HEREFORD captain Jimmy Oates says the Bulls just need to focus on what they are doing as they close in on top spot in Evo-Stik South.

With leaders King's Lynn Town now not playing until February 17, Hereford can close the gap to just one point with a win over Biggleswade Town on Saturday.

However, they can no longer go top next week due to their scheduled game against Frome Town being postponed.

"King's Lynn are probably the toughest team we have played this year, along with Slough, but we just need to focus on ourselves and churn out wins," said Oates.

"We just need to win the games we should be winning, and come the end of the season, hopefully we'll be in a position to go up."

Hereford beat Bishop's Stortford 2-0 on Tuesday night, while King's Lynn hammered Gosport Borough 7-1.

"I guess King's Lynn were heavy favourites to go down there and demolish them like they did," added Oates.

"It's never easy as it sounds though, so fair play to them."

Hereford manager Pete Beadle added that the Bulls need to make the most of their games in hand so they can overtake King's Lynn.

"Whether you score seven goals or two, it doesn't matter, it's still three points on the board and that's the most important thing," said Beadle.

"They have been on a decent run and the win over us has certainly buoyed them.

"But it's in our hands still and all we can do is put in a good performance and get three points on the board."

Hereford beat Bishop's Stortford thanks to second half goals from Jamie Bird and Lance Smith.

"We've had a lot of away games recently, so it's good to be back and put in a good second half performance for the fans," added Oates.

"Hopefully we can now kick on for the next two games.

"It was a bit of a slow start in the first half, but I think we turned it around nicely in the second half and did the job."

The turning point came in the 37th minute when Callum Taylor was sent off after he caught Hereford defender Ryan Green with an elbow.

"I wasn't sure what the bloke was doing for the sending off, but it was pretty blatant and that changed the game," said Oates.

Hereford made two changes from the team that beat Farnborough at the weekend, with James Bowen coming in for Cameron Pring and Garyn Preen replacing the injured Pablo Haysham.

Both teams had chances in the first half, but it was Bishop’s Stortford who had the best opportunity in the 28th minute.

However, Afolabi Akinyemi slashed his effort wide when well placed.

Taylor was then sent off in the 37th minute and Hereford went in front three minutes after the break when Bird lashed the ball home after charging into the box.

Smith doubled the lead from close range in the 57th minute and he went close to scoring again at the death.

Hereford: Horsell, Oates, Bowen (Pring 78), Richards, Green, Liburd (O'Shea 46), Preen (Purdie 46), Bird, Mills, Reffell, Smith. Subs not used: Symons, Puddy.

Bishop's Stortford: McCarthy, Casey, Cruise, Hughes, Ekipteta, Robinson, Taylor, Thomas, Akinyemi (Crowther 78), Cureaton (Oatham 83), Foxley. Sub not used: Riley.

Attendance: 1,722 (including seven away fans).