HEREFORD blasted away Farsley Celtic in the first half and then sat on their lead against a swirling wind to record a 2-0 victory at Edgar Street.

With the wind on their backs and full of confidence in the first half Miles Storey netted twice as the Bulls looking in full control.

However, with several players returning to fitness Hereford stepped off the gas in the second half and withstood some Farsley pressure to see out the victory.

“I thought we defended really well in the second half, but in the first half we did the damage to get the result,” said Hereford manager Josh Gowling.

“We had a tough game Saturday and we put a lot of effort into that. I said to the lads ‘give me a really good blast 45 (minutes)’. They did that and we had a good cushion in the game.

“Ideally you want to go out in the second half and put some goals in the end. But if we can’t do that and aren’t feeling great, leg wise, then shut up shop, be organised and see the game out.”

The Bulls could have gone ahead with just five minutes on the clock when a flicked header was saved by goalkeeper Max Dearne only dropping for Aaron Amadi-Holloway who somehow headed over.

Dearne was kept busy as the Bulls started with a flurry denying Kane Thompson-Sommers’ powerful volley and then tipping Levi Andoh’s strike over.

With Hereford pushing bodies forward the visitors remained a threat on the break, but James Spencer slipped inside the box allowing Gowling’s side to retreat.

Miles Storey sealed the game with two goals inside three first half minutes.

Firstly Ryan Lloyd’s cross found Amadi-Holloway who headed down for his strike partner to tap home the opener on 22 minutes.

Three minutes later a surging Harry Pinchard run resulted in the playmaker feeding Storey who rifled home his second.

The Bulls could have sealed the points with a third goal on 30 minutes with Jack Evans cutting inside before forcing goalkeeper Dearne into action.

At just two goals down Farsley remained a threat and Luke Parkin sent his angled effort wide before Andrew Butler slipped inside the box while in a promising position.

The visitors became much more direct in the second half and almost had their reward on 66 minutes but Kian Scales dragged his effort wide.

With 11 minutes remaining the Bulls could have relieved any pressure with a third goal but Amadi-Holloway saw his effort saved before substitute Jack Holmes had his effort blocked.

Despite facing long balls into their box during the second half Hereford stood strong to seal their second win of the week.

Hereford: Visser, Evans, Haines (c), Thompson-Sommers (Holmes 67), Lloyd, Amadi-Holloway (Barnett 81), Pinchard, Storey (McLean 76), Hanson, Pendley, Andoh

Unused subs: Wade, Thompson