Yate succumb to league leaders

February 28 2017

A scrappy goalless first half with both sides appealing for a penalty left the near 900 supporters at the Jelf Stadium hoping that the second half would produce some goals.

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A scrappy goalless first half with both sides appealing for a penalty left the near 900 supporters at the Jelf Stadium hoping that the second half would produce some goals. 

Runaway league leaders Hereford FC were looking to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season following their 2-1 home defeat to Taunton. 

The first half was a tale of two penalty shouts with Yate appealing for a spot kick when Mark Preece miss-controlled in the box but the referee waved away the home side’s appeals. The visitors had a penalty shout of their own mid-way through the half after a challenge by Matt Guy on Tristan Plummer but the referee again said no.

Yate thought they had gone in front towards the end of the half when a free kick from the centre was floated into the box and eventually squeezed in from close-range but the linesman had flagged for offside.

Hereford turned the intensity up in the second half and besieged the Yate goal. Jimmy Oates and Mike McGrath both fired off-target before a flurry of corners. Hereford took the lead through their top marksman Mills in the 65th minute.

A corner from the left by Haysham was flicked on by Preece and Mills was on hand at the back-post to head home from three yards out for his 32nd goal of the season. 

Just four minutes later Hereford doubled their advantage through Haysham. McGrath fed a lofted pass down the line to Purdie, who went past his marker before steadying himself to float in a right-foot cross for Haysham to convert.