Morecambe 3 Hereford 1

Last updated : 25 January 2003 By Footymad Previewer

Morecambe moved back up to fifth in the Nationwide Conference with their 11th home win of the season against play-off rivals Hereford United.

In a good, entertaining game that was a credit to the Conference Morecambe took the three points largely due to scoring two goals in three first-half minutes.

After Hereford had enjoyed a bright opening when Steve Guinan was foiled by Craig Mawson after just four minutes and John Grant was guilty of missing an open goal ten minutes later.

That miss seemed to inspire in home side who then produced some of their best football of the season for the remainder of the half.

Lee Elam and Gary Thompson had both tested Matt Baker from distance before the Shrimps finally opened the scoring on 32 minutes. Thompson did well to create space for himself down the right and he delivered a dangerous low cross that Elam sidefooted home at the far post.

A couple of minutes later it was 2-0. Adriano Rigoglioso swung in a cross from the left that was met by Hereford's defender Andy Tretton, who headed past his own keeper with a diving effort.

The situation became even more bleak for the Bulls when a minute from half time they were reduced to ten men, as Danny Williams kicked out at Iain Swan and received a straight red card.

Despite facing a mountainous task Hereford fought back bravely in the second half and had it not been for some poor finishing they may even have got something from the game.

Guinan missed a golden chance on 52 minutes and then was unfortunate to get in the way of a team-mate's shot that was heading goalwards.

But Guinan made amends when he pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go. On-loan full-back Jay Lovett provided the inspiration with a cross from the right which Guinan slotted home.

Hereford came close again with Grant heading right at Mawson and then denied by a superb covering tackle from home skipper Stewart Drummond.

Morecambe's nerves were finally calmed when from a quick break young sub Nick Rogan fed Wayne Curtis, who scored his 13th goal of the season from close range.