HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling said that five individual errors cost his side as they fell to a 5-3 defeat at Chester.

Two Tom Owen-Evans first half goals had put the Bulls into a commanding position before Declan Weeks' rifled effort draw Chester 2-1 behind at the break.
However, in the second half the Bulls capitulated with goalkeeper Paul White as fault for two early goals as Chester took the lead before running out victors.

“We were in control the whole game to be honest, they haven’t cut us open once and every single goal was an individual error,” said Gowling talking to Keith Hall.

“You go away from home and score three goals you expect to win the game the simple fact is we haven’t.

“It didn’t go horribly wrong and we still controlled the game. 
"It’s five individual errors. I think they (Chester) will be delighted to come away winning 5-3.

“Once you take the goals out of the equation we were the better team, but goals win games and lapses of concentration don’t, that’s what is costing us."

With their first effort of the game Hereford took the lead on 22 minutes when Lenell John-Lewis broke down the right on a counter-attack before squaring for Owen-Evans to tap home.

Former Bulls trialist Declan Weeks had a chance to respond riding one challenge before blazing over.

At the other end Hereford full-back Dan Jones showed his danger crossing from the left.

On 38 minutes the Bulls capitalised and Jones' cross was knocked down for Owen-Evans to slide home the second of the evening.

Just moments before the break a cross was half cleared into the path of Weeks who rifled home.

After the break Bulls goalkeeper Paul White will have the blame for handing Chester the lead.

The hosts were level on 49 minutes when White looked to have collected a soft Will Goodwin header only to see the ball squirm out of his arms and into the path of striker Danny Elliott to tap home the equaliser.

Three minutes later White saw his punch from a Weeks corner landed in the back of his own net.

Chester made it 4-2 on 63 minutes when John Johnston was given space outside the box before firing his effort into the net.

Gowling's side were given a lifeline with 17 minutes remaining pulling a goal back with Kennedy Digie claiming the goal through a crowd of bodies.

Kyle Finn would have levelled the tie moments later but saw his effort plucked out of the top corner by goalkeeper Louis Gray.

However, a fifth Chester goal killed the game off when a free-kick found Danny

Livesey unmarked at the back post to settle the tie.

“I think this will put pressure on everybody," added Gowling

“They’ve not really laid a glove on us but we’ve conceded five goals from five mistakes.”

Hereford: White, Hodgkiss, Grimes, Coke (Camwell 45), Owen-Evans, Finn, Digie, John-Lewis, McQuilkin (Klukowski 85), Lloyd, D Jones
Unused subs: Hall, Nabi, Whittingham