TEENAGE goalkeeper Brandon Powell put in a standout performance on his full Hereford debut during Hereford’s 2-1 win over Kidderminster Harriers.

The Bulls trainee shot stopper is on dual registration with Hellenic Division One West side Hereford Pegasus this season, four tiers below the Bulls in the non-league pyramid.

However, with Hereford number one Brandon Hall coming down with an illness Powell was called upon to wear the number one jersey.

Despite conceding late on the young goalkeeper played his part in Hereford’s first win since October.

Hereford manager Russell Slade said the goalkeeper had done ‘brilliantly’ on his debut but feared the worst when the teenager went down in the second half after collecting a cross in a crowded box.

“He just loved it and when he went down I thought was he injured or whatever,” Slade added.

“But he said no and he was just killing a bit of time gaffer and he was okay. It was brilliant really and I think he’s really enjoyed it.

“I didn’t say anything to him last night when I knew it was an issue when Brandon (Hall) had text me with a message. I wanted him to have a good night sleep to be honest so I didn’t tell him until he got here today.

“He was excellent and the lads have given him a round of applause and a right big cuddle because he has done brilliant.

Hereford Academy under-18 captain Rob Whitlock was also named an unused substitute in the victory.

Slade says that he keeps an eye on the youngsters in training so they are ready to step in when the first team squad are short.

“If we are short like that I’m going to ring Andy Bevan up and get one of the young lads that I like,” added Slade.

“I’ve seen a little bit of (Rob) Whitlock that I like and I’ve seen a little bit of Archie (Muirhead) and Connor (Davies-Austin) as well.

“They’ve all trained with me and I keep an eye on them. It’s important that I know what they’re about and what they can do.

“You never know, like today when the opportunity is going to come. The trainee goalkeeper has today played in a local derby against Kidderminster, you never know and they need to be ready.”