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Profligate Bulls undone by Burnham.

Hereford United
2 - 5

Edgar Street


Attendance: 486.


Hereford United had only themselves to blame for this afternoons heavy home defeat.
A combination of slack defending and appalling finishing were the reasons behind an average Burnham side winning this game.
Showing another raft of changes from Mondays outing with a back four of Morrison, Gregory and Mahony coming in alongside Onyeike, Gilroy also returned along with Yafai while Steve Vetier started on the left.

Burnham kicked off towards the Meadow end but Hereford stole the ball.Vetier worked his way down the left and cutting inside transferred the ball to his right and shot just wide of the near upright from just outside of the penalty area.

The next Bulls possession saw Javier Roberts and Vetier in tandem across the left midfield which saw Javier's cross reach Gilroy only for the drive to be charged down. It was all Hereford at this stage, moving the ball crisply along the floor and causing Burnham all sorts of problems.

The visitors first attack came on 5 minutes when the first indication of O'Regan's menace became clear when he beat Mahony out wide on the right, his cross however was easily caught by Luke Williams.

Hereford though were continuing to set the pace with the impressive Vetier working a clever one-two with Leroy Griffiths only for his cross shot just missing at the far post.

Burnham were providing for very little in terms of attack nevertheless they forced the first corner of the game on 15 minutes which Burnham's number 9 Kebamab connected with only to loop his header straight at Williams.

Vetier was pulling all the strings from left midfield with clever link play with Roberts and Yafai almost causing Williamson to put through his own goal when Yafai's ball in was headed backwards only to bounce clear off the top of the crossbar.

Within a minute of their escape Burnham took the lead totally against the run of play. The dangerous O'Regan worked his way down the Bulls left and cutting across the front of Both Mahony and Morrison curled a sweet shot just inside Williams' right hand post.

Straight away the bulls should have equalised. Vetier was upended 30 yards out on the left and taking the resulting free kick himself curled a menacing ball towards the Burnham far post which sailed through without anyone managing to get the final touch.

Within minutes Vetier again delivered another free kick following a clumsy challenge on Roberts, who moments later brought another good save from Haslet in the Burnham goal.

Again totally against the run of play on 26 minutes Burnham broke upfield through O'Regan who's driven cross was only knocked down by the off balance Morrison to the feet of Poulton who lashed the ball into the net from 6 yards.

Worse though was to come. On 30 minutes the shell-shocked Bulls struggled to clear a Burnham attack this time down their right and just about stopped another dangerous cross at the expense of a corner.

The ball in was struck far to high and landed on the edge of the penalty area, the Bulls though reacted slowly to the fact that Poulton had regathered but Mahony was extremely hard done by when after winning a straightforward 50/50 to which the forward did a ''Klinsman'' for the referee to be taken in and award Burnham the spot kick which Poulton converted low to Williams' left.

This saw the best period of Burnham play in the first half, and time and again O'Regan and Walker tormented both Morrison and Mahony with their darting runs.

The Bulls though got back into the game on 40 minutes when an Onyeike cross was hacked past Haslet by Williamson crashing into his own goal.

Hereford again picked up the pace and should have scored again on 44 when Kone worked himself a shooting chance 8 yards out on the left which having passed the far post Bilal Yafai desperately tried to convert from an impossible angle.

Half Time: Bulls 1 Burnham 3.

The Bulls kicked off the second half looking to keep up the impetus they had gained in the final few minutes of the first half.

Burnham though should have extended their lead on 47 when Kebamab smashed a shot straight into the chest of Wiliams who had stood tall in front of him.

Hereford were next to waste a chance when Griffiths went clean through but rather than shoot he choose to square the ball to Kone who should have scored but took to long and the effort was blocked.

Roberts was the next for Hereford to show but was called for offside following a delicious Vetier through ball down the right channel.

Not to be outdone Burnham should have scored when another cross was met by Kebamab which he headed over from 8 yards.
Burnham didn't have to wait long for their 4th and best goal. Another cross from O'Reagan was met by Lockheart-Adams with a powerful header low past Williams left hand.

The game was now end to end with attacking play from both sides. Roberts saw another drive deflected agonisingly wide with the keeper stranded and the resultant corner saw Gilroy's drive blocked.

A peroid of Burnham pressure now ensued with Kebamab again heading a cross straight at Williams, and then the same player smashed a 35 yarder which Williams dived to turn around his left hand post.

The pressure finally told when following a foul on the right touchline Morrison took age to recover his position with the cross coming in causing havoc with the ball being hooked onto Herefords crossbar and finally smashed in by Poulton for his Hat Trick.

Jon Taylor had already switched the side around replacing Mahony with O'Neill moving Roberts to left back and Yafai wide left.
This saw the Bulls produce their best play of the game, Roberts and Yafai produced chance after chance the best of which fell for Griffiths who headed just wide, Roberts himself had a driven shot saved.

Eubanks replaced Kone and almost immediately scored when clean through but again took to long. A Roberts cross then saw the miss of the game when Eubanks failed to convert from 2 yards, in fact in his attempt to force the ball over the line he actually cleared it to safety.

Hereford continued to squander chances. Traore replaced the tiring Yafai and buzzed around causing some real consternation until another cross from the left was finally converted by Onyeike for his second goal of the week.

Vetier then had a cross from the right bounce off the top of keeper Haslets bar.

Burnham finally got upfield and won another corner but the referee blew for full time before it could be taken.

Full Time: Bulls 2 Burnham 5.

Star Player

Steve Vetier.

Player Ratings

Luke Williams 7

Had no chance with any of the goals today, indeed apart from some quite outstanding saves the score would have been far worse.

Obi Onyeike 7

Another solid game and another goal.

Paul Mahony 7

Had real trouble with O'Regan and for the most part coped well.

Samuel Bobes-Gilroy7

Worked hard again doing the hard graft filling the hole between defence and midfield.

Luis Morrison-Derbyshire 6 (C)

A difficult game throughout with some real problems containing the Burnham front two.

Jonah Gregory 7

Had a good game particularly covering for the off colour Morrison.

Javia Roberts 8.

Another all action display, ran Vetier close for man of the match.

Bilal Yafai 7.

An efficient hard working display again particularly when switched to the left in the second half.

Leroy Griffiths 7

Worked hard should have scored at least once.

Aboubakar Kone 7.

Another that worked hard without getting that little bit of luck that his deft touched deserves.

Steve Vetier 9.

Outstanding Bulls player controlling midfield from centre left linking well with both Roberts and Yafai. Provided the heartbeat of the side today constantly on the move and always looking for the ball.

Gary O'Neill 7

Effecient play and a sweet curling attempt deserved a goal.

Dequon Eubanks 7

Provided the side with more impetus late on. Missed a sitter.

Aliou Traore 7

Another to add pace when introduced late on. Some powerful bursts into the box.

Manager Rating

Jon Taylor tried everything today to get the Bulls ticking.


The Bulls will be highly disappointed with this result and rightly so. They absolutely did not deserve to lose this match.
They have to take their chances though having created 17 today and converted 2.
Burnham created 9 and converted 5 of those.
The temptation with all of this is to get into a negative spiral concentrating on things that went wrong. That would be a big mistake on another day the score would easily have been 5 or 6 to Hereford.
The team though needs to have some consistency in selection.

Date:Saturday August 30 2014
Time: 11:05PM

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