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Hereford 1 Leamington 2 as it happened

By James Thomas

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    LIVE updates as Hereford entertain Leamington with Russell Slade's side still looking for their first win since October.
  • Hereford go into the game after a lackluster 3-1 defeat at local rivals Kidderminster Harriers on Boxing Day.
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  • Desperately searching for their first win in the National League North since October, Hereford looked the slightly brighter of the two sides in the opening exchanges.
  • Victor Sodiende was one of the four changes made to the side that started in Thursday's 3-1 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers, but he went agonisingly close to taking the lead in the fourth minute.
  • He linked up well with Jordan Nicholson as he was burst through Leamington's defence, but his shot flashed across the face of goal as it went wide at the far-post.
  • Four minutes later Hereford were caught off-guard as Leamington broke forward after dispossessing Jordan Nicholson in midfield. Despite working the ball forward to Kaiman Anderson, the offside flag went up against the visitors' front man.
  • Two chances then followed for Hereford as they tried to get a foothold in the game.
  • First, Nicholson wasn't able to control an accurate cross into the box from Danny Greenslade, and the ball rolled out for a goal kick,.
  • But less than 60 seconds later Victor Sodeinde forced Jake Weaver between the sticks for the hosts into a fine save.
  • Sodeinde was able to cut inside the area before getting a powerful shot away, but somehow it was pushed wide by Weaver for a fruitless corner.
  • Inside 20 minutes at Edgar Street Hereford found themselves once again facing an uphill battle as Leamington took the lead.
  • A corner from Junior English was swung into the box, but it appeared Brandon Hall put it into the back of his own net.
  • The Bulls did seek a reaction straight away as Peter Vincenti saw an effort saved by the feet of the keeper. He reacted quickest as an initial effort from Sodeinde rebounded into the 18-yard box.
  • He showed some good footwork as he weaved his way into the box from the left, and his shot from a tight angle couldn't be kept out by visiting keeper Weaver.
  • A disastrous start to the second half saw Hereford fall a goal behind within the opening minute.
  • Leamington regained possession in midfield after intercepting a poor pass from Tommy O'Sullivan to Stephen Dawson, and good work from Dexter Walter saw him carry the ball forward into the box.
  • Walter then teed up Kaiman Anderson who curled the ball home.
  • A second chance came moments later as this time Walters tried to find to the top corner of the net, but his ball was inches wide of the far post.
  • With 63 minutes on the clock Vincenti did well to find Sodeinde in the penalty box, but his run was brought to an abrupt end with a strong challenge.
  • With the referee waiving the penalty claims away, Vincenti rose tallest to head just wide from the resulting corner.
  • Chances followed for substitute Alex Bray and Tommy O'Sullivan, but neither could find the target with their efforts.
  • Chances then became a premium for both sides as the game petered out, with the Bulls bound to be ruing their missed opportunities and going a goal down so early in the second half.
  • TEAM NEWS
  • Hereford: Hall, Thomas, Greenslade, O'Sullivan, Cullinane-Liburd, Pope, Vincenti (Allen 79), Dawson (c), Mooney, Sodeinde (Styche 71), Nicholson (Bray 59).
  • Subs: Bray, Pollock, Hodgkiss, Styche, Allen.
  • Leamington: Weaver, English, Morley, Maycock (Martin 88), Mace, Lane, Murphy (Dunbar 63), Clarke, Anderson, Edwards (c), Walters (Taylor 80).
  • Subs: Dunbar, Taylor, Martin, March, James.
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