The referee abandoned this afternoon's encounter between Didcot and Hereford FC following crowd trouble, immediately after Hereford had snatched what looked to be a late winner. Hereford were reduced to ten men in the 15th minute after Ryan Green was shown a straight red; in the aftermath to the incident, Peter Beadle was sent to the stands and George Reid smashed the free-kick past Alex Harris. The hosts were reduced to ten men early in the second period when Stuart Cattell was shown a second yellow, and Hereford responded midway through the half through a John Mills penalty. Mike Symons thought he'd won it in the 87th minute but whilst the Beast was celebrating, chaos ensued as fans ran on the pitch and sparked a melee, giving the referee no option but to call off proceedings.
Beadle was vocal in his appeals and the referee sent the Hereford manager to the stands, whilst Beadle then had to calm down physio Jonny Evans. When the Hereford bench had calmed down, Reid smashed a free-kick through the wall and into the back of the net from 20 yards.
Hereford responded well though, despite being a man light, and Mills was tripped just outside the box, and despite the hopeful appeals of the travelling army, only a yellow card was brandished. Both Mills and Haysham were closely watched by the physical Didcot back-line throughout the game. Symons failed to find his feet to shoot after a Mike McGrath cross nestled to the big man, whilst Haysham forced the home 'keeper into a save after a step over on the left and powerful low shot towards the near post.
Didcot went down to ten men after Haysham's neat footwork drew a foul by Cattell who was handed a second yellow card. From the free-kick that followed, Haysham shot tamely under the wall and to the goalie.
The away team won a corner on the left, which Haysham sent towards the back-post. Symons headed downwards and the 'keeper, unsighted, saw the ball squirm past him. Symons, and his team-mates celebrated, but some fans jumped the fencing and ran on to the pitch. One of these fans celebrated in front of the 'keeper, and pushed him in the chest, before the home team's players reacted to the fan and pushed him back whilst he was running back towards the fencing. This caused other fans to enter the field of play, players from both sides were involved as a melee broke out in front of the Didcot goal. The confrontation went on for a couple of minutes; the handful of Didcot stewards, police and match officials were unable to calm proceedings, and the referee decided to abandon the game. The arguments carried on for longer and the tannoy announcer was repeatedly asking for both calm, and then for all spectators to leave the stadium immediately.