The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Richard Prime

HERE­FORD staged a strong sec­ond-half fight­back to notch their fifth straight league win.

Two goals from John Mills – one a penalty – and one apiece from Keyon Ref­fell and Lance Smith com­pleted a sec­ond-half turn­around af­ter home skip­per Jimmy Oates had headed into his own net.

“In the first half Dorch­ester had more run­ning in their legs and seemed to want it more,” said Here­ford boss Pete Bea­dle.

“Credit to them – they took their chance well and caused us a few prob­lems.

“But we came out in the sec­ond half with more zip and zest and a bit more tempo to our game.

“We felt that once we had got the first goal we could go on and get a cou­ple more and so it proved.”

Dorch­ester could have scored on four min­utes when Martin Horsell fum­bled a David Jer­rard shot only for Phil Orm­rod to put the re­bound wide.

Five min­utes later, a spec­u­la­tive cross from Aaron Ro­driguez found Here­ford skip­per Oates try­ing to clear but he planted his header into the roof of his own net.

Horsell pulled off a low save from Orm­rod and Jer­rard fired a great chance wide as the vis­i­tors looked to in­crease their lead.

The Here­ford at­tack, in con­trast, was scarcely ev­i­dent with the best open­ing cre­ated down the left by James Bowen and Garyn Preen, whose cross was just in front of the on­rush­ing Smith.

Ev­ery­thing changed, how­ever, af­ter the break.

On 56 min­utes, Smith let fly from the edge of the area and his shot took a big de­flec­tion be­fore loop­ing over Chris Weale.

Six min­utes later, Mills got up to score from the spot af­ter be­ing brought down by Orm­rod. And then, five fur­ther min­utes on, Ref­fell scored the goal of the game, win­ning the ball in mid­field and rac­ing through to slip a neat shot past Weale.

Mills rounded things off 15 min­utes from time when he re­ceived a pass from Oates and turned the de­fence in­side out be­fore scor­ing with a fierce crossshot.

“We had great or­gan­i­sa­tion and en­ergy to our game in the first half and what is wor­ry­ing is where that en­ergy went at half­time,” said Town boss Steve Thompson.

“The halves were so dif­fer­ent, it’s hard to put your fin­ger on it. They looked some very tired boys in the sec­ond half.”

STAR MAN: Keynon Ref­fell (Here­ford) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT:

PIC­TURES: Steve Ni­blett

FIN­ISHER: John Mills scores his 117th goal in 116 games

CLIN­I­CAL: Mills makes it 2-1 from the penalty spot

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