HEREFORD assistant coach Will Morford said that a professional second half performance helped his side to a 5-0 victory at Ludlow.

The Bulls were frustrated in the first half by a host of Liam Griffiths saves before Alex Bray opened the scoring just before the break.

However, the Bulls dominated the second half with Liam Bishop, Kieran Thomas, Jacob Jagger-Cane and Tom Owen-Evans all scoring.

Head coach Marc Richards missed the tie due to being away on holiday.

“It was a good result and we did use a lot of players as we were trying to get minutes into the boys obviously and that’s what we are using pre-season for,” said Morford.

“First half was missed quite a few chances and it felt like we were trying to force stuff, it was panicked and rushed.

“The second half came out and were a bit more disciplined and got the goals that we deserved. I was pleased, in the first half I was frustrated that we hadn’t got the goals but in the second half it was a professional performance and we got the goals that we deserved.”

Youngsters Davies, Bishop and Connor Davies-Austin were all given a Bulls start against Ludlow.

“They did well, they’re young lads who are learning the trade and it’s good for them to be in and around the squad with the experience that we’ve got in,” Morford added.

“Rhys (Davies) put in a few great balls and a couple of good tackles. Connor (Davies-Austin) looked steady and played some good balls into midfield which I have been asking of him.

“They are young lads and need to be playing games. They aren’t going to get the experience sat on the bench the whole time so we will get them games wherever that might be.

“That’s what we are using pre-season for, to have a look at them but also give them that experience of playing at this level.”