Video: Dale Eve On Game, Football & More

November 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Dale Eve, the Bermuda goalkeeper, hopes to turn his short-term deal at Vanarama National League North side Hereford into a permanent one.

Eve, who joined Hereford temporarily last month, strengthened his case to remain at the club with another solid display in their 3-1 defeat at home to Sky Bet League One team Portsmouth in the FA Cup first round yesterday [Nov 4].

Miles Storey gave Hereford the lead before Portsmouth hit back, Reeco Hackett quickly equalising before second-half goals from Colby Bishop and Joe Piggott earned them safe passage to the second-round draw on Monday.

Eve made a flying save in the first half to keep out Hackett’s left-foot curler bound for the top corner and, midway through the second, used his legs to block Bishop’s low right-foot shot.

“It’s always difficult going up against a club three leagues above you,” Eve told Bernews.

“The score doesn’t reflect the effort from the boys. Portsmouth scored from a [goalmouth] scramble in the first half and two set plays in the second. Head-to-head, I thought we held them out pretty well.”

The 27-year-old was drafted into Hereford’s team last month due to a goalkeeper crisis, with Dino Visser picking up an injury and on-loan Cian Taylor unavailable for the FA Cup.

“The first two games I played, I only knew the names of the centre-halves!” said Eve, who has made four appearances for Hereford this campaign.

“The club brought me in and made me really welcome. Hopefully, with some luck, I’ll get something going long-term. The set-up is brilliant, and I’m happy to be here.”

Eve has been training with Hereford twice a week after leaving league rivals Spennymoor Town at the end of last season.

“I was fairly lucky to get my chance,” he said. “I was training at a few different clubs to get fit. I came here, and a few things happened, a few injuries. That’s football.”

Once considered a top prospect by former Premier League outfit Stoke City, Eve had brief spells with Forest Green Rovers and Ilkeston before returning to Bermuda and playing for Robin Hood in 2017.

He played one match for AFC Knowsley earlier this term, a 4-2 win over Poynton in the Cheshire Football League Premier Division.

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