An entertaining draw between Hereford FC and Truro City ended goalless at Edgar Street after a lively Emirates FA Cup clash.
The Bulls will travel to Truro City FC on Wednesday 26th September at their temporary home, Plainmoor in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round replay following this result.
Hereford FC announced the signing of experienced forward Marlon Jackson ahead of the game, and the striker started the match up front alongside Hereford’s top scorer so far this season Harry White. You can read the full press release announcing the signing of Marlon by clicking here.
The match at Edgar Street began evenly with both sides seeing an equal share of the ball in the opening exchanges.
Jamie Bird optimistically tried his luck from a free kick 25-yards out a quarter of an hour into the game, but Truro’s ‘keeper Jojo Wollacot was equal to Hereford’s first effort saving well.
Hereford had the ball in the back of the net through Kieran Thomas five minutes later, but it was ruled out after the referee adjudged striker Marlon Jackson to have obstructed Truro’s goalkeeper.
Moments later new signing Marlon Jackson almost put the Bulls in front but his shot on the turn from the edge of the box was just saved.
Hereford continued to see most of the ball as the half went on, with Truro only threatening at the other end of the pitch with the odd corner.
Bulls player Mike McGrath went on a mazy run into the box, beating three Truro players before unluckily losing the ball after a strong challenge. The midfielder glanced towards the referee in hope of a penalty but Barry Lamb was not interested in the slightest, shaking his head.
Both Kieran Thomas and Mike McGrath were booked just before the half-time whistle in separate instances as the cup match looked to liven up. The Bulls went into the changing room at Edgar Street after a promising first half, probably deserving the lead at the break but the match was goalless.
HALFTIME: HEREFORD FC 0 – 0 TRURO CITY
Hereford started the second half on the front foot as Kieran Thomas shot at goal from range, Wollacot just tipping the effort past the post.
Truro’s Alex Hartridge came closest to scoring for the away side after losing his man from a corner, but the defender could only head over Martin Horsell’s crossbar.
Jamie Bird was a bright spark in the Hereford team throughout this contest, operating in the centre of midfield and also on the wing constantly trying to make several key passes and attacking runs in the match.
It was Bird who was at the centre of the next flurry of chances for Hereford. Two corners went close with Liburd and McGrath almost finding the net with headers before Bird shot at goal from range but could not find the target. The Meadow end was now making plenty of noise, encouraged by how their team was playing.
The Bulls maintained their commanding start to the half with striker Marlon Jackson somehow managing to angle a low cross goalwards after Thomas had picked him out on the right wing, but in the end the effort just looped over the Truro crossbar.
Marlon Jackson was then replaced by the fresh legs of Jennison Myrie-Williams just after the hour mark, with both sides still trying everything to get the first goal in the match.
Midfielder Mike McGrath was involved in a coming together with Truro’s Ed Palmer as the half wore on, after appeals for a penalty from Truro players the referee dealt with the incident by a contested drop ball in the middle of the park.
Substitute Lewis Hall tried his luck with an optimistic half-volley from range with less than ten minutes of the match remaining, just one of Hereford’s many opportunities as the match drew to a close.
City had the most clear-cut chance of the match at the other end of the pitch with just minutes remaining. Callum Sainty who was brought on as a sub after Jordan Cullinane-Liburd had to be substituted after a head injury defended expertly on his own goal line, Truro’s Connor Riley-Lowe only had to blast it past Sainty at the back post but the Hereford sub denied the striker in epic fashion, blocking well.
Harry White and Mike McGrath both had chances to secure victory in this Emirates FA Cup clash but it wasn’t to be for the Bulls with the match ending goalless.
FULLTIME: HEREFORD FC 0 – 0 TRURO CITY
ATTENDANCE | 1,441 (38 Away)
HEREFORD | Horsell, Harrison, Greenslade, Thomas, H. Smith, Cullinane-Liburd (C) (Sainty – 86′), Bird, McGrath, White, Jackson (Myrie-Williams – 63′), L. Smith (Hall – 57′) Subs not used: Lam, Swann, Franklin, Marston. TRURO | Wollacot, Thompson, Riley-Lowe, Palmer, J. Richards, Hartridge, Harding, Keates, T. Richards, Lewington, Pittman (Rooney – 64′) Subs not used: Gardner, Palfrey, Smallcombe, Bignot.
REACTION | Ryan Green and Marlon Jackson spoke to the Press after the match, watch both of those interviews by clicking here.