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Aldershot Town 1-2 Hereford United

Michael Rankine

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.

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."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 2OastlerBooked at 89mins
  • 3Tonkin
  • 30PhillipsBooked at 45mins
  • 4Stanley
  • 15BarkerSubstituted forRobertsat 79'minutes
  • 7MekkiSubstituted forBubbat 85'minutes
  • 19MolesleySubstituted forRowlandsat 89'minutes
  • 29OyelekeBooked at 31mins
  • 9Williams
  • 16Scott


  • 8Rowlands
  • 10Paterson
  • 11Bubb
  • 14Roberts
  • 21Williams

Hereford United

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Lloyd-Weston
  • 22EdgeSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 3Bush
  • 4James
  • 12Collins
  • 6Graham
  • 7Purdie
  • 16ArtusBooked at 79mins
  • 32BowenSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes
  • 15RankineBooked at 90mins
  • 11SmithSubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes


  • 9Walker
  • 14Edwards
  • 17Brown
  • 19Gwynne
  • 30Williams
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Match Stats

Home TeamAldershotAway TeamHereford United
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

  5. Post update

    Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town).

  8. Post update

    Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Martin Rowlands replaces Mark Molesley.

  10. 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.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town).

  12. Post update

    Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hereford United. Dan Walker replaces Jarrod Bowen.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Bradley Bubb replaces Adam Mekki.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hereford United. Cory Williams replaces Sam Smith.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Jamie Edge.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Jordan Roberts replaces Chris Barker.

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

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