A superb hat-trick from man of the match, John Mills was enough to give Hereford a fine 3-0 win over local rivals Westfields in front of a record league crowd on Boxing Day.
Edgar Street saw a remarkable 4,381 fans in attendance, a Midlands Football League record as the Bulls looked to build on their 23 game winning streak and provide some further festive cheer for the home support.
Peter Beadle handed Mustapha Bundu a start in place of Joe Tumelty following the hard fought 2-1 win against Lye Town.
The hosts started the game the better side, keeping the ball well and dominating possession as they searched for an early opener.
Westfields also looked dangerous on the break and had it not been for the brilliant efforts of Bulls keeper Martin Horsnell, Jamie Cuss could well have made it 1-0.
The visitors saw the first booking of the game on the 13th minute with Jamie Saunston seeing yellow for a late challenge on Bundu.
Hereford continued to dictate possession but were unable to break down a resilient Westfields defence.
And then it was close to the first goal of the game on the 27th minute. Phil Glover sliced a Jimmy Oates cross just wide of his own goal as the Bulls upped the ante.
Rob Purdie then found Mike Symons with a wonderful delivery just a minute later but the former Gloucester City man directed his header just wide of the of the Westfields goal.
The hosts kept the pressure on and finally took a deserved lead on the 35th minute. Oates crossed well again and after a scramble in the box, Mills fired home fantastic overhead kick to make it 1-0.
Westfields responded well from the setback but lacked the quality in the final third to really threaten any sort of an equaliser.
The visitors started the second half the brighter side, seeing much more of the ball. They also created their first real effort on goal. Aidan Thomas broke well and fired narrowly wide of Martin Horsell’s right hand post.
However their pressure wasn’t to last long as Hereford were awarded a penalty on the 50th minute. Mills broke well and played through Mustapha Bundu who was brought down by Saunston.
Mills fired in the penalty emphatically to notch his second of the game and double Hereford’s lead.
Bulls continued to look comfortable and were unlucky not get a third shortly after. A lovely passing move from Mills and Bundu created space for Pablo Haysham but he saw his shot run wide of the goal.
The Edgar Street faithful didn’t have to wait long however as Hereford got their third on the 65th minute. A mistake from Westfields keeper, Jon Hopkins who dropped a long ball under pressure from Symons, allowed Mills to turn Febery and bury it in to an empty net to seal his hattrick.
Bundu and Haysham combined well once again as game entered the final stages but Haysham was unable to hit the target.
To their credit, Westfields battled on and could have had a consolation. Horsell had to save well to deny Cuss after a brilliant run and cross from James Baldwin created the opportunity.
Hereford though closed the game out well to record their 24th straight win as their promotion charge continues.