The Bulls came back from a goal down and produced a spirited, determined performance in the second half to defeat Leamington F.C who were unbeaten going into the game.
Hereford began the game with most of the possession. Lance Smith’s cross in the tenth minute almost found Harry White in the area but the forward could not quite reach the effort.
Midfielder Eliot Richards tried his luck with a shot from range moments after the Harry White opening, forcing Brakes ‘Keeper Tony Breeden into a low save down to his right.
The Bulls then could not keep hold of the ball, this continued for the rest of the half as the well-drilled visitors hassled and harried Beadle’s men into making several mistakes.
The opening goal came in the 20th minute after several Leamington corners in succession. The Hereford defensive line failed to deal with Jack Edwards from this particular set piece as the Leamington man bundled the ball in the back of the net. Martin Horsell claimed he had been pushed, but the referee was not interested in his appeal. This was the first goal Hereford had conceded all season.
As the half continued, Hereford were really struggling to get back into the match. The Edgar Street crowd grew more and more frustrated as the first 45 minute period wore on.
The best chance of the half fell to Bulls Number 8 Eliot Richards moments before the half-time whistle. Right back Keiran Thomas did superbly well on the flank to beat his opposing man to get a low cross in, but ex-Bristol Rovers player Richards scuffed his effort over the bar from very close range. This summed up the first half from a Hereford perspective as the Bulls went into the break a goal down.
The Bulls began the second half with more pace, passion and looked like a different side compared to the first. Manager Peter Beadle must have addressed several issues at the break as Hereford suddenly went on to look dangerous every time they moved the ball forwards.
It took just six minutes before the Bulls went on to win a penalty, deservedly so after the start they had made to the half. Harry White’s effort had been blocked by a Leamington hand and the referee did not hesitate in pointing straight to the spot.
Hereford striker Harry White stepped up to convert the penalty, blasting his effort into the roof of the net. The Bulls were deservedly level due to their sharp second-half start.
Almost immediately after White’s leveller, Leamington went straight up the other end and striker Matt Stenson hit the post from an ambitious long-range strike. Hereford weathered the storm, though and continued to play on the front foot.
Mike McGrath, Eliot Richards and substitute Keyon Reffell had shots blocked or saved as the half went on, but it wasn’t until Jamie Bird entered the fray with 10 minutes to go before Hereford went in front for the first time in the match.
The attacking midfielder shot at goal immediately after replacing Lance Smith, but the effort was just parried away by Tony Breeden in the Leamington net.
Just minutes later though, the ball bobbled back to him after a block in the Leamington box and the Cwmbran born player fired home in some style to put Bulls 2-1 up.
ATTENDANCE: 2,781 (66 away)
HEREFORD: Horsell, Thomas, Greenslade, Murphy, H. Smith, Liburd (C), L. Smith (Bird – 79′), Richards, White, McGrath, Hall (Reffell – 73′).
Subs not used: Dinsley, Green, Mayebi.