Date:Sunday September 21 2008
Sat 20-Sep-08; 3pm
Attendance: 3,004 (293 away)
The Bulls slipped to their 5th League One defeat of the season as a result of this two-one defeat, that despite taking a first half lead courtesy of a Nick Chadwick penalty.
United remain rooted to the bottom of the division and it has become painfully clear that Hereford lack a cutting edge up front.
Skipper Karl Broadhurst was back in the action after a two month lay-off following a dislocated shoulder and a home debut was handed to striker Chadwick following Steve Guinan's groin strain.
Guinan could be sidelined for three or four weeks so much will be asked of the ex Everton and Plymouth front man, who appears to lack full match sharpness at the current time.
It had been a cagey opening until the spot-kick, although Gary Hooper showed his strikers instinct after 16 minutes when latching onto a poor Dean Beckwith back-pass, and only a sprawling save from Darren Randolph kept the scoresheet blank.
However, the Bulls went ahead on 25 minutes after the Iron's skipper Izzy Iriekpen fouled Matty Done with a high challenge. This was a clear penalty and debutant Nick Chadwick stepped up to confidently slam home the spot kick.
Despite being behind though the Scunthorpe strike force of Paul Hayes and Gary Hooper were always a threat in no small part thanks to their pace and intuitive passing.
The combination undid the Hereford defence with two second half goals inside a devastating five minute spell.
First, a Paul Hayes lay-off slid in Sam Togwell who burst into the box before finishing superbly, and then on the 58 minute mark another Hayes flick-on released Hooper on the counter-attack. The former Hereford loan star simply tore at the heart of the Bulls defence before rifling in a well-struck shot past Randolph.
Ben Smith almost equalised with a header that dipped over the crossbar, but at the other end the menacing Hooper went extremely close to bagging his second goal of the game with a fine solo run, however, he shot wide after a lovely squirming run.
The Bulls stepped up the tempo when substitute Simon Johnson came on and the ex-Leeds striker almost equalised with a speculative 25-yarder with 12 minutes to go, but somehow the ball came back into play after striking the angle of post and bar.
Diagouraga then had a headed goal disallowed for pushing in the box.
United continue to be punished at this level and there is likely to be little respite next week as the Bulls have the small matter of a trip to Elland Road to face the once mighty Leeds United.
Final Score: Hereford United 1 - 2 Scunthorpe United
Hereford United: Darren Randolph; Richard Jackson, Karl Broadhurst, Dean Beckwith, Kris Taylor; Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Stephen O`Leary (Simon Johnson, 75 min), Ben Smith, Toumani Diagouraga, Matty Done; Nick Chandwick. Substitutes not used: Craig Samson, Clint Easton, Richard Rose, Jack MacLeod.
Scunthorpe United: Murphy; Byrne, Iriekpen, Pearce, Williams; Sparrow, McCann (Morris, 81 min), Togwell, Woolford; Hooper, Hayes (Thompson, 65 min). Substitutes not used: Lillis, Mirfin, Hurst.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Kent)
Attendance: 3,004 (293 away).
Date:Sunday September 21 2008
FLASHBACK: Ainsworth inspires Hereford (Thursday October 28 2010)
Capital date for Bulls board (Monday September 20 2010)
Capital date for Russon (Tuesday August 31 2010)
Video Vault; RIP Adam Stansfield (Thursday August 26 2010)
London Bulls Launched (Thursday August 26 2010)
Kovacs bullet seals Hereford win (Sunday August 8 2010)
FLASHBACK: Hereford run riot at New Street (Sunday July 4 2010)
Video Vault; The Bulls Crossbar Challenge 2006 (Thursday June 24 2010)
Video Vault; Bristol City v Hereford 6-May-1986 (Friday June 11 2010)
Video Vault; Northampton v Hereford 6-Sep-1992 (Thursday June 3 2010)
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