Hereford secured their Conference Premier status with a dramatic late win over Aldershot.

Sam Smith opened the scoring for the Bulls when he latched on to Luke Graham's header to slot home.

The Shots levelled through Manny Oyeleke's driven effort from the edge of the penalty area.

But Michael Rankine met a Dan Walker cross to take all three points and confine Chester, who were held at home by Salisbury, to relegation.

Hereford, who were set for their second relegation in three seasons with just two minutes remaining, survived on goal difference.

Aldershot also survive on goal difference, finishing the season just one place above the Bulls but level on points.

Andy Scott: Aldershot boss after Hereford defeat

Aldershot Town boss Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:

"Disappointed we didn't win the game and I felt we didn't play well and we looked physically and mentally drained, but that's understandable after the last five weeks.

"It's been a massive rollercoaster this season and we've been under severe pressure over the last five weeks and come through with some fantastic results. To stay up was the main aim.

"We now know that progression is the key and how quickly we do that depends on the summer and the players we try to bring in. We need the feel good factor of the last few weeks we've had and we can make it a bigger go next season."

Bulls manager Pete Beadle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"Everyone's played their part, in the way they've trained and the way they've gone about their business.

Bulls midfielder Rob Purdie told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"To hear the fans, it just shows that this club can't go.

"It's massive for the town and it's so big to these supporters. There are so many hard core supporters.

"It's been a very bad season, on and off the pitch, but hopefully, at least for 24 hours, we've got something to celebrate."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Aldershot Town

  • 01 Morris
  • 02 Oastler Booked
  • 03 Tonkin
  • 30 Phillips Booked
  • 04 Stanley
  • 15 Barker (Roberts - 79' )
  • 07 Mekki (Bubb - 85' )
  • 19 Molesley (Rowlands - 89' )
  • 29 Oyeleke Booked
  • 09 Williams
  • 16 Scott

Substitutes

  • 08 Rowlands
  • 10 Paterson
  • 11 Bubb
  • 14 Roberts
  • 21 Williams

Hereford United

  • 21 Lloyd-Weston
  • 22 Edge (Brown - 80' )
  • 03 Bush
  • 04 James
  • 12 Collins
  • 06 Graham
  • 07 Purdie
  • 16 Artus Booked
  • 32 Bowen (Walker - 86' )
  • 15 Rankine Booked
  • 11 Smith (Williams - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Walker
  • 14 Edwards
  • 17 Brown
  • 19 Gwynne
  • 30 Williams
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 3,593

Match Stats

Shots

10 3

On target

4 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 5

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2.

90:00 +3:25 Booking

Booking Michael Rankine (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:00

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

90:00 +3:00

Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

88:57 Booking

Booking Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:45

Foul by Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town).

88:45

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

88:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aldershot Town. Martin Rowlands replaces Mark Molesley.

87:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dan Walker.

86:37

Foul by Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town).

86:37

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

85:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Dan Walker replaces Jarrod Bowen.

84:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aldershot Town. Bradley Bubb replaces Adam Mekki.

82:11

Attempt saved. Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) header from the left side of the box is saved.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Cory Williams replaces Sam Smith.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Jamie Edge.

78:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aldershot Town. Jordan Roberts replaces Chris Barker.

78:32 Booking

Booking Frankie Artus (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:25

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

78:25

Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

75:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 1. Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Molesley.

69:59

Foul by Josh Scott (Aldershot Town).

69:59

Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

69:17

Attempt missed. Craig Stanley (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Mekki.

68:41

Corner, Aldershot Town.

66:17

Corner, Aldershot Town.

65:59

Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

65:02

Attempt missed. Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Tonkin.

64:41

Corner, Aldershot Town.

64:26

Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

62:45

Offside, Aldershot Town. Brett Williams tries a through ball, but Brett Williams is caught offside.

60:57

Foul by Josh Scott (Aldershot Town).

60:57

Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

59:48

Corner, Aldershot Town.

59:37

Attempt missed. Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box.

58:35

Foul by Josh Scott (Aldershot Town).

58:35

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

53:25

Offside, Hereford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.

53:17

Hand ball by Craig Stanley (Aldershot Town).

52:21

Offside, Hereford United. Luke Graham tries a through ball, but Luke Graham is caught offside.

51:32

Foul by Brett Williams (Aldershot Town).

51:32

Rob Purdie (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Aldershot Town 0, Hereford United 1.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aldershot Town 0, Hereford United 1.

45:00 +0:47 Booking

Booking Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:35

Foul by Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town).

45:00 +0:35

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

44:26

Hand ball by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

41:48

Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).

41:48

Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

34:38

Attempt missed. Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

31:52

Foul by Dominic Collins (Hereford United).

31:52

Josh Scott (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

30:18 Booking

Booking Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:35

Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).

29:35

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

27:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Hereford United 1. Sam Smith (Hereford United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Graham with a headed pass.

26:21

Corner, Hereford United.

23:14

Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).

23:14

Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

21:33

Corner, Aldershot Town.

20:22

Attempt missed. Mark Molesley (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

19:10

Offside, Aldershot Town. Josh Scott tries a through ball, but Josh Scott is caught offside.

16:34

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

16:34

Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

9:56

Attempt missed. Jamie Edge (Hereford United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

5:41

Foul by Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town).

5:41

Rob Purdie (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

0:45

Attempt missed. Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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