Saturday, December 21, 2019

Toothless Bulls draw 0-0 in poor home game

Hereford's Brandon Hall Was The Busier Of The Two Keepers
Hereford’s inability to create chances cost them this afternoon as they drew 0-0 in a poor National League North game at Edgar Street this afternoon.

Of course, the last Saturday before Christmas always attracts lower attendances, but just over 1,800 for a Saturday afternoon is still a clear indication that some fans would rather stay at home or do other things with their time than watch Hereford presently.

Overall, the game was poor, but Guiseley had the better chances and will feel they did enough to win the game. Hereford, in contrast only had two shots on target all game.

The only bit of excitement during the early phases of the game was when Guiseley centre-half Kenedy Digie had to replace his shirt due to both him and Hamza Bencherif wearing the number 5 shirt.

Hereford were awarded a free-kick in a decent position in the 11th minute, but Reece Styche hit the wall and the ball deflected over for a corner.

The Bulls had plenty of possession during the opening 20 minutes but without creating anything in the final third.

And they were almost made to pay in the 22nd minute when both Jared Hodgkiss and Danny Greenslade had to make blocks after Gabriel Johnson's shot was saved.

At the other end, Greenslade had an effort blocked after Marcus Dewhurst's punch could only find him, while Kaine Felix had a chance
saved for Guiseley.

Jordan Nicholson Is Fouled By Hamiza Bencherif
Hereford had a good opportunity to create something in the 58th minute, but Greenslade’s free-kick was comfortably saved by Dewhurst.

Another Foul On Nicholson
Dawson Took The Free Kick
But It Was A Comfortable Save For Dewhurst
Kaine Felix was Guiseley’s main threat and he shot just wide on the hour mark.

Chance For Martin Riley
Hereford manager Russell Slade brought on three substitutes in the second half, but it seems that it doesn’t matter who he picks at the moment, no one can create that bit of magic that the Bulls faithful crave. 

Even Jordan Nicholson looks a shadow of the player who looked lively earlier in the campaign. One of the players who came on near the end was Victor Sodeinede who has rejoined Hereford on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Felix could have won it for Guiseley nine minutes from time, but his effort fizzed just wide, while the away side also created a chance five minutes from time.

Next up is an away game at Kidderminster on Boxing Day. The Bulls have to perform much better if they want to come away with all three points. 

What’s that elusive word that Mr Slade keeps coming out with? Consistency! 

Merry Christmas everyone.

Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Greenslade, Thomas, Cullinane-Liburd, Riley, Vincenti (Bray 63), Dawson, Styche (Mooney 75), Nicholson (Sodeinde 87) Allen. Subs not used: Bodenham, Pope.

Guiseley: Dewhurst, McNally, Nichsolson, Jones, Bencherif, Digie, Felix, Cantrill, Sang, Soleman, Johnson.
Subs not used: Smith, Barjers, Shaw, Clayton, Newall.

Man-of-the-match: Danny Greenslade.

Attendance: 1,863 (24 away fans).