Hereford 0-2 King’s Lynn Town
Second half goals from Ryan Fryatt and Toby Hilliard was enough for a resilient Linnets to complete a league double over the runaway league leaders.
The home side started as expected on the front foot and created a half chance, a cross from the right hand side from Jim Oates seemed to catch Alex Street off guard and the ball was played behind for a corner by Cameron Norman.
Norman was in the thick of the action just minutes later when a good covering tackle prevented Keyon Reffell getting a shot on Street’s goal.
Lynn then had the best chance, a free kick from Michael Clunan seemed to catch out home keeper Martin Horsell but Michael Gash could only nod his header into the base of the post.
It was the turn of Tom Ward to pull off a good covering tackle midway through the first half, Mike Symons nearly getting a clear run on shot on goal but Ward was on hand to thwart any danger.
Another Clunan free-kick led to Lynn’s next chance, Horsell claimed Clunan’s initial ball into the box and tried to set Symons away on a counter attack but a well timed interception from Frazer Blake-Tracy and a driven ball into the box was just in front of the reach of the stretching Ryan Fryatt.
Lynn then had the crossbar to thank for keeping the game scoreless, a delightful cross from the right was met by the head of Reffell whose header cannoned off the frame of the goal.
Symons was again in the thick of the action for the home side. He got the better of Fryatt on the right hand side and his drilled cross into the box was back heeled by Jennison Myrie-Williams into the path of Reffell who could only fire at Street who rushed out to make the block.
Minutes before the break Lynn had a good chance to go in front. Good hold up play by Gash released Hawkins through on goal, his cross-cum-shot was met by Hilliard whose effort went past the post.
Minutes into the second half and Lynn had the woodwork to thank again. A Hereford corner was headed clear by Norman, Billy Murphy’s over hit ball into the box seemed to catch everybody by surprise as it cannoned against the crossbar.
It was then Lynn’s turn to have some of the play, another Clunan corner was met by Ward his header nearly made its way to Hilliard who had taken up a position in front of the keeper but was unable to capitalise.
The first goal arrived on 59 minutes. Perhaps no surprise it came from yet another corner delivered by Clunan. The ball was flicked on at the front post by Gash and Fryatt was in hand to nod the ball past Horsell.
As has been a common theme with the Linnets this season, one goal soon brought another. A good counter attack from the visitors ended with Hilliard slamming the ball past Horsell, catching the Bulls keeper out at his front post much to the delight of the travelling Linnets supporters.
As expected Hereford turned to top scorer John Mills from the subs bench to try and find a way back into the game. In the closing minutes as the home side applied pressure, he had a chance from a free kick from 25 yards out that was gathered under pressure by Street.
A very happy Ian Culverhouse spoke after the game and had this to say.
“ I thought the boys was tremendous today, full credit to them, they came here and wanted to play and it’s a hard place to play at, They’ll go on and win the league no doubt.”
“We’re just trying to finish as high as we can and see how far it takes us, Hereford have a game in hand over us, all today showed us that we can compete with the best side in the league and we’ve got nothing to fear, Wherever we end up we end up, If Hereford finish top they win the league.”