LiveFull-time: Ebbsfleet 1 Hereford United 0

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BOTTOM-of-the-table Ebbsfleet took advantage of a lack-lustre United showing to gain a rare victory.
Hereford rarely got out of low gear and despite a lot of second-half possession were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Preston Edwards.
Hereford boss Martin Foyle announced an unchanged team for the visit to Stonebridge Road after the win over Lincoln City at the weekend.
The substitutes’ bench was also unchanged as Foyle retains the same 16 that saw off the Imps.
Former Bull Nathan Elder was named among the Ebbsfleet substitutes.
Hereford were on the attack from the outset and Josh O’Keefe hooked a half-chance over the bar from Andy Gallinagh’s cross.
On-loan James Musa received prolonged treatment inside the first five minutes after apparently damaging a knee.
The New Zealander was eventually able to resume after initial indications are that he would have to be replaced.
Hereford had to defend strongly for a spell as Fleet sought to belie their lowly status.
The first corner came to the home side after eight minutes but Liam Enver-Marum’s header flew wide.
Ebbsfleet continued to have the better of the attacking play and Ashley Carew sent a shot flashing wide after 12 minutes.
The Bulls struck back with a run from Chris Sharp which showed the former Telford man’s threat.
Hereford, after coming under the cosh in the early stages, almost took the lead on 22 minutes.
Goalkeeper Preston Edwards failed to gather a cross but then redeemed himself with a fine save when Ryan Bowman sent in a shot.
But, with Fleet still looking a major threat going forward, Enver-Marum missed a great chance, heading over from inside the six-yard box when he really should have hit the target.
The Bulls were unlucky on 32 minutes when Marley Watkins teed up a chance for O’Keefe whose effort came back off a post.
James Bittner almost immediately had to prevent Ebbsfleet taking the lead by making an excellent save from Carew.
And United had a let-off when Enver-Marum had the ball in the net only for referee Dean Treleaven to rule out the goal for offside.
But the home side didn’t have long to wait to take the lead with Josh Scott lifting the ball over Bittner to open the scoring in the 38th minute.
Hereford made a more promising start to the second period but the final ball still kept on going astray.
Ebbsfleet, however, soon got back into their stride and Scott headed over from a great position when a second goal looked imminent.
Jackson replaced Musa just beyond the hour-mark in a bid to pep up the Bulls attack.
And the move almost worked when a ricochet finds Watkins in yards of space.
A goal looked certain but the winger delayed his shot and allowed keeper Preston Edwards to make the save.
Hereford used all three of their substitutes in a bid to change their fortunes with Chris Carruthers and Brian Smikle joining Jackson on the field.
And United started to pile the pressure on in the closing stages but still the possession would not tell.
Carruthers wasted no time in making an impression on the game, earning a yellow card inside his first couple of minutes on the field.
Elder made a belated appearance with a minute to go as the game’s final replacement.
And at the death, Edwards thwarted O’Keefe as Hereford failed to turn their pressure into real openings.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Stam, Graham, Musa (Jackson 62); Watkins, James (Carruthers 85), O’Keefe, Clucas; Bowman, Sharp (Smikle 82). Subs not used: Heath, McDonald.
Ebbsfleet: 4-4-2: Edwards; Stone, Lorraine, Saville, Gwillim; Payne  (Elder 89), Barrett, Carew, Howe (Bellamy 83); Enver-Marum (Azeez 82), Scott. Subs not used:  Menz, Walsh.
Referee: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).
Attendance: 614.
Goals: Scott, 38 min, 1-0.
Yellow cards: Hereford – James, foul, 39 minutes; Stam, foul, 63 min; Carruthers, 84 min, foul.

9:42pm

At the death, Edwards thwarts O’Keefe as Hereford fail to turn their pressure into real openings.

9:34pm

Elder makes a belated appearance with a minute to go as the game’s final replacement.

9:31pm

Carruthers wastes no time in making an impression on the game, earning a yellow card inside his first couple of minutes on the field.

9:30pm

Hereford use all three of their substitutes in a bid to change their fortunes with Chris Carruthers and Brian Smikle joining Jackson on the field.
And United start to pile the pressure on in the closing stages but still the pressure will not tell.

9:24pm

Jackson replaces Musa just beyond the hour-mark in a bid to pep up the Bulls attack.
And the move almost works when a ricochet finds Watkins in yards of space.
A goal looks certain but the winger delays his shot and allows keeper Preston Edwards to make the save.

8:58pm

Ebbsfleet, however, soon get back into their stride and Scott heads over from a great position when a second goal looks imminent.

8:54pm

Hereford made a more promising start to the second period but the final ball still kept on going astray.

8:25pm

James Bittner almost immediately has to prevent Ebbsfleet taking the lead by making an excellent save from Carew.
And United have a let off when Enver-Marum has the ball in the net only for referee Dean Treleaven to rule out the goal.
But the home side don’t have long to wait to take the lead with Josh Scott lifting the ball over Bittner to open the scoring in the 38th minute.

8:19pm

The Bulls are unlucky on 32 minutes when Marley Watkins tees up a chance for O’Keefe whose effort comes back off a post.

8:15pm

But, with Fleet still looking a major threat going forward, Enver-Marum misses a great chance, heading over from inside the six-yard box when he really should be hitting the target.

8:10pm

Hereford, after coming under the cosh in the early stages, almost take the lead on 22 minutes.
Goalkeeper Preston Edwards fails to gather a cross but then redeems himself with a fine save when Ryan Bowman sends in a shot.

7:59pm

Ebbsfleet continue to have the better of the attacking play and Ashley Carew sends a shot flashing wide after 12 minutes.
The Bulls strike back with a run from Chris Sharp which shows the former Telford man’s threat.

7:55pm

On-loan James Musa receives prolonged treatment inside the first five minutes after apparently damaging a knee.
The New Zealander is eventually able to resume after initial indications are that he will have to be replaced.
Hereford have to defend strongly for a spell as Fleet seek to belie their lowly status.
The first corner comes to the home side after eight minutes but Liam Enver-Marum’s header flies wide.

7:47pm

Hereford are on the attack from the outset and Josh O’Keefe hooks a half-chance over the bar from Andy Gallinagh’s cross.

7:45pm

7:23pm

Hereford boss Martin Foyle announces an unchanged team for the visit to Ebbsfleet after the win over Lincoln City at the weekend.
The substitutes’ bench is also unchanged as Foyle retains the same 16 that saw off the Imps.
Former Bull Nathan Elder is named among the Ebbsfleet substitutes.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Stam, Graham, Musa; Watkins, James, O’Keefe, Clucas; Bowman, Sharp. Subs not used: Heath, Carruthers, Jackson, Smikle, McDonald.
Ebbsfleet: Edwards; Lorraine, Gwillim, Saville, Stone; Howe, Barrett, Carew, Marum, Scott, Payne. Subs not used:  Menz, Bellamy, Azeez, Walsh, Elder.
Referee: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

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