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Westfields battle back to earn a point in difficult conditions

Westfields battled back to earn a point at home to AFC Wulfruinians in what can only be described as difficult playing conditions at Allpay Park.

Goals from Ben Hayes and Ben Miller were enough to secure a draw after twice being behind.

Defender Sam Plane ended up in hospital for stitches aftern suffered a gash to his head.

Bulls grab important point at Stockport

Hereford FC grabbed an important point at Stockport on Saturday to end the recent losing streak.

Marc Richards decided to start new loan signings Ethan Wassall and Matt Yates and the pair both impressed on their debuts.

Fellow loan signing Harvey Smith grabbed the all important goal for the Bulls before Stockport found an equaliser from the penalty spot.

Flooding causes travel problems across Herefordshire

It was a busy weekend for the emergency services and the Environment Agency after flooding affected many routes in the county.

The majority of flooding occurred on routes close to the River Wye. The Wye peaked on Sunday afternoon in Hereford at 4.9 metres and many people watched in dismay as thousands of apples floated down the river after an orchard to the west of Hereford was flooded.

Letton was badly flooded as normal and Holme Lacy Road in Hereford was flooded after the brook backed up against the swollen river.

Thankfully by this morning levels on the Wye had dropped considerably.

Environment Agency keeping a close eye on levels on the Wye with deluge expected in Wales

The Environment Agency is keeping an eye on developments with Storm Callum after a warning was issued by the Met Office warning  of the possibility of 100-150mm falling over the hills of Wales.

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency told us that  some flood warnings may come into force if the predicted rain comes to fruition.

High winds are also expected. Despite missing the worst of the rain and winds, Herefordshire is still expected to see around 20-30mm of rain over the next 48 hours.

Tesco Express on Ledbury Road set to reopen following refurbishment

Tesco Express Petrol Station on Ledbury Road in Hereford is set to open this Friday at 10am following an extensive refurbishment.

The store and petrol station have been closed for several months to allow a complete rebuild.

Derby keeper Yates set to move to the Bulls on loan

Hereford FC are set to sign Derby County U23 goalkeeper Matt Yates on loan.

The news comes after Derby County recalled Yates early from his loan at Gloucester City after finding out the Bulls were interested in the stopper.

If Yates does indeed sign, it will be a major boost for the Bulls with number one keeper Martin Horsell suffering concussion after a clash with fellow team mate Mike McGrath.

Leominster Apple Fayre

We are quickly approaching the annual Leominster Apple Fayre and we can’t wait!

The event will take place at the Priory Church in Leominster I’m Saturday 20th October from 10am-4pm.

George Lloyd talks about his loan move to Hereford FC

Cheltenham Town striker George Lloyd took time to speak to the official Hereford FC website to discuss his loan move to the Bulls.

Hereford supporters will be hoping that Lloyd can find his scoring boots from the off as the club have lacked goals so far this campaign.

 

FILM: Lewis has been busy reviewing both Venom & A Star is Born

1) Venom is ‘a generic and dated comic book movie’

Despite his status as one the most iconic and beloved comic book villains ever created, Venom has just the one big screen appearance to his name. Back in 2007, he was one of three villains to be crammed in to the sloppy Spider-Man 3, poorly portrayed at the time by Topher Grace. But eleven years on from what is still regarded as one of cinema’s biggest blockbuster misfires, Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote return for their own $100 million feature.

However ultimately, Venom fails to deliver. At times entertaining, this is nevertheless a missed opportunity due to a lousy script, uninspired action sequences and a feel that this movie was made ten years too late.

With how advanced cinema now is, and recent superhero movies such as Infinity War raising the bar for what can be achieved on the silver screen, a film such as Venom just feels dated and out of place. You have to applaud Sony for creating a story-driven origin such as this, but it’s a slog to sit through and when the action finally arrives, it barely gets the pulse racing and is totally forgettable.

The story follows TV journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) who is investigating the suspicious background of scientist Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), a rich and highly regarded man who Brock doesn’t trust. After sneaking into Drake’s lab, Eddie’s body merges with the symbiote known as Venom, but with these new-found powers can Eddie finally find a way to stop Drake’s master plan?

Tom Hardy is one of Hollywood’s elite actors right now, and him signing on to lead a new comic-book franchise was tantalising, but I can’t help but feel he was miscast. Hardy is likeable and charming in the lead, but he is never believable as this down on his luck journalist. By no fault of his own, he is just too good looking and cool to ever convince as this character.

Riz Ahmed is the standout here, delivering a fun and mischievous turn, even if his motives as a villain were sadly far-fetched and unoriginal. Sadly, the always reliable Michelle Williams was wasted on love-interest duty.

The tone of this movie is chaotic and confused, with the first half delivering a mysterious horror-like vibe to proceedings, before Eddie’s alter-ego Venom finally appears and turns this into a poorly judged comedy-driven movie. Venom’s ‘relationship’ with Brock is mostly played for laughs, with very little of it coming even remotely close to funny.

There is some fun to be had, with a chase sequence involving Hardy on a motorbike being particularly moronic yet enjoyable, but Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) lacks a strong hold on the action and relies on too much CGI and quick cuts. You never truly feel invested in what is unfolding, especially during the terribly rushed third act.

In the end, Venom will not be remembered as a success or a disaster, it will simply be remembered as just a disappointment.

Verdict: Despite the best efforts of the cast, Venom is a poorly written, disappointingly hollow take on a classic comic-book villain. A more consistent tone and better action is needed for the inevitable sequel.
Best Moment: The opening title sequence was moody and enticing, setting up a far better film than we got.
Rating: 5/10

2) A Star is Born ‘perfectly captures the magic of music and the power of love’

For 2018’s remake of A Star is Born, we have a female pop icon who is seeking validation as a leading actress, while an established actor turns to a change of scene, going behind the camera for his directorial debut. Will Lady Gaga succeed where Madonna so conspicuously failed and will Bradley Cooper at least match or surpass the efforts of his contemporaries such as John Favreau and Ben Affleck?

The answer is yes. Any causes for concern will be dismantled within the first 30 minutes, when Gaga goes on stage with Cooper’s Jackson Maine and sings a breathtaking original song titled Shallow. Not only are the vocals jaw-dropping, Cooper’s directing is equal to it. Displaying genuine emotion through her voice, it also gives the viewer a real feel for actually being there on stage with them both. The live performances throughout the movie are staggering, shot with real beauty but anchored by two exceptional voices, the other being Cooper himself, who had extensive vocal training for his role

As his age and drinking problem sends his career into a downward spiral, Rockstar Jackson Maine (Cooper) discovers a young singer and actress (Lady Gaga) who may be the answer to his problems.

If the Academy Awards are right, both Cooper and Gaga will be nominated for their performances. Cooper is terrific, completely convincing as this problematic musician who finds a new lease of life once he meets Gaga’s Ally. Gaga too is a sensation, delivering a powerful and authentic turn, surely to leave not a single a dry eye in the house once the film reaches its climax. The leads have such a strong chemistry, one which really showcases their characters love for one another.

This is the biggest musical to hit cinemas since the award winning masterpiece La La Land, but anyone expecting the same level of magic will be left disappointed. This is a much more bleak and genuine experience, making the film far more emotionally moving.

Cooper has also really surprised here as a director, exhibiting strong confidence for his debut feature. Never afraid to let a scene breathe, he knows at all times where to place the camera perfectly. Working as a producer on some of his own movies in recent years must’ve really helped him learn the ropes, especially working with talents such as David O. Russell and Clint Eastwood.

It is also a very interesting take on the music industry as a whole, with insights in to how the industry is run, the struggles as a celebrity and the power of staying relevant. The only downside to this is that it all struggles to register, with the middle act in particular feeling rushed. After a strong set-up, Ally’s transition to stardom feels somewhat hurried, a real feel that the editors had to trim the film down to stop it from feeling too bloated.

Overall, this is a charming and touching picture, driven by stellar performances and stunning original music. A gorgeous piece of cinema, surely to be a serious contender come Oscar season.

Verdict: If a little rushed, A Star is Born is a powerful and raw tale of true love, following your dreams and battling your inner demons.
Best Moment: Gaga joins Cooper on stage for the first time. Pack tissues.
Rating: 8.5/10

https://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/hereford/217/

Hereford & Worcester Fire Service to discuss merger with Shropshire Fire Service

Hereford & Worcester Fire Service are set to hold talks in Shrewsbury about a proposed merger with Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Both sides are believed to agree that a merger would help save money and help both to run smoother operation.

A decision is expected to be made in the coming months.

 

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