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REPORT | Bulls suffer first home defeat of the season at the hands of Bradford Park Avenue

26th August 2018 by Ben Catton - Club News

A 90th minute Harry White penalty wasn’t enough for the Bulls to take anything from the sixth National League North match of the season, as Mark Bower’s Bradford Park Avenue inflicted Hereford’s first home defeat of the campaign. 

The match started fairly evenly, with both teams registering chances in the opening fifteen minutes of the game.

Eliot Richards tried his luck with an optimistic half-volley from the edge of the box before Bradford striker Oli Johnson went close at the other end. Martin Horsell was kept busy throughout the match, earning himself Sponsor’s Man of the Match at the end of the game.

Both teams continued to see much of the ball as the half went on, Keiron Thomas’s inviting low cross was expertly delivered but no Hereford player was on hand to apply the finishing touch in the Bradford box.

New recruit Jordan Lam was heavily involved in the Hereford attacks in the first half, seeing a lot of the ball on the left wing. His ‘one-two’ with Danny Greenslade after twenty minutes of play was very easy on the eye, setting up the ex-Cardiff Met player with a great opportunity to create a chance with a cross, but his delivery was caught by Bradford ‘keeper Steven Drench.

After a spell of heavy pressure on the Hereford goal, it was the visitors who took the lead in the twenty-third minute. Defender Conor Branson headed in to put Bradford in front, losing his marker from a corner.

Mike McGrath tried his luck with a low effort direct from a free-kick moments after the visitors had broken the deadlock, but again Drench was equal to the effort in the Bradford goal making a good save.

Keyon Reffell was forced off with an injury in the 35th minute with substitute Calvin Dinsley replacing the forward. Reffell had looked a threat from the outset for the Bulls and it was a shame to see him forced off.

Danny Greenslade unleashed a powerful effort from a tight angle as Hereford continued to try and get back into the game but the shot was well dealt with once again by Drench in the Bradford goal.

The Edgar Street home crowd were understandably frustrated as the half-time whistle sounded as it was the Bulls who were a goal down with half of the match played.


Hereford continued to try and force their way back into the game as the second half began.

Harry White’s impressive powerful low shot was the closest the home side came to getting back on level terms in the first twenty minutes of the second half, though. Yet again Bradford goalkeeper Steven Drench dealt with the effort well pushing it around the post.

Bulls boss Peter Beadle rolled the dice with two further substitutions in the 62nd and 65th minute, with Jamie Bird and Lance Smith entering the fray.

The Bulls went close to finding the equalising goal that would have drawn them level in the match, Eliot Richards and Jamie Bird both registering chances but neither man could find the target.

Bradford went two-nil up in the 78th minute thanks to striker Oli Johnson burying a penalty Mike McGrath had conceded for a foul on Danny Boshell.

The Bulls did eventually find the net thanks to Harry White’s excellent finish from the spot in the 90th minute, energetic forward Jamie Bird was the man felled in the Bradford box and Hereford were back in the game.

The visitors survived a late onslaught of Hereford pressure though to take all three points from this eventful game, Hereford’s first home defeat of the 2018/19 National League North season.


ATTENDANCE | 2,601 (34 away)

HEREFORD | Horsell, Thomas, Greenslade (Smith – 65′), Murphy, Green, Cullinane-Liburd (C), Reffell (Dinsley – 35′), Richards, White, McGrath, Lam (Bird – 62′).
Subs not used: H. Smith, Mayebi.
BRADFORD | Drench, Ross, Clee, Branson, Killock (C), Havern, Wroe, Knight (Nowakowski – 84′), Beesley, Johnson, Spencer (Boshell – 75′).
Subs not used: Toulson, Atkinson, Dawson.
REACTION | Click here for full match reaction 

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