Full-time: Ebbsfleet United 0 Hereford United 1

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4:55pm

SUBSTITUTE Josh O’Keefe’s first Hereford goal ensured safe passage into the second round of the FA Trophy.
But it was far from plain sailing as Hereford had to survive two efforts coming back off the woodwork before overcoming a battling 10-man home side.
Hereford boss Martin Foyle opted for a shake-up of his side for the Trophy visit to Stonebridge Road.
The Bulls chief opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Kyle Perry and Phil Marsh spearheading the attack in the absence of Ryan Bowman.
Marley Watkins was named to return on the right with Brian Smikle making his first full appearance on the other flank.
Before the kick-off, however, Watkins was injured in the warm-up and dropped out with Clucas allowed to retain his record as the only ever-present United player.
Harry Pell and Will Evans shared the central midfield duties.
Former Bulls Nathan Elder and Moses Ashikodi failed to make the Ebbsfleet 16.
Fleet had a great chance early on.
Joe Heath gave the ball away on the edge of the Hereford area and the ball reached the unmarked Liam Enver-Marum who lifted the ball over from 10 yards.
Smikle had an even better chance at the other end when he volleyed a Clucas cross over from a yard out but, fortunately for him, was ruled offside anyway.
Ebbsfleet had the better of such attacking play as there was in the next phase with Lanre Azeez causing plenty of problems on the right flank.
Enver-Marum had the ball in the net after 27 minutes but the offside flag was raised.
The biggest talking point of the game to that point arrived on 36 minutes when a steward had to be called on to remove some fox excrement from just outside the Fleet penalty area.
Azeez forced the first corner of the game on 40 minutes and it almost brought the first goal.
Ashley Carew’s cross was headed on to an upright by Luke Graham before rebounding into James Bittner’s arms.
Tom Phipp tried his luck from distance as Fleet tried to convert decent build-up play into goal attempts without much success.
The game flared up at the start of the second period.
Perry went down in an off the ball incident involving home skipper Paul Lorraine who was eventually shown a red card after play had been called back.
In the interim, Hereford had been given a let-off when Matt Godden clattered a shot against an upright.
Fleet initially made light of their numerical reduction and continued to press forward with Carew warming Bittner’s hands with a powerful shot.
And with the home side continuing to dominate the attacking, Graham did well to clear a dangerous effort from Tom Phipp.
And Bittner reacted quickly to divert a Phipp thunderbolt behind for a corner on 66 minutes.
Hereford finally won a corner on 71 minutes thanks to Marsh but Smikle’s cross was poor.
The Bulls were now finally beginning to get some momentum and substitute Vince O’keefe, who had only minutes before replaced Perry, found some space on the edge of the area to curl a shot past Preston Edwards.
Hereford continued to look for goals and Evans drilled a powerful shot over on 81 minutes.
O’Keefe also forced a save from Edwards with a well-struck 20-yarder.
And Clucas also fired wide with a good effort as time ran out.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Graham, Stam, Heath; Clucas, Pell, Evans, Smikle; Marsh (McQuilkin 76), Perry (O’Keefe 63). Subs not used: Hanford, Clist.
Ebbsfleet: 4-4-2: Edwards; Stone, Walsh, Lorrain, Howe (Greenhalgh 80); Azeez, Carew, Barrett (Ada 53), Phipp; Godden, Enver-Marum. Subs not used: Menz, Blake,Bellamy.
Referee: John Hopkins (Essex).
Attendance: 651.
Goals: O’Keefe, 71 min, 0-1.
Red card: Ebbsfleet – Lorraine, serious foul play, 50 min.
Yellow cards: Hereford – Heath, foul, 69 min; Bittner, time-wasting, 90 min; Clucas, foul, 90 min.

4:40pm

O’Keefe also forced a save from Edwards with a well-struck 20-yarder.

4:37pm

Hereford continued to look for goals and Evans drilled a powerful shot over on 81 minutes.

4:32pm

And Bittner reacted quickly to divert a Phipp thunderbolt behind for a corner on 66 minutes.
Hereford finally won a corner on 71 minutes thanks to Marsh but Smikle’s cross was poor.
The Bulls were now finally beginning to get some momentum and substitute Vince O’keefe, who had only minutes before replaced Perry, found some space on the edge of the area to curl a shot past Preston Edwards.

4:19pm

And with the home side continuing to dominate the attacking, Graham did well to clear a dangerous effort from Tom Phipp.

4:12pm

Fleet initially made light of their numerical reduction and continued to press forward with Carew warming Bittner’s hands with a powerful shot.

4:10pm

The game flared up at the start of the second period.
Perry went down in an off the ball incident involving home skipper Paul Lorraine who was eventually shown a red card after play had been called back.
In the interim, Hereford had been given a let-off when Enver-Marum clattered a shot against an upright.

3:48pm

3:44pm

Tom Phipp tried his luck from distance as Fleet tried to convert decent build-up play into goal attempts without much success.

3:42pm

Azeez forced the first corner of the game on 40 minutes and it almost brought the first goal.
Ashley Carew’s cross was headed on to an upright by Luke Graham before rebounding into James Bittner’s arms.

3:39pm

The biggest talking point of the game to that point arrived on 36 minutes when a steward had to be called on to remove some fox excrement from just outside the Fleet penalty area.

3:27pm

3:27pm

Enver-Marum had the ball in the net after 27 minutes but the offside flag was raised.

3:20pm

Ebbsfleet had the better of such attacking play as there was in the next phase with Lanre Azeez causing plenty of problems on the right flank.

3:06pm

Fleet had a great chance early on.
Joe Heath gave the ball away on the edge of the Hereford area and the ball reached the unmarked Liam Enver-Marum who lifted the ball over from 10 yards.
Smikle had an even better chance at the other end when he volleyed a Clucas cross over from a yard out but, fortunately for him, was ruled offside anyway.

2:50pm

Before the kick-off, however, Watkins was injured in the warm-up and dropped out with Clucas allowed to retain his record as the only ever-present United player.

Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Graham, Stam, Heath; Clucas, Pell, Evans, Smikle; Marsh, Perry. Subs not used: Hanford, Clist, McQuilkin, O’Keefe.
Ebbsfleet: 4-4-2: Edwards; Stone, Walsh, Lorrain, Howe; Azeez, Carew, Barrett, Phipp; Godden, Enver-Marum. Subs not used: Menz, Blake, Ada, Bellamy, Greenhalgh.
Referee: John Hopkins (Essex).

2:43pm

HEREFORD boss Martin Foyle opted for a shake-up of his side for the Trophy visit to Stonebridge Road.
The Bulls chief opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Kyle Perry and Phil Marsh spearheading the attack in the absence of Ryan Bowman.
Marley Watkins returned on the right with Brian Smikle making his first full appearance on theothe flank.
Harry Pell and Will Evans shared the central midfield duties.
Former Bulls Nathan Elder and Moses Ashikodi failed to make the Ebbsfleet 16.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Graham, Stam, Heath; Watkins, Pell, Evans, Smikle; Marsh, Perry. Subs not used: Hanford, Clist, McQuilkin, O’Keefe, Clucas.
Ebbsfleet: 4-4-2: Edwards; Stone, Walsh, Lorrain, Howe; Azeez, Carew, Barrett, Phipp; Godden, Enver-Marum. Subs not used: Menz, Blake, Ada, Bellamy, Greenhalgh.
Referee: John Hopkins (Essex).

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