Better than expected
The annual visit to Nuneaton is seldom very rewarding. You often cannot see all of the pitch, you cannot park close by, and last year Matt Baker was sent off. So to come back with a great result made the journey well worth-while even given the poor facilities.
Going into the ground, burly security staff were searching Hereford supporters and before the game started the local police were out in force. After trouble two years ago, they were taking no chances. As usual at Nuneaton, the away fans were crowed into one small area; maybe this was why only three hundred or so Hereford followers made the journey. What a good game they missed.
There was no trouble in the ground involving Hereford. However a bottle was thrown at Baker in the second half and police moved behind his goal to stop anything else being lobbed.
Last Monday at Yeovil one of the Boro' players came in for some personal abuse. Today there was none other than suggesting that Terry Angus, the player involved, got a move on when taking throw-ins. He looked at the crowd, smiled and took it all in good heart. After the game he had a few words with a some of us and wished us a safe journey home.
Even the referee, G Chapman, and his assistants are worth a mention. There were no cards of any colour, very few stoppages for fouls, and only two incidents where just maybe there was some cause for complaint, both in the first half. A Nuneaton player went down in the Hereford box and the referee stopped the game although Hereford had possession at the time. He may have thought the injury was worse than it turned out to be. The other involved a bit of holding which he deemed not serious enough to warrant a free kick. It happened close to the Hereford fans who took a different view! There was a fracas in the second half when Jamie Pitman and Nuneaton's Jamie Squires came close to blows but Mr Chapman was close at hand and play soon continued. The standard of Conference referees is often poor but today's officials should be praised for their handling of the game.
Even the programme was good value. 52 pages with interesting editorial, (even if some of it was provided by Tim Ward of HU-FC.co.uk fame) and good pictures. There was an article about previous programmes of fixtures between the two clubs going back as far as 1934. It cost 1d in old money! For those not old enough to remember, there were 240 pennies to the Pound so the £2 the programme cost today would have bought you 480 copies on Easter Tuesday April 3rd 1934. What the article did not reveal was the result. Perhaps Hereford won just like today!
On a different note Nigel Spink manager of Forest Green has been sacked, the first so far in the Conference this season.