HEREFORD midfielder James Vincent reflected on a ‘freak goal’ which resulted in the Bulls suffering a 1-0 opening day defeat against Farsley Celtic.

The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle man made his debut at Edgar Street in front of fans, with Luke Parkin scoring the winning goal just past the hour mark.

“I really enjoyed being out there with the lads," said Vincent.

"I’ve had frustrating preparation myself and couple of the other boys too, but to finally get out there it was great despite the result.”


Despite dominating proceedings and not coming out on top, Vincent lauded manager Josh Gowling’s tactics and believes that the process should be trusted.

“Sometimes when you get a defeat like that you have to look at the positives," added Vincent.

"We could have scored three or four goals and put the game to bed. I wasn’t here last season, but the lads said how much of a change we had in the amount we were creating.

“You can see the way we play. Attacking, fluid football, with a structure in place. We conceded a freak goal, and I didn’t feel threatened at all throughout the match.

“We know we can build; we know we can be better, and we will do everything to win next week.

“If we can be more ruthless and clinical, you can all see why we’ll win games.”

Vincent had to wait to make his debut as an admin issue delayed his registration, alongside former ‘Callie’ teammate Miles Storey.

He did make it in front of an adoring Edgar Street though.

“Our supporters were fantastic today," added Vincent.

"It just shows how much we’ve missed with the restrictions, and fair play – despite going behind and eventually losing the game, they clapped us off.

Vincent and Hereford travel north to the Horsfall Stadium to face Bradford Park Avenue next week, who also lost 1-0 on the opening day.