Appalling Bulls surrender to minnows.
Coalville Town FC
With a 2-0 halftime lead under their belts, and playing against a side 4 divisions lower than themselves, no one could have possibly expected to see FA Cup specialists Hereford United returning from Leicestershire with their tails between their legs utterly humiliated this evening.
Those that have followed the Bulls over the years would have found being in the competition at this stage difficult enough to swallow, let alone losing and with the manner of the defeat.
Hereford again started with a changed side, with Gordon unavailable due to Nuneaton not wanting him cup
tied and Oneyeike back in Holland due to a family emergency.
Nevertheless the Bulls set off at pace stretching their opponents and had the first chance on 16 minutes when Yafai brought a good save out of the hosts keeper Aaron Harris.
With Sam Akinde apparently appearing on the team sheet but not actually on the park confusion surrounded who exactly put the Bulls in front on 21 minutes. Initially credited as an own goal, then to Akinde the official account credited Mo Diop with the strike.
Minutes later Aboubakar Kone should have added to the score but having made space for himself he scuffed the shot for Harris to save.
The Bulls continued to set the pace and it was no surprise when Bilal Yafai got the Bulls 2nd on 38 minutes with a drive from the edge of the box it seemed that the Bulls were on their way to a comfortable win. Harris should have done better and probably saved Yafai's shot, no matter, 2-0 Bulls.
Half Time: Ellistown and Ibstock 0 Bulls 2.
With everyone anticipating a Bulls victory no one could have foreseen the abject surrender that was about to occur.
Fortnam-Mason had replaced Kone, and it was now clear that Mo Diop was on the park for Akinde.
Whatever motivational gems that had been expressed in the Bulls dressing room at half time the result was a complete reversal of the game which saw a 2-0 lead wiped out within minutes and the underdogs in front with 20 minutes to go.
When Traore was adjudged to have handled the ball to give the hosts a penalty which Ben Harris converted, the Bulls faithful would never have expected that within seconds of that happening substitute Mander Harris would have levelled at 2 apiece.
The meltdown being witnessed from a full time professional
side had to be seen to be believed as the minnows set about the Bulls in a manner that was completely unexpected. Indeed when Adam Joynson put the home side in front for the first time at 3-2 on 70 minutes it was no more than they deserved.
The Bulls were completely perplexed and in bits all over the park and were spared further embarrassment when Ben Harris should have scored the 4th on 81 minutes.
A lifeline came Herefords way when awarded a penalty in the last minute giving Javier Roberts the opportunity to rescue a draw and another chance to beat their opponents at Edgar Street in a replay.
Aaron Harris though saved what turned out to be the last kick of the game, and the ecstatic home contingent couldn't believe the complete turnaround they had just witnessed.
Full Time: Ellistown and Ibstock 3 Bulls 2.
Hereford United; Williams,Roberts,Cutujar,O'Neill,Gascoigne (capt),O'Reilly,Traore,Hawker,Akinde/Mo Diop?,Kone,Yafai.
Where from here?.
The biggest cut to the heart of Bulls fans will be the news that discarded players on loan to local side Westfield's shared 4 goals between them with Dequon Eubanks scoring once and Nathaniel Lewars bagging a Hat Trick in a 7-0 romp.
A massive improvement will be required when Biggleswade visit Edgar Street next Saturday if another shellacking is to be avoided.