HEREFORD Head Coach Marc Richards admitted that there is 'work to do' in the next three weeks in preparation for the new season.

A mixed weekend of results during their pre-season weekend in Devon saw Hereford lose 2-1 to Yeovil Town on Friday night following a late goal, before beating hosts Bideford AFC 2-1 on Sunday.

A slip by defender Martin Riley allowed Yeovil's Craig Alcock to cross for Rhys Murphy's opener.

Rhys Davies' quickly taken free-kick released Tommy O'Sullivan to put his side level.

However, after Hereford had looked the stronger side in the second half they backed off a trialist allowing him to net Yeovil a late winner.

“In the second half we were a lot better and it was disappointing to concede that last minute goal as a 1-1 would have probably been a fair result," said Richards.

“It was not good enough from our perspective. I thought we did well in the second half, but a little lax in concentration and a few poor decisions in terms of when to press, the cover, the shape and the distances weren’t what they need to be.

“If we are going to get little instances like that this is the time to do it.

“They were the better team in the first half and we were the better in the second half.”

Richards was glad that National League side Yeovil provided the Bulls with a physical test.

He added: “It was good for a friendly, I quite enjoyed it.

“There was a few tackles flying in and even a few bookings for a friendly. It was nice to get a competitive game and the tempo especially in that first half was what we needed."

Two days later the Bulls reversed the score-line against Bideford AFC.

New signing Simeon Maye's corner found Jordan Cullinane-Liburd for an 11th minute Hereford opener.

However, their Southern League Division One South hosts replied with their first chance on 26 minutes.

Lewis Walby found the run of Josh Wadham to level the score.

After dominating most of the tie Kieran Thomas regained the lead for his side on the 53rd minute following a nice team move.

"We weren’t necessarily where we needed to be in a spell of that game and there is still a bit of work to do with three weeks until the start of the season," Richards told the club's website.

“There were some positive signs throughout both games over the weekend and overall it has been a brilliant weekend.

“Pre-season is about looking at the group of players that we’ve got in, a lot of new faces.

“The hospitality Bideford have shown us has been absolutely superb, but the pitch is difficult.

“It has been difficult to implement everything that we’ve wanted to. In terms of what we’ve got out of it physically perfect, but in terms of the in-possession football stuff then it has been quite tricky."