Wrexham moved level on points with leaders Grimsby at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with a gritty win to end Hereford's six-game unbeaten run.

A deflected Jay Harris free-kick on 32 minutes separated the sides in a match of few openings at Edgar Street.

Hereford's greatest threat came from aerial set-pieces, striker Chris Sharp missing their best chance with a free header from six yards.

Glen Little's late effort was blocked by Hereford defender Luke Graham.

Grimsby lead Wrexham by one goal but now have a game in hand over their nearest rivals, having had Tuesday night's game at Nuneaton postponed.

Hereford slip to 13th in the table, now 11 points adrift of the last play-off place, after the Bulls' first defeat since Boxing Day.

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Bulls manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It was a horrendous pitch. The sort you have to take four touches on, instead of two.

"But the goal we've given away was a silly free-kick by Marley Watkins on the edge of the box and it gives them a lifeline.

"You can't tell me they're better than us. I'm not having it. But they've got experience and they know how to win a game."

Wrexham-player manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:

"It was a really big win. It's important we keep this run going. We've got three points at a really difficult place to come.

"Hereford are going well and that was hard. The pitch was not pretty - I don't think I've seen so many players kick the ball out of play.

"But the lads are delighted. They've worked so hard and deserve it."

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hereford 0-1 Wrexham FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Harris 32

    Hereford

    • 12 Hanford
    • 02 Gallinagh (Smikle 80)
    • 06 Graham
    • 14 Stam
    • 27 Musa
    • 07 Watkins
    • 15 James
    • 18 Clucas
    • 21 O'Keefe
    • 10 Sharp (Jackson 70)
    • 19 Bowman

    Substitutes

    • 03 Heath,
    • 08 Carruthers,
    • 26 McDonald,
    • 22 Smikle,
    • 09 Jackson

    Wrexham

    • 24 Maxwell
    • 02 Wright
    • 03 Ashton yellow card
    • 06 Riley
    • 23 Westwood yellow card
    • 08 Harris
    • 12 Keates
    • 14 Clarke
    • 16 Hunt (Little 76)
    • 09 Wright
    • 10 Ormerod (Ogleby 64)

    Substitutes

    • 18 Walker,
    • 07 Cieslewicz,
    • 17 Little,
    • 29 Thornton,
    • 15 Ogleby
    Ref: MartinAtt: 1,781
    HEREFORD
    WREXHAM

    Possession

    • Hereford 54%
    • Wrexham 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Hereford 9
    • Wrexham 4

    Attempts off target

    • Hereford 3
    • Wrexham 4

    Corners

    • Hereford 5
    • Wrexham 4

    Fouls

    • Hereford 8
    • Wrexham 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:23 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • Correction - 90:00+0:41 The ball is sent over by Stefan Stam, Unfair challenge on Marley Watkins by Robert Ogleby results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Bowman from the free kick, blocked by Robert Ogleby.
    • 90:00+0:41 Stefan Stam delivers the ball, Robert Ogleby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marley Watkins. Ryan Bowman shoots direct from the free kick, Robert Ogleby gets a block in.
    • 88:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Musa on Robert Ogleby. Stephen Wright takes the free kick.
    • 88:14 Effort from deep inside the area by Ryan Bowman misses to the right of the target.
    • 87:17 Glen Little takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Graham.
    • 86:33 Stephen Wright fouled by Stefan Stam, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:58 Robert Ogleby fouled by James Musa, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Dean Keates, Luke Graham makes a clearance.
    • 80:16 Glen Little handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Kingsley James.
    • 79:22 Direct free kick taken by Dan Hanford.
    • 79:22 Substitution Brian Smikle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Gallinagh.
    • 79:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Harris on Kingsley James.
    • 78:42 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dean Keates. Dan Hanford takes the indirect free kick.
    • 77:54 Dean Keates decides to take a short corner.
    • 76:36 Foul by Jay Harris on Luke Graham, free kick awarded. Kingsley James takes the free kick.
    • 75:54 Substitution Glen Little on for Johnny Hunt.
    • 75:04 Effort on goal by Robert Ogleby from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 73:55 Marley Watkins challenges Dean Keates unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:00 Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Stephen Wright makes a comfortable save.
    • 72:44 The ball is sent over by Danny Wright, Luke Graham manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:44 Jay Harris challenges Marley Watkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samuel Clucas has an effort direct from the free kick, Chris Maxwell makes a save.
    • 70:22 The ball is swung over by Danny Wright, clearance made by James Musa.
    • 69:40 Substitution Marlon Jackson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Sharp.
    • 67:30 Stephen Wright fouled by Stefan Stam, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:57 Foul by Stephen Wright on Ryan Bowman, free kick awarded. James Musa takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:22 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Keates.
    • 65:13 The ball is delivered by Robert Ogleby, blocked by Kingsley James.
    • 63:36 Substitution Robert Ogleby comes on in place of Brett Ormerod.
    • 59:49 Danny Wright challenges James Musa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.
    • 58:19 The ball is sent over by Marley Watkins, Chris Sharp takes a shot. Save by Chris Maxwell.
    • 56:37 Joe Clarke has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • Correction - 51:19 Centre by Danny Wright, Kingsley James manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:19 The ball is crossed by Danny Wright, Kingsley James makes a clearance.
    • 48:47 Centre by Kingsley James, Martin Riley makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 48:09 Centre by Samuel Clucas, clearance by Stephen Wright.
    • 48:09 Centre by Samuel Clucas, Stephen Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Clucas by Danny Wright. Stefan Stam restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:02 Centre by Marley Watkins, Danny Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:18 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:44 Effort on goal by Samuel Clucas from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 45:00+0:05 The ball is sent over by Andy Gallinagh, Neil Ashton gets a block in.
    • 43:17 Joe Clarke has a drilled shot. Clearance made by Andy Gallinagh. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Keates.
    • 42:44 Corner taken by Dean Keates played to the near post, save by Dan Hanford.
    • 39:33 The ball is sent over by Marley Watkins, Joshua O'Keefe takes a shot. Save made by Chris Maxwell. Corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Clarke.
    • 39:33 Booking Booking for Chris Westwood for unsporting behaviour.
    • 39:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman by Chris Westwood.
    • 38:30 Header by Stefan Stam from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • Correction - 38:07 Kingsley James restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:07 Free kick taken by Kingsley James.
    • 38:07 Booking Neil Ashton receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 37:12 Marley Watkins takes a shot. Chris Maxwell makes a comfortable save. Neil Ashton challenges Kingsley James unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 37:12 Marley Watkins takes a shot. Save made by Chris Maxwell. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kingsley James by Neil Ashton.
    • 32:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marley Watkins, Stefan Stam takes a shot. Clearance by Joe Clarke. Marley Watkins takes the inswinging corner, Chris Westwood makes a clearance.
    • 31:35 The assist for the goal came from Dean Keates.
    • 31:35 GOAL - Jay HarrisHereford 0 - 1 Wrexham Free kick scored by Jay Harris from outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Hereford 0-1 Wrexham.
    • 30:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marley Watkins on Dean Keates.
    • 30:04 The ball is sent over by Stephen Wright, James Musa manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:37 The ball is swung over by Samuel Clucas, Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Save made by Chris Maxwell.
    • 29:05 Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Martin Riley gets a block in. Samuel Clucas takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Clarke.
    • 28:01 Chris Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Sharp. Kingsley James takes the free kick.
    • 27:14 The ball is delivered by Danny Wright, James Musa manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:41 Joe Clarke sends in a cross, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.
    • 22:43 The ball is crossed by Joe Clarke, save made by Dan Hanford.
    • Correction - 21:01 Foul by Dean Keates on Ryan Bowman, free kick awarded. Kingsley James takes the free kick.
    • 21:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman by Dean Keates. Joshua O'Keefe takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Wright by Chris Sharp. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:30 Shot from 30 yards by Jay Harris. Comfortable save by Dan Hanford.
    • 13:53 Brett Ormerod is ruled offside. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.
    • 13:26 Chris Sharp gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Westwood. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.
    • 13:10 The ball is crossed by Stephen Wright, save by Dan Hanford.
    • 12:46 Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Blocked by Stefan Stam.
    • 11:59 Shot from 30 yards from Dean Keates. Blocked by Luke Graham.
    • 10:41 Danny Wright crosses the ball, comfortable save by Dan Hanford.
    • 9:54 Joe Clarke produces a cross, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:56 The referee blows for offside against Ryan Bowman. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.
    • 6:22 Marley Watkins delivers the ball, save by Chris Maxwell.
    • 5:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Wright on James Musa. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.
    • 5:25 The ball is swung over by Stephen Wright, clearance by James Musa.
    • 2:58 Marley Watkins sends in a cross, blocked by Neil Ashton. Samuel Clucas takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Martin Riley.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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