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Woods scores on return in Hereford draw

By Bradley Saxton | 5th March 2022
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Hereford FC
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York City
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Edgar Street
Saturday 5th Mar - 15:00

The Minstermen conceded a goal six minutes from time as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Hereford FC at Edgar Street.

Michael Woods handed the Minstermen the lead at the break on his return to the starting eleven, before Hereford midfielder Maziar Kouhyar found his side’s equaliser with a low drive from the edge of the area late on.

The home side came into this game off the back of two straight league defeats against Curzon Ashton and Southport and Josh Gowling was hoping his side could secure a much-needed victory which would see them go above the Minstermen in the table.

John Askey’s side secured their sixth straight victory in all competitions on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 win at AFC Fylde and they came into this game hoping they could make it a seventh in a row.

Woods was the only change to the side that beat AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening, as the midfielder came back into the starting eleven against Hereford for his first appearance in six weeks to replace Mitch Hancox.

The opening twenty minutes proved to be a tight affair between two sides who were both pushing for the playoffs, with the Minstermen occupying the final playoff spot who sat a point ahead of their Herefordshire opposition.

After a tight opening 20 minutes at Edgar Street, Peter Jameson was called into action to punch away a curling free-kick into the area from the left-hand side, before Scott Barrow headed a corner away from danger moments later.

The host’s went close through Luke Haines’ left-footed effort, which was tipped wide for a corner by a smart finger-tip save by Jameson on the half-hour mark, before Maziar Kouhyar had a curling left-footed effort come off the crossbar as the home side started to look threatening in the final third.

City went close themselves shortly after through Lennel John-Lewis, who’s tame effort was easily saved by the gloves of Hereford keeper Brandon Hall, before the forward had a glancing header cleared away from danger by a Hereford defender after a cross in from the right.

The deadlock was finally broken in first-half injury time, courtesy of Woods. The midfielder was in the right place at the right time to prod the ball home from close-range, getting onto the end of a knock-down by John-Lewis to hand the Minstermen the lead going into the break.

Nine minutes into the second half, Akil Wright was handed a yellow card for taking down Hereford forward Miles Storey, with referee Matthew Scholes awarding the home side a free kick in a dangerous position. The resulting set-piece came to nothing though, as Michael Duckworth cleared his lines and ensured York escaped unscathed.

York went in search of a second goal and went close through Paddy McLaughlin, who had a shot well blocked by a Hereford defender from the edge of the box, before Doncaster loanee AJ Greaves drifted a low effort wide of Hall’s right-hand post with twenty minutes of play remaining.

Substitute Kurt Willoughby had a curling effort held comfortably by the gloves of Hall as City continued knocking on the door in search of a second goal, before Hereford substitute Keenan Patten saw an effort fly well wide of goal as the hosts went in search of an equaliser.

The home side thought they had finally equalised with only seven minutes to go. Tom Owen-Evans turned Greaves in the penalty area, played in defender Krystian Pearce, who had an effort destined for the bottom-left corner kept out off the line by Duckworth.

The attacking pressure finally paid off for the home side though as they found their equaliser through Kouhyar a minute later, sweeping home a low fierce strike into the bottom-left corner under Jameson to level the game for Hereford.  

Neither side could find a winner, as both sides share the points. Despite the draw, the Minstermen remain seventh in the National League North table, a point clear of Hereford, who remain eighth.

Askey’s side will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Darlington at the LNER Community Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick off).

 

Hereford FC: Hall (GK), Haines (Faal 68’), Pearce, McLean (Pinchard 62’), Owen-Evans, Storey, Pollock, Vincent (Patten 75’), Kouhyar, Revan, Gillela

Unused subs: Egan, Touray

Goals: Kouhyar (84’)

 

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Kouogun, Wright, Barrow, Greaves, McLaughlin, Woods (Brown 76’), Dyson, John-Lewis, McKay (Willoughby 66’)

Unused subs: Campbell, Haase, Donaldson

Goals: Woods (45+1’)

 

Attendance: 1,982

Referee: Matthew Scholes

 

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