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Bulls board under pressure to find answers after yet another defeat

The Hereford FC board are facing the toughest task of their leadership of the club after the managerless Bulls suffered yet another defeat at the weekend.

The Bulls were defeated 3-0 at home by Spennymoor Town. The visitors took an early lead and the task quickly became a lot more difficult for the Bulls when Callum Sainty was sent off for what appeared to be a fair challenge.

The Bulls then found themselves 2-0 just before the break and the afternoon got worse when the visitors made it 3-0 late on.

The boos were evident at full time from the disgruntled Bulls fans who still find themselves with many unanswered questions following the sacking of Peter Beadle.

A new manager is expected to be named prior to Tuesday’s fixture at Chester FC.

Emergency Services called to a RTC on Belmont Road in Hereford

Emergency Services were called to Belmont Road in Hereford on Sunday afternoon after a collision between two cars.

The collision took place at the entrance to the McDonalds Drive  Thru restaurant and a couple of people from the cars involved were taken to hospital.

The road was blocked for some time. Nobody is thought to have sustained serious injuries.

A Simple Favour is a ‘tame and forgettable crime caper’

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After 10 years of predominantly working in television, Paul Feig hit the big leagues in 2011 when he directed Bridesmaids. The film was a box office and critical smash, also earning 2 Oscar nominations in the process. Feig’s work has mostly been focused on comedy, yet his CV has varied in quality since the Kristen Wiig wedding pleaser. SPY is a hysterical secret agent escapade with a scene-stealing Jason Statham, but far less successful were the Sandra Bullock cop flick The Heat and the controversial female-led Ghostbusters reboot. So when I saw Feig attached to A Simple Favour, a missing person thriller, it was intriguing to see him go in a new direction.

Sadly, A Simple Favour’s comedic tone clashes with the darker elements of the film and as betrayal looms large and secrets are uncovered, Feig mines far too many of these key moments for uncomfortable laughs. It has a very similar vibe to David Fincher’s sublime Gone Girl, and that itself had multiple very amusing moments, but here it feels out of place and much more forced.

The story follows Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a widowed mother who seeks to uncover the truth about the disappearance of her new best friend, the mesmerising yet mysterious Emily Nelson (Blake Lively).

Anna Kendrick has over the years mastered the role of geeky yet likeable characters who you’ll always root for. Here it is very much the same, but she’s given a bit more of a meatier role than usual as the film tackles some interesting developments from her past. Kendrick is fine, but she doesn’t command the screen like she usually does. She shines brighter with a co-star (see Up in the Air) or as part of an ensemble (see the Pitch Perfect trilogy) but here with so much screen time given to just her character, she failed to keep me engrossed.

The standout is easily Blake Lively, who also brings out the best in Kendrick as both share a sweet and genuine chemistry when on screen together. Lively brings a fun swagger to her role, in a campy over-the-top turn and her scenes are easily the best part of the movie.

The film is shot with real style and panache. Feig’s directing is slick and precise, with the addition of an irresistible Italian soundtrack keeping proceedings bouncing and bubbly.

However, I was terribly disappointed by the costume design. Blake Lively’s wardrobe at times seemed more impractical and outlandish than necessary, while Kendrick’s seemed too old-fashioned. It felt like Feig was trying too hard to establish their apparent differences.

Ultimately, Feig just cannot seem to settle on a tone, as he aims for this to be a fun crime-comedy but will occasionally turn to darker themes such as affairs, financial stability and relationship despair. I really wish Feig had shied away from the comedy, as these more mature segments were intriguing but are let down by the attempts at humour. Some of the gags certainly land, with Lively’s behaviour at times being especially amusing, but the success rate on the jokes was disappointingly low.

It’s all far too predictable and tame, concluding with a third act filled with necessary twists, yet nothing is unexpected or imaginative. The whole film simply feels like a mashup of other better movies.

Verdict: This wannabe Gone Girl thriller lacks the humour, thrills or surprises which made Fincher’s picture so special. The movie certainly has style and Lively is a blast, but I think you’ll need more than a few Martini’s if you’re going to enjoy this caper.
Best Moment: Lively and Kendrick share secrets on the sofa
Rating: 6/10

Man dies following RTC on Ryelands Street in Hereford

A man has died after being involved in a RTC on Ryelands Street in Hereford.

The RTC involved a motorcycle and a parked car and happened on Sunday morning. Emergency services quickly attended the scene but sadly could not save the motorcyclist.

The road remained closed until midday.

Could you sleep rough for one night in Hereford?

Could you sleep rough for one night in Hereford?

Next Friday evening Shypp are holding their annual ‘Sleep Out’ to raise money to support young people from across Herefordshire who face challenging times.

If you think you’re up for the challenge, contact Shypp today! Details available on the poster below.

Cyclist dies after RTC in Fownhope

West Mercia Police have confirmed that a cyclist has sadly passed away after a road traffic collision in Fownhope.

A road closure has been put in place. The cyclist was confirmed dead at the scene.

Bulls Volunteer ‘Relieved of Duties’ due to Twitter comments

A Radio Hereford FC volunteer has spoken of his dismay at being relieved of his duties as a volunteer for the radio station due to a comment made on social media following the sacking of manager Peter Beadle.

Carl Haffenden, a lifelong supporter of the football club, received a message from Radio Hereford FC explaining that they had been requested to relieve Carl of his duties by Hereford FC’s volunteer co-ordinator Tony Taylor due to a post made on social media.

Squinny (@Squinny4)
14/09/2018, 18:09
I can’t decide if I want HFC to start well tomorrow with Green & Davies at the helm or to get dicked and stick it to the board?!
If the club listen to the fans at games, there could be some other chants to act upon soon.

The club then sent Radio Hereford FC the following request:

‘Carl has not registered as an HFC Volunteer but he has co-commentated on Radio Hereford FC. We would expect the same restrictions on derogatory social media comments to apply.

So the request from HFC Board is that CH will not be doing anything official or as a Volunteer for HFC again and should not be contributing to Radio Hereford FC in the future.’

The decision is expected to result in a backlash from fans who back Carl. Carl has told Your Herefordshire that he is ‘bitterly disappointed’ that the club would treat him in this way after years of spending money to follow the club. In recent years Carl set up Hereford Goals (Live Video & Highlights) and helped many supporters unable to attend games to get a taste of the action.

We await the club’s response.

Lorry fire closes A4103 at Withington

A lorry has caused a major route into and out of Hereford to be closed this lunchtime.

A HGV caught fire on the A4103 at Withington. Emergency services are on the scene.

Bulls set to interview potential candidate

Hereford FC are set to interview a potential candidate for the managers job later this week.

Your Herefordshire understands that the candidate is currently a manager of a National League South club.

The Bulls are hoping to have a new manager in place swiftly to work alongside new Head of Football Tim Harris.

Dean Holdsworth is also rumoured to be in the running for the post.

Rail replacement buses in place between Hereford & Shrewsbury this weekend

Rail replacement buses will be in place between Hereford & Shrewsbury this coming weekend due to planned maintenance work.

Please check online and with Arriva Trains Wales prior to travelling.

 

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