HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling rued his side’s missed opportunities as they were beaten 2-0 at local rivals Gloucester City.

First half City goals from Dom McHale and Dara Dada sealed Hereford’s fate as they fell to a 11th defeat of the season.

However, Gowling believes it could have been so different had Harry Pinchard scored a one-on-one opportunity while further opportunities fell to Luke Haines and Miles Storey.

Gowling said: “Harry (Pinchard) has had a really good one (chance) hasn’t he?

“Their first goal, the cross was excellent and he (McHale) probably shouldn’t be free in the box but you can give them that one.

“The second one we’ve tried to switch play in our own box which is stupid, it has turned over and they’ve score from it.

“We’ve had enough chances to at least get something out of the game in the end. Goals change games don’t they? The first one was an excellent cross and the second one we’ve had options to clear the ball and not done it.

“We’ve had opportunities to put the ball into the back of the net and we’ve not done it. That’s why we’ve lost today.”

Hereford were cheered on by a big away following officially recorded as 525 strong. Gowling added that his biggest disappointment was sending them home unhappy after failing to find a way through the City defence.

He added: “It’s disappointing for us and for me that we’ve come here twice over the last couple of years at not got a result with the numbers (of away fans) there.

“That’s the real disappointment for me from today.”

During the second half Hereford threw on attackers Ryan McLean and Tyrone Barnett in an attempt to chase the game. However, the Bulls waited until the last few minutes to introduce attacking talent Jack Holmes.

“We brought Ryan (McLean) on to give that extra attacking option,” added Gowling.

“We’ve brought Jack (Holmes) on at the end. Could we have brought him on earlier? Possibly but if you look at the second half it was all us.

“Apart from tapping the ball into the back of the net with a couple of things that flashed across the goal then I thought we did pretty well in the second half.”