HEREFORD FC’s Head Coach Marc Richards was disappointed with a point after watching play-off chasing AFC Telford United come back to take a 1-1 draw at Edgar Street.

Rowan Liburd’s third goal in five games for the Bulls put his side ahead in the first half before Telford’s captain Shane Sutton levelled following miscommunication in the home defence.

“I thought we were excellent in the first half in terms of what we were hoping to do to them and it’s a pity we weren’t able to capitalise more,” said Richards.

“I like to think our plan worked in the first half and our goal came from that. It’s just a pity that we just couldn’t continue.

“In the second half although we had a couple of good chances they were the better team. We were better in the first half and they were better second half so it’s probably a fair result.

“They adapted to what we were doing and we had a chat at half-time about what we wanted to do and we didn’t execute it as well as we could have done in the second half.

“I was disappointed to come away with a 1-1 draw. (Matt) Yates has probably had to come and get quite a lot of crosses or second phase from long throws but he hasn’t been worked massively.

“It was an opportunity for the boys to go up against a good team as they are in the play-off spot at the moment.

“It was a really competitive game on a boiling hot afternoon which just showed the desire, effort and commitment which they’ve got.

“I was really pleased with the performance levels in the first half and it was an overall better performance from us. It has given me some real good thoughts for next season as well.”

Liburd netted his seventh minute opener before seeing a second one-on-one saved by the Telford goalkeeper later in the match.

Talking about the opening goal, Richards said: “It was brilliant, a good bit of interplay followed by a brilliant ball from (James) Waite through to Rowan (Liburd) and it was a great finish.

“His chance in the second half was probably an easier chance but fair play to him that’s why we’ve brought him into the club and he’s picking up the goals.

“I’m really pleased for him as he’s come straight into the squad and not too much preparation time for him first game.

“Now we’ve had a couple of training sessions and he’s fitted straight in with the lads.”