Cambridge United continued their unbeaten start to the season as loan signing Kwesi Appiah's strike gave them a narrow win over Hereford United.

Appiah fired home from 25 yards to put the Conference Premier leaders ahead as they piled on the early pressure.

Josh Coulson almost added a second, but his long range effort was tipped around the post by Rhys Evans before Liam Hughes' volley hit the bar.

Hereford threatened through Sam Smith and Jonathan Brown but could not score.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bulls manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"I'm a little bit gutted that we lost. We've run one of the favourites right to the wire.

"We looked a bit nervy in the first 15 minutes but we changed it to 4-3-3 and, after that, we more than matched them.

"Football's hard sometimes. We've hit a few injuries again. Kingsley James is struggling with his right knee. But we've got to take a lot out of a performance like this."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge United

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 06 Miller
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Coulson
  • 14 Tait
  • 11 Dunk
  • 08 Champion
  • 18 Berry
  • 17 Hughes (Spillane - 81' )
  • 09 Cunnington (Sam-Yorke - 56' )
  • 21 Appiah

Substitutes

  • 22 Spillane
  • 13 Norris
  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 24 Arnold
  • 16 Austin

Hereford United

  • 01 Evans
  • 06 Graham
  • 03 Bush Booked
  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 05 McDonald
  • 04 James (Purdie - 51' )
  • 19 Gwynne (Sharp - 71' )
  • 18 Pilkington (Walker - 64' )
  • 17 Brown Booked
  • 11 Smith
  • 24 Brodie Booked

Substitutes

  • 20 Odhiambo
  • 07 Purdie
  • 12 Collins
  • 10 Sharp
  • 09 Walker
Ref: Justin Amey
Att: 3,381

Match Stats

Shots

13 6

On target

4 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.

90:00 +3:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.

90:00 +3:40

Attempt missed. Michael Spillane (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

90:00 +3:05

Foul by Luke Graham (Hereford United).

90:00 +3:05

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Robert Purdie (Hereford United).

90:00 +1:50

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:13

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

90:00 +0:13

Chris Bush (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

89:35

Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).

89:35

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

87:24

Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

87:24

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

86:33

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

86:33

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

85:05

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

85:05

Chris Sharp (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

82:08

Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Michael Spillane replaces Liam Hughes.

80:40

Attempt missed. Sam Smith (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

77:08

Attempt saved. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

73:08

Corner, Cambridge United.

71:39

Corner, Hereford United.

70:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Chris Sharp replaces Sam Gwynne.

68:25

Corner, Cambridge United.

65:55

Corner, Cambridge United.

63:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Dan Walker replaces Danny Pilkington.

63:16

Foul by Sam Smith (Hereford United).

63:16

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

62:42

Attempt missed. Tom Champion (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.

62:31

Corner, Cambridge United.

62:18

Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Tait.

62:03

Corner, Cambridge United.

61:48

Attempt saved. Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

61:21

Corner, Cambridge United.

60:06

Corner, Cambridge United.

58:38

Corner, Cambridge United.

56:12

Offside, Hereford United. Danny Pilkington tries a through ball, but Danny Pilkington is caught offside.

55:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Adam Cunnington.

52:13

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

52:13

Chris Bush (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

50:59

Attempt missed. Tom Champion (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Tait with a cross.

50:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Robert Purdie replaces Kingsley James.

50:09 Booking

Booking Richard Brodie (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:02

Foul by Richard Brodie (Hereford United).

50:02

Richard Tait (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

47:16

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

47:16

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

46:25

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

46:25

Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

45:41 Booking

Booking Chris Bush (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:36

Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

45:36

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.

44:42

Attempt missed. Chris Bush (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Pilkington with a cross.

43:47

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

43:47

Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

39:45 Booking

Booking Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:50

Attempt missed. Danny Pilkington (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

35:27

Offside, Hereford United. Richard Brodie tries a through ball, but Richard Brodie is caught offside.

30:44

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

30:44

Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

30:21

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.

30:04

Corner, Cambridge United.

29:53

Attempt blocked. Richard Tait (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:07

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

27:07

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

26:12

Offside, Hereford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.

23:18

Corner, Cambridge United.

23:04

Attempt saved. Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

21:52

Foul by Richard Brodie (Hereford United).

21:52

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

19:23

Attempt missed. Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

18:43

Corner, Hereford United.

18:13

Corner, Hereford United.

13:45

Foul by Danny Pilkington (Hereford United).

13:45

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

13:12

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

13:12

Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

12:08

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

12:08

Rod McDonald (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

9:22

Corner, Cambridge United.

9:08

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

8:31

Hand ball by Richard Brodie (Hereford United).

7:40

Attempt saved. Sam Smith (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

6:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

4:29

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

3:25

Attempt blocked. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:11

Offside, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.

1:15

Corner, Cambridge United.

0:39

Foul by Sam Gwynne (Hereford United).

0:39

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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