JAMIE Cuss inspired Hereford’s 4-2 comeback triumph against Alvechurch and admitted it was a boyhood dream to score an FA Cup goal at the Meadow End.

Cuss, who grew up watching Rob Purdie and Ryan Green in Hereford United’s colours, took the plaudits in the new Bulls’ first fixture in the famous competition.

In fact, 30-year-old Cuss replaced Purdie in midfield and was only on the pitch for 27 minutes of last weekend’s tie.

But the former Westfields striker had a major impact and carried off the man-of-the-match honour after creating Hereford’s first goal and scoring their equaliser.

Cuss provided the spark which ignited Hereford after they had conceded two early goals against old foes Alvechurch in the preliminary round clash at Edgar Street.

However, three Hereford goals in a four-minute spell transformed the contest.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Cuss, after the match.

“Falling two goals behind is nothing when you’re playing at this ground.

“When you get one goal and the Meadow End is noisy you always have a chance of getting another. I think my goal came off my shin or kneecap but I don’t really care.”

He added: “That goal was probably a bit more special than my first one (for Hereford against Bridgwater) because it means more.

“To get back to 2-2 after being 2-0 down it’s a good comeback but I will definitely say the third goal from Symo (Mike Symons) was the special one.”

Jack Cresswell fired Church ahead from a 20-yard free-kick after just 50 seconds before Josh Sarmento doubled their lead.

With the home crowd becoming restless, Cuss’ run and cross was stroked home by John Mills in the 67th minute.

Cuss drew Hereford level a minute later, pouncing at the back post after Mills had flicked on Chris Barker’s cross from the left.

And when substitute Mike Symons capped a remarkable spell with Hereford’s third goal in four minutes the tie had been turned on its head.

Mills’ low shot rattled a post before Church’s Josh March had a headed effort ruled out for off-side with three minutes left.

Hereford immediately broke and, after Pablo Haysham had been sent sprawling by Connor Deards, Mills sealed the Bulls’ win from the penalty spot.

Cuss admitted: “Alvechurch had two great finishes but the wind caught us out too.

“(Jack) Cresswell is a great striker of the ball and Alvechurch's little number seven (Sarmento) also applied a good finish but there are things we have work on.”

The Bulls now travel to Sutton Coldfield to take on Northern League Premier Division One South Romulus in the first round qualifying on September 3 (3pm).