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Hereford FC v Blyth Spartans minute by minute updates

By Ben Goddard

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    Hereford 1 Blyth Spartans 0
  • 34) Ryan McLean lets fly from outside the box it takes a wicked deflection over the goalkeeper and into the net.
  • Hereford 2 Blyth Spartans 0
  • 75) Dan Smith is played through on goal by Ryan Lloyd beating the off-side trap, he takes a touch before rifling home.
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  • ROLLING MATCH REPORT
  • Experienced Bulls defender Krystian Pearce made a vital block in the first Blyth move of the evening with the centre-half denying Lewis Mcnall's effort.
  • The Bulls were denied a clear chance on 18 minutes with Ryan McLean driving at the defence referee Sam Mulhall stopped play for an apparent head injury on Lewis Mcnall and the opportunity was gone.
  • Referee Mulhall was the centre of attention again moments later as Ryan McLean ran into the box before claiming his effort was blocked by a handball.
  • Blyth also looked dangerous in spells and talisman Robert Dale almost found the opener, but his effort was blocked by Ben Pollock.
  • Ryan McLean opened the scoring on 34 minutes when a corner came out to the winger whose shot was deflected over the goalkeeper and into the net.
  • Blyth almost had an instant response when Nicky Deverdics saw his well-hit shot saved down low by Hall.
  • Dan Smith should have doubled the Bulls lead four minutes before the break when Ryan Lloyd found the forward unmarked at the back post, but his header was wide.
  • McLean was having a game to remember and after the break was released by Owen-Evans before seeing his effort across the goalkeeper blocked by the last defender.
  • Owen-Evans almost doubled Hereford's lead on 54 minutes after a looping Jared Hodgkiss cross found the midfielder who headed just over.
  • Pearce was next to go close as an Owen-Evans corner fell for the Bulls defender who rifled over.
  • The Bulls went even close on 70 minutes when a long Luke Haines throw-in into a crowd of bodies was headed onto the crossbar before a penalty shout was dismissed for a handball as Dale cleared.
  • Five minutes later the Bulls were two goals ahead with Ryan Lloyd finding the run of Dan Smith who had beaten the off-side trap and rifled home.
  • Moments later substitute Zeli Ismail rattled the crossbar with a speculative effort from outside the box which had the goalkeeper beaten.
  • Blyth were limited to very few second half chances but Lewis Mcnall did find space before seeing his shot deflected wide.
  • Referee Mulhall denied substitute Victor Sodeinde a glaring chance blowing for a foul on Owen-Evans when the striker was in on goal.
  • From the resulting free-kick Ismail forced a fine save.
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  • Attendance: 1,645
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  • TEAM NEWS
  • Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Haines, Pearce, McLean, Owen-Evans, Lloyd (Vincent 45), Pollock, Smith (Sodeinde 83), Gordon (Ismail 70), Fini
  • Subs: Andoh, Njie,
  • Jaanai Gordon makes his debut for Hereford after signing today on dual registration terms from Southern League Premier Division Central side Stratford Town.
  • Blyth Spartans: Mitchell, Buddle, Watson, Dale, Byrne, Mcnall, Mckeown, Painter, Deverdics, Lees, Cunningham
  • Subs: Hickey, O'Donnell, Milburn, Curran
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  • PRE-MATCH
  • HEREFORD FC will be looking for a third win on the bounce tonight when they host Blyth Spartans at Edgar Street.
  • Blyth sit bottom of the National League North with just two wins this season and eight defeats.
  • The Bulls sit four points ahead of tonight's visitors after wins over Chorley and Guiseley in their last two league matches.
  • Hereford have signed forward Jaanai Gordon ahead tonight's game on dual registration terms from Southern League Premier Division Central side Stratford Town.
  • This comes after Miles Storey suffered a head injury against Guiseley on Saturday.
  • The Bulls have scored just 10 goals in 12 league games but come up against a basement Blyth side who have conceded 26 goals in 13 matches.