LAST TIME OUT
DATE:2143ATT: Edgar Street |VENUE: Coca-Cola League Two |COMPETITION: Saturday 10th April 2010 |
An 18th-minute strike from in-form loan man Jamie Devitt was enough to give the Mariners another precious three points in their bid to beat the drop from League Two. However, results elsewhere meant they gained no ground on their rivals in the relegation race.
Town, boosted by the return of goalkeeper Nick Colgan from injury, started brightly and had their first effort on goal inside the first minute. Peter Bore burst down the right-hand side and his header was flicked goalwards by Tommy Wright, although Hereford stopper Adam Bartlett gathered safely.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro then tried his luck with an effort on ten minutes as the Mariners began to pile on the pressure. The goal came on 18 minutes and it was another well-worked effort from Neil Woods' men.
Akpa Akpro and Michael Coulson linked up well on the right before feeding Wright in the area. He kept the move going by laying the ball into the path of Devitt, who stepped inside and curled an inch-perfect right-foot shot into the top corner of Bartlett's goal.
Town were fully on top of the game now and were unlucky not to add a second on the half-hour mark. The Bulls' defence half-cleared the ball to Dean Sinclair, 25 yards from goal. The on-loan Charlton man fired in a stinging right-foot drive, which Bartlett did superbly well to tip on to the post and out for a corner.
The home side didn't muster their first effort on target until the 40th-minute and despite some late aerial pressure, it was a comfortable first period for Woods' side.
Town started the second period in good form as well and should have added a second when Michael Coulson blazed over from eight yards after Bartlett had spilled a cross from Joe Widdowson.
There was a scare for Town midway through the second half when Nick Colgan handled the ball outside his area but he was only shown a yellow card by referee Miller, as the Irishman had not denied a goalscoring opportunity.
It took Graham Turner’s charges until injury time to force a really good opportunity and it came from their last corner of the match. Darren Jones got a head to the ball and flicked it goalwards. Colgan spilled the ball but Widdowson was on hand to avert any further danger.
BULLS:Bartlett; Green, Valentine, D Jones, Rose; Lunt, Pugh, Young (Done), McQuilken; Manset, Jarvis (McCallum). Subs not used: Gwynne, C Jones, King, Constantine, Preston.
TOWN:Colgan; Bore, Widdowson, Atkinson, Lancashire; Coulson, Sinclair, Hudson, Devitt; Wright (Stirling), Akpa Akpro. Subs not used: Sweeney, Forbes, Proudlock, Leary, Linwood, Wood