LiveFull-time: Hereford United 4 Southport 1

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7:31pm

Hereford: 4-4-2: Lloyd-Weston; Collins (Leadbitter 73), McDonald, Graham, Bush; Walker, O’Keefe (Edge 81), Artus (Purdie 87), Brown; Rankine, Sharp. Subs not used: Evans, Edge, Williams.
Southport: 4-5-1: Hurst; Smith, Akrigg, Flynn, Fitzpatrick; Dillon, Brown, Ledsham, George, O’Sullivan (Osawe 72); Brodie. Subs not used: Milligan, Almond, Wimmer, Daly.
Referee: Daniel Cook (Hampshire).
Attendance: 1,569.
Goals: Brown, 31 min, 1-0; Rankine, 52 min, 2-0; Walker, 54 min, 3-0; Akrigg, 60 min, 3-1; Rankine, 89 min, 4-1.
Red card: Southport - Akrigg, foul, 61 min; foul, 87 min.
Yellow cards: Hereford – Rankine, foul, 8 min; Southport – Flynn, foul, 45 min; Brown, foul, 65 min.

4:47pm

Rankine bags his second a minute from the end when he prods in a cross from Bush at the far post.

4:45pm

Akrigg is sent off for his second yellow on 87 minutes after a shocking challenge on Leadbitter.

4:41pm

Southport press for a while but are rarely able to penetrate the Hereford back line.
Walker wastes a good chance when he shoots weakly on 83 minutes.

4:18pm

Southport win their first corner on the hour but and it brings the first goal.
The ball is half-cleared for O’Sullivan to return a cross which Steve Akrigg heads in.

4:14pm

Southport try to rally and a shot from Scott Brown is saved by Lloyd-Weston at the second attempt.

4:14pm

Hereford extend their lead on 52 minutes.
Rankine receives the ball from Walker on the edge of the area and turns to shoot in off the far post.

Seconds later and it’s 3-0.
Sharp makes good ground down the left and crosses to the far post where Walker prods the ball home.

4:09pm

A shot by Walker is blocked by Hurst as Hereford start the second period with purpose.

3:39pm

An excellent run by Rankine on 38 minutes almost brings a second goal.
The big striker gets to the bye-line and drags the ball back to Sharp whose shot is inches wide.

3:36pm

Hereford take the lead on 31 minutes.
Sharp finds some space on the left and pulls the ball back to Artus. His shot is blocked but the rebound falls to Brown who drives home right-footed into the middle of the goal.

3:31pm

A Brown shot deflects out for a corner on 28 minutes.
But Southport break forward and O’Sullivan’s scuffed shot is easily held by Lloyd-Weston.

3:28pm

Sharp has a chance on 26 minute but his well-struck 25-yard drive rises clear of the goal.

3:23pm

Hereford win a corner on 22 minutes when Hurst palms away an Artus free-kick.
Artus delivers the cross  but a Rankine foul brings the move to a close.

3:10pm

Southport’s John O’Sullivan has the first real effort of the game, shooting wide from 25 yards.
Michael Rankine is inches wide with an opportunist effort, racing on to Frankie Artus’ pass and flicking a shot past the on-rushing Danny Hurst from 25 yards with the ball drifting just past an upright.

3:06pm

A scrappy opening sees a flurry of free-kicks for both sides and little in the way of positive action as the players come to terms with the damp conditions.

2:51pm

WITH Micah Evans returning to parent club Burnley, there is a recall for Dan Walker as the Bulls take on Southport at Edgar Street.
Walker, the only player to figure in all of United’s 26 Conference games to date, returns as the only change from the side which drew 1-1 at Forest Green.
Youth-teamer Cory Williams is named among the substitutes.
Southport, who are now managed by John Coleman, the former Accrington boss, names ex-Bulls loanee Richard Brodie in attack.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Lloyd-Weston; Collins, McDonald, Graham, Bush; Walker, O’Keefe, Artus, Brown; Rankine, Sharp. Subs not used: Evans, Leadbitter, Edge, Purdie, Williams.
Southport: 4-5-1: Hurst; Smith, Akrigg, Flynn, Fitzpatrick; Dillon, Brown, Ledsham, George, O’Sullivan; Brodie. Subs not used: Milligan, Almond, Wimmer, Osawe, Daly.
Referee: Daniel Cook (Hampshire).

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8:48pm Sat 18 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

What a performance.
I saw Frankie Artus put in a couple of tasty tackles and I thought to myself, 'he wants to win this badly' and in truth, the players what made all the difference today were in order of influence, Artus, Graham, Rankine, Sharp and Brown.
Although, in fairness, I don;t know what Foyle said to em, but they all looked well up for a game and every single one of them were really putting a shift in.
Chris Sharp's cross for Dan Walker to side foot home summed up the game really. Lovely movement, great cross, simple finish.

They can well and truly enjoy a glass of sherry this evening satisfied in the knowledge that they have done themselves proud.

The best thing about it was that we have lost the influential Lathrope, the exciting Odhiambo and Micah Evans, so I thought we may have struggled, but no, we played good football and won comfortably.

I am not sure why some of the Meadow End boys were chanting for Keyte to go. He's put a few quid into the club he will never see again. I reckon he'll sort it out.
What a performance. I saw Frankie Artus put in a couple of tasty tackles and I thought to myself, 'he wants to win this badly' and in truth, the players what made all the difference today were in order of influence, Artus, Graham, Rankine, Sharp and Brown. Although, in fairness, I don;t know what Foyle said to em, but they all looked well up for a game and every single one of them were really putting a shift in. Chris Sharp's cross for Dan Walker to side foot home summed up the game really. Lovely movement, great cross, simple finish. They can well and truly enjoy a glass of sherry this evening satisfied in the knowledge that they have done themselves proud. The best thing about it was that we have lost the influential Lathrope, the exciting Odhiambo and Micah Evans, so I thought we may have struggled, but no, we played good football and won comfortably. I am not sure why some of the Meadow End boys were chanting for Keyte to go. He's put a few quid into the club he will never see again. I reckon he'll sort it out. mizza21
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4:30pm Sun 19 Jan 14

littlewhitebull says...

Well said, Mizza. A good afternoon at Edgar Street. How lovely to see so many smiling faces leaving the ground. Please re-assure me that it wasn't one of my funny dreams!
I totally agree with you that there was real fight in the side. Did Frankie Artus have raw meat for breakfast?!
Was Michael Rankine a greyhound in a previous life? What a turn of speed he created on a tricky surface.
Let's hope that things off the pitch don't lead us into real trouble.
Well said, Mizza. A good afternoon at Edgar Street. How lovely to see so many smiling faces leaving the ground. Please re-assure me that it wasn't one of my funny dreams! I totally agree with you that there was real fight in the side. Did Frankie Artus have raw meat for breakfast?! Was Michael Rankine a greyhound in a previous life? What a turn of speed he created on a tricky surface. Let's hope that things off the pitch don't lead us into real trouble. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 2

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