Cheltenham Town came back from a goal down to record a 1-1 draw here at Edgar Street this afternoon.
An unmarked Delroy Facey headed Hereford in front and Cheltenham seemed to lack the tools needed to unlock a Bulls defence eager to cause an upset. An improved second half performance saw Mohamed's header grab an equaliser but the Robins couldn't find a second to win the game.
It was recovery from defeat in midweek but Cheltenham will perhaps look back on this game and believe they could have created more to win the match,
Cheltenham Town recalled Jimmy Spencer and Darryl Duffy back into the starting XI this afternoon with both Russ Penn and Jeff Goulding both dropping to the bench. Steve Elliott missed out once again through a troublesome calf injury but there were no other changes for a Robins side eager to get back on the winning trail following defeat to Crawley.
The question on everyone's lips was whether Cheltenham could banish their Football League Hereford hoodoo and the Robins certainly started the game keen to do just that. Sido Jombati and Jermaine McGlashan linked up well to force a freekick on the edge of the area but it was a waste and Hereford breathed a sigh of relief in the opening minutes of this game. It could have been Hereford in front however if it hadn't been for Sido Jombati. The right back made a vital interception with Featherstone through on goal with only Brown to beat.
It was soon 1-0 however and to the hosts. A long ball from Dalibard on the left wing found a completely unmarked Delroy Facey and the powerful striker simply steered the ball in past Brown for the opening goal. It could have got worse with another Delroy Facey header only being stopped by the boot of Luke Summerfield on the goal line and sparing further blushes for Cheltenham Town.
The first substitution of the game came about on 24 minutes when Benoit Dalibard pulled up with what seemed to be a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Sam Clucas and that wasn't the only alteration. Cheltenham Town switched their formation from a 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1 with Mohamed taking up a more central position behind Duffy. There was a yellow card for Joe Colbeck on 30 minutes after the midfielder brought Mohamed down 25 yards from goal but Luke Garbutt's freekick could only find the wall and a resulting corner. Athird corner saw Hereford hit Cheltenham on a counter attack but once again Jombati was on hand to intercept Barkhuizen and clear the imminent threat.
It was largely a game of cat and mouse from that point forward with Cheltenham pretty much having no impact on the attack and Hereford happy to play the patient game. In terms of the spectacle the half time whistle would have been a welcome sound and Cheltenham needing to re-think their gameplan at the break.
Half Time: Hereford 1-0 Robins
If ever there needed to be a response from Cheltenham then this was it. Immediately from kick off Cheltenham seemed to have a little more control on proceedings and it wasn't long before the Robins were level. Jermaine McGlashan found enough space on the edge of the area to clip in a cross and Kaid Mohamed was on hand to steer in a lovely header to make it 1-1.
Hereford responded to conceding by bringing loan debutant Lyle Taylor on for Delroy Facey in the 60th minutes in an effort to regain control of this game. Despite that change it was actually Cheltenham that continued to push on and try to make something happen. Kaid Mohamed saw an ambitious 30 yard strike fly wide of goal but Hereford's Lyle Walker also saw a decent effort pushed wide by Brown moments later.
Sam Clucas was shown a yellow on 68 minutes for hacking McGlashan down as Cheltenham continued to push on trying to find a game changer. Kaid Mohamed came close once again when he caught hold of Marlon Pack's long throw but his body shape was all wrong and it dribbled harmlessly wide of goal. The minutes ticked on by and another Mohamed header threatened to grab the lead but a goal line clearance halted any Cheltenham celebrations but the screw was turning upon a Hereford side starting to look nervous.
Jeff Goulding was introduced on 83 minutes with the hard working Duffy being withdrawn to the bench and Brian Smikle was brought on three minutes later at the expense of McGlashan. Will Evans could have put his name in the headlines a few minutes ahead of time when he caught the Cheltenham defence off guard and flicked a head over Brown but the effort was wide of goal fortunately.
Cheltenham huffed and puffed but couldn't find a way to break through Hereford's backline and steal the game. A point is a point but perhaps disappointment the Robins couldn't live up to their league position against lowly Hereford.
Full Time: Hereford 1-1 Robins
Hereford United FC (4-4-2): Bartlett (GK); Purkiss, Green, Townsend, Dalibard (Clucas 24); Colbeck, Featherstone (Clist 74), Purdie, Barkhuizen; Facey (C) (Taylor 60), Evans
Subs not used: Cornell, Arquin
Cheltenham Town FC (4-2-3-1): Brown (GK); Jombati, Bennett (C), Lowe, Garbutt; McGlashan (Smikle 86), Pack, Spencer (Low 90), Summerfield, Mohamed; Duffy (Goulding 83)
Subs not used: Hooman, Penn
Referee: Mr. R. East
Attendance: 2,607 (718 from Cheltenham)
Robins Star Man:Sido Jombati - Some important interceptions in the first half kept Cheltenham in the game and he had a decent game.
James Brown from Edgar Street