CALVIN Dinsley said scoring Hereford’s goal against Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup made all the hours in rehab worthwhile.

The midfielder had an injury-plagued season for the Bulls and had to be withdrawn in both the previous two rounds.

And he only got his chance in the second round match at Fleetwood due to Rob Purdie being injured in the warm-up.

Dinsley certainly took it though and sent the near 1,000 Hereford fans wild when he fired home from outside the area in the 23rd minute.

“I’ve had a tough time for the last couple of months,” said Dinsley. “It’s been a really frustrating.

“I got injured in the last two rounds, but that is why you keep working hard and keep believing.

“I’ve worked hard in the past four weeks just to get into contention for this game and it makes all the hours of doing your rehab worthwhile.

“That’s my first goal of the season and I’m just buzzing for the whole team and the fans – it’s a really good day.”

Hereford went into the game 89 places below their League One opponents in the football pyramid, but you wouldn’t have noticed it, with the Bulls matching Uwe Rosler’s side in all aspects.

Fleetwood had the first chance of the game when Wes Burns headed over when well placed following a 19th minute Ashley Hunter cross.

But it was the Bulls who went went ahead. There seemed little danger when Dinsley picked the ball up outside the box, but his pile-driver gave Chris Neal in the Fleetwood goal no chance.

However, Hereford’s lead lasted only six minutes.

Fleetwood already went close to levelling the game when Kyle Dempsey saw his shot saved before Devante Cole was on hand to chest home Lewie Coyle’s cross.

Hereford had a great chance to restore their lead on the stroke of half-time, but John Mills saw his effort cleared off the line.

In the second half, Dara O’Shea tried his luck for Hereford from distance in the 57th minute, while at the other end, Burns’ cross evaded all of this team mates in the six yard box.

Then, Martin Horsell had to be alert in the Hereford goal to deny Ashley Hunter with 18 minutes remaining. As the clock ticked down, Hunter struck the inside of the post for Fleetwood, but the miss summed up the hosts’ day.

“I thought we showed fantastic character, real desire and we deserve to be in the third round draw,” said Bulls manager Pete Beadle.

“Horsell didn’t have to make that many saves. They scored a goal, had a shot

just before that, he tipped one wide, they hit a post near the end and there were a couple of crosses that flashed across the goal but no one was there.

“So in terms actual chances, they didn’t have so many. I thought our back five were fantastic, the three in front of them were brilliant and the three boys upfront they all put a real shift in.

“And the two who came on kept it going. I’m delighted for the supporters, I’m just pleased they came and gave us the backing as they always do.

“Could we try and improve a bit to give them more problems? We’ll work on that between now and the replay.

“But whatever happens, no one will forget today as it’s been a fantastic achievement for the players to play a team 89 places above us and to hold them and to match them in many areas of the game.

“So I’m really proud of the players and what they’ve achieved and now hopefully we can take that into our league form.”