The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Matt Vine

JOHN MILLS scored two penal­ties as Hereford stormed into the next round with a com­fort­able vic­tory at Hill­grounds.

The hosts had the first op­por­tu­nity of the game with less than five min­utes on the clock as Ash Fuller beat three Hereford play­ers be­fore pulling back to Ben Shep­herd who couldn’t keep his shot down.

The rest of the first half was evenly poised with nei­ther side able to take full con­trol un­til five min­utes be­fore the break when Gary Preen’s low shot beat Martin Con­way in the Kempston goal to give the visi­tors the lead.

Just mo­ments af­ter the break the lead was dou­bled when Mills grabbed his first from the penalty spot, shoot­ing straight down the mid­dle, af­ter James Bowen was brought down in the box.

The Evo-Stik South Pre­mier pro­mo­tion hope­fuls dom­i­nated from there and a quar­ter of an hour later the ref­eree was point­ing to the spot again af­ter a foul by Kyal McNulty, which also saw him booked. Striker Mills grabbed his sec­ond with a typ­i­cally ruth­less fin­ish from the re­sul­tant penalty.

Kempston did muster another op­por­tu­nity but Grant Fryer’s header was well saved by Martin Horsell.

And the match was wrapped up in in­jury time, Lance Smith beat­ing the off­side trap and coolly fin­ish­ing past the Rovers keeper.

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