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Full-time: Hereford 2-1 Woking. A much needed win for the Bulls after back to back defeats.— @HTnewsroom 04 September 2012
FULL-TIME: Hereford United 2-1 Woking http://t.co/6nu3sMQW— @FWPConference 04 September 2012
It's all over at Edgar Street with the three points going to the Bulls.
Substitute Tom Nichols was unlucky in the final minute of the 90 when he smashed a shot against a post.
But Hanford pulled off a couple of fine saves to deny McCallum as the game moved into the closing stages.
Hereford responded with a couple of substitutions as they set out to re-establish themselves as an attacking force.
And their energy was rewarded nine minutes from the end when Dean Sinclair bundled in a goal at the far post.
Woking were not easing up, however, and on 76 minutes it took a fine diving save from Hanford to keep out a bullet of a drive from McCallum.
Clucas was more accurate on the 70 minutes with a fierce drive from similar range which drew a flying save from Howe.
From the short flag-kick, an Evans cross was rifled just wide by Pell.
Midway through the half, Hereford brought on Will Evans to replace Sammons and Hereford almost immediately won a corner on the right.
Smikle’s shot was punched clear by Howe but eventually reached Stam who powered a shot high and wide from 25 yards.
Hanford was again awake to the danger when he dived to push a Sawyer shot behind for a corner.
PIres was rather surprisingly withdrawn on the hour but Woking kept up the attack and Hanford had to be alert to grasp a low drive from McCallum.
Hereford, however, posed a greater threat when they moved on to the attack and only a marginal offside decision deprived Bowman of a goal when he headed a Smikle cross past Howe.
The action was now becoming even more frenetic and a header from Pires from the midst of a crowded penalty area flashed over Hanford’s goal.
More excellent work by the hard-working Clucas brought Hereford a corner on 55 minutes but the flag-kick again brought no reward.
Hereford responded with a speculative 40-yard effort from Pell which was easily saved by Howe.
Woking continued to have the better of the action at the start of the period and Pires drilled another low shot goalwards with Hanford making a comfortable save.
From a 52nd minute Betsy corner, the Cards again came close to a goal with Parkinson’s header sliding past an upright.
Woking, who replaced Cestor with Adam Doyle at the interval, attacked strongly at the start of the second half.
Pires, who was always lively in attack, was only just off target when he met a Betsy cross with a powerful header.
Back underway again at Edgar Street.
Half-time arrives with Hereford leading 2-0.
A minute later, Hereford extended their lead with an excellent goal from Clucas.
The young midfielder raced forward to dispossess Mike Cestor and then turned to smash the loose ball past Howe.
The Dutch centre-back did well again two minutes before the interval when he put a McCallum free-kick behind for a corner.
Woking struck back and forced their fifth corner of the game on 39 minutes but Betsy’s cross was easily headed clear by Stam.
Hereford had now found their rhythm again and Sammons played a neat pass to Bowman on 36 minutes with the Bulls striker firing across goal and narrowly the wrong side of a post.
Clucas went close at the other end with a shot from the edge of the area which went just past an upright.
Hereford seemed to be stung back into action and Andy Gallinagh’s cross fell to Sammons whose shot was well saved by Howe.
On 32 minutes, a poor challenge by Pell on Pires was rewarded with the evening’s first yellow card.
And, with the action coming thick and fast, McCallum’s cross was fired straight at Hanford by Lee Sawyer.
Woking were now putting on plenty of pressure and from a McCallum corner on the half-hour, the ball reached Jack Parkinson just a couple of yards out and his shot hit Stam on the goalline and deflected behind for another corner.
Kevin Betsy, the former Fulham player, was beginning to cause some problems on the Woking right and he forced a second Woking corner which again produced no positive end result for the Cards.
Shortly afterwards, a long ball forward from Stam sent Bowman away on the right.
The striker picked out Smikle with an excellent cross but the winger’s header was saved by Aaron Howe in the home goal.
The game entered a scrappy phase before, on 19 minutes, Loick Pirs cut in from the left to fire a left-foot shot into the arms of the waiting Hanford.
Hereford moved back on to the attack and a cross from Chris Carruthers was headed over by Clucas.
Woking gained their first corner on 11 minutes and the flag-kick from McCallum came to nothing when Bulls keeper Dan Hanford was fouled.
With Hereford continuing to have the better of the attacking, a cross from Clucas was only just too high for Brian Smikle at the far post.
Hereford won their first corner on nine minutes and Sammons’ cross picked out Stam whose header was blocked on the line.
Hereford took the lead in the fifth minute.
A fine run by Bowman ended with a blocked shot which fell to Pell. He found Sammons who drilled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Woking responded with a shot from former Bull Gavin McCallum which went a long way wide.
Hereford made a lively start with Harry Pell only just failing to get on the end of a long cross from Sam Clucas.
HEREFORD boss Martin Foyle made three changes for the visit of Woking following two successive defeats.
Michael Townsend was unfit and replaced by Stefan Stam to play alongside skipper Luke Graham in the heart of the defence.
Simon Clist gave way to Ashley Sammons in the centre of midfield while Ryan Bowman was given a full debut alongside Sean Canham with Tom Nichols dropped to the bench.
HEREFORD: 4-4-2: Hanford; Gallinagh, Stam, Graham, Carruthers; Smikle, Sammons, Pell, Clucas; Bowman, Canham. Subs not used: Heath, Clist, Evans, Nichols, Plummer.
WOKING: 4-5-1: Howe; Newton, McNerny, Johnson, Cestor; McCallum, Sawyer, Ricketts, Parkinson, Betsy; Loick. Subs not used: Doyle, Bubb, Sinclair, Beasant, Frith.
Referee: Karl Evans (Lancashire).
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