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Bulls record first win

Hereford United
1 - 0
Banbury United

Edgar Street

19/8/2014 7-45pm

Attendance: 569 (38 away)


Bulls players and fans alike were delighted this evening as the team notched their first win of the season in the Southern League Premier Division.

Showing a number of changes from Saturdays loss at Dorchester the Bulls were forced back as Banbury kicked off and took the initiative. Some good pressure could well have resulted in an opener for the visitors with one cross just failing to be converted by Murombedzi as it zipped across the box.
A speculative Banbury effort from around 40 yards sailed above the bar, as the Bulls struggled to get out of their own half early on.
A decent move up the park eventually saw Nathaniel Lewars win a free kick on the edge of the visitors box with the resultant effort being headed over the bar by the Bulls Onyeike.

With the Bulls swift passing game beginning to get going another good move saw Yafai win another free kick and Banbury's Westwood booked. Hill in the Banbury goal showed a safe pair of hands fielding the resulting shot.

The match was developing a good tempo now with Ryan the next Banbury player carded, while Hereford's Oyibo sent a rasping 30 yard strike straight at Hill.

The game continued at a good pace with both sides testing each other with neither registering before the break.

Half Time: Hereford United 0-0 Banbury United.

The Bulls kicked off the second half however Oyibo was replaced by Ramirez within minutes.

Banbury were again the first to threaten with a free kick in a dangerous position just outside of the penalty area, which Simpson smashed into the Bulls defensive wall.
The pressure remained on the Bulls until a swift break up field saw Roberts shoot agonizingly inches wide.
The Bulls faithful though didn't have to wait long for the breakthrough which came on 62 minutes with Dequon Eubanks converting Javier Roberts cross.
The relief was tangible around Edgar Street as at last the Bulls had taken the lead their play deserved.
Nathaniel Lewars was replaced by Samuel Akinde and the Bulls forward found himself one on one with Hill which brought a brilliant save from the Banbury stopper.
The young Bulls side were now growing in confidence and moved up a couple of gears with sweet passing football which the fans appreciated and roared them on.

Finally a 25 yard screamer from Ramirez was tipped over the bar by Hill to deny the Bulls a well deserved second goal.

The final whistle saw great celebrations from the players and crowd as the Bulls posted a well earned 3 points.

This was a fine performance from John Taylor's young side building on the fine foundations of the passing style being engendered at Edgar Street and seen against both St Neots and Slough Town previously.

Star Player

Dequon Eubanks.

Player Ratings

Luke Williams 7

Starting to control the back four well.

Obi Onyeike 7

Looking useful going forward.

Daniel O'Reilly 7

Solid defending throughout

Luis Morrison 8

Developing well and strong Captain.

Joshua Oyibo 7

Another strong performance.

Jonah Gregory 7

Again strong defending.

Javia Roerts 7

Very dangerous on the break, could have scored.

Samuel Bobes-Gilroy 7

Hardworking midfield display.

Dequon Eubanks 9.

A fine acquisition, constantly threatening and took his goal with aplomb.

Nathaniel Lewars 7

Powerful target man, held the ball up well.

Bilal Yafai 7

Lively performance.

Ramirez 7

On for Oyibo denied a cracker by outstanding Josh Hill.

Samuel Akinde 7

Another denied by Hill, would have scored 9 times out of 10.

Date:Wednesday August 20 2014
Time: 1:06PM

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