Recap: Bulls 2-1 Reds

Recap of the New Year defeat at Edgar Street…

Ashley Hemmings [Pic: Ade Hoskins]

HARRIERS slipped to defeat in their first match of 2020 as they were beaten by Hereford at Edgar Street.

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Despite having controlled much of the first half, Harriers were, for the second game in succession, made to pay for not taking chances while in the ascendency.

As it was, the Bulls netted twice after the break to end their own lengthy winless run, a late Ashley Hemmings goal not enough to trigger a serious fight-back from the visitors.

In the first 45, Harriers were brighter on and off the ball, going close through Hemmings, who drew a low save from Brandon Powell, before nodding a header just past the post with what was the visitors’ best chance of the half.

The second period was a different story, however, and Hereford took just five minutes to open the scoring. The award of a penalty after Johnson appeared to win the ball appeared contentious, but Sodiende made no mistake in powering the resultant spot-kick past Will Mannion.

The response was reasonable from Harriers, who went on to go close to an equaliser through Peniket’s header, which landed on the roof of the net, and an Ed Williams drive which cut wide.

Unfortunately for the Reds, however, it was to be Hereford’s afternoon, such was their greater purpose in the second period – they confirmed the victory ten minutes from time when Moyo unwittingly chested the ball beyond Mannion in trying to defend a cross.

Hemmings did pull a goal back after his free-kick looped over everyone and into the net with the aid of a nudge from Cullinane-Liburd.

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