Hereford United's hopes of League Two survival suffered a major dent with defeat at Accrington Stanley.

The first half was scoreless but Bobby Grant hit the bar for the hosts and was then twiced denied by Dave Cornell.

Grant's low curler, the second goal of his loan spell from Scunthorpe, put Accrington ahead but Will Evans's deflected free-kick levelled the score.

Padraig Amond, who had a close-range header saved by Cornell, nodded in at the far post to win it for the hosts.

Hereford stay bottom of the table and three points adrift of League Two safety.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Since we've been in charge, we've scored some late goals.

"We've kept believing and kept doing the right things, and you'll eventually get your rewards if you do that.

"Hereford were always going to offer a threat, especially with the position they're in at the minute.

"We used the full squad again and we saw the game out against a good Hereford team."

Hereford manager Richard O'Kelly told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"For the last five games we have had what I would call a dodgy decision go against us - the sort people would call a major incident.

"Today I've seen another one that is hard to comprehend. Someone who is stood 20 yards from the incident can't see the lad's hand above his head and denies us a penalty.

"I can't argue that we weren't playing particularly well, but it changes the impetus of the game as instead of then going one down we could be one up.

"In our position, little things like that help your belief, but if we can't rely on the officials then we have to rely on each other."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 12 Murphy
  • 29 Liddle
  • 05 Nsiala
  • 08 Barnett (Hughes - 71' )
  • 11 Joyce
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 17 Devitt (Hatfield - 70' )
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 16 Grant Booked (Craney - 79' )
  • 23 Amond

Substitutes

  • 22 Nicholls
  • 10 Craney
  • 27 Hughes
  • 30 Hatfield
  • 09 Guthrie

Hereford United

  • 28 Cornell
  • 05 Townsend
  • 19 Chambers
  • 22 Anthony
  • 24 Stam
  • 08 Featherstone
  • 11 Lunt
  • 34 Evans (Colbeck - 64' )
  • 21 Barkh'zen
  • 25 Elder (Facey - 54' )
  • 26 Peniket (Clucas - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 17 Colbeck
  • 27 Clucas
  • 09 Arquin
  • 10 Facey
Ref: Tierney
Att: 1,749

Match Stats

Shots

19 7

On target

9 2

Corners

6 11

Fouls

6 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

89:31

Unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Delroy Facey results in a free kick. Bryan Hughes takes the free kick.

84:58

Assist on the goal came from Aristote Nsiala.

84:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Padraig Amond - Accrington 2 - 1 Hereford Padraig Amond scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 2-1 Hereford.

84:11

Will Hatfield takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Delroy Facey.

82:43

Michael Liddle concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Lunt. James Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

82:16

Will Hatfield produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

78:55 Substitution

Substitution Bobby Grant goes off and Ian Craney comes on.

77:01

David Cornell takes the direct free kick.

77:01 Booking

Booking Bobby Grant booked for unsporting behaviour.

76:46

Handball by Bobby Grant.

74:58

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant from the right by-line, Peter Murphy takes a shot. Save by David Cornell.

71:27

Padraig Amond produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Bryan Hughes is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Barnett.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution (Accrington Stanley) makes a substitution, with Will Hatfield coming on for Jamie Devitt.

69:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin McIntyre. Indirect free kick taken by David Cornell.

68:22

Tom Barkhuizen has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

67:54

Bobby Grant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Lunt. James Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

67:05

Inswinging corner taken by Samuel Clucas, Luke Joyce manages to make a clearance.

66:30

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas, Peter Murphy makes a clearance.

65:49

Corner taken short by Samuel Clucas.

64:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aristote Nsiala by Delroy Facey. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

63:51 Substitution

Substitution Joe Colbeck replaces Will Evans.

62:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Delroy Facey by Aristote Nsiala. Free kick taken by Kenny Lunt.

61:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Devitt, Header by Peter Murphy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

61:20

Shot by Padraig Amond. David Cornell makes a save.

60:33

Charlie Barnett produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

56:06

Assist by Kenny Lunt.

56:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Evans - Accrington 1 - 1 Hereford Will Evans grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-1 Hereford.

55:16

Unfair challenge on Tom Barkhuizen by Michael Liddle results in a free kick. Kenny Lunt takes the free kick.

54:43

Jamie Devitt takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

53:10 Substitution

Substitution Samuel Clucas comes on in place of Richard Peniket.

53:10 Substitution

Substitution Delroy Facey on for Nathan Elder.

50:55

The referee gives a free kick against Will Evans for handball. Free kick taken by Luke Joyce.

48:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stefan Stam by Bobby Grant. David Cornell restarts play with the free kick.

46:23

Assist on the goal came from Padraig Amond.

46:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Bobby Grant - Accrington 1 - 0 Hereford Bobby Grant gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-0 Hereford.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +0:08 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

42:29

Shot from just outside the area by Jamie Devitt misses to the right of the target.

41:02

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Barkhuizen from the left by-line, clearance by Luke Joyce. Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Barkhuizen, Charlie Barnett manages to make a clearance.

39:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie Devitt, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

38:42

Bobby Grant takes a shot. David Cornell makes a save.

38:09

Effort from outside the area by Will Evans goes wide right of the goal.

35:56

Craig Lindfield takes a shot. Padraig Amond gets a block in.

34:47

Shot from just outside the box by Nicky Featherstone goes over the crossbar.

34:13

Centre by Jamie Devitt, Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save by David Cornell.

32:44

Short corner taken by Nicky Featherstone from the right by-line.

32:17

Richard Peniket takes a shot. Aristote Nsiala gets a block in.

31:47

Charlie Barnett delivers the ball, Michael Liddle has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.

30:50

Effort on goal by Charlie Barnett from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

29:33

Centre by Charlie Barnett, save by David Cornell.

28:28

Will Evans takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

27:39

Corner taken short by Tom Barkhuizen, Foul by Will Evans on Bobby Grant, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

26:45

Bobby Grant takes a shot. David Cornell makes a save.

26:00

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Barkhuizen.

22:34

Short corner taken by Kenny Lunt.

21:35

Right-footed shot by Will Evans missed to the left of the goal.

18:00

Corner taken by Kenny Lunt from the right by-line, save by Ian Dunbavin.

17:27

Bobby Grant takes a shot.

17:00

Padraig Amond takes a shot. Save made by David Cornell.

13:22

Luke Joyce takes a shot.

12:53

Jamie Devitt decides to take a short corner, James Chambers manages to make a clearance.

11:17

Jamie Devitt takes a short corner.

6:30

Kevin McIntyre fouled by Will Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin McIntyre takes the free kick.

5:50

Foul by Bobby Grant on James Chambers, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Cornell.

4:45

Unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Will Evans results in a free kick. Kevin McIntyre restarts play with the free kick.

3:51

Richard Peniket gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Murphy. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

2:49

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Barkhuizen.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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