Dan Walker's late header gave Hereford a point against Braintree, cancelling out Sam Smith's early own goal.

The first goal of the new Conference Premier season came after eight minutes when Smith headed Kenny Davis's cross past his own goalkeeper Rhys Evans.

Evans then tipped another Davis cross over to keep the score at 1-0 before pushing Daniel Holman's long-range effort around the post.

Those saves proved vital when Walker nodded home with 11 minutes remaining.

Walker's equaliser means Hereford remain without an opening-day defeat at Edgar Street since 1997.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"We needed a second goal, we had a few chances, there's keeper has made a couple of saves, it's one of those things.

"I did fancy our chances, we take a point, we didn't get beat. I felt we deserved three points.

"We were the better side, I think their keeper was man of the match, that says it all.

"James Mulley hasn't torn his hamstring but it tightened up so we won't take no chances. He'll be out for a couple of weeks."

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hereford 1-1 Braintree Town FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Walker 79
  • Smith (og) 8

Hereford

  • 01 Evans
  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 03 Bush yellow card
  • 05 McDonald
  • 06 Graham
  • 04 James
  • 07 Purdie (Sharp 56)
  • 08 O'Keefe
  • 09 Walker
  • 11 Smith (Pilkington 56)
  • 15 Rankine yellow card

Substitutes

  • 12 Collins,
  • 14 Edwards,
  • 16 Artus,
  • 18 Pilkington,
  • 10 Sharp

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 04 Isaac
  • 08 Davis yellow card
  • 26 Mulley (Daley 41 yellow card)
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks
  • 10 Holman (Marum 72)

Substitutes

  • 20 Hamann,
  • 07 Symons,
  • 11 Sparkes,
  • 12 Daley,
  • 18 Marum
Ref: Peter BanksAtt: 2,033
HEREFORD
BRAINTREE TOWN

Possession

  • Hereford 45%
  • Braintree Town 55%

Attempts on target

  • Hereford 2
  • Braintree Town 7

Attempts off target

  • Hereford 4
  • Braintree Town 4

Corners

  • Hereford 3
  • Braintree Town 10

Fouls

  • Hereford 20
  • Braintree Town 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 89:32 Luke Daley takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Bush.
  • 86:38 Kenny Davis challenges Danny Leadbitter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rhys Evans restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:19 Kenny Davis takes a shot. Rhys Evans parries the effort to safety.
  • 85:26 Rod McDonald is caught offside. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 83:31 Booking
  • 83:31 Booking for Kenny Davis for time wasting.
  • 81:45 Corner taken by Kenny Davis from the left by-line. Rhys Evans catches the ball.
  • Correction - 81:12 Foul by Chris Sharp on Matt Paine, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 81:12 Unfair challenge on Matt Paine by Chris Sharp results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 80:26 Matt Paine handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Kingsley James.
  • 78:47 Assist by Michael Rankine.
  • 78:47 GOAL - Dan WalkerHereford 1 - 1 Braintree Town Dan Walker scores a headed goal. Hereford 1-1 Braintree Town.
  • 77:45 Chris Sharp takes a shot. Matt Paine gets a block in.
  • 75:47 Danny Pilkington challenges Ryan Peters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.
  • 75:21 Header at goal by Sean Marks goes over the bar.
  • 73:40 Foul by Liam Enver-Marum on Rod McDonald, free kick awarded. Rhys Evans restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:33 Substitution Liam Enver-Marum replaces Daniel Holman.
  • 71:33 Luke Daley fouled by Chris Bush, the ref awards a free kick. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:39 Chris Sharp concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Paine. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 66:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Sharp. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:52 Unfair challenge on Matt Paine by Michael Rankine results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 64:12 Booking
  • 63:56 Foul by Sean Marks on Luke Graham, free kick awarded. Josh O'Keefe restarts play with the free kick. Luke Daley receives a yellow card for time wasting.
  • 63:08 Chez Isaac takes a shot. Rhys Evans catches the ball.
  • 59:11 Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Daley. Josh O'Keefe manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:01 The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Holman. Rhys Evans restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:28 Booking
  • 57:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Rankine on Alan Massey. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick. The referee shows Michael Rankine a yellow card.
  • 55:18 Substitution (Hereford) makes a substitution, with Danny Pilkington coming on for Sam Smith.
  • 55:18 Substitution Chris Sharp is brought on as a substitute for Rob Purdie.
  • 53:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Kenny Davis. Clearance by Michael Rankine.
  • 52:48 Sean Marks takes a shot. Rhys Evans turns it away with a finger tip save.
  • 52:08 Corner from the left by-line taken by Kenny Davis. Michael Rankine manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:53 Daniel Holman takes a shot. Rhys Evans turns it away with a diving stop.
  • 51:02 Kenny Davis takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
  • 50:05 Foul by Sam Smith on Kenny Davis, free kick awarded. Dean Wells takes the free kick.
  • 48:39 Michael Rankine is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 48:02 Dan Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 46:16 Corner taken by Luke Daley from the right by-line. Michael Rankine makes a clearance.
  • 46:02 Luke Daley takes a shot. Rhys Evans dives and deflects the ball away.
  • 45:01 The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:56 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • Correction - 44:47 Michael Rankine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:47 Michael Rankine concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Wells. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 44:10 Shot by Dan Walker went over the bar.
  • 43:40 Corner taken by Rob Purdie from the left by-line. Clearance made by Alan Massey.
  • 42:07 Corner taken by Rob Purdie from the right by-line.
  • 41:47 Dan Walker takes a shot. Sam Habergham gets a block in.
  • 41:18 Foul by Alan Massey on Sam Smith, free kick awarded. Rob Purdie takes the free kick.
  • 38:08 Booking
  • 37:58 Substitution Luke Daley on for James Mulley.
  • 37:58 Chris Bush challenges Dean Wells unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald. Chris Bush receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:30 Rob Purdie challenges Ryan Peters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 34:28 Michael Rankine concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Paine. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 32:14 The ball is sent over by Dan Walker. Nathan McDonald catches the ball.
  • 31:07 Josh O'Keefe takes a shot.
  • 30:22 Corner taken by Rob Purdie from the right by-line. Sam Habergham manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:45 Sean Marks gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Graham. Free kick taken by Rhys Evans.
  • 27:39 Corner from the left by-line taken by Kenny Davis. Header by Sean Marks misses right.
  • 27:29 Kenny Davis delivers the ball. Rhys Evans turns it away with a finger tip save.
  • Correction - 26:39 Unfair challenge on Kenny Davis by Chris Bush results in a free kick. Ryan Peters restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis by Chris Bush. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 25:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Rod McDonald. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 24:47 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Holman. Rhys Evans restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:47 The official flags Daniel Holman offside. Free kick taken by Rhys Evans.
  • 23:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Graham on Daniel Holman. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:21 Chez Isaac concedes a free kick for a foul on Kingsley James. Kingsley James takes the free kick.
  • 21:47 Unfair challenge on Chris Bush by Kenny Davis results in a free kick. Rod McDonald takes the free kick.
  • 19:09 The official flags Daniel Holman offside. Free kick taken by Rhys Evans.
  • 18:50 Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Rod McDonald results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 18:15 Header by Sam Smith goes to the left of the goal.
  • 17:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Habergham on Dan Walker. Free kick taken by Kingsley James.
  • 16:47 Josh O'Keefe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Paine. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 13:24 Unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Sam Smith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 12:06 Chez Isaac takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.
  • 11:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Bush on Chez Isaac. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 8:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Wells on Chris Bush. Rhys Evans takes the free kick.
  • 7:38 Assist by Kenny Davis.
  • 7:38 GOAL - Sam SmithHereford 0 - 1 Braintree Town Sam Smith heads into their own net. Hereford 0-1 Braintree Town.
  • 7:25 Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 6:16 Corner taken by Kenny Davis. Dean Wells takes a shot. Rhys Evans turns it away with a finger tip save.
  • 5:52 Short corner taken by Daniel Holman from the right by-line.
  • 3:29 Corner taken by Kenny Davis from the right by-line. Clearance made by Rob Purdie.
  • 1:23 Sam Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Peters. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 0:24 Unfair challenge on Sam Smith by Matt Paine results in a free kick. Kingsley James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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