Date: 4th December 2005 at 7:38pm
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Banana skin? What banana skin?
County go through to the third round of the F.A. Cup and confound the bookies who had pencilled in the words ‘Giant’ and ‘Killing’

This author was right. In fact nearly 100% right. County to win, Easter to score. OK I was over generous and thought Hereford would score one but nevertheless County progressed fairly smoothly though what could have been a very nasty afternoon in the rural west midlands.

So, 3pm and out trots Wolski as a replacement for Briggs and warming the bench was youth team stopper Craig Duncan. That’ll be the end of Ikeme then!

I had hardly got out of the gentlemen’s powder room when Jermaine Easter scored. Ok, I tell a lie I missed the goal but I have it on drunken good authority that Mr Easter burnt the Hereford defence for pace and netted past Hereford keeper Mawson. Great start and surely County would build upon this and dominate the game? Nope. Hold what we have after 2 minutes is not a good idea, and whilst County didn’t quite sit back and wait for Hereford to come to them, it was Hereford who saw more of the possession.

Andy Williams claimed a penalty when he was sort of (!) hauled down by Michael Raynes. Then the Hereford forward had a shot was blocked on the edge of the area and in injury time had an effort that took a deflection off a County boot and Spencer collected with ease.

Half time and the County players, together with a fair few County fans, could clear their heads.

The second half started with Hereford continuing to look lively and once again it was Andy (cant take me eyes off of you) Williams who gave County a scare when his first shot was blocked by Greenwood and his second effort needed Spencer to save well. Next referee Singh denied County a stick-on penalty when Mkandawires handled Harpal Singh’s strike.

Just when it looked like County were in for a nail biting second half Michael Wolski’s popped up to send a scorching 25 yard strike into the back of the Bulls’ net. Game over. County could even afford the luxury of an Easter penalty miss after Hamshaw had been felled in the box.

Luke Naysmith.
Next Up…
Tuesday night dear friends see the Gas arrive up M5 and M6 as we entertain Bristol Rovers.

Looking forward to another County victory and a rendition of ‘Irene’ from the men from the West Country

I’ll see you in my dreams….

Up the Hatters!