Robins Striker Joshua Tancock scored with just two minutes remaining to equalise for visitors Altrincham and deny Hereford FC a deserved League victory at Edgar Street.
The first half was fairly contested with both sides seeing an equal share of the ball, but neither being able to create any sort of clear-cut chances.
The opening moments of the match were very promising from a Hereford perspective, recent signings George Lloyd and James Roberts were trying to create chances and crack the Alty defence but simply could not get through.
Jordan Hulme optimistically tried his luck with a shot from the halfway line ten minutes into the match for the visitors, but the effort was off target hitting the roof of the net.
James Roberts’ cross from the left side of the pitch five minutes later almost found the right boot of Tom Owen-Evans, but the midfielder couldn’t quite reach it.
Roberts fellow frontman George Lloyd was almost played 1v1 against Alty’s ‘keeper Anthony Thompson by midfielder Tommy O’Sullivan on the twenty-minute mark, but the pass was intercepted well by Robins Captain Jake Moult.
The match produced plenty of full-blooded tackles. Bulls right-back Keiran Thomas was needed to dispossess forward Owen Dale, timing his challenge to perfection in the box to halt a brilliant attacking move from the Robins.
Tommy O’Sullivan was booked by referee Elliot Swallow not long after Thomas’ perfect challenge, more for several successive small fouls than one bad challenge from the midfielder on his home debut. The resulting free-kick went straight out for a goal-kick from the visitors.
Altrincham also threatened the Hereford goal now and again throughout the half, John Johnston went close with five minutes of the half remaining but his cross-goal shot was wide of Matt Yates’ left-hand post.
As the half-time whistle neared, Matt Yates was again alert to an Altrincham attack. He was the victim of a strong foul from Robins Captain Jake Moult, with the offender going into the book.
HALF TIME | HEREFORD FC 0 – 0 ALTRINCHAM F.C
After what may have been a stern half-time team talk from Bulls Boss Marc Richards judging by his full-time reaction to the game, Hereford came straight out of the traps in the second half hungry to make an instant impact on the match.
Danny Greenslade fired a rocket of a shot at goal from way outside the box, forcing Robins ‘keeper Thompson into an awkward parrying save over his own crossbar resulting in what would be a fruitful corner kick for the Bulls.
Tommy O’Sullivan whipped the ball in on 53 minutes and after taking a deflection on the way through, the ball found striker James Roberts at the back post who bundled an effort into the back of the net, sending the Meadow End of Edgar Street into raptures.
Roberts undoubtedly deserved the goal after his involvement in the match up to that point, making several dangerous runs and intricate passes in a brilliant overall home debut from the forward.
Deservedly awarded the Match Sponsors Man of the Match award at the end of the game, Roberts was attacking once again on the left side and after cutting inside on his right foot with a few smart stepovers, he could only fire his shot into the side netting on 66 minutes.
The away side did not threaten the Bulls goal anywhere near as much as they did in the first half, only recording their first solid chance if the half in the final ten minutes of the match.
Striker Owen Dale could only fire wide of the Bulls goal with eight minutes of play remaining after the ball arrived at his feet from an Altrincham corner. A let off for the Bulls.
With time almost up and what would have been a crucial three points in the bag for Hereford, there would be one more twist in the match.
Striker Harry White who had entered the fray in place of James Roberts was penalised for a soft foul and after an untidy goalmouth scramble, the ball fell to Robins Number 10 Joshua Tancock in the box who fired in beyond Matt Yates in the Hereford goal to break Bulls hearts with just two minutes of the match remaining.
After some late pressure from Hereford at the other end, Alty held firm and defended well to grind out a smash-and-grab style away point much to the frustration of Bulls fans everywhere.
FULL TIME | HEREFORD FC 1 – 1 ALTRINCHAM F.C
HEREFORD | Yates, Thomas, Greenslade, Cullinane-Liburd, Wassall, Smith (C), Murphy, O’Sullivan, Roberts (White 87′), Lloyd, Owen-Evans (Finn 64′).