LiveFull-time: Lincoln City 3Hereford United 2

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Hereford’s defence again contributed to its own downfall by giving away a penalty on 80 minutes.
Gallinagh brought down Smith as he sped on to a pass from Colin Larkin.
The former Kidderminster Harriers man easily converted from the spot.
Hereford were not finished, however, and Evans shot home from 20 yards in the 82nd minute to set up an interesting finish.
Furious Hereford appeals for a penalty were waved away when Gallinagh’s rocket of a drive was deflected behind.


Heath almost repeated the trick moments later when he deflected a cross on to the roof of his own net.


Lincoln made a double substitution and immediately regained the lead with more assistance from the Bulls.
A long-throw from Dan Gray was flicked on at the near post for Heath to finish with a  bullet header into the roof of his own net.


Hereford levelled with an excellently worked goal on 55 minutes.
O’Keefe slipped a neat pass through to Bowman who coolly slotted into the corner of the net.
A Clucas shot was charged down as Hereford sought to improve their position still further but Power showed the continuing home threat with a 20-yarder which flew just over.


Stam became the fourth Hereford player to be booked early in the second period after a clumsy challenge.


On the stroke of half-time, Hereford fell behind to a farcical goal.
Heath’s weak header found Taylor 35 yards out and, with Bittner having left his line for some reason, the Imps leading scorer punted the ball back to land in the back of the net.


Lincoln were again awarded a harshly-adjudged free-kick on 42 minutes when Stam was supposed to have fouled Taylor. Smith blazed the effort high over.


But Hereford had a great chance on 32 minutes when Bowman headed over from only six yards after Joe Heath had sent Clucas away to deliver the cross.


Another effort from distance by Evans flew high over on 26 minutes , shortly after Clucas had hit the deck – rather too easily – in the Imps area and seen his penalty appeal waved away.


A superb pass from Will Evans sent Sam Clucas away on the left but his cross was hacked clear before Evans tested Paul Farman with a long-range drove.
At the other end, Bittner had to pull o ff a flying save from Jamie Taylor’s header when Smith found some space on the left.


A free-kick, awarded harshly against Sam Clucas 20 yards out, saw Power curl a shot over on 11 minutes.


Lincoln looked lively in the early exchanges and Adam Smith forced a corner on the left.
The short flag-kick ended with a cross from  Alan Power which was safely gathered by James Bittner.
Hereford took up the attack with a good run from Josh O’Keefe which set up an opening for Ryan Bowman.
Lincoln quickly responded with Power heading wide from a Peter Gilbert cross.


THE return of Chris Todd to Forest Green Rovers at the end of his month’s loan forced Bulls boss Martin Foyle into one change for the visit to Sincil Bank.
With Andy Gallinagh fit again after a stomach upset, the former Chetenham defender came back in at right-back with Luke Graham moving across to partner Stefan Stam in the middle of the back four.
Lincoln, on a nine-match unbeaten run and celebrating a famous FA Cup win over Walsall in the week, were also unchanged.
Hereford: 4-5-1: Bittner; Gallinagh, Stam, Graham, Heath; McQuilkin, O’Keefe, Evans, Clist, Clucas; Bowman. Subs not used: Hanford, Marsh, Perry, Smikle, Pell.
Lincoln: 4-4-1-1: Farman; Gray, Boyce, Miller, Gilbert; Sheridan, Mills, Fofana, Smith; Power; Taylor. Subs not used: Turner, Garner, Oliver, Bassele, Larkin.
Referee: Mike Bull (Essex).


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