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Updates: Hereford FC vs Spennymoor Town in National League North

By James Thomas

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    Hereford FC will be looking for their first win of the National League North season as they host Spennymoor Town at Edgar Street.
  • Hereford lie 19th in the table after losing two and drawing two of their opening games.
  • They will be looking for all three points today after playing out a goalless draw at AFC Telford United on Bank Holiday Monday.
  • Spennymoor Town have started the season slightly better, lying in 10th after winning two and losing two.
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  • Hereford FC 0 Spennymoor Town 2
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  • 25: Glen Taylor takes the lead for Spennymoor after the visitors started to get a foothold in the game. Nice build-up play for Taylor to break the deadlock.
  • 41: Disaster for Hereford as Spennymoor double their lead minutes before half time. Glen Taylor cuts into the box from the left, driving a shot past Hall.
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  • Attacking the Blackfriars End in the first half, Hereford put some early pressure on Spennymoor as they threatened from a throw. The Bulls worked the ball around before finding Tom Owen-Evans, but his low shot from the edge of the area was blocked by Joe Tait.
  • Despite an early Spennymoor corner as a deflective cross went behind, the opening stages of the game saw Hereford create the bulk of the chances.
  • After a foul on Tom Owen-Evans, George Forsyth saw his free kick from 20-yards sail inches over the crossbar. Moments later, and still inside 10 minutes at Edgar Street, Owen-Evans forced visiting keeper Dale Eve into a save low-down to his right to deny a shot from an acute angle.
  • After another free kick for Hereford failed to find the back of the net, Brandon Hall between the sticks for the Bulls was called into action in the 18th minute. Lufudu, who had previously threatened down the right wing, sent in a threatening low cross but Hall smothered.
  • The visitors continued to grow into the game, with Glen Taylor breaking the deadlock with 25 minutes on the clock. Some good build-up play from Moors saw Rob Ramshaw tee-up Glen Taylor who found the back of the net with ease.
  • The game the settled with both sides looking to create chances, without really testing the respective keepers. Dangerous fullback Lufudu continued to cause problems down the right flank, but Hereford could just about deal with his threat.
  • But it was Glen Taylor who double Spennymoor's lead just before half time. Hereford lost possession leading to Adriano Moke playing in Glen Taylor. He was able to carve open Hereford's defence with a quick run down the left, and after breaking into the box his powerful shot sailed past Hall.
  • A slow start to the second half saw neither side really test the keeper, but Hereford soon upped the tempo as they tried to pull a goal back. Zeli Ismail, who was promoted from the bench as he secured a place in the starting XI for the game, came closest.
  • His cross-come-shot from the edge of the 18-yard box sailed into the arms of the keeping after a training ground corner kick routine. Then, a goalmouth scramble moments later, saw the ball worked back to Forsyth who's driven effort was deflected behind for a corner.
  • Hereford's domination continued, but despite relentless pressure, they continued to lack a real cutting edge up front.
  • Hereford kept up the pressure with Dan Smith and Miles Storey trying to cause problems, but the lack of a cutting edge - a problem rued by Hereford since the departure of Lenell John-Lewis - continued to be the side's Achilles heel.
  • Dan Smith then looked as if he could get his name on the scoresheet with two goalworthy chances as the game entered the final 10 minutes. The first, a head from a neat Ryan Lloyd cross, was deflected wide, before he controlled a second cross, hit the ball towards goal only to be denied by Eve.
  • Ryan McLean, who came on for Owen-Evans at half time, had to late chances to secure a point for his side. But after heading wide on 90 minute, McLean's then stepped up when Hereford were awarded a penalty after a Lufudu foul. But hi spot kick lacked conviction and Eve dived low to his right to keep the clean sheet intact and guarantee the three points.
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  • Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Haines, Forsyth, Ismail (Kouhyar 80'), Owen-Evans (McLean 46'), Storey, Lloyd, Pollock, Klukowski (Hancox 46'), Smith.
  • Subs not used: Fini, Whittingham.
  • Spennymoor Town: Eve, McLean, Tait, Curtis (C), Magnay, Lufudu, Abbott, Moke (Hall 77'), Chandler, Ramshaw, Taylor.
  • Subs not use: Anderson, Flatters, Thompson, Kennedy.
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