HEREFORD'S equalising hero Mike McGrath says that he is only just feeling confident enough to shoot after returning from an ankle injury.

The 32-year-old missed the start of pre-season due to his injury but has started all of Hereford’s league matches.

His 65th minute volley from just inside the box earned Hereford a point against York City, but he looked back at a header earlier in the tie as a missed opportunity.

"The goal felt good as I missed a header in the first minute which I should have scored so it was nice to rectify that and get the goal,” said McGrath.

"You kind of forget about it as the game goes on but after missing a chance like that after a game you always look back and think that I should have scored.

"It was a good pass by (Jamie) Bird, he has spotted me and it's perfect on my left foot to strike. It was an inviting pass for me to hit really. He's young and always going to try things that maybe a lot of people wouldn't. Sometimes it doesn't come off but when it does it helps the team.

"It was one of those where a couple of weeks ago I wouldn't have attempted to shoot because of my ankle and maybe took a touch and passed it. It's nice to have the confidence to be able to strike the ball and not really think about it.

"Now the games are Saturday and Saturday I have a week to recover and do a little bit on it.

"It was nice to get a point and on the balance of play maybe we had the better of the chances as it was quite even but I felt we played well today.”

Saturday's visitors York were one of several full-time sides in the National League North and McGrath knows the league well having formerly played for Kidderminster Harriers and Worcester City.

He added: "They didn't really open us up at all and I can't remember (Martin) Horsell having to make too many saves if anywhere as we had a couple of good chances.

"They had spells of possession but they're a full-time team so it's to be expected. There is a lot of positives to look at and going forwards we will get stronger and stronger.

"I have played a lot of times in this league so know what to expect, in any league if you're not at it and all switched on you'll struggle and even more so at this level.

"We're a fit team and the part-time teams it's a case of what players you've got and if they're going to look after themselves in between games off the pitch while the full-time teams are going to be made to train.

"When you're part-time to be up there at the end of the season you need a team of players who are going to keep themselves fit in their own time.

“Now we've got a big squad there are people looking to take your place."