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Fleetwood Town 1-1 Hereford FC

Seventh-tier Hereford FC held League One side Fleetwood Town at Highbury to earn an FA Cup second-round replay.

Devante Cole, son of former FA Cup winner Andy Cole, levelled for the Cod Army six minutes after Calvin Dinsley's 23rd-minute strike for the Bulls.

But it was a strong and spirited performance by Pete Beadle's Bulls on a frustrating afternoon for Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler and his men.

It was hard to tell that are 89 places between Fleetwood and Southern League Premier Division phoenix club Hereford, who are in only their third season back in existence.

Hereford had their fans in dreamland with a first-half strike at Highbury
Hereford scorer Calvin Dinsley had the Bulls fans in dreamland with his first-half curler at Highbury

Dinsley, who had only got the nod to start half-an-hour before kick-off following a late injury to Rob Purdie, sent the 977 travelling Bulls fans into raptures when he curled past goalkeeper Chris Neal.

But, after Ash Hunter, Wes Burns and Kyle Dempsey had all wasted good chances for the hosts and Garyn Preen's deflected effort had dropped onto the top of the net, fortune shone for Fleetwood on 29 minutes.

Lewie Coyle's cross from the right caught Hereford - and Cole - off guard, but it bounced in off the striker's chest past keeper Martin Horsell.

The luck was with the hosts once again just before the break when Ash Eastham twice cleared John Mills' close-range efforts off the line after Billy Murphy's free-kick had caused chaos in the box.

Fleetwood forward Hunter rattled a post with a late effort but Hereford got their just rewards to take it to a replay on Tuesday, 12 December - and into Monday evening's third-round draw.

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It's been a big day, it's been a big build-up but I thought we should fantastic character, real desire.

"As we've said all along, with the players we have here, when they put the shirt on they wear it properly and I think they did that today.

"I think everyone can see we deserve to be in that third round draw."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Neal
  • 5Eastham
  • 6PondSubstituted forBolgerat 90+2'minutes
  • 38Cargill
  • 2Coyle
  • 18GlendonSubstituted forO'Neillat 73'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8DempseyBooked at 44mins
  • 3BellSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 64'minutes
  • 9BurnsBooked at 40mins
  • 44Cole
  • 22Hunter

Substitutes

  • 4O'Neill
  • 7Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 12Bolger
  • 13Maguire
  • 23Schwabl
  • 28Sowerby
  • 31Crellin

Hereford

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Horsell
  • 3O'Shea
  • 6Deaman
  • 5Green
  • 2Oates
  • 11SmithSubstituted forSymonsat 75'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 10Reffell
  • 4DinsleySubstituted forHayshamat 87'minutes
  • 7PreenBooked at 55mins
  • 9Mills

Substitutes

  • 12Page
  • 14Symons
  • 15Preston
  • 16Franklin
  • 17Haysham
  • 18Bird
  • 20Harris
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
2,567

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamHereford
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Hereford FC 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Hereford FC 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Garyn Preen (Hereford FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Mills.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cian Bolger replaces Nathan Pond.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Billy Murphy (Hereford FC) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Hunter.

  10. Post update

    Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack Deaman (Hereford FC).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jimmy Oates (Hereford FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keyon Reffell.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hereford FC. Pablo Haysham replaces Calvin Dinsley.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Hereford FC. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town).

  16. Post update

    Calvin Dinsley (Hereford FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Deaman (Hereford FC).

  19. Booking

    Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town).

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