The Hereford FC Under 18’s were unable to follow up on last week’s win, falling to a 2-3 defeat in their first away game of the season against Stratford Town in the Midland Floodlit Youth League.
A terrible start for the Bulls meant they found themselves three down after 25 minutes and facing a penalty, with Stratford looking like scoring every time they broke forwards. Luckily for The Bulls the penalty was blazed over the bar, just about keeping the score within a reachable distance. A poor first half for Hereford wasn’t without its opportunities to score, with both Luke Firkin and Jack Marston both narrowly missing following some good build-up play. Firkin reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time with a close-range finish.
The second half was in complete contrast to the first, with Dan Chance’s team putting in a much-improved performance, dominating most of the possession, but failing to create too many clear-cut chances. Sean Swann came close earlier on, crashing a 30-yard free kick against the crossbar, with no one able to follow up the rebound.
Firkin was able to add his and Hereford’s second with 15 minutes still on the clock, again proving lethal from inside the 6-yard box. Stratford were camped on the edge of their penalty area for the remaining time, but all of the Hereford pressure was to no avail, with the Bulls poor first half performance leaving them too much to do.
The young Bulls will be hoping for a much-improved performance next week as they travel to Longlevens FC to face Gloucester City on Thursday, September 6th.