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- Hereford United have stayed in the Conference Premier.
RT @ArgusKevinWard: Former @NewportCounty boss Peter Beadle did the job for @HerefordUnited1 today. Saved from relegation at the last gasp.— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
@DanielHarris Only one United today. Hereford are staying up! With just 4 mins left we scored & as we were celebrating, Chester conceded!— @SteveHodg3s 26 April 2014
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RT @FionaPhillips: So glad to read @HTnewsroom @ianscoopmorgan @podge1983 reports of HUFC victory. Wonderful news. #stayingup— @Tolley_Wood 26 April 2014
RT @HTnewsroom: RETWEET AND SHARE THIS GUYS: HEREFORD UNITED ARE STAYING UP!!!!!!!!— @ChiefGlosPolice 26 April 2014
RT @JonnyEvs87: Come on!!!!!!!! The bulls are staying up!!!!!! Best feeling ever!!!! @DomCollins91 @Kingsley84James @danlead12 @ #confprem …— @countylisa 26 April 2014
Assistant manager Steve Jenkins said: "it was a roller-coaster of emotions and a fantastic day for the club. We always believed we would do it and, hopefully, the club can use this momentum and move on.
"It was mayhem in the dressing room after the match. The boys are delighted and they have been brilliantly.
"Rankine came up trumps in the 88th minute."
Director Dave Preedy said: "I am so pleased for the players and Peter Beadle. I have never cried at a match before but I was in bits and it was a fantastic result. It was an emotional roller-coaster. The outcome came right - the Gods smiled on us.
"If that is the last thing that Luke Graham does for the club, he has done that."
Skipper Luke Graham said: "We have had so many knock backs this year - I have never known a season like it.
"Our fighting spirit came through and we deserved it.
"I have never cried in my lifetime but I could not help it and I burst into tears.
"Trying to keep everyone together this season has been the toughest thing I have ever done.
"We have defied the odds. The fans have been brilliant all along and we have done it together as a team.
"I think this is the best achievement of my career."
Striker Michael Rankine said: "We could not have written a better script than that and the fans deserved it. It is amazing - it is the best feeling in the world."
Manager Pete Beadle said:"It was about us making sure we did our job and it was back to back wins to finish the season.
"I was pleased we played well for long periods and won our game.
"It has been a tough couple of week, especially the day after we lost against Tamworth but it has all been worth it."
Sam Smith said: "It is the best feeling I have ever had in football by far.
"It has been brilliant - I can't believe it.
"I have had an indifferent relationship with the crowd, but I was delighted to score.
"It has been brilliant for everyone."
Hereford's team bus is on its way to Edgar Street.
Luke Graham and several players, who drove to Aldershot by car, are on their way to Hereford to celebrate tonight.
Sam Smith was delighted at the finish and, on hearing Hereford had stayed up, jumped into the celebrating fans.
Inspirational captain Luke Graham burst into tears while the fans and players celebrated wildly.
Manager Pete Beadle was probably the calmest man on the pitch and later celebrated with a fat cigar.
This was a remarkable afternoon for Hereford United, who defied the odds to stay in the Conference Premier.
Michael Rankine stabbed in a cross from substitute Dan Walker in the 88th minute to put Hereford 2-1.
And, almost immediately, Salisbury scored at Chester to level that match at 2-2.
With Chester failing to win, Hereford's victory means they stay up and Chester are relegated.
@RuislipR @HerefordUnited1 @HTnewsroom One Michael Rankine ;)— @BushmanQPR 26 April 2014
RT @cookp82: Peter Beadle's having a party, bring your vodka and Bacardi!!! @BullsNewsBlog @HTnewsroom @HerefordUnited1— @hawkey10_7 26 April 2014
RT @HTnewsroom: RETWEET AND SHARE THIS GUYS: HEREFORD UNITED ARE STAYING UP!!!!!!!!— @jeanannsmith33 26 April 2014
There were emotional scenes on the pitch as Hereford's players celebrated with the fans.
Luke Graham burst into tears and Sam Smith jumped into the crowd when he heard that Salisbury had grabbed a late leveller at Chester.
The final whistle goes at the Receation Ground.
The final whistle has now gone at Chester.
HEREFORD UNITED HAVE DONE IT - THEY HAVE STAYED UP.
Incredible late drama in both matches.
Unbelievable scenes between Hereford's players and fans.
I think Sam Smith has just jumped into the crowd.
It's getting emotional now.
The fans are going wild with joy - what a great sight.
Hereford have just retaken the lead with two minutes left.
RANKINE has done it.
The internet connection has just gone down.
Amazingly, we are hearing that Salisbury have levelled at Chester.
Can you believe it?
What a story!
Hereford's fans are going wild.
If this stays the same, Hereford will avoid relegation on goal difference.
Just six minutes remain at the Recreation Ground and Hereford have to push players forward.
Sub: Bowen off, Walker on, 86 mins.
The crowd today is 3,593 with 772 from Hereford.
Hereford are just eight minutes from relegation.
Sub for Aldershot - Bubb on, Mekki off, 83 mins.
Aldershot have also made a substitution and Barker comes off and is replaced by Roberts - 78 mins.
Beadle has one last throw of the dice.
Double substitution for United.
79 - Brown on for Edge
Williams comes on for Smith.
Oyeleke has hit a shot into the net from about 20 yards and it bounced into the net off the post.
That could be curtains for United.
Terrible news for Hereford.
Aldershot have just scored in the 75th minute.
Rankine has put himself about this evening against his former club.
If Hereford are relegated this afternoon, the focus will be on United's future.
Pete Beadle and Steve Jenkins cannot be blamed should Hereford suffer relegation in the next 20 minutes.
I think most of us are praying that Salisbury can get a second equaliser at Chester.
21 minutes remain and the Conference Premier dream is slipping away from the Bulls.
No?! > “@HTnewsroom: Chester have scored. They lead Salisbury 2-1. As it stands, Hereford are relegated”— @mattteale 26 April 2014
Hereford are being put under the cosh at the moment.
RT @HTnewsroom: Chester have scored. They lead Salisbury 2-1. As it stands, Hereford are relegated— @SUNSHINENICK 26 April 2014
It is starting to feel like the afternoon when Hereford defeated Torquay but were relegated from the Football League when Barnet beat Burton.
Aldershot go close again.
Mekki's goal-bound shot is deflected away for a corner.
Can Hereford hang on here and hope Salisbury snatched a leveller at Chester?
Phillips rises at the back post but directs his header narrowly wide - 64 minutes gone.
Lloyd Weston just gets his finger tips to push a looping effort over the bar.
Brett Williams puts the ball in the back of the Hereford net but the effort is ruled out for offside.
Oh dear - that wasn't the news we wanted from the Chester match.
30 minutes remain at the Recreation Ground and Hereford have a job to do still.
Terrible news for Hereford!
Chester have regained the lead at home to Salisbury.
Hereford, as it stands, are relegated.
But Morris got a hand to the ball, pushed Bowen wide who fired over from close range.
That should have been 2-0 to Hereford.
Bowen was clean through with the goalkeeper and tried to round him.
I was clapping my hands when that ball was headed home by Graham.
From where I am sat, it looked like a really good header from Graham.
That was a lovely free kick from Artus and Graham's header flashed into the net - but the goal will not stand.
Hereford think it's 2-0 but Luke Graham's header has been flagged offside.
Rob Purdie wins a free kick on the right - it is an attacking area.
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It has been a quiet opening to the second period.
My co-reporter Paul Rogers is in the away end today, tweeting away for us on @htnewsroom.
We are off in the second half.
Hereford's players are back out for the second half.
RT @DanKnowles1984: This could be longest hour or so of my life! #hufc @HerefordUnited1 @HTnewsroom @BullsNewsBlog— @stevepinder62 26 April 2014
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RT @Peterbeads: If you have a strong commitment to your goals and dreams, if you wake up every day with a passion to do your job, everythin…— @MattQuinn75 26 April 2014
There was a loud cheer from Hereford's fans when the scoreline at Chester was read out by the pa announcer.
Yellow card for Phillips for a foul on Rankine.
The half time whistle goes.
As it stands, Hereford are staying up.
The Hereford fans are in fantastic voice this afternoon.
Do we dare to dream?
Chris Bulls concedes a free kick in a dangerous position.
RT @Squinny4: @BullsnewsBlog @HTNewsroom @YourHereford1 GOAL VIDEO: https://t.co/SfQw8HKgGB— @YourHereford1 26 April 2014
It is five minutes to half time and Hereford lead 1-0.
It has gone scrappy in the last few minutes but Hereford have scored the all-important goal.
Jamie Edge has done well for the Bulls in central midfield.
Great news at Chester for Hereford's fans.
Salisbury have now in fact levelled.
RT @HTnewsroom: Charlie Sheringham has equalised for Salisbury. As it stands, Hereford are staying up. Another twist has taken shape....— @enner_p 26 April 2014
Hereford lead 1-0 and deserve to be ahead.
The Hereford fans were cheering and jumping around a few minutes ago thinking that Salisbury had levelled at Chester.
Hereford's fans think Salisbury have scored at Chester but we don't think that's the case.
Booking for Shots - Oyeleke has just gone into the book for a foul on Rankine - 31 mins.
Luke Graham's header was blocked on the line for a defender and Sam Smith bundled the ball in.
The players celebrated the goal with the away fans.
RT @HTnewsroom: GOAL FOR HEREFORD!!!!!— @enner_p 26 April 2014
GOAL for Hereford.
Sam Smith has just scored from a yard out.
Bush wins a corner for Hereford.
Hereford's assistant manager Steve Jenkins jots a note on his white piece of paper.
Hereford are playing some neat passing but the final cross or ball in has not been good enough so far.
RT @HTnewsroom: Chester are beating Salisbury. Remember, Hereford have to win and hope that Chester fail to do so in order to stay up.— @podge1983 26 April 2014
The news of Chester's goal has filtered through to Hereford's excellent away following.
The away fans are quiet at the moment.
That was close for the Shots.
Josh Scott twists and turns inside the box and curls a shot narrowly past a post.
21 mins gone and Aldershot are getting a foothold.
As it stands, Hereford will be relegated tonight.
If Chester win - they are leading 1-0 - Hereford will be relegation whatever happens here.
Hereford are playing some neat football.
But the Shots break through and Rob Purdie makes a vital challenge to deny Scott.
The bad news is that Chester have taken the lead against Salisbury. Oh dear.
Hereford have made a good start.
Hereford have just had a penalty appeal turned down after Rankine tumbled inside the box.
And Bowen shot narrowly wide from close range.
We have played 12 mins.
Beadle is not wearing his cap and shorts today. He is wearing a black jumper and grey trousers.
I saw club photographer Steve Niblett on the pitch earlier and he was wearing a red cap in tribute to United boss Pete Beadle.
Bowen had just one thing in his mind when he picked up the ball around 25 yards out.
His shot was heading for the far corner and the keeper did well to keep it out.
CLOSE for Hereford.
Jarrod Bowen goes close after four minutes.
His low drive was tipped out by Morris and the keeper also blocked Smith's follow up.
“@HTnewsroom: The away end is electric. "Come on Hereford" scream the Bulls' fans.” COME ON HEREFORD!!!!— @kpedersen03 26 April 2014
The away end has certainly filled up in the last five minutes and they are in good voice.
I would estimate between 600 and 800 United fans are here for this huge match.
RT @HTnewsroom: Some Hereford fans are in fancy dress, others are wearing club colours. But everyone here shares the same passion for the c…— @kpedersen03 26 April 2014
We are under way at the Recreation Ground and Aldershot are on the attack.
Oyeleke flashes a low shot narrowly past a post after just 40 seconds.
RT @HTnewsroom: This is it. Hundreds of Hereford United fans have made the journey. My heart is pumping. Is yours? Two hours of drama await…— @keving1991 26 April 2014
We are awaiting the arrival of the teams on to the pitch as Hereford's fans are chanting "Hereford till I die."
RT @Becks_211: @HTnewsroom Hereford girl living in Aldershot.......feeling excited.....home is so close yet so far away! X x— @4bruce7 26 April 2014
This is my first trip to the Recreation Ground and the train station is directly behind the stand on the far side of the pitch.
I have just looked at a poll on our website.
63 per cent of those have voted believe that Hereford will be relegated tonight.
Let's all hope that isn't the case.
It won't be a day for the faint hearted.
Stay with us - we are just 15 minutes away from kick off.
Hereford's fans are in good voice in the right hand corner behind the goal to my left.
Some Hereford fans are just erecting a banner on the open terrace.
Aldershot v Hereford. Hereford fans are in right hand corner behind the goal. http://t.co/gWkl9qeW8B— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
Joel Edwards and Sam Gwynne are on the bench for Hereford today.
Westfields, for whom they played in the County Cup final on Wednesday night, have drawn 3-3 at home to Coventry Sphinx.
Aldershot team news: Morris, Oastler, Tonkin, Stanley, Mekki, Brett Williams, Barker, Scott, Moseley, Oyeleke, Phillips. Subs: Rowlands, Paterson, Bubb, Roberts, Luke Williams.
Referee: Peter Bankes.
@HTnewsroom sadly you might want to keep that as the last ever HUFC team sheet— @Cheekyflash 26 April 2014
Our back page this week. Can Hereford stay up? http://t.co/2ChvBxweC1— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
Hereford United's players doing their pre-match drills. http://t.co/lOQYnCTQhC— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
Hereford: Lloyd-Weston, Bush, James, Graham, Purdie, Smith, Collins, Rankine, Artus, Edge, Bowen. Subs: Walker, Edwards, Brown, Gwynne, Williams.
Today's teams: Aldershot v Hereford http://t.co/o50OvZtBqP— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
RT @HTnewsroom: Hereford United fan Carl Haffenden thinks the Bulls will win 2-1 today but is worried that Chester will also win. http://t.…— @Squinny4 26 April 2014
I spoke to Hereford United supporter Mike Tricklebank on the way into the ground.
Mike, a season ticket holder, said he was very nervous about today's matches.
"I think the inevitable is going to happen," said Mike.
"I think we have little chance of seeing out the day and remaining in the Conference Premier," he added.
Peter Beadle is just about to give an interview to BT Sport next to the Hereford fans in the far corner of the ground.
It is raining here at the moment and Beadle is under a white umbrella.
Aldershot v Hereford - a view from the press box. http://t.co/ruNksGzh8n— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
RT @dullach01: @HTnewsroom 38yrs ago HUFC champions of Div3 - going upto old Div2,saw them thrash Shrewsbury3-1 the week before -good days,…— @HTnewsroom 26 April 2014
RT @HTnewsroom: Our front page today. Do you still Bull-ieve in Hereford United? http://t.co/Nz3DtvaULc— @mevs15 26 April 2014
RT @Squinny4: @BullsNewsBlog Heres the que for the people that had pre booked the tickets. Not very well organised here @HTnewsroom http://…— @BullsNewsBlog 26 April 2014
Here we are then - it is a huge afternoon for Hereford United in their battle to stay in the Conference Premier.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm and Hereford must win at Aldershot to stand a chance of avoiding the drop.
However, Hereford's fate is not in their own hands - if Chester win at home to Salisbury, United will be relegated.
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