Bulls stun Paulton.
Attendance: 302. (50+Bulls fans)
With their first away victory Hereford United's improving young team secured all three points as goals from Bilal Yafai and Steve Vetier either side of a Josh Klein-Davies strike defeated the hosts at Winterfield Road.
In a game rated as the best seen at Paulton this season Hereford with Jon Taylor again rotating his selection got off to a flyer when Bilal Yafai saw his mis-hit shot get deflected into the goal on three minutes.
It could be said that a change in luck was needed by the Bulls and in this case most welcome.
The Bulls now were on the front foot and tore into their opponents. Abboukar Kone received a probing ball from the impressive Obi Onyeike which he failed to control, while McCottie for Paulton drew a fine save from Luke Williams.
Sam Akinde described as a ''conference journeyman'' hacked at one effort that went out for a throw but later drew a fine save from Kyle Phillips in the home goal.
Paultons Jon Davies scuffed an effort that Williams easily dealt with before Phillips was again called into action punching away Josh Hawker's corner denying the onrushing Akinde.
Another Oneyeike run saw Yafai's effort blocked in a last ditch tackle by Scott Brice.
Evans then hit the post for Paulton while substitute Elliot Gibbons on for the injured Davies set up Bryant whose volley was brilliantly saved by Luke Williams.
Just before the half Traore after receiving attention for an injury lifted a teasing cross into the box that was met by a header by Gordon resulting in panic in the hosts defence. Oneyeike then delivered a cross which was smothered by Phillips.
In the final action of the half Dean Evans for Paulton was caught offside as Gordon marshalled the Bulls back-line.
HT: Rovers 0 Bulls 1.
The second half saw former Bristol Rovers hitman Klein-Davies substituting for the withdrawn Ollie Knowles and the impact was instant. A combination of McCottie and Klein-Davies saw a ball laid into the path of Ashley Williams who appeared to be tripped in the six yard box only for the appeals for a penalty to be waved away.
Next Bryant fired a free kick over the bar and an Ashley Williams corner was punched clear by Luke Williams.
This was followed by the move of the match. Williams found Tovey who moved the ball onto Bryant down the right flank to McCottie, his driven cross was controlled by Klein-Davies who having made space put the ball into the Bulls net to square the game at one all.
Not deterred the Bulls went straight back on the attack and Yafai tested Phillips who immediately fed Gibbons to run upfield passing to McCottie who's reverse pass was gratefully intercepted by Bulls Skipper Brad Lee Davies.
Paulton sensed blood and in their next raid Loius Cutujar did well to deflect away another Klein-Davies effort.
Bulls Manager Jon Taylor reacted by bringing on Steve Vetier for Yafai and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson for Kone.
On 68 minutes the pair combined to put the Bulls back in front when leaving 2 defenders in his wake Fortnam-Tomlinson tore down the right wing and his long raking cross was smashed in on the volley by the flying Vetier.
The game was end to end with both McCottie and Evans bringing saves from the superb Williams and for Hereford Vetier saw a viciously dipping 25 yarder just clear the hosts crossbar.
On 82 minutes Paulton squandered an absolute sitter when Evans and Bryant contrived to allow the grateful Bulls to clear what looked a certain equaliser.
In a tense finish Paulton sacrificed captain and central defender Brice and launched a barrage of high balls into the Bulls penalty area, however,for the Bulls both Akinde and Fortnam-Tomlinson couldn't quite take half chances to kill the game off.
A couple of weeks ago United would probably have buckled but Gordons experience and the introduction of a narrower shape saw the Bulls hold out to record an outstanding away win.
FT: Rovers 1 Bulls 2.
This was another improving performance in which Jon Taylor was able to benefit from having players on the bench that can change the style of play and contribute positively.
Ellistown and Ibstock will not be relishing either the attacking style of the Bulls, nor the increasing security of the back four.
Bulls MoM: Luke Williams.