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Full-time: Mansfield Town 1 Hereford United 1
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@HTnewsroom Well done everybody who went after the last 2 away games. Good committed fans. Let's hope Bulls can get 3 points for them!— @AlanLeighton60 29 September 2012
Excellent defensive work by Chris Carruthers retrieved a dangerous situation for the Hereford defence on 72 minutes after an error by Stefan Stam.
The scrappy nature of the game was not improved, however, by the half-time break and a Clucas free-kick drifted just wide of a post.
But the flag-kick came to nothing and Mansfield broke down field for Nick Wright to test Bittner with a drive from the edge of the area.
Hereford, now playing with the wind, forced an early corner in the second half.
@HTnewsroom are there any figures to show how many times HUFC have gone a goal up to then throw away the lead in the last 12-18 months?— @ahw17 29 September 2012
Two minutes before half-time, Mansfield forced a corner on the right and Watkins failed to clear properly.
The ball was returned into the area where Exodus Geoghagon was in yards of space to head past Bittner.
A blustery wind was causing everyone problems and helped Hereford to win a corner on 33 minutes.
Clucas’ cross was easily cleared.
Then a weak back header from Luke Graham was intercepted by Jake Speight, but fortunately the Stags striker was unable to control the ball which ran out for a goal-kick.
And the former Macclesfield man curled a shot wide from a free-kick on 28 minutes.
Mansfield hit back with a shot from Colin Daniel which flew over the bar.
After a tedious spell of long-throws and free-kicks, the first yellow card arrived on 21 minutes when Murray clattered into Sam Clucas.
The free-kick finally brought a shot with Watkins testing Shane Redmond.
And, a minute later, the Bulls took the lead.
Clucas raced away from half-way before slipping the ball neatly to Jackson who slid a shot past the home keeper.
A second flag kick followed soon afterwards before Adam Murray sent a shot high over James Bittner’s goal.
Hereford had to concede a corner inside the first minutes when Marley Watkins gave the ball away in midfield to set up a Stags attack.
RYAN Bowman’s absence with a sickness bug prompted a re-shuffle in the Bulls line-up.
Simon Clist was recalled to central midfield where there was also a full debut for Josh O’Keefe.
This appeared to mean Harry Pell moving into the attack to support Marlon Jackson.
Hereford: 4-4-2: Bittner; Gallinagh, Graham, Stam, Carruthers; Watkins, Clist, O’Keefe, Clucas; Pell, Jackson. Subs not used: Heath, Canham, McQuilkin, Sammons, Smikle.
Mansfield: 4-4-2: Redmond; Thompson, Geohaghon, Pilkington, Sutton; Meikle, Howell, Murray, Daniel; Speight, Wright. Subs not used: Briscoe, Clements, Rhead, Beevers, Stevenson.
Referee: Darren Handley (Bolton).
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