HEREFORD Head Coach Marc Richards said that his side should have been more 'ruthless' after letting FC United steal a point with a last gasp goal.

A wonder strike from Eliot Richards looked to have sent the Bulls to a fourth away win of the season after Mike Symons cancelled out an early strike.

However, a 91st minute deflected free-kick by United's captain Kurt Willoughby stole his side a share of the points.

“If we were a bit more clinical and a bit more ruthless then we could have gone 3-1 up and it would have stopped the momentum that was coming for the last 15 minutes," said Richards.

"It was a deflected free-kick that ended up getting the equaliser but we had a couple of good chances. We just didn't see them off which is frustrating but they (FC United) are going to take some points off people.

"We defended well at times in the second half but it's frustrating that it was a 90th minute equaliser that went in. It was a huge deflection, it was going one way and then it has been deflected into the opposite corner.

"We are coming into every game trying to get that three points and we were very close, four or five minutes away from getting that today.

"It feels like a loss at the moment if I'm being honest, the lads are absolutely gutted like they would be because they worked their socks off, but it's a point on the road again."

United, looking for just their second home win of the season, started on the front foot and Steve O’Halloran’s cross was headed down for former Bull Chris Sharp to bundle home the opener.

Hereford responded immediately with James Roberts claiming for a penalty after going down inside the box, but referee Richard Aspinall waved away the appeals and booked the forward for diving.

Tom Owen-Evans was next to go close with a stinging volley which was just tipped over by the goalkeeper.

The Bulls were level on 17 minutes as a quick break down the right saw the ball played into the box by Roberts before falling nicely to Mike Symons to finish.

United were on the back foot but still look dangerous and Sharp would have put his side back ahead but for a close range Matt Yates save after a Willoughby corner fell to him.

And then in the fourth of seven added first half injury time minutes Willoughby rattled the bar at the other end after he flicked a corner onto the woodwork.

After the break the hosts came close again when Yates looked to have been fouled when collecting a cross only for the ball to fall nicely for Tom Peers, who was denied by a goal-line Josh Gowling clearance.

The Hereford fightback was completed in the 57th minute when Richards rifled his shot into the net from outside the box.

United threw everything at an equaliser but sent a series of efforts wide coupled with some last ditch defending.

Hereford had the chance to seal the points when Symons worked his magic out wide before cutting back to Theo Wharton, who saw his effort blocked.

However, they were denied the points by a cruel 91st minute equaliser when a Willoughby free-kick deflected off the wall and into the net sending Yates in the wrong direction.

Hereford: Yates, Oates, Greenslade, Thomas, Cullinane-Liburd, Gowling (c), O'Sullivan, Owen-Evans, Richards (Finn 90+2), Roberts (Wharton 85), Symons

Subs: Wesolowski, Ebbutt, Hill