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Hereford to make Edgar Street debut
 Women's Football English County and other Leagues News - 27 Oct 2018
English County and other Leagues News - Hereford to make Edgar Street debut - 27 Oct 2018 - Women's Football News
Hereford FC's Women's team will make their debut on the famous Edgar Street pitch this Sunday, substituting Ronnie for Roxy.
There will be no thunderbolt from Radford as they take on Areley Kings Ladies in the Midwest Counties Female Football League, but Romanian Roxana Dinescu leads the goalscoring charts with 12 from four League matches so far for the side currently unbeaten since its formation.
The team was formed in the summer as the first step for Hereford FC into the women's game, with the nucleus coming from a local Under-18 side that had close ties to the club. Open trials over the summer bolstered the squad up to 20 and included some international flair.
Alongside Dinescu, who played in the Champions League for her homeland champions, are Portugese pair Ana Moreira and Ana Varela. The duo were part of the Bristol City squad that won the FA Futsal Cup in 2015 but had since stopped playing regularly. All three had moved to Hereford for work and approached the Club for trials.
Ana Moreira became the second member of her family to play senior football for the Bulls. Younger brother Carlos featured for the men's team in its debut 2015-16 season. Other members of the squad have siblings in the boys Academy at Edgar Street, with the Club planning to extend their Academy set up to include girls over the coming seasons.
"We've had a long term aim to introduce female football to Hereford FC, we just didn't think it would be so soon with the Club only having three seasons under its belt." said Club Secretary Martin Watson.
"With many of the players for the U18 side getting to be too old to play that level this season, a number of the parents started pushing the Club Board for a new team in Open Aged football. The decision was made pretty quickly to take on the side, and our existing coaches were keen to take on the challenge."
Manager Scott Russell is the Herefordshire FA Disability and Inclusion Officer, while assistant Ben Archer previously worked with Fulham's Academy. The pair take training twice a week, totaling three and a half hours, with games usually played at the Old School Lane home of Pegasus Juniors.
With the men's team not having a home match for several weeks, the Board decided to make use of the stadium and give the Women an opportunity to play there. The in-house radio station, Radio Hereford FC, will also broadcast coverage of the game through the website alongside the usual match updates on Twitter.
Hereford FC Women's home match against Areley Kings Ladies therefore takes place this Sunday 28th October, with a 2pm kick off.

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