The draws for the early rounds of the FA Vase were released by the FA last week and we have been handed a tough away tie in the First Qualifying round against Step 5 Racing Club Warwick of the Midland Football League Premier Division. The match is due to take place on Saturday 19th September. Further details will be released as soon as they are available. The winners of this tie will face a trip to either Highgate United or Wellington in the next round.
Following the release of the HFA County League constitution, Hereford Pegasus Colts have taken up an invitation to move up to Division One for the 20/21 season. Steve Evans’ side were on track for promotion when the 19/20 season was halted and later voided so it is a well deserved reward for the performances last season. The clubs will look to continue last season’s impressive form once the season kicks-off.
The FA Women’s Cup draws were released last Friday and the Ladies have been handed a home tie in the Extra Preliminary round against Rugby Borough Women FC. The match is due to be played on Sunday 6th September, kick-off 2 pm. Whoever emerges victorious from this tie will be at home to Coventry Sphinx Ladies or Sandwell Ladies in the next round.
The club is delighted to announce that the We have received confirmation that the ladies team has been accepted into this years Women’s FA Cup. the draw will take place on the 21st august.
Last night the Colts started their preseason with a game against local rivals Lads Club Reserves. Although still a little rusty and with some areas to work on, the team started well and were on top for most of the game. An impressive overall performance meant the Colts went on to win 6-2 with 4 goals for Evans, 1 for Williamson and an own goal.
The club are delighted to announce the addition of a Ladies team to the sides playing under Hereford Pegasus this season. The side has been accepted in to the Midwest Counties Female Football League for the 2020/21 season. The side will be announcing new signings shortly, many familiar faces will be returning to the club.
New players (Over 16’s only) are invited to join us for training on Wednesday’s on the 3G pitch at Old School Lane.
The First team continued their pre-season schedule, playing their second preseason friendly behind closed doors this evening. A team bereft of some some of last season’s regulars and with some trial players involved produced a strong performance, comfortably beating Gala Wilton 12-0.
The goals came from Kyle Panniers Connor Davies-Austin Kieran Slatter Carlos Moreira Zac Sirrell Harrison Summers Cawley Cox Trialist (2) and a well deserved hat-trick for Cam Peters.
We are writing to All Step 1-6 National League System Leagues & Clubs – All Regional NLS Feeder Leagues & Clubs today to provide some further clarity around the current position on Spectators at pre-season matches. The guidance released by The FA on Saturday, 18th July was clear that all friendlies with National League System Clubs should be played behind closed doors. This has not changed. Whilst it is difficult to restrict spectators at a grassroots football fixture on a public recreation ground, this spectator guidance relates to low level numbers such as parents at a youth fixture in discrete six person gatherings and spread out.
Over the weekend, as clubs returned to pre-season competitive fixtures, we understand some fixtures were played with spectators and, in a small number of cases, with a crowd in excess of 100. The guidance regarding gatherings is a clear Government issued position and as such we must re-emphasise that ALL National League System pre-season fixtures should be played behind closed doors.
Due to evidence received over this weekend we now need to extend behind closed doors to Regional NLS Feeder League Clubs (Step 7) and this will also apply to pre-season matches played in an NLS or Regional NLS Feeder League ground including, for example, County FA or League Cup Finals.
Some Clubs and Leagues have also asked for further clarity on a couple of specific areas and we hope the following will be of use.
– ALL friendlies involving Step 1 to Regional NLS Feeder Leagues Clubs should be played behind closed doors, until further notice.
– ALL pre-season or other matches held at Step 1 to Regional NLS Feeder League grounds, including, for example, all County FA and League Cup Finals, should be played behind closed doors, until further notice.
– Clubs can operate their Clubhouses in accordance with Government hospitality guidance – but there should be no entry to the ground for spectators. Spectator and Hospitality guidance is covered separately by Government.
– Friendlies or other matches can have others not involved ‘on the pitch’ in the ground and this can provide for essential Club Officials only or, where an under 18 is playing in the fixture, a parent or guardian to fulfil safeguarding requirements. All must observe social distancing.
The FA resubmitted a proposal for spectators at National League System & Women’s Pyramid games to DCMS. You will be aware that Government suspended the test events for the return of spectators under Stage 5 of the Elite Sport Protocols, which much of the NLS does not fall under. As such, we are continuing our dialogue with DCMS separately to the Stage 5 pilot project. The suspension however of the Pilot Events which had low spectator numbers shows that Government are sensitive to crowds of all sizes and as such, crowds at pre-season matches does put the longer term supporter strategies at risk.
We are working continuously with the Sports Ground Safety Authority, DCMS, Leagues and colleagues within The FA to bring ultimate guidance for Spectator to return as soon as possible. We are still hopeful of meeting the timescale outlined in our initial guidance, but we do need to do so with the approval or support from Government and therefore during this time ask for your support.
HEREFORD Pegasus picked up their first win of pre-season when they beat Black Country Rangers 4-3 in a behind closed doors friendly.
Goals came courtesy of Carlos Moreira, Kyle Panniers, Michael Burgess and Cawley Cox.
Everyone involved with Hereford Pegasus first team is delighted to announce that last season’s top scorer Miles Langford has put pen to paper. We are confident he will replicate last season’s form and help us challenge for the league once again.