Cheeky Cheltenham chanted at their visitors: “You’re Welsh and you know you are.” So that was recommendation enough for this fan who decided to quietly follow the Bulls from the Cheltenham terrace.
In fact, they barely chanted anything else all night – the most genteel fans I have ever witnessed in the Football League. Nary a sour word all night. Just quiet frustration at being largely outplayed by the big beasts from up the road who are surprisingly a division lower down the leagues.
Programme was a bit thin but had a decent feature on Clive Walker, ex-Chelsea, the first player to score 100 league goals and 100 non-league goals, many for Cheltenham. Now working for radio in London.
Interesting to note that Hereford’s Bowman had aged 20 years since his appearance last month against Shrewsbury. 39 according to the programme, which also showed that the core support here is about 2,500. Tonight there were nearer 6,000.
The first half started with a bang and provided Cheltenham’s most impressive football. Minxy McGlashan darted down the right and his powerful cross was backheeled in by Shaun Harrad. Gloriously cheeky.
Hereford bounced back three minutes later with the equaliser from Joshua O’Keeffe and should have taken the lead not long after with a brilliant move that produced a good save from Brown.
At half-time, 1-1 looked like it would be the appetiser for a second-half goal feast but Martin Foyle had other ideas. Dull ideas.
After the break, Hereford just contented themselves with sitting back and trying to hit on the break. Sensible enough given a replay will help them financially next week. But Cheltenham never looked much of a threat and McGlashan – such a worry in the first 45 minutes – came off well before the end.
In fact it seemed the host players didn’t really want the responsibility of trying to create a chance and a replay was the least Hereford deserved
But I fancy the Bulls to win it.