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Monday, May 16, 2016

Road to Wembley: Narrow Victory at Bardon Hill


With Wembley less than a week away, BN will be taking a look back at how Hereford booked themselves a place at the National Stadium in the final of the FA Vase.

Here's a brief look at the first game on the Wembley trail:

On Saturday 3rd October, Hereford travelled to fellow MFLP side Bardon Hill in the 2nd Qualifying Round, the round in which they entered the competition.

There were two changes forced on Pete Beadle, with loanee Adam Page not allowed to play due to cup rules, and Sol Wheatley was sidelined through injury - Nathan Hughes and Ben Miller came into the side.

The striking partnership of John Mills and Pablo Haysham proved effective in the opening stages; Mills judged the offside trap well to get in behind and his ball across found Haysham; he managed to nudge the ball past the 'keeper but his effort lacked power and was blocked by the covering defender.

Mills then ghosted past two men inside the area, before cutting back for Haysham but he could only send his 10 yard effort over the bar.

The best chance of the first-half fell to Hereford's Joel Edwards, who found himself in an unfamiliar position inside the box after playing a clever one two with Mills, but the left-back got too much on his shot and dragged it past the post.

With the first-period a poor spectacle, the crowd would have been hoping for a more lively second half, but in honesty, it failed to live up to expectations.

A punt forward by Nathan Summers was chased down by Mills, and in normal fashion, the striker turned his marker inside out when cutting in from the right but a left-foot shot cleared the post.

The decisive moment of the game came around fifteen minutes from time. Haysham did well to control the ball 30 yards from goal, and after a neat flick past one defender, he went into the box and was upended by Bardon's left-back leaving the referee pointing to the spot.


Pablo Haysham was brought down in the area
Mills took up penalty duties and made no mistake, firing in from 12 yards, off the post, to give Hereford the slender advantage.


John Mills stepped up
The keeper went the right way but couldn't make a save
This was Mills' 20th goal of the season

Hereford: Rivers, Green, Summers, Willets, Edwards, Hughes, Bonella, Birch, Miller, Haysham, Mills.

Subs: Kontic- Coveney, Grant, Gwynne, Moreira, Oates.