The Hereford FC Academy Under 18 side drew 3-3 with League leaders Worcester City at Old School Lane last night.
The young Bulls started brightly with Jack Marston flashing an early shot across the face of the goal before Oliver Purdy was unable to get sufficient power on a ball that came in at a difficult angle, driving straight at the keeper.
They were caught on the break shortly afterwards when a direct ball down the middle of the park saw the Worcester forward outpace the defence in a foot race and drive the ball home past keeper Brandon Powell.
But the Bulls continued to create chances with Marston and Oliver Purdy causing havoc down the wings. Purdy pulled the Bulls level with a well placed free kick into the bottom right corner, before Marston put the Bulls ahead within sixty seconds after good work from James Goodfellow.
Just after the half hour mark came the first of several decisions that irked the visitors. The Assistant Referee flagged for a foul but was unseen by the Referee for a full minute before pulling play back to the edge of the Worcester box. Given the opportunity, Marston made it 3-1 with a driven free kick that found the far bottom corner.
Worcester pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half. Sloppy defensive play saw a foul on the edge of the box with the visitors calling for a red card. Only a yellow appeared but the punishment was dished out as the third goal from a free kick was netted.
The home side began to look nervous and hesitant in midfield, and conceded the equaliser with 15 minutes remaining after failing to fully clear a free kick, with the second ball fired home from the edge of the box in spectacular fashion.
The game could have gone either way after that. Both Marston and Shaun Yalland fired balls across the face of goal that only needed a touch, and the home side had a penalty claim denied when a heavy challenge left Marston limping.
Head Coach Dan Chance called the result disappointing after leading at half time, with wasteful finishing and possession lost too easily. The two sides have a quick turnaround, with the reverse fixture to be played in Brierley Hill on Monday night before a trip to Lye Town on Thursday to complete their 2018 fixtures.
Chance and his squad are back at Old School Lane on January 10th, facing Rugby Borough Juniors in the rematch of a seven goal thriller earlier in the season.