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Match Report: Hereford FC 6-1 Coventry Sphinx

28th December 2015 by Chris Phillips - Uncategorised

Hereford’s promotion charge continued after they hammered Coventry Sphinx 6-1 to extend their lead at the top of the Midlands Football League to 12 points.

A brace each from John Mills and Pablo Haysham and goals from Jamie Willetts and Mustapha Bundu sealed their 25th straight win in another impressive performance.

The Bulls were coming in to the game on the back of a 3-0 win against city rivals, Westfields, a win that extended their recent run of form to 24 games without defeat.

Mills in particular was also looking to continue his rich vein of form which had seen him reach Christmas with a remarkable tally of 31 league goals.

Neither side could make much headway in the opening stages with both struggling to to keep hold of the ball.

However the Bulls started to threaten going forward and created the first real opportunity seven minutes in. The lively Mustapha Bundu testing Louis Connor with a decent 20yrd effort.

The resulting corner however saw the first goal of the game. A goalmouth scramble initially found Nathan Summers who’s well struck shot forced Connor again in to action.

From Connor’s save, Mills crossed and the ball eventually found centre back Jamie Willetts who bundled the ball in to give the hosts the lead a 1-0 lead.

The goal settled some early nerves and Mills was unlucky shortly after with a well driven shot that went narrowly wide of Connor’s left hand post.

Hereford dominated the game and could have had a second 25 minutes in. Bundu, who was the liveliest player on the pitch, broke well again his delivery found Pablo Haysham who’s shot came off the post.

However the visitors, who had barely threatened beforehand, got a shock equaliser just two minutes after the Haysham chance.

Mills gave the ball away cheaply in midfield and after Horsell saved from Will Grocott,  David Blenkinsopp finished well to level proceedings.

However the hosts responded and a superb break from Joel Edwards created a chance for Mills to redeem himself. However, the former Didcot man could only tamely head wide when perhaps he should have found the target.

38 minutes in and the pressure again told as the Bulls restored their advantage. A terrific ball through by Haysham created space for Mills and he made no mistake this time finishing calmly beyond Connor to score Hereford’s 100th goal of the season.

The impressive Bundu then made it 3-1 just two minutes later with a brilliantly composed effort.

It was a comfortable start to the second half for the Bulls with Bundu and Haysham causing problems for the Sphinx back four.

Things got bad to worse for the visitors on the 54th minute when Mark Albrighton was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Haysham.

Hereford continued to press and a lovely exchange between Bundu and Haysham saw the former Hartpury man force another excellent save from Connor before Willetts saw his header blocked from the line.

Coventry battled but the Bulls took advantage of the extra man by scoring a fourth on the 60th minute. A superb individual run from Haysham saw him glide through the visitor’s defence before firing beyond Connor.

Mills had a good chance to double his tally as the game entered the latter stages but was unable to find the target following some terrific passing football from the hosts.

He wasn’t to be denied on the 78th minute though. Another brilliant ball from Haysham putting him through on goal and Mills finished it well with a cheeky bit of skill to make it 5-1.

The goalscoring didn’t stop there. A delicious ball from Rob Purdie found Haysham who beautifully tucked it away to make it 6-1 just a minute after the fifth.

Late efforts from Haysham and Edwards drew two good saves from Connor towards the end as Hereford’s fine run continued.

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