Hereford FC capped off a fine season on Saturday with an emphatic 4-0 win over Winchester City FC in front of a bumper Edgar Street crowd.
Goals from John Mills, Jimmy Oates, Bradley Williams and Jamie Edge sealed the win for the champions in what was a comfortable and clinical performance against the Citizens.
The Bulls were looking to finish the season on a high having secured their second successive title and promotion.
Peter Beadle’s men got off to a flying start, taking the lead inside ten minutes. Symons was brought down by Jamie Ford in the area and Mills calmly slotted home the penalty to give the hosts an early lead.
Jimmy Oates nearly doubled Hereford’s advantage just a minute later, testing Lewis Noice with a powerful effort from 25rds.
The hosts were dominant in possession and looked the more, Mills firing a decent strike just over the bar from 20 yrds.
Howard Neighbour had the visitors best chance on the 22nd minute, clipping a cross from Joe Briggs on to the bar in what was a huge let off for Hereford.
Half an hour in and the Bulls deservedly made it 2-0. Terrific play down the right flank by Oates created the opportunity, and his cross found Jamie Edge who fired his shot low and hard beyond Noice to grab Hereford’s second of the game.
Purdie had a great opportunity to make it three on the stroke of half time for the Bulls forcing a great save from Noice from six yrds after some brilliant hold up play from Symons.
The visitors had a sight of goal just after half time when Neighbour blasted a shot over from the edge of the box but in truth, the Bulls rearguard were very rarely troubled.
Hereford were in full control and got their third 61 minutes in. Oates, who was having a tremendous game at right back, delivered a bullet header from Haysham corner to send the Edgar Street crowd wild.
Mills had a glorious chance to make it 4-0 on the 75th minute, latching on to a ball from Jamie Molyneux only to be denied by another fine save from Noice.
Mills then returned the favour two minutes later, teeing up Molyneux who dragged his shot wide.
They weren’t to be denied a fourth for much longer. Bradly Williams, a replacement for Jamie Edge, delivered a fine header from a Jimmy Oates cross on the 83rd minute to seal a memorable afternoon for the hosts, and kick off the trophy presentation and promotion party in style.