HEREFORD went back to basics and record an emphatic 4-1 victory over Banbury United with four different goal scorers.

Paul Caddis’ side found the perfect response from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Boston with Jason Cowley, Adam Rooney, Ethan Freemantle and Lassana Mendes all finding the net.

“Everyone just did their job, it was about getting back to the basics again,” said Hereford boss Paul Caddis.

“I thought our passing was a lot better and we brought Paul Downing back in (from injury) who has a calming influence on the team.

“It was really pleasing to get four goals as well. We started on the front foot, got our forward players on the ball and made them (Banbury) defend first and foremost which caused them problems.

“I was delighted to get that first goal. There was opportunities there (to score more) in that last 15 to 20 minutes.

“I’d be more disappointed if we weren’t getting in those situations to create chances which we were.”

Hereford got off to a perfect start when Yusifu Ceesay broke into the box on 11 minutes before finding Jason Cowley to beat the goalkeeper.

Cowley could have doubled the Bulls’ lead on 22 minutes after meeting Alex Babos’ free-kick before flicking his header wide.

Banbury’s best opening in the first half came on 25 minutes when Ken Charles crossed from a promising position, but Curtis Pond was alert to the danger and saved.

The Bulls were sparked into life before the break as Aurio Teixeira ran at the Banbury defence before curling his effort just wide.

Three minutes before half-time it was 2-0 as with Jason Cowley providing the perfect pass for strike partner Adam Rooney to fire home.

Banbury goalkeeper Jack Harding kept his side in the match before the half-time whistle denying Yusifu Ceesay’s effort.

That save was made more important as referee Oliver Mackey awarded Banbury a 47th minute penalty for a foul by Adam Livingstone which Charles converted to make it 2-1.

Hereford then peppered the Banbury goal with Koby Arthur and Alex Babos both seeing efforts saved and Cowley rifled over.

Rooney also saw a flicked effort fly over the crossbar before goalkeeper Harding denied substitute  Ethan Freemantle who found himself in on goal.

The third Bulls goal eventually came on 73 minutes with Arthur seeing his effort saved by Harding only for Freemantle to head home the rebound.

Babos was keen to get in on the goal scoring action and had an effort saved before another chance moments later cleared off the line.

With seconds left of injury time Hereford made it four as substitute Lassana Mendes capitalised on a defensive error before netting to complete the win.

Hereford: Pond, Skinner, Livingstone, Teixeira, Downing, Ceesay, Babos, Cowley (Freemantle 65), Rooney (Pugh 88), Arthur (Mendes 84), Cameron

Unused subs: Tolley, Howkins