HEREFORD manager Paul Caddis says that changing the forward line worked resulting in four goals against Farsley Celtic.

Marksmen Andy Williams and Jason Cowley were left watching on the bench as Kieran Phillips led the line, while Tope Obadeyi returned from injury and debutant Dominic McHale started.

Obadeyi and Phillips both netted while McHale earned the opening penalty. Alex Babos and Jid Okeke also scored first half goals in the 4-1 victory.

After his side have failed to score in two of their last three matches Caddis felt it was time for a change.

“I think the last six or seven games we’ve created chances but not put the ball in the back of the net as often as we’d hoped for,” said Caddis.

“We’ve got Tope (Obadeyi) back (from an inflamed toe), we started with Kieran (Phillips) he deserved his chance, we brought Dominic (McHale) in and Jid (Okeke) has been excellent for us.

“It’s been a change of the front four. We’ve probably been a bit stale in the last five or six games so I felt that we had to freshen it up in the top end of the pitch.

“Some decisions you’ll get right and some you’ll get wrong, thankfully it proved the right decision today and I thought the front line was excellent.

“Dom (McHale) uses his experience at this level, just gets his body in and takes a touch before going down,

“I thought he grew into the game really well. I thought Tope (Obadeyi) was excellent, he’s one of those players who knows when to take touches and when not too and he protects the ball really well.

“He scored a penalty and set one up for Kieran (Phillips). I was disappointed to concede a goal at the end, but at the start of the game it was all about getting a victory.

“We’ve got Kieran (Phillips), Tope (Obadeyi) and Dom (McHale) who all got a barrel loads of goals last season at Gloucester,

“They are three players who have played together for a full season last year.”

Caddis was pleased with the ruthless nature of his side as Hereford won their first game in four to keep pace with their play-off rivals.

“I’m really pleased as especially in the first 25 minutes I thought we started really brightly, we were ruthless,” he added.

“We went ahead quite early in the game and followed it up. It was a point we’ve made to the players that we’ve taken the lead quite a lot in games but we want to get the next one and the next one, that belief to keep going in games.

“It was a pleasing afternoon and three points that we needed.”