Writer: Alan Brown
Date:Saturday January 20 2007
Attendance: 2,494 (315 away)
A resurgent and revitalised Macclesfield proved to hot for a poor Hereford side to handle.
The Silkmen roared out of the relegation places for the first time this season, and such was their domination of the opening quarter-of-an-hour, surely even Hereford's management will concede that purely defensive tactics just can't work all the time at this level.
Bulls' boss Graham Turner made three changes to the starting line up following last weeks defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town. Back came Alex Jeannin at left wing-back, Stuart Fleetwood was restored up front, whilst a debut was awarded to the Tranmere on-loan midfielder Steve Jennings.
Wave after wave of attacks rocked Hereford back in an opening ten minute burst in which the Bulls hardly got out of their own half.
John Miles blasted over a shot from 15 yards inside the first two minutes. Danny Swailes headed narrowly wide, before his second venture forward, for another Jamie Tolley corner, saw his downward header cleared off the line by Rob Purdie.
The blustery wind was right behind the backs of the Silkmen and their tactic of launching over hanging corners into the six yard box caused mayhem at the back for Hereford.
However, Macclesfield almost broke through in normal play on the nine minute mark. John Miles beat the offside trap before powerfully shooting goalwards, only to be denied by a flying save from Wayne Brown. A goal still looked on the cards though as the ball bounced out to Matt McNeil, however, his fierce drive struck the top of the post before flying over.
United's relief was short lived. Another swinging cross - this time from Kevin McIntyre - created the opening goal. McNeil rose to meet the flag-kick powerfully and his header would certainly have crossed the line had it not been for the outstretched arm of Andy Ferrell.
The Geordie was instantly red-carded and up stepped McIntyre to blast home the resulting spot-kick.
Strangely, the goal seemed to lift Hereford into an increased tempo more than the home side, although only long-range free-kicks from Rob Purdie and Alex Jeannin really troubled the Silkmen's back-four.
Hereford re-grouped and battled hard after the resumption, but to no avail. Jennings got through a tremendous workload, and could prove to be a real asset during his forthcoming loan spell, but does he have the necessary support?
Stuart Fleetwood released Andy Williams in the 51st minute, but just as the youngster jinked past his marker, out came the home 'keeper Tommy Lee to deny him a shot on goal.
The match was effectively all over in the 61st minute. My man-of-the-match John Miles blitzing his way through before crossing for John Murphy who buried home a flying header at the far post past a startled Brown.
United's marking at this point went haywire to say the least, and despite Fleetwood striking a post with a well-struck fizzing shot late on, the Bulls just knew they were not to get anything out of this match.
Murphy bagged his second of the match with just seven minutes remaining. Once again he was in the right place at the right time meeting substitute Alan Navarro's accurate low cross.
So Macclesfield lift themselves out of the mire, and on the basis of their recent performances look a good bet to overtake Hereford in the not too distant future.
For the Bulls it's time for a change. Both in tactics, formation and personnel. The question remains, when will the Edgar Street faithful see some new signings?
As one wag put it this afternoon: 'Get your cheque book out - Turner!'
Date:Saturday January 20 2007
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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