Hereford United 1 Forest Green Rovers 1

Last updated : 02 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer
Two sides at contrasting ends of the Conference tables served up the proverbial game of two halves at Edgar Street.

The Bulls' challenge for promotion looked like getting a boost thanks to Adam Stansfield's 27th minute strike, but the visitors' relegation battle earned its eighth point from the last 12 thanks to Guy Madjo's second-half equaliser.

Hereford dominated play in the early stages but were unable to make their superior possession pay despite forcing five corners in the first 15 minutes.

The visitors' direct style, with the tall Julian Alsop and the pacy Madjo up front, caused problems for Hereford and Ben Harding was only just off target with a couple of long-range efforts.

But the Bulls took the lead on 27 minutes when Alex Jeannin's drive following a Jamie Pitman free-kick was parried by goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, but only as far as Stansfield, who cracked in his fourth goal in six matches.

Rovers were restricted to long-range shots and Hereford almost extended their lead when Clarke raced out of goal to head clear and Craig Stanley returned the ball goalwards from 45 yards, only to see the ball bounce agonisingly a yard wide.

The visitors gave notice of their intentions within five minutes of the restart when Madjo headed a Harding free-kick straight at Wayne Brown from point-blank range.

And seven minutes later, the on-loan striker picked up his fourth goal in a week, neatly controlling Damon Searle's pass before firing under Brown to level the scores.

Hereford were rarely able to threaten Clarke's goal as time ran out and the visitors were good value for their point.

"Forest Green are on a decent run, but we just didn't have that little bit of quality when we needed it," said Bulls director of football Graham Turner.