Hereford’s Wembley dream was kept alive last night with a resilient 2-0 victory over Brocton in the FA Vase clash at Edgar Street.
Goals from Mustapha Bundu and Joel Edwards were enough to seal the win although it could have been more had it not been for the brilliance of Brocton keeper, Calum Barrett.
Manager, Peter Beadle handed a debut to new signing, Martin Horsell as the Bulls looked for a 22nd straight win.
The hosts started the more threatening of the two sides with John Mills seeing an early effort fly blaze well over the bar.
Hereford continued to dominate the early proceedings and Joe Tumelty saw a decent effort saved by Calum Barrett following a decent break from Mills down the left flank. Barrett then had to save well minutes later to deny a decent Mills header.
The hosts had another chance from the resulting corner but Jimmy Oates couldn’t direct his headed effort on target.
The visitors continued to frustrate the Bulls but the hosts finally got the breakthrough on the 27th minute. Mustapha Bundu, who has continued to look impressive with each game, fired a strong header from a Rob Purdie corner beyond Barrett in to give Hereford the lead.
Brockton responded but struggled to find a way past a strong Hereford back four with Jamie Willetts and Ryan Green imposing themselves well in defence. However they did hit the post through David Berks in a rare sight of goal.
The visitors had another good chance to level matters towards the end of the first half. Gary Fife directed a decent effort from a David Berks free kick towards goal but new signing Horsell was equal to it and pulled off a fine save to keep the Bulls ahead.
Hereford started the second half very much like the first and could have doubled their lead. Mills however dragged his shot wide of the left hand post.
Joe Tumelty then broke well in midfield and set up the impressive Bundu who blasted his shot just over in another good chance for the Bulls.
Hereford continued to press with Pablo Haysham unlucky not find himself on the scoresheet with a fantastic albeit deflected 25yrd shot which ended up clipping the left hand post. Left back, Joel Edwards saw a dipping volley saved well by Barrett shortly after with the Bulls desperate to clinch a second goal that would kill the game off.
Barretts heroics once again denied the Bulls with a brilliant save preventing Mike Symons from firing in.
The Bulls pressure finally told when they were awarded a penalty. Matthew Dockerty brought down Symons. Barrett saved John Mills’ penalty but Edwards fired in the rebound to double the hosts lead.
With the game all but won, the game petered out and the hosts can look forward to the next round as their FA Vase journey continues.