Hereford United played out their second goalless draw in a row after Braintree produced a spirited performance.

Braintree went close to breaking the deadlock, but James Bittner in the Hereford goal was equal to Matthew Paine's header from 12 yards out.

Hereford made several attacking changes after the break, including the introduction of their latest loan signing, Nuneaton striker Kyle Perry.

But they could not force a goal, their winless run stretching to five games.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bulls boss Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"At times we defended well, but it looked like two tired teams who had played midweek and nothing really clicked.

"We need to be better on the ball. The confidence seems to be a little bit low and it is going to take somebody brave to take a decision and score a goal.

"I feel sorry for the players that have come in because they have not played a lot of football. The likes of Joe Heath, James McQuilkin. It is hard for them.

"People expect them to be flying around for the time they're on, but it's hard."

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"I don't think it was the best of games. Two teams really battled each other out. There weren't many chances.

"A draw was probably a fair result. But Sean Marks should have scored and that would have won us the game.

"First half I thought we were the better side. But the last 20 minutes we got a bit tired and we had to change a few things around.

"You always look at what you could have done, but we had to get something and we've got a clean sheet and a point. Another one towards the target."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Hereford

  • 01 Bittner
  • 02 Gallinagh
  • 03 Heath
  • 14 Stam
  • 23 Todd
  • 04 Pell
  • 11 Clist (Perry - 56' )
  • 17 Evans (McQuilkin - 69' )
  • 18 Clucas
  • 15 Marsh (Smikle - 56' )
  • 19 Bowman

Substitutes

  • 12 Hanford
  • 16 McQuilkin
  • 22 Smikle
  • 39 Feeley
  • 26 Perry

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham (Sparkes - 74' )
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 06 Quinton
  • 07 Symons Booked
  • 08 Davis
  • 17 Mulley
  • 09 Marks
  • 20 Holman (Sheppard - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 12 Daley
  • 10 Dawkin
  • 14 Sheppard
Ref: Bromley
Att: 1,537

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

4 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:47 Full time

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

90:00 +5:13

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas from the left by-line.

90:00 +4:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brad Quinton on Harry Pell. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Samuel Clucas, save by Danny Naisbitt.

90:00 +4:09

The ball is crossed by Daniel Sparkes, save made by James Bittner.

90:00 +2:39

Sean Marks produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +1:07

Samuel Clucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Symons. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

89:31

Daniel Sparkes sends in a cross, James Bittner makes a save.

88:49

Andy Gallinagh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brad Quinton. Brad Quinton takes the direct free kick.

88:17

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ryan Bowman.

87:45

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes.

86:54

A cross is delivered by Harry Pell, save by Danny Naisbitt.

84:21 Substitution

Substitution Dan Holman goes off and Kaine Sheppard comes on.

83:54

James McQuilkin takes a shot. Clearance made by Matthew Paine.

82:56

Foul by Chris Todd on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Brad Quinton restarts play with the free kick.

81:58

Corner taken by Samuel Clucas from the right by-line, Ryan Bowman has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

80:53

Alan Massey concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Perry. Andy Gallinagh restarts play with the free kick.

80:19

Header from close range by Sean Marks strikes the post.

79:26

Brian Smikle is caught offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

76:47

James McQuilkin takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt. Unfair challenge on James McQuilkin by Brad Quinton results in a free kick. Andy Gallinagh takes the direct free kick.

75:55

Samuel Clucas takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save by Danny Naisbitt.

73:36 Substitution

Substitution (Braintree Town) makes a substitution, with Daniel Sparkes coming on for Sam Habergham.

69:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dan Holman on Stefan Stam. James Bittner takes the free kick.

68:38 Substitution

Substitution James McQuilkin is brought on as a substitute for Will Evans.

67:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Mulley by Will Evans. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brad Quinton, Joe Heath makes a clearance.

66:40

Brad Quinton takes a shot. Blocked by Stefan Stam.

64:48

Long range effort from Will Evans misses to the left of the goal.

62:06

Alan Massey concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bowman. Free kick taken by Brian Smikle.

60:38

Alan Massey challenges Ryan Bowman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Gallinagh.

55:40 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Perry is brought on as a substitute for Simon Clist.

55:40 Substitution

Substitution Brian Smikle comes on in place of Phil Marsh.

54:44

Andy Gallinagh produces a cross, James Mulley manages to make a clearance.

51:49

Sam Habergham delivers the ball, save made by James Bittner.

50:27

The offside flag is raised against Samuel Clucas. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

49:52

Will Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Massey.

48:26

Will Evans challenges Dan Holman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

48:13

The ball is crossed by Andy Gallinagh, Sam Habergham makes a clearance.

47:11

Sean Marks challenges Will Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Gallinagh takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:23

Corner taken by Brad Quinton, Sean Marks produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

45:00 +0:52

Joe Heath concedes a free kick for a foul on James Mulley. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:11

Alan Massey concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bowman. Free kick crossed by Samuel Clucas, save made by Danny Naisbitt.

44:10 Booking

Booking The referee shows Nicky Symons a yellow card.

43:47

The ball is swung over by Joe Heath, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance.

42:37

A cross is delivered by Brad Quinton, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

41:16

Samuel Clucas takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

40:16

Brad Quinton takes a shot. Blocked by Stefan Stam.

37:27

Samuel Clucas is ruled offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

31:59

The ball is swung over by Samuel Clucas, clearance made by Pat O'Connor.

31:32

Samuel Clucas takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Alan Massey.

29:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Dan Holman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

28:54

Will Evans sends in a cross.

25:58

James Mulley sends in a cross, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

23:32

Dan Holman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Todd. Stefan Stam takes the free kick.

22:16

Corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton.

20:50

Centre by James Mulley, Phil Marsh manages to make a clearance.

19:55

Dan Holman is caught offside. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

19:17

Centre by Pat O'Connor, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

18:47

Phil Marsh takes a shot. Sam Habergham gets a block in.

14:51

Corner taken by Brad Quinton from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Sean Marks misses to the right of the goal.

13:23

The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis.

12:16

Corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton, save by James Bittner.

11:08

Shot from deep inside the area by Samuel Clucas clears the bar.

10:47

Andy Gallinagh crosses the ball, clearance by Alan Massey.

8:31

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Ryan Bowman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Paine.

6:43

Outswinging corner taken by Brad Quinton from the right by-line, Matthew Paine takes a shot. Save made by James Bittner.

2:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Simon Clist. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers