the box which was turned in by Mike Burgess. A penalty from sub Marc Avery completed the scoring on 83 minutes.
The focus now turns to the start of the league season next Saturday where the campaign opens with a short trip to Newent Town.
A busy week continued for Hereford Pegasus on Thursday night with their third match in six days and against higher graded opponents. In the annual Dennis Hartland Memorial Trophy match Westfields of the uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division took their turn to host the fixture.
The transformation of the Pegasus side over the summer was apparent as the sides were well matched, however it took Westfields just six minutes to open the scoring despite early pressure from the away side. A long ball down the middle was taken down well by Aidan Thomas and finished past Jason Davies in the Pegasus goal but the defence will be looking at how they failed to deal with the initial ball. It didn’t take long for the scores to be levelled when George Andrews pounced on a misplaced pass to roll the ball in on 14 minutes. Ben Hayes put Westfields back in front on 22 minutes and Aidan Thomas added a third before half time with his shot deflecting off a defender and wrong footing Davies.
The second half continued as the first with both sides playing well with the only difference being that Westfields were being more clinical in front of goal. Joe Bates added the fourth on 62 minutes. Not long after George Andrews was fouled in the area and miles Langford score the resulting penalty. Langford had already had a good chance to score but was unable to get his shot under the keeper. Ollie Smith also saw a fierce long range shot go just wide of the goal.
A good competitive friendly with a lot of positives to come out of the performance despite the result and still with a couple of more players to return.
The Redmen finish their preseason schedule on Saturday, away to local side Hinton who play in the Herefordshire County League Premier Division. Kick off 3pm at Broomy Hill.
A large squad travelled up the A49 to Ludlow on Tuesday night to face Shawbury United from the West Midland (Regional) League Premier Division.
A Reserve XI took the field for the first half and were guilty of several errors which handed their opponents a 5-0 half time lead. Despite that it gave some valuable game time to several players who had not featured much so far this pre-season.
Ten changes were made at half time with Owen Giles the only player to continue from the first half. Shawbury managed to extend their lead with a well taken goal but Pegasus then began to increase possession and started to move the ball around at a quicker pace. A corner from Lewis Clarke met the head of a Trialist giving the keeper no chance in the 53rd minute. However, the comeback was not to be as a number of forays forward were unsuccessful in hitting the target. With just a couple of minutes remaining, Zac Sirrell showed his quality with a well taken goal hit with some power that left the Shawbury keeper clutching thin air.
Not the result that we would have hoped for but on a hot night it was a good workout for 20+ players. With eight players to return following holidays and injury there is reason to remain positive as we head into the final two friendlies.
Next up is Premier Division side and long time local rivals, Westfields on Thursday 25th July in the Dennis Hartland Memorial Trophy. Kick off is 7:45pm at Allpay Park.
The first team travel back up the A49 to Ludlow tonight for a friendly with Shawbury United.
Kick off 7:45pm
With a number of key players away it gave the opportunity for a number of squad players to get some vital game time on Saturday against a side recently promoted to Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division 1. Peggy took a few minutes to get into the game but went on to dominate possession, however it was Bicknor who took the lead with James Davies winning a high ball on the edge of the area. This spurred Pegasus into action and Marc Avery fired them level five minutes later, just a minute after Kieron Slatter weaved through a number of defenders before guiding the ball into the net with his weaker foot. The second half saw the introduction of trialist John Charles from the bench and he was rewarded for his hard work with a goal on 55 minutes. Two minutes later Marc Avery doubled his tally with the final goal of the game. Further efforts to increase the score were attempted but it was to finish with a 4-1 win.
Next up is a trip back to Ludlow on Tuesday to face old league rivals Shawbury United from West Midland (Regional) League Premier Division.
The First team travel to English Bicknor this afternoon in their latest friendly, kick off is at 3pm.
This is the start of a testing four games in eight days with Shawbury United on Tuesday, Westfields on Thursday before finishing at Hinton next Saturday. The players will then return to training ahead of the league season starting on Saturday 3rd August.
Pegasus continued their goal scoring exploits in pre-season with a 5-2 win at Gloucester County League side Ruardean Hill Rangers on Tuesday night.
Rory Worthing opened the scoring early on with further goals from George Andrews, Cory Hyde (pen), Kieron Slatter and Zac Sirrell.
The Redmen return to the Forest of Dean on Saturday to face Gloucestershire Northern Senior League English Bicknor, kick off 3pm.
Hereford Pegasus made the short trip up the A49 on Saturday to face Ludlow FC and came away with a 5-0 victory.
Played on 3G, it was excellent preparation ahead of our new pitch being ready in the next few weeks. A number of players received their first run outs with several changes from the midweek pummelling of Knighton Town. Billy Taylor started in goal with Jason Davies away.
The game started slowly with one or two players starting in positions they were not normally accustomed to. The scoring was opened by Kieron Slatter in the 25th minute with Mark Langford doubling the score just before half time.
The second half saw possession dominated by the away side with replacement keeper Jim Loader’s goal barely threatened. George Andrews added to his preseason goal tally on 66 minutes with Mark Langford bagging his second five minutes later. Ollie Smith wrapped up the win grabbing his goal in the 83rd minute.
The games are coming up thick and fast now as the Redmen travel to the Forest of Dean on Tuesday evening to face Gloucester County League Ruardean Hill Rangers, kick off 6:45pm.
This afternoon the first team squad travel to Ludlow FC for a preseason friendly.
Kick off 2pm
Joint Managers, Mick Panniers and Dave Cadwallader will have been pleased to see that their new look side have a keen eye for goal after an 11-1 win away to Welsh border side Knighton Town.
Over the last two seasons, goals have been hard to come by for the Old School Lane outfit but it was young winger George Andrews who opened the scoring inside the first minute and came out top of the scorers with four to his name.
Having built up a 6-0 lead at half time a number of changes were made to the side for the second half but this did nothing to hamper their goal scoring exploits with some superb finishes.
Scorers: George Andrews (4), Miles Langford (2), Harry Waybourne (2), Zac Sirrell, Rory Worthing and Cory Hyde
Next up is a trip to Ludlow FC of West Midland Regional League Division 2 on Saturday – 2pm kick off