HEREFORD manager Paul Caddis praised his side for managing the game well during their 3-1 victory against Scarborough Athletic.

Goals from Alex Babos, Jason Cowley and Yusifu Ceesay secured Hereford’s fourth home win on the bounce.

However, Scarborough were a threat throughout scoring through Frank Mulhern’s penalty before also hitting the post.

“Scarborough are a very good team and will be up there this year that’s for sure,” said Caddis.

“Their forward players in particular are very clever, they play a lot of balls around the corner and are tidy in and about the box.

“I’m really pleased with the victory in terms of what we brought to the game, we were clinical. I’m pleased with the performance, getting a setback after the penalty and then coming back again.

“I thought the boys stuck to the game-plan really well and were calm in possession in the first half in particular.

“It was difficult at times, but we used our experienced lads well, the back four collectively were really good. I thought we managed the game pretty well to get us through those tough moments.”

Scarborough came into the game full of confidence and went close on 16 minutes when Aidan Rutledge met a Alex Purver cross before volleying just wide.

However, it was Hereford who took a 34th minute lead with Cowley and Ceesay combining before the latter played through Babos to beat the goalkeeper.

Three minutes into the second half Scarborough should have levelled but for an excellent save from Curtis Pond to deny Luca Colville from close range before Paul Downing cleared an effort of the line moments later.

Straight up the other end Hereford doubled their advantage on 50 minutes with Cowley latching onto a long ball before lobbing goalkeeper Whitley.

Scarborough were still in the game and on the hour mark Dom Tear should have scored from close range but put his effort wide from Mulhern’s inviting cross.

Colville then rattled the post after turning smartly inside the box and firing his effort low across Pond’s goal.

The visitors were then given a 73rd minute lifeline as substitute Harry Green was judged to have been fouled inside the box by Babos and Mulhern dispatched the penalty.

Despite Scarborough pushing forward for an equaliser it was Hereford who wrapped up the points nine minutes from time.

Scunthorpe loanee Tom Pugh drove out of defence before threading through Ceesay to score his side’s third goal.

Substitute Jack Tolley went close to adding a fourth goal at the death cutting inside the box before having his effort saved by the legs of Whitley.

Hereford: Pond, Skinner, Teixeira, Downing, Ceesay (Tolley 81), Babos, Cowley (Freemantle 72), Cranston, Pugh, Mendes (Livingstone 51), Southern

Unused subs: Stanley, Rooney