Hereford ended the season on a high as they thumped relegated Telford.

  • Hereford United midfielder Josh O'Keefe finished with 13 goals for the season, while a double for Sam Clucas took his tally to nine. Ryan Bowman finished the Bulls' top scorer with 19. Steve Jones ended up AFC Telford United's leading marksman with 11.

The home side went close through Marco Adaggio before Hereford went ahead when Sam Clucas tapped home after James Bittner failed to hold his header.

Clucas doubled the advantage immediately after the restart with a neat finish inside the box.

Marlon Jackson hit a fine third from the edge of the area before Josh O'Keefe added further gloss with a close-range finish.

Relegated from the Football League a year ago, Hereford's victory ensured that they finished sixth in the Blue Square Bet Premier - 10 points adrift of the play-offs.

When they were last relegated from the Football League in 1997, by a quirky coincidence, the Bulls also then went on to finish sixth in the Conference the following season too.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Interim Telford manager John Psaras told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"The first half was superb. We bossed the game and then it was the story of our season.

"We could see the energy coming out of the boys when we conceded. We had bits of play in the second half, but I've been squeezing the energy out of the players and that's the result.

"Our young lads have done so well and worked so hard to cover the injuries this season, but our injury list has got bigger and bigger, and the energy has gone from our players.

"I don't think many of our players will be here next season. There are players who think they are better than this - but we have been relegated and they aren't."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Telford United

  • 01 Young
  • 02 Salmon
  • 03 Valentine
  • 05 Preston (Spray - 74' )
  • 07 Rooney (Bradley - 70' )
  • 08 Trainer
  • 18 Leslie
  • 20 Williams
  • 21 O'Neil
  • 25 Adaggio
  • 29 Bennett (Jones - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 28 Bradley
  • 10 Jones
  • 17 Spray

Hereford United

  • 01 Bittner
  • 06 Graham
  • 26 McDonald
  • 27 Bush
  • 04 Connor
  • 07 Watkins (Smikle - 55' )
  • 15 James
  • 18 Clucas
  • 21 O'Keefe
  • 10 Sharp Booked (Heath - 65' )
  • 19 Bowman (Jackson - 50' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Gallinagh
  • 03 Heath
  • 14 Stam
  • 22 Smikle
  • 09 Jackson
Ref: Hopkins
Att: 2,102

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

4 6

Corners

1 4

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:02 Full time

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

90:00 +2:20

Samuel Clucas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

90:00 +0:06

The referee blows for offside against Aaron Williams. James Bittner takes the free kick.

89:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Salmon on Kingsley James. Kingsley James takes the free kick.

88:33

Steve Jones has a drilled shot and went wide left of the goal.

86:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Jackson on Will Salmon. Free kick taken by Ryan Young.

84:20

Effort on goal by Marlon Jackson from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

83:29

Shot from long range by James Spray misses to the left of the target.

82:54

Phil Trainer produces a cross, Steven Leslie takes a shot. Save made by James Bittner.

80:21

Shot by Samuel Clucas from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

74:28

Kingsley James challenges Steve Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Jones has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Joshua O'Keefe.

73:40

James Spray fouled by Joe Heath, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Valentine.

73:40 Substitution

Substitution James Spray replaces Daniel Preston.

72:52

The assist for the goal came from Samuel Clucas.

72:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Joshua O'Keefe - AFC Telf'd 0 - 4 Hereford Goal scored by Joshua O'Keefe from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. AFC Telford 0-4 Hereford.

72:39

Samuel Clucas takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Young.

70:20

Effort on goal by Aaron Williams from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

69:24 Substitution

Substitution Tom Bradley comes on in place of Nathan Rooney.

68:23

Free kick taken by James Bittner.

68:23 Substitution

Substitution (AFC Telford) makes a substitution, with Steve Jones coming on for Jake Bennett.

68:23

The official flags Aaron Williams offside.

66:30

Will Salmon fouled by Brian Smikle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Valentine.

64:46

Direct free kick taken by Steven Leslie.

64:46 Substitution

Substitution Joe Heath is brought on as a substitute for Chris Sharp.

64:46

Unfair challenge on James O'Neil by Joe Connor results in a free kick.

63:20

Daniel Preston fouled by Chris Sharp, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Valentine takes the direct free kick.

61:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon Jackson - AFC Telf'd 0 - 3 Hereford Goal scored by Marlon Jackson from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. AFC Telford 0-3 Hereford.

60:31

Phil Trainer delivers the ball, Aaron Williams takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

59:27

Shot from inside the area by Chris Sharp clears the bar.

57:57

Chris Sharp fouled by Will Salmon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Bush.

56:22

Daniel Preston gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Sharp. Free kick taken by Chris Bush.

54:31 Substitution

Substitution Brian Smikle replaces Marley Watkins.

53:31

The offside flag is raised against Jake Bennett. James Bittner takes the free kick.

50:54

Inswinging corner taken by Marley Watkins, Nathan Rooney makes a clearance.

50:14

Unfair challenge on Will Salmon by Chris Sharp results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Preston.

49:09 Substitution

Substitution (Hereford) makes a substitution, with Marlon Jackson coming on for Ryan Bowman.

46:08

Marley Watkins provided the assist for the goal.

46:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Samuel Clucas - AFC Telf'd 0 - 2 Hereford Samuel Clucas fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. AFC Telford 0-2 Hereford.

45:42

Steven Leslie takes a shot. James Bittner makes a save.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:29

Chris Sharp concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Adaggio. Strike on goal comes in from Steven Leslie from the free kick.

41:42

Chris Sharp fouled by Phil Trainer, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Bush takes the direct free kick.

40:20

Samuel Clucas decides to take the corner short.

38:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Samuel Clucas - AFC Telf'd 0 - 1 Hereford Samuel Clucas finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. AFC Telford 0-1 Hereford.

38:01

Samuel Clucas takes a shot. James Bittner makes a save.

36:59

Aaron Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Rod McDonald. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

34:17

Will Salmon concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Graham. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

31:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Salmon on Ryan Bowman. Kingsley James takes the direct free kick.

31:07 Booking

Booking Chris Sharp is given a yellow card.

29:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Leslie on Joe Connor. Samuel Clucas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Ryan Young. Inswinging corner taken by Marley Watkins from the right by-line, save made by Ryan Young.

27:31

Steven Leslie takes the inswinging corner, Kingsley James makes a clearance.

23:18

Effort on goal by Marco Adaggio from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

21:38

Effort on goal by Aaron Williams from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

18:36

Unfair challenge on Rod McDonald by Nathan Rooney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rod McDonald.

16:32

The referee blows for offside. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

15:17

Ryan Valentine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bowman. Direct free kick taken by Chris Bush.

13:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Preston by Chris Sharp. Ryan Valentine restarts play with the free kick.

9:50

Jake Bennett fouled by Joshua O'Keefe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Leslie.

8:19

Nathan Rooney has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target. Steven Leslie concedes a free kick for a foul on Marley Watkins. Chris Bush takes the direct free kick.

2:45

Corner from left by-line taken by Marley Watkins.

0:00

The game begins.

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