HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling was left frustrated by his side conceding two goals at Brackley Town and then struggling to break the hosts down resulting in a 2-1 defeat.

A first half opener by Callum Stead was followed by a second Brackley goal minutes into the second half with Cosmas Matwasa netting after Hereford failed to deal with a throw-in.

“If you come away from home and give two goals from re-starts away, a goal kick they scored from and a throw-in then it’s going to be hard away from home,” said Gowling.

“We’ve got to learn from those things. The throw-in wasn’t reaching the area which we set-up in which it was then flick and then we don’t deal with the edge of the box and they score from it.”

Luke Haines had an asthma problem after the warm-up and was ruled out and replaced by Jethro Hanson at the last moment.

Hereford started brightly and Ryan McLean opened up the Brackley defence before Tyrone Barnett fired over.

At the other end the Bulls’ weaknesses were exposed and Jordan Richards ghosted behind Zak Lilly but he couldn’t control the ball and the chance was gone.

Hereford showed glimpses of their ability during the first half with Miles Storey beating his marker and then finding Aaron Amadi-Holloway who flicked the ball towards goal-wards forcing goalkeeper Danny Lewis into a fine low save.

Seven minutes before the break a quick passing break opened the Bulls up and Matwasa got to the byline before pulling the ball back to Stead who slid the ball home.

A minute into the second half Brackley dealt a killer blow when a throw-in was flicked on into the path Matwasa who rifled the ball home

Brackley almost made it three after an hour but loanee goalkeeper Cian Tyler was on hand to save the first effort across goal and then defender Lilly blocked the rebound from Matwasa.

Once they fell two goals behind Hereford struggled to create anything of note until Jack Evans played a quick one-two before finding the bottom corner with his effort.

“It’s frustrating,” added Gowling.

“But it’s good character in the end to keep fighting to get back into the game, but it’s a bit too late

“They’re well drilled, they will sit behind the ball and on the edge of the 18-yard box when they go a goal up and it’s hard to break down.

“They’ve got two big centre halves who head and kick everything. When you give them a goal lead or a two-goal lead it’s very hard to break down.

“It was pleasing that we did get a goal back but it was really displeasing at the goals we conceded.”