FORMER goalkeeper Oliver Davies admits he made a rash decision in agreeing to sign for Hereford.

The Welshman was signed by Bulls manager Pete Beadle in pre-season and played in a friendly match against Wellington.

But he left within a week after believing he was going to be offered a deal at League Two club Yeovil.

Davies played a couple of games for the Glovers, but the move didn't materialise and he soon found himself on trial at Bath City.

But that also didn't work out and he was soon back at Merthyr.

Davies returned to Edgar Street with the Martyrs on Monday as Merthyr and Hereford drew 1-1 in a Southern Premier League derby.

"I was probably a bit naive when Hereford asked me to come to the club," said Davies.

"The travelling was getting a lot longer and it was getting tiring.

"I'm based in Swansea and there were a lot of roadworks.

"It was meant to only take an hour and a half, but it was well over two hours because of the traffic.

"Maybe I should have thought about it for longer, but you live and learn.

"I told the gaffer that I had a feeling that by Christmas time, I wouldn't be able to give it 100% and so I didn't want to jeopardise the team's performance.

"I didn't want to be selfish and didn't want to be a burden on the team if I couldn't give my full commitment."

It looked like Davies was heading to Yeovil and he said he was gutted it didn't work out.

"I thought I was going to a league club, so I couldn't turn down that chance," he said.

"As big a club as Hereford is, if someone comes in for you and there's a chance to play in the Football League, you've got to take it.

"I was going really well, but football is football and it didn't work out."

The 22-year-old said he knew he would get some stick from the Hereford fans during Monday's game, but he holds no ill feelings towards them.

"I knew exactly what to expect and as a goalkeeper, you're always targeted," said Davies.

"But I thought the fans were brilliant even though they were giving me some stick.

"If I was a fan, I would have done the same thing.

"It is part and parcel of the game I enjoyed it.

"I have a lot of respect for the gaffer there and I'm sure they will be up there come the end of the season."