HEREFORD FC secured their third win from four games in all competitions as Yusifu Ceesay’s strike was enough to see the Bulls past Bishop’s Stortford.

Ceesay netted his second goal for Hereford after just eight minutes to give the home side the lead and, despite some late pressure from the visitors, a vital three points.

New signing Jack Tolley showed himself early on and forced a save from Jack Giddens in the Bishop’s Stortford goal in the sixth minute.

The Bulls made their early pressure count on eight minutes when Ceesay cut inside the box on his right foot and fired past Giddens.

Bishop’s Stortford found a foothold in the game and midfielder Ryan Charles released a stinging shot from 25 yards out which forced goalkeeper Curtis Pond into action.

The Bulls came out in the second half looking to make their lead more comfortable, and on 52 minutes Aurio Teixeira forced Giddens into a good save.

A penalty appeal followed in the 70th minute for Hereford as Alex Babos broke swiftly from a Stortford corner, driving with the ball end to end before going down under a challenge inside the box, but referee Elliot Bell deemed no foul had been committed.

Bishop’s Stortford continued to ask questions of the Hereford defence when two balls were played in behind and flashed across the Bulls’ box, but no yellow shirt was on hand to meet it on either occasion.

As the clock reached 86 minutes, an almighty goalmouth scramble in the Hereford box ensued after a swiped clearance from Jordan Cranston prompted a melee, before referee Bell awarded a free-kick to Hereford.

The Bulls nearly found a second in the 96th minute when the ball fell to Connor Stanley inside the box, but the winger’s effort was sliced wide as the final whistle blew.

Hereford: Pond, Skinner, Teixeira, Lyden, Downing, Ceesay, Babos (Arthur 83), Cranston, Tolley (Mendes 59), Rooney (Stanley 66), Howkins.

Unused Subs: Livingstone, Ryley