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Updates: Spennymoor Town vs Hereford FC in National League

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  • Hereford FC have made the long trip to the North East to take on Spennymoor Town as the end of the National League North season nears.
  • Hereford go into the game after losing 2-1 in the county cup final against Hartpury University on Tuesday, but winning 2-1 in the league at home to Bradford (PA) last Saturday. Spennymoor drew 1-1 at Southport.
  • Hereford assistant manager Steve Burr said that Miles Storey is back in contention for their visit to Spennymoor on Saturday for their ‘all or nothing game’. The forward has been out with a hamstring injury for several weeks.
  • Hereford are 11th in the league, four points behind Boston United in the last play-off place. Spennymoor meanwhile sit 10th, just a point ahead of Hereford.
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  • TEAM NEWS
  • HEREFORD: Hall, Hodgkiss, Haines, Egan, Owen-Evans, Storey, Lloyd (Touray 90+1'), Pollock, Revan, Pinchard (Vincent 77'), Wright (Klukowski 77'). Subs not used: Patten, Njie.
  • SPENNYMOOR: Amissah, Pye, Chandler (Anderson 65'), Tait, Curtis (C), Taylor, Ramshaw, Hall, Oyibo (Spokes 21'), Richardson, Thewlis (Preston 77'). Subs not used: Flatters, Ofosu.
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  • KEY UPDATES
  • Spennymoor Town 1 - Hereford FC 0
  • 26' Great chance for Hereford to take the lead as a Ben Pollock heads Harry Pinchard's free-kick towards goal, with the keeper just able to turn it around the upright.
  • 32' And down the other end of the field Spennymoor threaten. Thewlis fires towards goal, but a body gets in the way. Let off there for Hereford.
  • 47' Tait threatens for Spennymoor as his shot is only just parried by Hall, with a shot seconds later whistling wide of the upright
  • 50' Seb Revan has a decent chance for Hereford, but his shot hits the post after driving into the area.
  • 53' Great save by Hall! He's able to get to Taylor's header after he rises highest to connect with the cross.
  • 64' Pye corner comes in for Spennymoor, but Richardson is denied by Hall.
  • 66' Spennymoor take the lead. Thewlis reacts quickest after Hall denies an initial effort.
  • 86' Lifeline for Hereford as Ramshaw breaks into the area and curls a shot wide. Could've been two.
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  • ROLLING MATCH REPORT
  • The game started with a high tempo, both sides looking to break forward from a number of early throw-ins, but it was Hereford who appeared to be in control.
  • A free kick in the 10th minute failed to test home keeper Amissah though, but Wright was able to carry on after some treatment from the physio.
  • The first real chance of the game came for Wright, but his header on the 15-minute mark lacked the power to test Amissah who claimed the effort with ease, with chances for Egan and another from Wright also falling to find the back of the net.
  • The best chance of the half so far then fell to Ben Pollock, who has really grown into the centre-back role this season. He was able to connect with Harry Pinchard's free-kick into the box, with his headed effort just turned around the upright by the keeper.
  • Spennymoor's first chance came with 32 minutes on the clock, with Thewlis linking up well with Ramshaw, but thankfully for Gowling's side, the shot was blocked on its way goalwards.
  • A flurry of shots came from Spennymoor, but they struggled to break down a resolute Hereford defence with their shots from range, and easily claimed by Hall.
  • Hereford's chances petered out though as half-time approached, with only a week effort from Storey to report, with the sides level at the break.
  • After getting the second half underway, Hereford couldn't create anything as the first chance fell to Spennymoor. Hall was only just able to parry Tait's early effort, with seconds later another chance whistling past the upright.
  • But the closest either side really came during the opening stages of the second half was Seb Revan. After making a break forward from his left-back position, his shot ricocheted off the post.
  • Spennymoor were soon threatening again, with Hall called into action to deny Taylor. The forward rose highest as he connected with a cross into the box, by Hall could just get a palm to the ball to push it away.
  • A number of chances for both sides came, but both keepers stood strong to deny the deadlock being broken, but it was Spennymoor who drew first blood.
  • Despite a good performance by Hall, he spilled an initial shot on goal by Taylor and Thewlis pounced on the rebound to net the opener.
  • Hall denied the hosts from doubling their leads with just over five minute left on the clock, with a great reaction to deny Taylor's shot after linking up with defender Hall.

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