HEREFORD could have just one goalkeeper signed for the coming season as they look to manage their budget and squad.

Hereford Head Coach Marc Richards says that he likes to have five outfield players on the bench for league matches.

Brandon Hall is signed and currently the Bulls number one.

Jahquil Hill and youngster Brandon Powell are training with the club but neither are signed.

When asked if he was looking at having two goalkeepers in his squad, Richards added: “Ideally you would want that, but I’ve got to look at how I manage the budget.

“I don’t always necessarily run with a goalkeeper on the bench as I like to have five outfield options. In the FA Cup and Trophy games when you have more substitutes then I would like to but I’ve just got to make sure we have got the strength in depth all round really.

“It’s difficult with a goalkeeper as they haven’t got that luxury of being able to play in a couple of positions.

“We had young Brandon Powell on the bench today (against Cheltenham). Brandon has been with us for the whole of pre-season and since he has had that crazy Welling Town (FA Cup) game where he was chucked into the mix 20 minutes in, he has been involved with us ever since really in terms of being at every single training session.

“Last year he was playing at Pegasus and continued to train with us and the conditioning goalkeeping coach.

“Hopefully that’s improving him, whether he is ready for this at the moment, probably not.

“We are quite open and honest and are looking at him down the road, in the future.”

Hall played all of the opening five pre-season friendlies.

The 26-year-old signed from Kidderminster Harriers in the summer.

"It has been a really good start and good weekend in Bideford to get the squad together and it's starting to come together on the pitch," said Hall.

"I'm definitely getting a good few games in and it's good to get 90 minutes and gel the squad.

"I had a couple of saves to make today (against Cheltenham) and unfortunate still conceded two.

"We are varying with formations at the moment. People are filling different slots to give an idea of where they might be playing during the season.

"I think it showed in the first half, we were getting to grips with the game and our formation.

"In the second half it was a completely different game. I think we coped with the level, it took us a little while to get used to it but it showed in the second half.

"The score-line reflected what was a pretty even game."

When asked about whether he kept targets for clean sheets for the season, Hall added: "I set a couple of targets to keep to myself.

"I would like to keep a fair amount this season. Any team that are successful are going to keep clean sheets and do well defensively, allowing those offensive players to score the goals."