Slick Bulls despatch Biggleswade.
Following a disrupted week it was a relief to get back to the football this afternoon. Showing a number of changes from last week and the surprise inclusion of Harry Agombar the Bulls needed to get a good win to get their season back on track.
Biggleswade kicked off towards the Meadow end but Hereford soon took the ball away from them and set about producing the sweetest football seen at Edgar Street in years.
The industrious Vetier linked well with Bilal Yafai in the middle of the park and swung a peach of a pass out to Obi Oneyeike who was halted by a swift challenge. The Bulls though continued to move the ball around the park with crisp accurate passing and fluid movement. Agombar initially struggled to get up to the pace of the game and looked a little uncertain with his first few touches.
The Bulls first chance came in the 4th minute with Obi Oneyeike linking well with Javia Roberts. JR stroked the ball out to Steve Vetier on the right and cutting in onto his left foot he swung the ball in looking for Sam Akinde, the cross however was a fraction to high and cleared him and Roberts to go out for a goal kick.
The Bulls though continued to pass the ball around the park reminding those watching of the type of play that become the Bulls Hallmark under Graham Turner.
The next chance again came down the left with Roberts finding the more threatening Akinde who turned on the ball and half volleyed over the bar.
On 10 minutes Akinde was fouled just inside the left touchline and Agombar crossed for an unmarked Delroy Gordon to slice his effort wide at the far post.
Biggleswade managed to get out of their half a couple of times but Brad Gascoigne and Delroy Gordon dealt with everything that came their way with ease.
Cutajar was also linking well from left back and with Roberts and Vetier swapping flanks the next move saw Cutujar work a swift exchange of passes with Vetier which saw the ball laid off to Roberts who's driven shot just cleared the bar.
Biggleswade finally brought Luke Williams into action when a weak shot was easily saved.
From there the Bulls worked a superb move down the left with Cutajar, Vetier and Roberts combining to set up Sam Bobes-Gilroy who absolutely buried a stinging 25 yard left footer into the bottom left corner of the net, opening the scoring in the 21st minute.
Gascoigne then played a raking 60 yard ball from the left side of the Bulls half which Vetier on the wide right controlled instantly, again switched the ball to his left foot cut inside his defender and lashed a shot just wide of the near post.
Another Bobes-Gilroy ball down the inside left channel saw the goalkeeper just manage to smother the ball denying Roberts a goal.
It was all Hereford, Yafia and Agombar along with Bobes-Gilroy were making the midfield tick over with another foul halting Yafai on the edge of the Biggleswade penalty area.
Obi Oneyeike whipped a dipping free kick over the Biggleswade wall stranding keeper Brown who could only watch as the ball cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, bounced on the goal line and was cleared.
Cutujar was replaced by Abboubakkar Kone causing Jon Taylor to switch Roberts to left back and Kone went wide right.
Biggleswade finally really tested Luke Williams in the 35th minute but again he saved the effort comfortably. Following that Biggleswade's first corner saw Luke Williams flattened by Farrell but the referee waved play on as Onyeike set off down the right, passing to Kone who rolled the ball onto Agombar he moved forward laying the ball off to Vetier who crossed to the far side of the penalty area wher Yafia's half volley hit the keepers left hand upright and was hoofed away by Allinson.
Kone then had another shot saved, and Sam Akinde forced another cross into the Waders area which just missed the far post.
The Bulls second came in the 43rd minute when another Agombar through ball was half intercepted by Coulson and landed at the feet of the retreating Akinde who was at least 5 yards offside but had been played on by the defenders hacked clearance. Akinde turned, controlled the ball and with Kone up in support cooly slipped the ball under the advancing keeper. The Waders defenders raced to harangue the assistant referee but the fact was it was no different to what Suarez did at the World Cup, when Gerrard played him on.
The arguments continued for some time and it appeared that the referee might be going to change his mind and rule the goal out. He was however confirming his decision, not reversing it.
Half Time; Bulls 2 Waders 0.
The Bulls kicked off the second half attacking the Meadow end and should have scored within seconds as Kone having been fed into the left hand side of Biggleswades penalty area turned york inside out, cut back onto his right foot and beating the keeper he saw his shot graze the far post.
Obi Oneyeike had the players on the waders left on toast and set off on a number of rampaging runs one of which saw him play vetier in with his shot being cleared for a corner.
The resulting cross saw Gordons header scrambled off the line. Akinde was having his best game for the Bulls and another effort was just wide.
Biggleswade though were starting to get a foothold in the game and Bobes-Gilroy was fortunate to see his misplaced pass when landing at the feet of Benton just clear the bar as the Waders midfielder chipped the ball over the startled Williams.
Akinde then headed clear a dangerous cross while defending a free kick, and then Luke Williams dived to his left to save a goalbound effort from Gentle.
The half was becoming much more even as Biggleswade drove forward searching for a goal to get a foothold in the game. The Bulls though should have increased their lead on a number of occasions but by being too elaborate when simple balls could have been played into the acres of space Biggleswade were leaving in behind their back four, they wasted a number of good openings.
Agombar was now beginning to settle down and started to knit the midfield together with simple one two's and intelligent support running always offering himself for the outlet ball, and keeping the game moving.
Midway through the half we had the usual comedy intervention by the Referee Adam Penwell. The Bulls were awarded a free kick on the left which Roberts played into the path of the advancing Agombar and just as he was going to shoot the Referee stopped the game to call Allinson over and warn him for jostling. Next he stood and watched as Gordon and Allinson again jostled for position and then called them both over. Having done that and sent them back they continued to struggle for position waiting for the free kick to be taken which again was delayed when he called them both over again and booked them.
As the game drew to a close Akinde got booked and substituted being replaced by the mountainous Serge Mo Diop, who rather disturbed Bilal Yafai when he blasted a volley straight into the midfielders wedding tackle leaving him writhing on the ground for a full 5 minutes while first Biggleswade mounted an attack and having broken that up the Bulls carried on and it was only when goalkeeper Brown took mercy on him by putting the ball out of play that Yafai got the cold sponge treatment.
Bobes-Gilroy was replaced by Gary O'Neill late on.
Agombar then had a speculative attempt, picked up a silly booking for punching the ball away from a Biggleswade player trying to take a throw in, and finally another obvious dive from Reid fooled referee Penwell into pointing to the spot.
Allinson stepped up to power the ball high to Luke Williams's right top corner.
There was just time for the Bulls to kick off before the referee blew for full time.
Luke Williams 8.
Obi Oneyeike 8.
Louis Cutujar 7.
Harry Agombar 7.
Brad Lee Gascoigne (capt) 7.
Delroy Gordon 8.
Javia Roberts 7.
Sam Bobes-Gilroy 9.
Sam Akinde 8.
Steve Vetier 8.
Bilal Yafai 8.
Abboubakkar Kone 7.
Serge Mo Diop 7.
Gay O'Neill 7.
Stay away fans missed a treat.
The quicker the fans return the better, they are missing out on a real improvement.
These kids are an absolute credit to themselves and the club.