Swindon / Berkshire Scrimmage

On February 18th the Stampede travelled down to Swindon to take part in a joint training session and scrimmage with Swindon Storm and Berkshire Renegade. Being National League Division 2 and Division 1 teams respectively it was the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the intensity of league football and learn from hugely experienced players and coaches. It was also the very first outing for the Stampede’s new electric purple uniforms, supplied by Ridge Sports – a leading European sportswear manufacturer.

The day started with drills in position groups to get players warmed up and started to encourage friendly competitiveness between the three squads. After running through various pre designed scenarios the squads then split to prepare for 11v11 game practice.

First up was Stampede vs Storm where Hereford took the ball on offence to start a drive. Things didn’t go to plan from the outset as the very first snap of the day was a fumbled exchange between Centre Kyle Jones and QB Stephen Hall. The ball was subsequently recovered by Swindon and forced the Stampede defence on to the field. A mixture of aggressive play by the D line and linebackers stuffed a number of runs and forced the Storm to turnover the ball on downs. Stampede’s second offensive series went more successfully. Rushes by Running Back Emile Blenkinsopp, Quarterback Stephen Hall and catches from James Lawrence saw the Stampede move the ball downfield before being stopped on fourth down. The encounter eventually went the way of the Wiltshire side by a score of 3 touchdowns to Nil, but a good showing by the Stampede against a seasoned opposition. Some standout play at Cornerback by JJ Spencer was commented on by coaching staff, as well as some crunching tackles made by Linebacking veteran John ‘Irish’ Bateman.

After a short break it was time to take on Division 1 side – Berkshire Renegades. An outstanding defensive performance from all kept the Renegades out of the end zone. Unfortunately the Offence, despite some hard running couldn’t punch the ball in for a score. The tie ended 0-0 but was a massively beneficial experience to take on such a well drilled squad. Quarterback Stephen Hall noted after the game, “Their Defensive line was very productive, constantly keeping me under pressure and reducing my time in the pocket.”

Head Coach Paul Kent was strangely familiar with surrounding as he returned to his previous hunting ground. Having played Quarterback in Swindon and worked as Offensive Co-ordinator there for some years, friendly banter was exchanged between veteran players and coaches. Kent commented after the game, “I was very pleased with how my guys performed today. To come up against such strong opposition and give such a good account of themselves was quite satisfying.” He added, “We do still have a lot of work to do before I see us being ready for Associate fixtures, but the solid foundation is there. We have some really talented players who will do great things for this club.”

 


Haygrove Sponsor

Hereford Stampede are proud to announce Haygrove as our sponsor for the 2018 associate season.

Haygrove are partnered with ECHO to help lift the Eaton Barn site. Hereford Stampede sent some players down to Eaton Barn Community Garden to help with a couple of their outdoor projects.

Eaton Barn Community Garden is run by registered charity ECHO for Extra Choices in Herefordshire. The garden is a key site for ECHO to deliver horticultural activities and experiences for up to eight people with learning disabilities each day. #footballisfamily


Beefy Boys Sponsor

It’s is with great pleasure that we can now announce The Beefy Boys will be our kit sponsor for the 2018 season!!! 🍔🏈

We are extremely excited to be teaming up with The Beefy Boys, Herefords #1 place to eat.

Beefy Boys Stated –

Happy New Year from all the team here at Beefy Boys – 2018 you’re on notice!

We’re pretty excited to announce that we are teaming up with and sponsoring the awesome Hereford Stampede – American Football Club They are currently rising through the ranks to be a fully accredited BAFA team and are heading for a place in the national league in 2019!

They also have a recruitment day 21st January so if you want in on the action tag a mate who might be keen, get over to their page and give them a like for more info, or email recruitment@herefordstampede.co.uk

1st game is in March…

Finally, watch this space for collaborations and MEATY giveaways from us and the Stampede team very soon!