Wrexham moved level on points with leaders Grimsby at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier with a gritty win to end Hereford's six-game unbeaten run.

A deflected Jay Harris free-kick on 32 minutes separated the sides in a match of few openings at Edgar Street.

Hereford's greatest threat came from aerial set-pieces, striker Chris Sharp missing their best chance with a free header from six yards.

Glen Little's late effort was blocked by Hereford defender Luke Graham.

Grimsby lead Wrexham by one goal but now have a game in hand over their nearest rivals, having had Tuesday night's game at Nuneaton postponed.

Hereford slip to 13th in the table, now 11 points adrift of the last play-off place, after the Bulls' first defeat since Boxing Day.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bulls manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It was a horrendous pitch. The sort you have to take four touches on, instead of two.

"But the goal we've given away was a silly free-kick by Marley Watkins on the edge of the box and it gives them a lifeline.

"You can't tell me they're better than us. I'm not having it. But they've got experience and they know how to win a game."

Wrexham-player manager Andy Morrell told BBC Radio Wales:

"It was a really big win. It's important we keep this run going. We've got three points at a really difficult place to come.

"Hereford are going well and that was hard. The pitch was not pretty - I don't think I've seen so many players kick the ball out of play.

"But the lads are delighted. They've worked so hard and deserve it."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Hereford

  • 12 Hanford
  • 02 Gallinagh (Smikle - 80' )
  • 06 Graham
  • 14 Stam
  • 27 Musa
  • 07 Watkins
  • 15 James
  • 18 Clucas
  • 21 O'Keefe
  • 10 Sharp (Jackson - 70' )
  • 19 Bowman

Substitutes

  • 03 Heath
  • 08 Carruthers
  • 26 McDonald
  • 22 Smikle
  • 09 Jackson

Wrexham

  • 24 Maxwell
  • 02 Wright
  • 03 Ashton Booked
  • 06 Riley
  • 23 Westwood Booked
  • 08 Harris
  • 12 Keates
  • 14 Clarke
  • 16 Hunt (Little - 76' )
  • 09 Wright
  • 10 Ormerod (Ogleby - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Walker
  • 07 Cieslewicz
  • 17 Little
  • 29 Thornton
  • 15 Ogleby
Ref: Martin
Att: 1,781

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

9 4

Corners

5 4

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:41

The ball is sent over by Stefan Stam, Unfair challenge on Marley Watkins by Robert Ogleby results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Bowman from the free kick, blocked by Robert Ogleby.

88:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Musa on Robert Ogleby. Stephen Wright takes the free kick.

88:14

Effort from deep inside the area by Ryan Bowman misses to the right of the target.

87:17

Glen Little takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Graham.

86:33

Stephen Wright fouled by Stefan Stam, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell takes the direct free kick.

81:58

Robert Ogleby fouled by James Musa, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Dean Keates, Luke Graham makes a clearance.

80:16

Glen Little handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Kingsley James.

79:22

Direct free kick taken by Dan Hanford.

79:22 Substitution

Substitution Brian Smikle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Gallinagh.

79:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Harris on Kingsley James.

78:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dean Keates. Dan Hanford takes the indirect free kick.

77:54

Dean Keates decides to take a short corner.

76:36

Foul by Jay Harris on Luke Graham, free kick awarded. Kingsley James takes the free kick.

75:54 Substitution

Substitution Glen Little on for Johnny Hunt.

75:04

Effort on goal by Robert Ogleby from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

73:55

Marley Watkins challenges Dean Keates unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

73:00

Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Stephen Wright makes a comfortable save.

72:44

The ball is sent over by Danny Wright, Luke Graham manages to make a clearance.

70:44

Jay Harris challenges Marley Watkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samuel Clucas has an effort direct from the free kick, Chris Maxwell makes a save.

70:22

The ball is swung over by Danny Wright, clearance made by James Musa.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Jackson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Sharp.

67:30

Stephen Wright fouled by Stefan Stam, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

66:57

Foul by Stephen Wright on Ryan Bowman, free kick awarded. James Musa takes the direct free kick.

65:22

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Keates.

65:13

The ball is delivered by Robert Ogleby, blocked by Kingsley James.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution Robert Ogleby comes on in place of Brett Ormerod.

59:49

Danny Wright challenges James Musa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.

58:19

The ball is sent over by Marley Watkins, Chris Sharp takes a shot. Save by Chris Maxwell.

56:37

Joe Clarke has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

51:19

Centre by Danny Wright, Kingsley James manages to make a clearance.

48:47

Centre by Kingsley James, Martin Riley makes a clearance.

48:09

Centre by Samuel Clucas, clearance by Stephen Wright.

47:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Clucas by Danny Wright. Stefan Stam restarts play with the free kick.

47:02

Centre by Marley Watkins, Danny Wright manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:44

Effort on goal by Samuel Clucas from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

45:00 +0:05

The ball is sent over by Andy Gallinagh, Neil Ashton gets a block in.

43:17

Joe Clarke has a drilled shot. Clearance made by Andy Gallinagh. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Keates.

42:44

Corner taken by Dean Keates played to the near post, save by Dan Hanford.

39:33

The ball is sent over by Marley Watkins, Joshua O'Keefe takes a shot. Save made by Chris Maxwell. Corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Clarke.

39:33 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Westwood for unsporting behaviour.

39:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman by Chris Westwood.

38:30

Header by Stefan Stam from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

38:07

Kingsley James restarts play with the free kick.

38:07 Booking

Booking Neil Ashton receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

37:12

Marley Watkins takes a shot. Chris Maxwell makes a comfortable save. Neil Ashton challenges Kingsley James unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marley Watkins, Stefan Stam takes a shot. Clearance by Joe Clarke. Marley Watkins takes the inswinging corner, Chris Westwood makes a clearance.

31:35

The assist for the goal came from Dean Keates.

31:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Harris - Hereford 0 - 1 Wrexham Free kick scored by Jay Harris from outside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Hereford 0-1 Wrexham.

30:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marley Watkins on Dean Keates.

30:04

The ball is sent over by Stephen Wright, James Musa manages to make a clearance.

29:37

The ball is swung over by Samuel Clucas, Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Save made by Chris Maxwell.

29:05

Ryan Bowman takes a shot. Martin Riley gets a block in. Samuel Clucas takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Clarke.

28:01

Chris Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Sharp. Kingsley James takes the free kick.

27:14

The ball is delivered by Danny Wright, James Musa manages to make a clearance.

25:41

Joe Clarke sends in a cross, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

22:43

The ball is crossed by Joe Clarke, save made by Dan Hanford.

21:01

Foul by Dean Keates on Ryan Bowman, free kick awarded. Kingsley James takes the free kick.

18:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Wright by Chris Sharp. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

17:30

Shot from 30 yards by Jay Harris. Comfortable save by Dan Hanford.

13:53

Brett Ormerod is ruled offside. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.

13:26

Chris Sharp gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Westwood. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

13:10

The ball is crossed by Stephen Wright, save by Dan Hanford.

12:46

Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Blocked by Stefan Stam.

11:59

Shot from 30 yards from Dean Keates. Blocked by Luke Graham.

10:41

Danny Wright crosses the ball, comfortable save by Dan Hanford.

9:54

Joe Clarke produces a cross, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

8:56

The referee blows for offside against Ryan Bowman. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

6:22

Marley Watkins delivers the ball, save by Chris Maxwell.

5:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Wright on James Musa. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.

5:25

The ball is swung over by Stephen Wright, clearance by James Musa.

2:58

Marley Watkins sends in a cross, blocked by Neil Ashton. Samuel Clucas takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Martin Riley.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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