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Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Hereford United

Chris Bush

Hereford grabbed a point at Forest Green thanks to Chris Bush's goal.

The hosts started well as Anthony Barry's shot was parried onto the post by Dan Lloyd-Weston, while Al Bangura's header was cleared off the line.

James Norwood set up Marcus Kelly to put Forest Green ahead, before Danny Wright's shot flew over the crossbar.

But Bush's turn and shot from Jonathan Brown's pass secured his side a draw, before the home side's Dale Bennett was shown a red card for dissent.

Substitute Reece Styche twice went close to winning it for Rovers, his second attempt brilliantly saved by Lloyd-Weston, while Sam Russell saved one on one from Michael Rankine at the other end.

Cash-strapped Hereford, who have this week had a winding-up order served on them by HM Revenue and Customs, were playing their first game in 12 days, since beating Forest Green 1-0 at Edgar Street on 28 December.

After successive postponements due to the wet weather, their timely run of just one defeat in four games has lifted them to 16th in the Conference Premier - eight points clear of trouble.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bulls manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It was a fantastic hard-earned point. We had to weather the storm in the first 15 minutes, but then we started to believe in ourselves.

"These are the ones of the best teams in the league. They have quality players from the level above, if not more.

"But we have a good team spirit. Numbers are small, but we just get on with it and grind out performances.

"It was a top drawer finish from Chris Bush. People say his defending has to improve but he gives us so much in other ways."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 27Binnom-WilliamsSubstituted forBroganat 61'minutes
  • 16RacineSubstituted forTurleyat 46'minutes
  • 6BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 23Barry
  • 4Bangura
  • 24KellyBooked at 90mins
  • 7NorwoodBooked at 41mins
  • 9WrightSubstituted forStycheat 82'minutes
  • 29HughesBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 17Brogan
  • 5Turley
  • 19Styche
  • 8Klukowski
  • 13Bulman

Hereford

  • 21Lloyd-Weston
  • 5McDonald
  • 6Graham
  • 3Bush
  • 12CollinsBooked at 39minsSubstituted forLeadbitterat 66'minutes
  • 16ArtusSubstituted forWalkerat 66'minutes
  • 8O'Keefe
  • 17Brown
  • 23Evans
  • 10Sharp
  • 15Rankine

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 9Walker
  • 7Purdie
  • 22Edge
  • 14Edwards
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
1,077

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamHereford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Hereford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Hereford United 1.
Attempt saved. Chris Bush (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).
Micah Evans (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Dismissal

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the red card for dissent.
Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.
Attempt saved. Reece Styche (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).
Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Luke Graham (Hereford United).
Reece Styche (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).
Rod McDonald (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reece Styche replaces Daniel Wright.
Offside, Hereford United. Michael Rankine tries a through ball, but Michael Rankine is caught offside.
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