HEREFORD'S defensive curse struck again this afternoon.

New recruit Dan Preston had to be withdrawn just before the break after injuring his knee, while Dara O'Shea, who also joined the Bulls this week, was sent off on the stroke of full time.

It is understood O'Shea will be available for this Monday's home game against Merthyr, with his suspension kicking in from next week.

Mark Preece was also unavailable for the 3-1 win after feeling unwell, but should hopefully be ok for Monday.

Fellow centre-half Jack Deaman is also out injured, while Ryan Green was not fit enough to start today.