Aside from diving into the match in Bradford this Saturday, here’s a recap of what happened this week around the Vanarama National League North.
The big news comes from the Hereford camp, where the team announced on Thursday that they were parting ways with manager Peter Beadle. Beadle’s history with the club can be traced back to 2013, when he was appointed director of youth football for now-disbanded Hereford United. In April of 2015, he became the first ever manager of Hereford, and responded by leading the club to promotions in each of his three seasons in charge. While chairman Ken Kinnersley acknowledged Beadle’s impressive track record, he made note of the club’s disappointing start to the current campaign, as they sit 12th through 8 games.
The Bulls announced that Beadle will be replaced by an interim management duo of current player Ryan Green and former player Gareth Davies.
To another team with a new manager, Dave Chadwick has found success as caretaker of FC United of Manchester. The Reds are unbeaten with Chadwick at the helm after three consecutive draws, and the manager is thrilled with the start. Things are looking up, indeed—with double meaning: his club remain in 22nd place for now.
On the other end of the spectrum, high-flying AFC Telford dropped all three points for the first time at the weekend. Coach Gavin Cowan laid the blame at his feet, citing the team’s lack of focus was perhaps due to too much praise on his part.
In transfer news, Alfreton Town lost a key piece to their attacking line on Tuesday, as Tom Denton left for Chesterfield. Manager Billy Heath endorsed his current crop of forwards to fill the void. Additionally, Nuneaton Borough added trialist Shane Benjamin to their attacking ranks, Curzon Ashton brought back striker Adam Morgan, and FC United nabbed defender Billy Priestley on loan from Southport.
Meanwhile, Altrincham remain in 15th place after Chester drew with Chadwick’s FC United at midweek. The Blues’ joint manager Anthony Johnson lamented a missed opportunity to leapfrog not only Alty, but Darlington as well.