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Cambridge United 1-0 Hereford United

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."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 1Maxwell
  • 6Miller
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Coulson
  • 14Tait
  • 11Dunk
  • 8Champion
  • 18Berry
  • 17L HughesSubstituted forSpillaneat 81'minutes
  • 9CunningtonSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 56'minutes
  • 21Appiah

Substitutes

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

Hereford

  • 1Evans
  • 6Graham
  • 3BushBooked at 46mins
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5McDonald
  • 4JamesSubstituted forPurdieat 51'minutes
  • 19GwynneSubstituted forSharpat 71'minutes
  • 18PilkingtonSubstituted forWalkerat 64'minutes
  • 17BrownBooked at 40mins
  • 11Smith
  • 24BrodieBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 20Odhiambo
  • 7Purdie
  • 12Collins
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Walker
Referee:
Justin Amey
Attendance:
3,381

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamHereford
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.
Attempt missed. Michael Spillane (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Luke Graham (Hereford United).
Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Robert Purdie (Hereford United).
Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).
Chris Bush (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Jonathan Brown (Hereford United).
Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).
Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).
Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).
Chris Sharp (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Michael Spillane replaces Liam Hughes.
Attempt missed. Sam Smith (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.
Attempt saved. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Corner, Hereford United.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Dan Walker replaces Danny Pilkington.
Foul by Sam Smith (Hereford United).
Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Tom Champion (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Tait.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt saved. Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Offside, Hereford United. Danny Pilkington tries a through ball, but Danny Pilkington is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Adam Cunnington.
Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).
Chris Bush (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Tom Champion (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Tait with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Robert Purdie replaces Kingsley James.

Booking

Richard Brodie (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Richard Brodie (Hereford United).
Richard Tait (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).
Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).
Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Booking

Chris Bush (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Chris Bush (Hereford United).
Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Hereford United 0.
Attempt missed. Chris Bush (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Pilkington with a cross.
Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).
Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Attempt missed. Danny Pilkington (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Offside, Hereford United. Richard Brodie tries a through ball, but Richard Brodie is caught offside.
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