LiveHalf-time: Hereford United 1 Mansfield Town 2

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9:46pm

TWO goals from Matthew Green took an extremely physical Mansfield side to the brink of promotion back to the Football League.
Ryan Bowman had fired Hereford into the lead after eight minutes but the Stags hit back and a win over Wrexham on Saturday will earn them the title.
Chris  Bush returned to left-back as Hereford made one change for the visit of the title-chasers.
Rod McDonald returned to the substitutes’ bench.
Hereford made a shaky start with a misplaced header from skipper Stefan Stam putting James Bittner under pressure.
Matthew Green slipped the ball to Lindon Meikle whose effort was blocked by Bittner with the ball cleared to safety.
Hereford took the lead on eight minutes from their first real attack.
Chris Sharp got clear on the right and his cross was dummied by Sam Clucas into the path of Bowman who shot home right-footed.
It was Bowman’s first goal since February 26.
The game entered a scrappy phase punctuated only by a nasty foul on Luke Graham by Green which went unpunished.
The Mansfield forward was, however, cautioned on 28 minutes for a similar flailing arm on Stam.
Mansfield levelled on 37 minutes by exploiting the weakness of Joe Connor at right-back.
Lindon Meikle scorched past the makeshift defender and crossed to the far post where Green headed home.
The Stags won the first corner of the game on the stroke of half-time.
But the cross from Adam Chapman came to nothing following a foul on a Hereford defender.
Hereford almost took the lead again in stoppage time with a flurry of shots which were blocked by an increasingly desperate Mansfield defence.
Hereford made a lively start to the second period and a cross by Kingsley James was bundled wide by Bowman.
The Bulls earned a corner on 49 minutes and the cross by Clucas was headed behind for a second flag-kick.
Watkins’s cross from the right caused no problem and the move ended with a Mansfield free-kick.
But the Bulls continued to press forward and Watkins set up Clucas for a shot from 20 yards which flew narrowly past Alan Marriott’s goal.
On 54 minutes, however, the Stags gave a reminder of their danger when Green slipped a neat pass to Meikle whose low drive was expertly blocked by Bittner.
Hereford won another corner on 58 minutes but the cross from Clucas was cleared.
The Bulls had a let-off on 65 minutes when Stam’s slip let in Adam Murray who shot across goal and wide when it looked easier to score.
And the Stags came even closer in their next attack when Bittner scrambled back to claw a shot back from Green just before the ball could cross the line.
Hereford continued to have their moments and a curling free-kick from Clucas on 75 minutes was not far off target.
Mansfield really started to throw everything forward but this left gaps in their defence and Watkins should have done better when he raced clear, only to fire low straight at Marriott.
Another run from Watkins brought a late Hereford corner as the game enters stoppage time.
The cross from Clucas was cleared as far as James whose volley from 25 yards went wide.
A minute and a half into stoppage time, Mansfield gained the winner.
Green held off Graham and shot his second goal of the game into the corner of the net.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Connor, Graham, Stam, Bush; Watkins, O’Keefe, James, Clucas; Bowman (McDonald 88), Sharp (Jackson 72). Subs not used: Heath,  Jones, Smikle.
Mansfield: 4-3-3: Marriott; Beevers (Sutton 26), Jones, Dempster, Taylor; Murray, Chapman, Stevenson (Rhead 63), Briscoe (Daniel 83), Green, Meikle. Subs not used: Speight, Howell.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon).
Attendance: 2,141 (including 627 from Mansfield).
Goals: Bowman, 8 min, 1-0; Green, 37 min, 1-1; Green, 90 min, 1-2.
Yellow cards: Mansfield – Green, foul, 28 min; Chapman, dissent, 40 min; Murray, foul, 42 min.

9:36pm

A minute and a half into stoppage time, Mansfield gain the winner.
Green holds off Graham and shoots his second goal of the game into the corner of the net.

9:34pm

Another run from Watkins brings a late Hereford corner as the game enters stoppage time.
The cross from Clucas is cleared as far as James whose volley from 25 yards goes wide.

9:32pm

Mansfield really start to throw everything forward but this leaves gaps in their defence and Watkins should have done better when he raced clear, only to fire low straight at Marriott.

9:25pm

The Bulls have a let-off on 65 minutes when Stam’s slip lets in Adam Murray who shoots across goal and wide when it looks easier to score.
And the Stags come even closer in their next attack when Bittner scrambles back to claw a shot back from Green just before the ball can cross the line.
Hereford continue to have their moments and a curling free-kick from Clucas on 75 minutes is not far off target.

8:58pm

But the Bulls continue to press forward and Watkins sets up Clucas for a shot from 20 yards which flies narrowly past Alan Marriott’s goal.
On 54 minutes, however, the Stags give a reminder of their danger when Green slips a neat pass to Meikle whose low drive is expertly blocked by Bittner.

8:55pm

The Bulls earn a corner on 49 minutes and the cross by Clucas is headed behind for a second flag-kick.
Watkins’s cross from the right causes no problem and the move ends with a Mansfield free-kick.

8:51pm

Hereford made a lively start to the second period and a cross by Kingsley James was bundled wide by Bowman.

8:33pm

Hereford almost took the lead again in stoppage time with a flurry of shots which were blocked by an increasingly desperate Mansfield defence.

8:30pm

The Stags won the first corner of the game on the stroke of half-time.
But the cross from Adam Chapman came to nothing following a foul on a Hereford defender.

8:23pm

Mansfield levelled on 37 minutes by exploiting the weakness of Joe Connor at right-back.
Lindon Meikle scorched past the makeshift defender and crossed to the far post where Green headed home.

8:13pm

The Mansfield forward was, however, cautioned on 28 minutes for a similar flailing arm on Stam.

8:06pm

The game enters a scrappy phase punctuated only by a nasty foul on Luke Graham by Matthew Green which goes unpunished.

7:55pm

It’s Bowman’s first goal since February 26.

7:54pm

Hereford take the lead on eight minutes from their first real attack.
Chris Sharp gets clear on the right and his cross is dummied by Sam Clucas into the path of Bowman who shoots home right-footed.

7:37pm

CHRIS  Bush returns to left-back as Hereford make one change for the visit of title-chasing Mansfield.
Rod McDonald returns to the substitutes’ bench.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Connor, Graham, Stam, Bush; Watkins, O’Keefe, James, Clucas; Bowman, Sharp. Subs not used: Heath, McDonald, Jones, Smikle, Jackson.
Mansfield: 4-3-3: Marriott; Beevers, Jones, Dempster, Taylor; Murray, Chapman, Stevenson, Briscoe, Green, Meikle. Subs not used: Sutton, Speight, Howell, Rhead, Daniel.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon).

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9:03am Wed 17 Apr 13

mizza21 says...

I suppose this game sums up the progress made.
Foyle's done a reasonable job.

Lets hope we retain Bowman, Graham, Bittner, James, Watkins and Clucas and lose all of the rest of em.

Bush and McDonald are slow and don't offer much attacking,
Stam is past it and error prone
O Keefe hasn't been involved in any of the games I've seen him in and seems unable to control the game with James
Connor, whilst honest is too slow and simply not good enough. Gallinagh is a better option at RB
Jackson was wearing tights and gloves last night and looked like a child playing against men. He didn't win anything in the air and was simply out-muscled.
Possible reprieve for Heath if he pulls his finger out and Gallinagh.

Not sure why Jackson was brought on for the fantastically hardworking, if not very good Chris Sharp. Surely Foyle can have learnt nothing from that.

I would have took O Keefe off, who was rubbish again and given Jones a go for the whole second half to see what he's made of.

It's not an easy league to get out of. Lets hope there's a few quid for Foyle to spend in the summer.
I suppose this game sums up the progress made. Foyle's done a reasonable job. Lets hope we retain Bowman, Graham, Bittner, James, Watkins and Clucas and lose all of the rest of em. Bush and McDonald are slow and don't offer much attacking, Stam is past it and error prone O Keefe hasn't been involved in any of the games I've seen him in and seems unable to control the game with James Connor, whilst honest is too slow and simply not good enough. Gallinagh is a better option at RB Jackson was wearing tights and gloves last night and looked like a child playing against men. He didn't win anything in the air and was simply out-muscled. Possible reprieve for Heath if he pulls his finger out and Gallinagh. Not sure why Jackson was brought on for the fantastically hardworking, if not very good Chris Sharp. Surely Foyle can have learnt nothing from that. I would have took O Keefe off, who was rubbish again and given Jones a go for the whole second half to see what he's made of. It's not an easy league to get out of. Lets hope there's a few quid for Foyle to spend in the summer. mizza21
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12:48pm Wed 17 Apr 13

littlewhitebull says...

Mizza - a good post and I would not disagree with the comments made.
All I want for next season is a team with greater heart when things go wrong. And a midfield that actually functions.
Mizza - a good post and I would not disagree with the comments made. All I want for next season is a team with greater heart when things go wrong. And a midfield that actually functions. littlewhitebull
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