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Hereford FC 1 Cheltenham Town 8 - pre-season friendly live updates


Hereford FC v Cheltenham Town - friendly live updates

By Ben Goddard

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  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 1
  • 9) Cheltenham take the lead after Chapman finds Alfie May whose effort is deflected off Pollock and Andy Williams in on hand to slide home.
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 1
  • 10) A poor Forsyth pass finds Hussey who is brought down by Luke Haines who is sent off for the cynical foul outside the box.
  • Both managers aren't happy with the decision and try to talk the referee around rescinding the red card to no avail.
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 2
  • 14) Andy Williams is free out wide and slides the ball past Hall
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 3
  • 17) Brandon Hall comes well out of his box to claim a loose ball which falls to Alfie May who slots over the goalkeeper
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 4
  • 41) Cheltenham hit quickly on the break Pollock blocks the first cross but the rebound finds May straight to Sercombe who takes a touch and picks his spot.
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 5
  • 48) Alfie May receives the ball inside the box and slides the ball into the bottom corner after Sean Long crossed to him.
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 6
  • 52) Alfie May runs into the box beats several players before rounding Brandon Hall and sliding home.
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 7
  • 72) Cheltenham pass the ball into the net. The Bulls are worked all over the place before Williams slots home for his hat-trick
  • Hereford 0 Cheltenham Town 8
  • 87) A corner is headed goalwards by Freestone who sees his effort saved. A trialist sees the rebound blocked before scoring at the third attempt
  • Hereford 1 Cheltenham Town 8
  • 90+1: The Bulls pull one back as a trialist's free-kick is headed home by Ben Pollock
  • Cheltenham came within an inch of the lead after just 17 seconds when former Bulls Andy Williams beat Luke Haines before chipping the ball over Brandon Hall and off the post.
  • Williams did find the net on nine minutes after Alfie May's effort was deflected into his path to slot home.
  • To make life harder against their League One opponents the Bulls were reduced to 10 men after just 10 minutes.
  • A poor George Forsyth pass found Chris Hussey who was brought down cynically on the edge of the box by Luke Haines who was shown a straight red card.
  • Despite appeals by both managers to rescind the red card the referee stood by his initial decision.
  • Life was made worse for Hereford on 14 minutes when Williams was found in acres of space out wide before slotting past Hall.
  • The contest looked to be ended three minutes later when Brandon Hall was caught coming out of his net after collecting a loose ball and Alfie May chipped the ball into an empty goal.
  • May was guilty of being too casual on 28 minutes dinking the ball past Hall but Mitch Hancox was on hand to clear the ball from under the bar.
  • Hall was next to save the Bulls saving a May header down low from a Sean Long cross.
  • Cheltenham made it 4-0 on 41 minutes when a quick move saw May find Liam Sercombe who took a touch before picking his spot.
  • May then scored two further goals within five second half minutes.
  • Firstly he received the ball inside the box and slid the ball into the bottom corner.
  • Just five minutes later May ran into the box beating several players before rounding Brandon Hall and sliding home.
  • Williams eventually got his hat-trick sliding home on 72 minutes after a well worked Cheltenham move.
  • The former Hereford United could have had another moments later but saw his effort glance off the top side of the bar.
  • Substitute Felix Miles also had the chance to make it eight but skied his effort from inside the box.
  • With three minutes remaining Cheltenham made it eight with after Hall saved the initial Freestone header a trialist scored the rebound.
  • In the last play of the match Ben Pollock pulled a goal back for Hereford heading a free-kick home.
  • Attendance: 894
  • Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Hancox, Lloyd, Owen-Evans, Butlin, Haines, Pollock, Forsyth, Kouyer, Trialist
  • Subs: Klukowski, Trialists x4
  • Cheltenham: Flinders, Long, Boyle (c), Horton, Blair, Hussey, Chapman, Sercombe, Barkers, Williams, May
  • Subs: Evans, Raglan, Freestone, Bonds, Miles, Lloyd, Ebanks
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  • HEREFORD FC face League One side Cheltenham Town in their fifth pre-season friendly of the season this evening.
  • Last week the Bulls suffered a 2-1 friendly defeat to Shrewsbury Town after conceding two late goals.
  • The Bulls have now won one, drawn two and lost one this pre-season. There are three more friendly matches after tonight.
  • Cheltenham visited Edgar Street in July 2019 when the sides played out a 2-2 draw.
  • Reece Syche and Jordan Cullinane-Liburd scored on that occasion for Hereford. Bulls manager Josh Gowling played on that occasion.
  • Will Boyle and George Lloyd both scored and could feature tonight