TEENAGER George Lloyd netted his second goal in two games as Hereford held AFC Telford United to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old Cheltenham Town loanee, who also scored during their 3-1 defeat at Boston United on Saturday, netted the opening goal after 23 minutes when the hosts failed to deal with Kieran Thomas’ cross.

Telford came back into the tie and equalised through Daniel Udoh’s fierce shot which flew in off the post.

Goalkeeper Matt Yates, on loan from Derby County, made a triple save from Darryl Knights early in the second half but Telford failed to make their possession count and Marc Richards side earned a vital point.

“It feels good and it was a great shift for the boys to get a 1-1 draw in the end as it was backs against the wall for most of the second half so to get the draw was brilliant,” said Lloyd.

“I just like to help the team out and you have to put hard work in to get a result in the end. I managed to slide in and get the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs somehow so I’m happy to score another goal and happy for the team.

“The new management have changed the game a bit and it’s all helped so we have got a good spirit. I just want to help the club as it is a big club and I want to try and get them back where they belong.

Telford, who had won five of their seven home league games, started on the front foot with Shane Sutton heading wide before Knights squandered two chances.

However, the travelling Bulls took a 23rd minute when Lloyd bundled home inside the box.

Jordan Cullinane-Liburd had a chance to double the visitor’s lead but sent his header wide at the back post.

The Bucks were level on 35 minutes when Tommy O’Sullivan lost the ball on the edge of the box and Udoh unleashed a vicious strike.

Lloyd almost put the Bulls back ahead before the break after beating his man but his shot across the face of goal was denied by the post.

Marc Richards’ side battled through the second half and restricted the hosts to just one clear chance when Yates made a triple save.

“Away from home in this league is extremely tough and the first 15 minutes showed that,” said Richards.

“When we settled down we started creating chances and didn’t have the bulk of possession so away from home against a very good team a point is a good result.

“It’s all well and good playing nice attractive football at Boston at times but to show that other side with the grit and determination defending our box and putting bodies on the line.

“We have got a good foundation to build on now. I feel so positive at the moment about where we can take this squad and this club and it is coming out now in performances.

“Our back-line were excellent but also look at George Lloyd and James Roberts up top in terms of the work-rate they showed. I think everybody has worked their socks off today.

“I’m really pleased for him (George Lloyd), he is a great character and for such a young kid he has got a hell of a career in front of him.

“If he keeps doing what he has been doing and being as lively as that. I would love to see his GPS stats as has done some serious work.”

Before the tie Hereford signed their fifth loanee in the form of Kyle Finn, who is on a month loan from Coventry City.

“He is an exciting player who will hopefully get some minutes in the next few home games. He is a very exciting talent and attack minded player,” added Richards.

“In an ideal situation you bring in permanent players but in terms of a quick fix sometimes you need loan players. We have got five in which is the maximum you can have in a match-day squad so there won’t be any more coming in, in the immediate future.”

Hereford: Yates, Thomas, Greenslade, Cullinane-Liburd, Wassall, Smith (c), McGrath, O'Sullivan, Roberts (White 86), Lloyd, Owen-Evans

Unused subs: Jackson, Murphy, Finn, Horsell