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Monday, April 13, 2020

On This Day - April 13th 1998

22 years ago today it was also Easter Monday. Hereford United made the short journey to Cheltenham having played them at Edgar Street the previous Saturday.

CHELTENHAM 1 Hereford 2 (report by Peter Povall)

United presented their fans with an excellent Easter present by completing the double over Cheltenham Town today at Whaddon Road.

The entire away side of the ground was filled to capacity as 700+ United fans braved the cold, to cheer the lads home to victory.

I was personally surprised to see John Brough start the match in the centre circle as he took up position alongside Tony Agana to spearhead the Hereford assualt. I even questioned Graham Turners judgement with other fans but in the 14th minute I was made to eat my words as he rose to meet a well placed cross from Rob Warner driving it past Steve Book to the United fans delight.

Brough was causing the home defence some serious concern as he revelled in being let loose in his new position. He came close on a number of further occassions during the first half as he sought his second.

The first half was dominated by United but their former striker Neil Grayson did manage a couple of good efforts on goal as he blazed his first chance just over the bar from all of 20 yards out. His second chance was headed just over as he latched onto a Keith Knight cross on the break.

The second have proved quite different though as Cheltenham were driven back into their own half for much of the time and Grayson was expertly marked out of the game by Trevor Matthewson. Grayson really had to expect this as we of all clubs know just how dangerous he can be.

Steve Book was pressured from the start as attack after attack was sent in against the home defence which appeared fairly easily beaten but Book make some excellent saves and the United finishing could have been better. Brough alone had a real chance of a hat-trick here as a further attempt was cleared from the line.

Steve Cotterill had other ideas though and an inspired substitution which saw Dale Watkins come out to play, gave Cheltenham a fighting chance. He quickly made a difference as the United defence was breached and he fired a shot at Andy Quy. Quy blocked the shot but failed to hold it, parrying it away, but Jason Eaton reached it before the defence and he belted it into the back of the net.

Hereford fought on though and with their best run in years just waiting to be extended they created a further chance just 6 minutes later when a scramble in the Cheltenham area fell free to Chris Hargreaves he had little troubling in finishing the job from 12 yards out.

The only downside to the game is that you have to wonder where this sort of form has been all season as United clearly deserved the victory and were justly awarded it.