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Hereford FC v Chester minute by minute updates and scores


Hereford FC v Chester minute by minute updates

By Ben Goddard

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  • Hereford 1 Chester 0
  • 72) Zeli Ismail beats his man before putting in an inviting cross. It is headed out to Haines who chests it down before firing past the goalkeeper
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  • After winning their last three matches the Bulls started full of confidence and Luke Haines forced Louis Gray into action within the opening minutes.
  • A better chance came at the opposite end with Charlie Jolley finding space before firing his effort well over from a decent position.
  • The best chance of the opening 28 minutes saw a clever free-kick routine fall to Declan Weeks whose effort was picked out of the bottom corner by goalkeeper Brandon Hall.
  • The Bulls were almost handed an opener on the stroke of half-time as goalkeeper Gray kicked straight to Dan Smith who saw his effort blocked.
  • Hereford looked brighter after the break and Ryan McLean saw his effort deflected over and from the resulting corner Krystian Pearce saw his header saved.
  • Luke Haines was next to go close on 53 minutes as McLean got to the byline pulling the ball back for the midfielder whose effort was denied by a Kevin Roberts block.
  • Haines went even closer four minutes later heading his effort off the bar before Dan Smith struck wide from the resulting melee.
  • Defender Krystian Pearce then played through Jaanai Gordon who saw his effort from a tight angle fly wide.
  • Haines eventually had his goal on the 72nd minute after substitute Zeli Ismail's inviting cross was headed out to the midfielder to fire home.
  • Three minutes later almost had a controversial equaliser when a quick free-kick released Anthony Dudley who forced Hall into a smart save.
  • Defender Levi Andoh was next on hand to deny Chester an equaliser after Darren Stephenson's shot had Hall beaten but not the centre half.
  • Ismail had the chance to seal with win four minutes from time after McLean pulled the ball back for the midfielder inside the box, who snatched at the chance and sent his effort over.
  • Chester then had two goals disallowed in as many minutes.
  • Firstly the visitors thought they had a late equaliser with a minute remaining as Stephenson's cross was flicked home by Jack Redshaw only for the off-side flag to go up as the Chester fans were celebrating on the pitch.
  • Moments later George Waring headed home but fouled his marker in the process.
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  • Attendance: 2,274 (210 Chester)
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  • Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Haines, Pearce, McLean, Owen-Evans, Andoh, Lloyd, Vincent (Kouhyar 77), Smith (Ismail 66), Gordon
  • Subs: Fini, Pinchard, Sodeinde
  • Chester: Gray, Roberts, Grand, Weeks, Cowan, Glendon (c), Dudley, Lacey, Oyibo, Askew, Jolley
  • Subs: Waring, Stephenson, Clark, Williams, Redshaw
  • Declan Weeks who trialed with the Bulls in the 2019/20 pre-season and scored against the Bulls at Chester last season starts
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  • FA Vase
  • Coventry United 1 Westfields 1 (Coventry win on penalties)
  • Uhlsport Hellenic League
  • Premier Division
  • Hereford Lads Club 1 Shrivenham 2
  • Division One
  • Hereford Pegasus Juniors 6 Cirencester Town Dev 2
  • Division Two West
  • New Dales Vale 1 Kington 1
  • National 2 North
  • Blaydon 26 Luctonians 38
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  • Hereford in 14th with 16 points and a home record of W2; D1; L3
  • Won their last three matches.
  • The Bulls have scored 12 and conceded 15 this season.
  • Chester in 13th with 16 with an away record of W0; D2; L4
  • Won one, drawn one and lost one of their last three games
  • Chester have scored 24 and conceded 24 goals this season
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  • HEREFORD will be looking to make it four league wins on the bounce when they face Chester this afternoon.
  • Chester sit in 13th on the same points as their hosts (13) but are without an away win this season with a record of two draws and four defeats on the road.
  • Hereford manager Josh Gowling says his side will need to play better than their midweek 2-0 win over basement side Blyth Spartans.
  • The Bulls welcomed forward Jaanai Gordon to their side ahead of Tuesday night's win who played 70 minutes despite only training once with the side.
  • The Bulls have no fresh injury concerns after Tuesday night’s midweek win over Blyth Spartans so could name an unchanged side.
  • James Vincent has been building his fitness returning from an injury and played 45 minutes against Blyth so could come into the starting 11.
  • Miles Storey will be out while he follows concussion protocols before he moves into non-contact and then contact training in a ‘couple of weeks’.
  • Also on the side-lines injured are Harry Pinchard and George Forsyth.
  • Forwards Victor Sodeinde and Pa Njie are competing for a place in the matchday squad and have impressed manager Gowling in training.