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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From The Archives - Orient Push Hereford Closer To Relegation


Twenty years ago Hereford United was fighting relegation. Their last but one game of that 1996/97 season was at Leyton Orient.

Today a reformed Hereford are on their way back up the leagues after the original club was wound up in 2014.

However Leyton Orient's future is currently very uncertain.

Here's a look back to 1997:



On Saturday April 26th 1997, the Bulls travelled to Leyton Orient knowing three points were needed to help propell them to safety from relegation. It didn't happen.

Leyton Orient 2 Hereford 1 (report from various sources)

Hereford face a fight for their league survival next week at Edgar Street, when they go into their clash with Brighton on equal points.

Brighton's superior goal tally leaves Hereford needing victory from this final game of the season to avoid the drop to the Conference league.

Hereford were lucky to go into the halftime interval with the score sheet blank. Keeper Trevor Wood keept them in the game with a series of fine saves but all the excitement was saved for the final 45 minutes.

Ten minutes into the second half the goal finally came, Alex Inglethorpe's shot bouncing over Wood.

After 63 minutes Martin Ling's great effort from just outside the box floated into the corner to put the O's two up despite the linesman flagging for offside.

Hereford awoke from their sleep for the final 20 minutes, but their efforts proved to be too late despite their 75th minute goal from Agana.

For the Bulls their greater battle is still to come in a death-or-glory finale against Brighton. It's a game they must win.

Hereford: Wood, Norton, Brough, Matthewson, Fishlock (wdrn), Sandeman, Hargreaves, McGorry, Turner (wdrn), Foster , Williams . Subs: Warner, Agana .