Two goals in three first-half minutes was enough for Ashton United to pick up all three points at Edgar Street in The Bulls’ sixth home game of the 2018/19 season in all competitions.
Hereford started the match with plenty of tenacity and were moving the ball well in the early stages of the match.
The first chance of the game fell to Bulls top scorer Harry White ten minutes into the match, but after the forward found a yard of space on the edge of the box, he could only shoot over the Ashton crossbar.
After a period of well-contested football from both sides, it was the visitors who took the lead seven minutes after Hereford’s opening chance of the match.
Ashton centre-back Mathew Regan headed in well from a corner, finding plenty of space after losing his man from the set piece.
The visitors added a second goal only three minutes later, top scorer Matthew Chadwick adding his 5th goal of the season striking into the bottom right corner from range past an unsighted Martin Horsell.
The Bulls vastly improved towards the end of the half, Harry White again unlucky not to get a goal back and his name on the scoresheet.
Opposition goalkeeper and Wales Under-21 international Luke Pilling was on top of his game in the Ashton goal, denying White who was played directly through but Pilling was out of his goal and collected the ball well under pressure.
Interim Player-Manager Ryan Green hit the crossbar just three minutes before the break from Hereford’s first corner of the match, with Captain Jordan Cullinane-Liburd heading the rebound straight at Pilling in the Ashton net.
HALF TIME: Hereford FC 0 – Ashton United 2
The second half began with both teams evenly contesting for possession, but neither creating any clear-cut chances until the hour mark.
Ashton striker Craig Hobson had a great opportunity one-on-one but Martin Horsell produced a great save to deny the forward.
Lewis Hall made a positive impact on the game after being introduced in place of Jordan Lam but Hereford were struggling to create chances as the half wore on.
Mike McGrath found the target with a header fifteen minutes from time but Pilling was equal to it in the Ashton net, catching comfortably.
Focus now switches to Truro City who visit Edgar Street in the Emirates FA Cup this coming Saturday.
FULL TIME: Hereford FC 0 – Ashton United 2
HEREFORD | Horsell, Thomas, Greenslade, Murphy (L. Smith – 80′), Green (H. Smith – 61′), Cullinane-Liburd (C), Lam (Hall 63′), McGrath, White, Bird, Myrie-Williams.