HEREFORD RFC head coach Scott Sturdy got the maximum point victory he desired against his former side Whitchurch.

Two tries in each half saw the Wyesiders run out 22-14 to seal their 10th win of the season.

"It was an emotional day for me, I was coach at Whitchurch for several seasons and we may not get the opportunity to play each other again for a while, because of the league restructure," said Sturdy.

"Today was not our best performance, Whitchurch were missing several of their star players which made for a bitty game, but we were pleased to take the five points.

"It was pleasing to see Tom Williams put in a man of the match performance, Tom has trained all season and for personal reasons has not been able to play until today.

"We look forward to welcoming Stratford next week and we would dearly like to sign off with a good win, which would see us finish the season with the reasonable return of ten home wins."

Hereford opened their account with a try in the fourth minute with Jack Goodwin driving through several tackles to touch down in the corner.

Whitchurch responded with a controversial converted try to give the visitors a narrow lead.

The hosts were soon back ahead when a break from the base of the scrum was driven to the line and Neil Clarke claimed the try, which was converted by Cal Brayshaw to make it 12-7 at half-time.

Just four minutes into the second half a tap penalty resulted in Mark Philo driving over for a try in the corner.

The Hereford pack was now dominating the set scrums and won a number of penalties.

From one of which the forwards set up a ruck which was driven over the goal line for Nathan Boden to touch down for the bonus point try.

Hereford’s Mark Philo was shown yellow for a late tackle and before the final whistle some casual Hereford defending allowed Whitchurch to end the game with a converted try, taking the score to 22-14.