HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling praised his side for applying the work they did on the training ground scoring from set pieces and quick breaks in their 4-2 win at Boston United.

A depleted Bulls side scored four goals inside the opening 23 minutes with defenders Orrin Pendley and Jack Evans netting along with Tyron Barnett and number nine turned central defender Aaron Amadi-Holloway.

The opening two Hereford goals came from Harry Pinchard corners before two quick breaks opened the hosts up resulting in two further goals.

"Credit to the lads we worked on set plays in training on Thursday and we scored two of them,” said Gowling talking to Keith Hall.

"I thought our two midfielders got on the toes of their centre halves and we won our aerial drills which was the main things.

“We looked at for them is that they’re quite narrow so for our goals we thought if we can get the ball quickly and break it would cause them problems and we got some goals from that which is pleasing.”

Gowling was faced with a defensive dilemma with three regular centre halves unavailable or injured resulting in him recalling Orrin Pendley from his dual registration deal at Coalville Town.

Remarkably number nine Aaron Amadi-Holloway played alongside him a centre-half and despite conceding a first half penalty stood strong against a barrage of second half attacks.

"We didn't particularly want to play that way in the end but when you go four goals up like we did you kind of to sit in," said Gowling.

"Obviously Orrin (Pendley) has come back in as well and I thought he was outstanding, Aaron (Amadi-Holloway) played centre half as well and I thought he was outstanding as well. To a man the lads put an absolute shift in so I’m really pleased.

"It’s frustrating because you want to keep a clean sheet and their penalty was one of them and they've scored one but I think as a whole they had quite a lot of possession of the football.

"And their two strikers were quite small so we knew if we could get them to go direct then we would win that. We stuck to the game plan.

“They threw everything at it, the kitchen sink, when you go four goals up they can be free but we slid across the pitch well.”