Michael Rankine struck twice against lowly Southport as Hereford pulled further clear of the foot of the table.

The Bulls led at the break after Jonathan Brown swept home a Chris Brown cross and Rankine doubled the lead from long range just after the break.

Two minutes later, Dan Walker tapped in before Steve Akrigg headed home to give the visitors a ray of hope.

However, Akrigg was sent off for a second yellow card and Rankine completed the rout with a late goal.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Hereford United

  • 21 Lloyd-Weston
  • 06 Graham
  • 12 Collins (Leadbitter - 72' )
  • 05 McDonald
  • 03 Bush
  • 08 O'Keefe (Edge - 81' )
  • 16 Artus (Purdie - 87' )
  • 09 Walker
  • 17 Brown
  • 15 Rankine Booked
  • 10 Sharp

Substitutes

  • 01 Evans
  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 30 Williams
  • 07 Purdie
  • 22 Edge

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 02 Smith
  • 05 Flynn Booked
  • 04 Akrigg Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 20 Fitzpatrick
  • 06 Brown Booked
  • 27 O'Sullivan (Osawe - 73' )
  • 10 Ledsham
  • 18 George
  • 29 Dillon
  • 25 Brodie

Substitutes

  • 28 Daly
  • 21 Osawe
  • 19 Wimmer
  • 08 Milligan
  • 11 Almond
Ref: Daniel Cook
Att: 1,569

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

5 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hereford United 4, Southport 1.

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hereford United 4, Southport 1.

90:00 +1:30

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

90:00 +1:30

David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Corner, Hereford United.

88:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 4, Southport 1. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Bush with a cross.

86:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Robert Purdie replaces Frankie Artus.

86:25 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Steve Akrigg (Southport) for a bad foul.

85:56

Foul by Steve Akrigg (Southport).

85:56

Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

81:55

Attempt saved. Dan Walker (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

80:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jamie Edge replaces Josh O'Keefe.

78:36

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

77:19

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

77:19

Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

76:50

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

76:50

Chris Sharp (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

74:14

Attempt missed. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Walker.

73:49

Corner, Hereford United.

72:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Osayamen Osawe replaces John O'Sullivan.

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Daniel Leadbitter replaces Dominic Collins.

69:06

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

69:06

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

67:01

Offside, Hereford United. Michael Rankine tries a through ball, but Michael Rankine is caught offside.

65:36

Foul by Richard Brodie (Southport).

65:36

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

64:54

Offside, Hereford United. Michael Rankine tries a through ball, but Michael Rankine is caught offside.

63:59 Booking

Booking Scott Brown (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:52

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

63:52

Chris Sharp (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

62:37

Foul by Chris Sharp (Hereford United).

62:37

Matthew Flynn (Southport) wins a free kick.

61:15 Booking

Booking Steve Akrigg (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:08

Foul by Steve Akrigg (Southport).

61:08

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

59:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 3, Southport 1. Steve Akrigg (Southport) header from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John O'Sullivan with a cross.

59:21

Corner, Southport.

54:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 3, Southport 0. Dan Walker (Hereford United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Sharp with a cross.

52:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 2, Southport 0. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dan Walker with a cross.

51:21

Attempt blocked. Dan Walker (Hereford United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

49:30

Offside, Southport. Karl Ledsham tries a through ball, but Karl Ledsham is caught offside.

45:35

Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).

45:35

Luke George (Southport) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Hereford United 1, Southport 0.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

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

45:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking Matthew Flynn (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:49

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

45:00 +0:49

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:43

Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

41:13

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

41:13

John O'Sullivan (Southport) wins a free kick.

37:17

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

36:48

Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).

36:48

Scott Brown (Southport) wins a free kick.

35:38

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

35:38

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

35:17

Attempt missed. John Dillon (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

30:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 1, Southport 0. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Sharp with a cross.

29:08

Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

28:16

Corner, Hereford United.

28:01

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

27:30

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

25:59

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

24:34

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

24:34

Richard Brodie (Southport) wins a free kick.

21:33

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

21:33

Steve Akrigg (Southport) wins a free kick.

21:04

Corner, Hereford United.

19:53

Foul by Steve Akrigg (Southport).

19:53

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

17:48

Offside, Southport. Steve Akrigg tries a through ball, but Steve Akrigg is caught offside.

17:19

Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).

17:19

John O'Sullivan (Southport) wins a free kick.

14:56

Foul by Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United).

14:56

Matthew Flynn (Southport) wins a free kick.

14:14

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

14:14

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

11:07

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

11:07

Scott Brown (Southport) wins a free kick.

8:28 Booking

Booking Michael Rankine (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

7:38

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

7:38

Matthew Flynn (Southport) wins a free kick.

6:51

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

6:11

Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

3:31

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

2:06

Foul by Karl Ledsham (Southport).

2:06

Josh O'Keefe (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

0:43

Foul by Matthew Flynn (Southport).

0:43

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

0:07

Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).

0:07

John O'Sullivan (Southport) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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