All four goals came before the break as relegation-threatened Hereford and Chester shared a draw at Edgar Street.

After Hereford striker Ross Dyer broke the deadlock on 17 minutes, heading in Danny Leadbitter's cross, the visitors struck twice inside three minutes.

Craig Lindfield tapped in when Dan Lloyd-Weston spilled a cross and Gareth Seddon rifled in from 45 yards after the Bulls keeper raced out of his goal.

But Dyer headed the home side level to claim a deserved point for the Bulls.

Defeat would have plunged Hereford, now without a win in seven league games, into the bottom four.

But they ended up unlucky not to have completed a double over Chester, having won 2-0 at Bumpers Lane in August.

Chester, who have climbed out of the relegation zone after losing just once in seven league games, were kept in it after the break by a string of stunning saves from keeper John Danby, three of them from luckless livewire home striker Michael Rankine.

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Bulls manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"The two goals we conceded were poor. They'll get me the sack.

"After going a goal in front, suddenly it was panic stations and, if we'd gone 3-1 down, it was a game we could easily have lost if we'd wobbled.

"But then we got back in the game at 2-2. And they never had a shot on target in the second half.

"There was a good intensity there. but everybody just wants that win."

Chester manager Neil Young told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"The lads have shown great character. Despite conceding another sloppy goal, we got straight back into it.

"That's one defeat in seven for us now in the league. It's just a case of turning those draws into wins.

"But any point in this league against a full-time club is excellent.

"We knew Hereford would put us under an aerial bombardment from set pieces, especially with Michael Rankine up top, but I thought we weathered the storm in the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Hereford United

  • 21 Lloyd-Weston
  • 05 McDonald
  • 12 Collins
  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 03 Bush
  • 16 Artus (Edwards - 80' )
  • 08 O'Keefe
  • 24 Lathrope Booked
  • 36 Dyer
  • 15 Rankine
  • 09 Walker (Brown - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Brown
  • 33 Murphy
  • 11 Smith
  • 14 Edwards
  • 20 Odhiambo

Chester

  • 01 Danby
  • 27 Killock
  • 17 Higginbotham
  • 12 Turner
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 08 Jarrett
  • 15 Turner (Kay - 52' )
  • 21 Mahon
  • 30 Wilkinson (Reed - 59' )
  • 19 Seddon (Lester - 66' )
  • 11 Lindfield

Substitutes

  • 13 Fearon
  • 32 Lester
  • 07 Reed
  • 02 Kay
  • 05 Linwood
Ref: Brett Huxtable
Att: 1,512

Match Stats

Shots

15 7

On target

9 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

+9:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hereford United 2, Chester FC 2.

90:00 +8:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hereford United 2, Chester FC 2.

90:00 +3:25

Attempt missed. Michael Kay (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Turner.

90:00 +2:57

Corner, Chester FC.

89:08

Offside, Hereford United. Ross Dyer tries a through ball, but Ross Dyer is caught offside.

84:29

Foul by Rod McDonald (Hereford United).

84:29

John Danby (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

83:46

Foul by Craig Lindfield (Chester FC).

83:46

Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

83:31

Attempt saved. Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

80:22

Foul by Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United).

80:22

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

79:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Joel Edwards replaces Frankie Artus.

78:02

Attempt blocked. Craig Mahon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:54

Corner, Hereford United.

73:10

Corner, Hereford United.

72:58

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

72:24

Foul by Craig Lindfield (Chester FC).

72:24

Damon Lathrope (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

71:42

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

71:42

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Dan Walker.

67:52

Attempt saved. Rod McDonald (Hereford United) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Dan Walker.

67:24

Corner, Hereford United.

67:07

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

65:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Chris Lester replaces Gareth Seddon.

64:46

Attempt missed. Chris Bush (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

64:28

Corner, Hereford United.

64:08

Attempt saved. Frankie Artus (Hereford United) right footed shot is saved.

61:06 Booking

Booking Damon Lathrope (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:02

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Hereford United).

61:02

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

58:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Reed replaces Conor Wilkinson.

58:29

Attempt missed. Damon Lathrope (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56:21

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

56:21

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

53:15

Attempt saved. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Jason Jarrett with a cross.

52:13

Foul by Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United).

52:13

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

51:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Michael Kay replaces Nathan Turner.

47:48

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

46:57

Attempt blocked. Frankie Artus (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

46:18

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

46:18

Ross Dyer (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Hereford United 2, Chester FC 2.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hereford United 2, Chester FC 2.

39:33

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

39:33

Craig Lindfield (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

38:14

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Chester FC).

38:14

Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

37:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 2, Chester FC 2. Ross Dyer (Hereford United).

36:20

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester FC).

36:20

Ross Dyer (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

33:25

Attempt saved. Ross Dyer (Hereford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

32:49

Attempt saved. Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Chris Bush with a cross.

31:43

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

31:43

Craig Lindfield (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

30:37

Attempt missed. Damon Lathrope (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

29:07

Foul by Craig Lindfield (Chester FC).

29:07

Damon Lathrope (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

28:52

Attempt blocked. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:28

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

25:33

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

25:33

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

23:00

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester FC).

23:00

Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

20:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 1, Chester FC 2. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

20:02

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester FC).

20:02

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

17:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 1, Chester FC 1. Craig Lindfield (Chester FC).

16:34 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jason Jarrett, Chester FC. Hereford United 1, Chester FC 0.

16:34

Attempt blocked. Ross Dyer (Hereford United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

9:26

Corner, Hereford United.

8:46

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).

8:46

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

7:18

Attempt missed. Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Turner with a cross.

6:41

Corner, Chester FC.

4:24

Foul by Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United).

4:24

Conor Wilkinson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

1:39

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

1:39

Craig Lindfield (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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