It’s FA Tro­phy week! We go around the grounds

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Paul Rogers

JOHN Mills once again showed why he is such an im­por­tant player to Hereford as his hat-trick helped the Bulls cruise through to the next round of the Tro­phy.

Mills struck twice in the first half be­fore seal­ing his treble 11 min­utes from time.

“You look at his goal record – it’s ab­so­lutely fright­en­ing,” said Hereford man­ager Pete Beadle.

“He thor­oughly de­served his man-of-the-match award; his goals were fantastic and his work rate was bril­liant.”

How­ever, de­spite Hereford’s com­fort­able tri­umph, Beadle felt his team rode their luck at times.

“In the first minute Martin Horsell had to make a fantastic stop then all of a sud­den we found our­selves two goals to the good,” said Beadle.

“We didn’t seem to start par­tic­u­larly well and even in the sec­ond half, it goes out for a cor­ner and you’ve got play­ers not even look­ing at the ball and they get a goal and are back in the game.

“So maybe it wasn’t a 4-1 per­for­mance, but I think we did enough to be in front.”

Af­ter be­ing de­nied by Horsell, Weymouth striker Harry Baker went close again in the 25th minute when his drilled ef­fort hit the side net­ting.

Hereford then stepped up a gear and should have scored on the half-hour mark, how­ever Lance Smith’s pow­er­ful header went just wide.

How­ever, the Bulls did open the scor­ing five min­utes later when Mills calmly slot­ted home be­fore he added an­other goal three min­utes later.

Weymouth pulled a goal back in the 54th minute when Jake McCarthy fired home from a cor­ner, but the away side strug­gled to cre­ate many more op­por­tu­ni­ties. And they were made to pay when Hereford scored the killer third goal in the 69th minute.

Mark Travers did well to save Pablo Haysham’s shot, but Smith was on hand to gob­ble up the re­bound.

Mills sealed the win ten min­utes later, but Weymouth were un­happy with how it came about.

Ref­eree Sarah Gar­ratt al­lowed Hereford to take a quick free-kick and, with the Weymouth play­ers caught nap­ping, Mills ran at goal to calmly slot the ball home.

“We didn’t think we were helped by one or two of the de­ci­sions, es­pe­cially for the fourth goal,” said Weymouth as­sis­tant man­ager Paul Mait­land. “But it’s swings and round­abouts and you take it on the chin.

“They were slightly more pro­fes­sional in ar­eas of the pitch and de­served to go through.”

STAR MAN: John Mills (Hereford) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

PIC­TURE: Steven Ni­blett

HERO: John Mills chips home for his hat-trick and, in­set, opens ac­count

ALL SMILES: Hereford cel­e­brate an­other of Mills’ goals

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