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Hereford's bad start in Worcester Wanderers defeat in Midlands One West
4:30pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in Sport
Hereford 11 pts Worcester Wanderers 31.
HEREFORD failed to recover from a disastrous first 10 minutes when Wanderers ran in 21 points without reply in the Wyesiders first home Midlands One West clash of the season.
But Hereford can gain some comfort from the next hour where they tried their best to get back into contention before the visitors took advantage of their tiring hosts to run in two further tries in the last 10 minutes.
Wanderers took just two minutes to penetrate the home defence and cross under the posts, following up with two further converted tries after four and nine minutes. Hereford tried to put the terrible opening behind them and, from a quick free-kick in the 17th minute, Brad Talbot touched down.
The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but Hereford went on to mount some promising attacks which were spoiled by careless mistakes.
The Wyesiders enjoyed their best spell in the opening 30 minutes of the second period with Charlie Loughman reducing the deficit to 10 points with a couple of successful penalties.
A further Loughman penalty came back off an upright but, as the game moved into the final 10 minutes, Wanderers drove over for try which went unconverted.
With Alex Hickinbotham shown a yellow card for killing the ball, Hereford had to see out the game with 14 men and the tiring home side conceded their fifth try from a line-out inside the final minute.
Tom Ewins and Talbot were the outstanding Hereford players.