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Unlucky Bulls lose to Corby.

Hereford United
1 - 2
Corby Town

Edgar Street.


Attendance: 254.


Another evening of misfortune saw Jon Taylor's improving bulls side denied by high flying Corby.
Hereford were more than a match for the experienced Corby team that included a number of players with extensive league experience.

Indeed, an intricate move down the left saw Sam Bobes-Gilroy played into the box where withstanding a number of tackles, saw his shot smash into the near post which could have put the Bulls in front in the opening minutes.

From there the game settled into a tough tussle, with the naievety that cost them so dearly against Hungerford, replaced with a massively improved performance.

The pace on the ball throughout the team more than matched Corby and Kone in particular was causing no end of problems for Kalerne Thomas at right back.

Yafai and Bobes-Gilroy were commanding the midfield, and at the back another towering performance from Brad Gascoigne alongside Daniel O'Reilly ensured that the likes of Weir-Daley, Carvalho, and Cleveland Taylor rarely threatened.

Biting into tackles, and winning the majority of second balls the team has made a quantum leap over the last fortnight.

Bilal Yafai is becoming a real handful as he gains in confidence and one brilliant effort where he cut back in from the right and curled in a goalbound left foot shot only to see Walkers fingertips nudge the ball onto the bar and over for a corner, deserved to put these Bulls in front.

Corby rarely threatened at this point and it was totally against the run of play in first half stoppage time that a swift move down their left saw Carvalho like Yafai, cut in from the wing and hit a shot across Luke Williams to find the far bottom corner.

HT: Bulls 0 Steelmen 1.

Fortunate to be in front the steelmen kicked off the second half and a carbon copy of the first half saw both sides cancelling each other out.

Once again though another howler from an unsighted Referee allowed Corby the opportunity to add to their score from the penalty spot. Gascoigne's challenge on Mills was clearly fair although Mills tripped close to the goal line. The unsighted Mark Billingham guessed at what may have happened and got it wrong.
Mills stepped up and drove the shot straight down the middle as Luke Williams dived to his right,to double the steelmen's lead.

What came next provides for having optimism for this side. The luck is clearly going against them at the moment, many sides representing the Bulls in recent years full of journeymen mercenary hoofers, many of which couldn't trap a bag of cement, would have rolled over and probably lost by four goals. Not these players, they got up dusted themselves down and went ferociously after Corby resulting in a smashing goal for the relentless Javia Roberts who skillfully beat two defenders and planted the ball to the right of Walker to get the Bulls back into the game.

Another flowing Bulls move saw Mor Diop played through on goal where the linesman flagged for offside denying him the equaliser. Another error with the linesman flagging, not from where the ball was kicked, but from where it fell into Diop's path penalising the speed of the Bulls movement.

Try as they might they couldn't force the equaliser to earn the point they deserved, and the steelmen were fortunate to win.

FT: Bulls 1 Steelmen 2.

Star Player

Brad Lee Gascoigne.

Player Ratings

Luke Williams 8.

Solid as a rock as usual.

Obi Oneyeike 8.

Concentrating on defending properly now rather than rampaging all over the place.

Javia Roberts 8.

Another non stop performance at left back.

Gary O'Neill 7.

His best performance by far this season, controlled the game holding the position just in front of the back four.

Brad Lee Gascoigne (capt) 9.

Absolutely towering performance from Brad. He is superb in the air and for a big man very clever in his ability to find passes. Put Akinde through on goal twice.

Daniel O'Reilly 8.

Excellent alongside Gascoigne, Weir-Daley never got a sniff all night.

Dan Sullivan 7.

Still not quite integrated into the side.

Sam Bobes-Gilroy 7.

Good performance linking with Yafai and Kone.

Sam Akinde 7.

No bellyaching and therefore a better performance. Held the ball up a lot better, one run up a blind alley otherwise an improvement.

Bilal Yafai 8.

Another fine game, deserved a goal.

Aboubakar Kone7.

Twisted Thomas's blood on a number of occasions, massive pace and strength.

Josh Hawker 7.

Replaced the injured Sullivan, solid in midfield.

Serge Mo Diop 7.

Robbed by the linesman when through for the equaliser. Needs more game time.

Manager Rating

9. Jon Taylor is growing into the role, and becoming much more vocal from the technical area.

Opponent Rating

8. Didn't see much of him.

Date:Wednesday October 8 2014
Time: 2:37PM

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