Hereford FC 2-0 Royston Town: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 16:54 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 03 April 2018

Action from Edgar Street as Hereford FC hosted Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfcchesh

Action from Edgar Street as Hereford FC hosted Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfcchesh

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Royston Town travelled to the resurgent Hereford FC at the evocative Edgar Street. Read LAYTH YOUSIF’s player ratings from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League match.

Action from Edgar Street as Hereford FC hosted Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfccheshAction from Edgar Street as Hereford FC hosted Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfcchesh

Hereford FC

Will Puddy: 7 – Quiet game but always alert to the threat posed by the prolific Adam Marriott and co. Good distribution and patrolling his area well.

Hereford FC players celebrate after Lance Smith heads them ahead at Edgar Street against Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfccheshHereford FC players celebrate after Lance Smith heads them ahead at Edgar Street against Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfcchesh

Jimmy Oates (c): 7 – Excellent cross to set up Smith to score before half time. An excellent all-round performance from a leader in all senses of the word.

Cameron Pring: 7.5 – Solid and always gave his all but you always feel there is only one good play away from a mistake. Awarded man of the match by the home sponsors.

Lance Smith heads Hereford FC ahead at Edgar Street against Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfccheshLance Smith heads Hereford FC ahead at Edgar Street against Royston Town. Credit Will Cheshire @hfcchesh

Eliot Richards: 7 – Looked to supplement attacks and played in the lively Lance Smith early on with a perceptive through ball. Another who deservedly earned an ovation for his efforts, after he was replaced by Dara O’Shea.

Ryan Green: 7 – Subject to a stiff challenge from the visitors Brathwaite which earned the Crow a yellow card.

Jordan Liburd: 7 – Gave his all and never shirked in a team of hard workers.

Lance Smith: 8 – Lively. May have missed a chance early on but kept plugging away through good movement. Rewarded when a powerful header from a well-placed Oates cross ended up in the roof of the net, much to the delight of a large Easter crowd at an atmospheric Edgar Street.

Rob Purdle: 7.5 – The 35-year-old former Shrewsbury Town midfielder is a credit to the game and thoroughly deserved his goal late on after good work again by Smith in robbing Tibbetts.

John Mills: 7 – Not as influential as he would have liked but never stopped trying. Deserved his ovation on being replaced for Mike Symons with 15 minutes remaining.

Pablo Haysham: 7 – The former Didcot man missed a chance when well placed but never stopped working for the team cause.

Keyon Reffell: 7 – Good cross to set up Haysham in the first half. Always looked lively and never stopped working hard to prise an opening.

Subs:

Mike Symons on for Mills with 15 minutes remaining. Unlucky to hit the post with moments remaining.

Dara O’Shea on for Richards late on.

Royston Town:

Josh Tibbetts: 7 – Showed bravery in blocking Smith’s early chance and looked confident in repelling ever-increasing Bulls attacks. No chance with the goal after Smith powered a head past him in a crowded box.

Ed Asafu-Adijaye: 7 – Looked to push forward when he could while holding his defensive shape well and enjoyed a good battle with my man of the match Smith.

Lee Chappell: 7 – Consistent and tenacious.

Scott Bridges (c): 7 – Captain, leader, legend as ever but should have perhaps done better with his shot on the edge of the box midway through the first half with the score still goalless. A tough player who always gives his all.

Adam Murray: 7 – Never fun to play against the big centre half as a forward and can be pleased at the shift he put in against a dangerous Hereford forward line.

Sam Gaughran: 7 – Another who gave his all for the cause

Dan Brathwaite: 6 – Lucky not to be sent off for a naughty challenge on Green which saw boss Steve Castle replace him immediately afterwards.

Gus Scott-Morris: 6.5 – Not as influential as he would have liked and was hooked midway through the second half by Castle.

John Frendo: 6.5 – Worked hard but the former Hitchin Town 100-goal-club man is not the player he was when crashing goals in for the Canaries - even if he is still a significant threat. Couldn’t escape the attentions of a table-topping defence on Saturday.

Scott Thomas: 6.5 – Worked hard against the league leaders

Adam Marriott: 6.5 – The prolific forward incurred the wrath of the passionate home support after a late challenge on Eliot Richards which rightly earned a yellow card as the former Stevenage man’s frustration showed.

Subs:

Joe Hankins on for a tiring Frendo early in the second half

Martel Powell on for Scott-Morris

Josh Castiglione on for Brathwaite moments after the No7 went in the book for a risky challenge

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