Saturday, July 27, 2019

REPORT: Own goal sees Bulls beat Aston Villa U23

Hereford beat Aston Villa Under-23s 1-0 this afternoon thanks to an own goal.


Isaiah Bazeley Graham could only divert the ball into his own net four minutes after the break after Keiron Thomas had fizzed in a cross.

Mike Symons should have made it 2-0 in the 68th minute but headed straight at the goalkeeper, while at the other end, Brandon Hall made a number of decent saves.

Hereford named two trialists in the starting line-up, with a sub keeper also on trial. 

It is understood that the trialist who played number 11 was former Chorley player Raheem Hanley.

Jared Hodgkiss, whose signing was confirmed yesterday, was given the captain's armband. 

And head coach Marc Richards named so many players as subs they could all sit on the bench. Tommy O'Sullivan sat by the corner flag.

The away side had the first chance of the game on the quarter-hour mark, but Callum Rowe's effort flashed wide. 

The trialist striker then had a low shot saved at the second attempt by the Villa keeper, while Brandon Hall did well to deny  Indiana Vassilev after he was set up by Jack Clarke.

Hereford would have been pleased with how they matched their opponents in the first half and it didn't take long for them to open the scoring in the second half, albeit in fortunate circumstances. 

The visitors went close when Colin Odutayo saw his attempt tipped over by Hall, while Vassilev saw an effort saved.
With 15 minutes to go, both Jordan Nicholson and Tom Owen-Evans saw efforts blocked, while Rhys Davies was also denied.

Then late in the game, a low ball from Davies just evaded Symons.
Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss (O’Sullivan 46), Riley (Davies-Austin 73), Thomas (Bray 60), Cullinane-Liburd, Pope, Owen-Evans (Bishop 83), Jagger Cane (Finn 60), A. Trialist (Nicholson 60), Styche (Symons 60), B. Trialist (Davies 73). Subs not used: C. Trialist, Maye.
Attendance: 625 (50 away fans)