Hereford United staved off relegation with a crucial win over Alfreton Town.

The away side opened the scoring through John Akinde but Hereford levelled when Kingsley James rounded the goalkeeper to score.

The Bulls took the lead when Dominic Collins headed in Frankie Artus's corner and made it 3-1 when James picked out Jarrod Bowen who fired home.

A nervous finish was set up when Akinde set up Shaun Harrad to finish but Hereford held on to record a vital win.

Hereford go into the final game of the season against Aldershot needing a win and for Chester to slip up against Salisbury to avoid relegation from the Conference Premier.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Hereford United

  • 21 Lloyd-Weston
  • 07 Purdie
  • 03 Bush Booked
  • 04 James
  • 06 Graham
  • 12 Collins
  • 33 Murphy (Edge - 28' Booked )
  • 16 Artus
  • 11 Smith
  • 15 Rankine (Williams - 86' )
  • 32 Bowen Booked (Brown - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Walker
  • 14 Edwards
  • 17 Brown
  • 22 Edge
  • 30 Williams

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Wildsmith
  • 25 Jones
  • 21 Rowe-Turner
  • 07 Law
  • 06 Kempson
  • 04 Westwood
  • 10 Bradley
  • 08 Shaw (Poku - 63' )
  • 18 Akinde
  • 12 Meadows (Harrad - 63' )
  • 26 Hoganson

Substitutes

  • 03 Franklin
  • 09 Clayton
  • 15 Worsnop
  • 23 Poku
  • 24 Harrad
Ref: Justin Amey
Att: 2,445

Match Stats

Shots

20 8

On target

10 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hereford United 3, Alfreton Town 2.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hereford United 3, Alfreton Town 2.

90:00 +2:41

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).

90:00 +2:41

Cory Williams (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:26

Hand ball by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

89:10

Foul by Cory Williams (Hereford United).

89:10

Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

88:42

Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box.

87:24

Foul by Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town).

87:24

Cory Williams (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

86:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 3, Alfreton Town 2. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

85:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Cory Williams replaces Michael Rankine.

85:18

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).

85:18

Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

84:56

Corner, Alfreton Town.

84:42

Attempt missed. Daniel Bradley (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Law.

84:28

Corner, Alfreton Town.

83:48

Attempt missed. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

83:12

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

81:34

Foul by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

81:34

Rob Purdie (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

80:23

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

80:23

Chris Westwood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

79:40

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

78:55

Offside, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad tries a through ball, but Shaun Harrad is caught offside.

78:07

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

78:07

Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

77:29

Foul by Sam Smith (Hereford United).

77:29

Michael Hoganson (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Jarrod Bowen because of an injury.

71:20 Booking

Booking Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 3, Alfreton Town 1. Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kingsley James with a cross.

68:12

Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).

68:12

Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

67:42

Foul by Sam Smith (Hereford United).

67:42

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

66:32

Attempt missed. Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

65:05

Corner, Alfreton Town.

63:54

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United).

63:54

Chris Westwood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

62:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Shaun Harrad replaces Danny Meadows.

62:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Godfrey Poku replaces Tom Shaw.

60:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 2, Alfreton Town 1. Dominic Collins (Hereford United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

60:39

Corner, Hereford United.

60:24

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

60:14

Corner, Hereford United.

59:54

Attempt blocked. Sam Smith (Hereford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

58:45

Attempt blocked. Chris Bush (Hereford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

55:11

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved.

54:41

Foul by Michael Hoganson (Alfreton Town).

54:41

Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

52:54 Booking

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

52:44

Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).

52:44

Andrai Jones (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

51:35

Foul by Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town).

51:35

Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

50:15

Corner, Hereford United.

46:52

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

45:00

Second Half begins Hereford United 1, Alfreton Town 1.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hereford United 1, Alfreton Town 1.

45:00 +0:51

Attempt missed. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Edge with a cross.

45:00 +0:27

Corner, Hereford United.

44:37

Attempt missed. Danny Meadows (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Bradley with a cross.

43:52

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

43:00

Attempt saved. Sam Smith (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Frankie Artus with a cross.

42:31

Attempt saved. Chris Bush (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39:13

Attempt missed. Luke Graham (Hereford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

39:06

Corner, Hereford United.

38:48

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

38:24

Corner, Hereford United.

37:56

Corner, Alfreton Town.

35:46

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

34:10

Corner, Hereford United.

33:58

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Rob Purdie with a cross.

32:12

Attempt saved. Josh Law (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

30:40 Booking

Booking Jamie Edge (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:31

Foul by Jamie Edge (Hereford United).

30:31

Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

28:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 1, Alfreton Town 1. Kingsley James (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Edge.

28:07

Foul by Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town).

28:07

Sam Smith (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

27:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jamie Edge replaces Billy Murphy because of an injury.

26:57

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United).

26:57

Michael Hoganson (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

26:24

Foul by Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town).

26:24

Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

20:31

Attempt missed. Kingsley James (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

18:22

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).

18:22

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

18:09

Corner, Alfreton Town.

17:41

Corner, Alfreton Town.

14:39

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box.

8:34

Corner, Alfreton Town.

8:19

Attempt saved. Luke Graham (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

8:01

Corner, Hereford United.

6:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 0, Alfreton Town 1. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrai Jones.

5:34

Foul by Michael Hoganson (Alfreton Town).

5:34

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

5:02

Corner, Alfreton Town.

2:14

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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