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Aldershot Town 1-2 Hereford United

Hereford secured their Conference Premier status with a dramatic late win over Aldershot.

Sam Smith opened the scoring for the Bulls when he latched on to Luke Graham's header to slot home.

The Shots levelled through Manny Oyeleke's driven effort from the edge of the penalty area.

But Michael Rankine met a Dan Walker cross to take all three points and confine Chester, who were held at home by Salisbury, to relegation.

Hereford, who were set for their second relegation in three seasons with just two minutes remaining, survived on goal difference.

Aldershot also survive on goal difference, finishing the season just one place above the Bulls but level on points.

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Andy Scott: Aldershot boss after Hereford defeat

Aldershot Town boss Andy Scott told BBC Surrey:

"Disappointed we didn't win the game and I felt we didn't play well and we looked physically and mentally drained, but that's understandable after the last five weeks.

"It's been a massive rollercoaster this season and we've been under severe pressure over the last five weeks and come through with some fantastic results. To stay up was the main aim.

"We now know that progression is the key and how quickly we do that depends on the summer and the players we try to bring in. We need the feel good factor of the last few weeks we've had and we can make it a bigger go next season."

Bulls manager Pete Beadle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"Everyone's played their part, in the way they've trained and the way they've gone about their business.

Bulls midfielder Rob Purdie told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"To hear the fans, it just shows that this club can't go.

"It's massive for the town and it's so big to these supporters. There are so many hard core supporters.

"It's been a very bad season, on and off the pitch, but hopefully, at least for 24 hours, we've got something to celebrate."

Line-ups

Aldershot

  • 1Morris
  • 2OastlerBooked at 89mins
  • 3Tonkin
  • 30PhillipsBooked at 45mins
  • 4Stanley
  • 15BarkerSubstituted forRobertsat 79'minutes
  • 7MekkiSubstituted forBubbat 85'minutes
  • 19MolesleySubstituted forRowlandsat 89'minutes
  • 29OyelekeBooked at 31mins
  • 9Williams
  • 16Scott

Substitutes

  • 8Rowlands
  • 10Paterson
  • 11Bubb
  • 14Roberts
  • 21Williams

Hereford

  • 21Lloyd-Weston
  • 22EdgeSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 3Bush
  • 4James
  • 12Collins
  • 6Graham
  • 7Purdie
  • 16ArtusBooked at 79mins
  • 32BowenSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes
  • 15RankineBooked at 90mins
  • 11SmithSubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Walker
  • 14Edwards
  • 17Brown
  • 19Gwynne
  • 30Williams
Referee:
Peter Banks
Attendance:
3,593

Match Stats

Home TeamAldershotAway TeamHereford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2.

Booking

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).
Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town).
Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Martin Rowlands replaces Mark Molesley.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 2. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dan Walker.
Foul by Joe Oastler (Aldershot Town).
Frankie Artus (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Dan Walker replaces Jarrod Bowen.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Bradley Bubb replaces Adam Mekki.
Attempt saved. Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Cory Williams replaces Sam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Jamie Edge.

Substitution

Substitution, Aldershot Town. Jordan Roberts replaces Chris Barker.

Booking

Frankie Artus (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Frankie Artus (Hereford United).
Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 1, Hereford United 1. Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Molesley.
Foul by Josh Scott (Aldershot Town).
Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Craig Stanley (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Mekki.
Corner, Aldershot Town.
Corner, Aldershot Town.
Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Tonkin.
Corner, Aldershot Town.
Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Offside, Aldershot Town. Brett Williams tries a through ball, but Brett Williams is caught offside.
Foul by Josh Scott (Aldershot Town).
Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Corner, Aldershot Town.
Attempt missed. Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box.
Foul by Josh Scott (Aldershot Town).
Luke Graham (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Offside, Hereford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.
Hand ball by Craig Stanley (Aldershot Town).
Offside, Hereford United. Luke Graham tries a through ball, but Luke Graham is caught offside.
Foul by Brett Williams (Aldershot Town).
Rob Purdie (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aldershot Town 0, Hereford United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Aldershot Town 0, Hereford United 1.

Booking

Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Mark Phillips (Aldershot Town).
Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Hand ball by Chris Bush (Hereford United).
Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).
Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Dominic Collins (Hereford United).
Josh Scott (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).
Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Aldershot Town 0, Hereford United 1. Sam Smith (Hereford United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Graham with a headed pass.
Corner, Hereford United.
Foul by Manny Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).
Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) wins a free kick.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton463011567101
2Cambridge462313103782
3Gateshead462213112279
4Grimsby462212121978
5Halifax462211132777
6Braintree462111141874
7Kidderminster46201214772
8Barnet46191314570
9Woking4620818-368
10Forest Green461910171467
11Alfreton4621718-567
12Salisbury46191017-567
13Nuneaton46181216-666
14Lincoln City46171415165
15Macclesfield4618721-161
16Welling46161218-260
17Wrexham46161119059
18Southport46141121-1853
19Aldershot46161317751
20Hereford46131221-1951
21Chester46121519-2151
22Dartford4612826-2544
23Tamworth4610927-3839
24Hyde United461738-8110
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