HEREFORD UNITED revived memories of their finest hour and a half at Edgar Street with victory over Hartlepool in the second round of the FA Cup yesterday to earn a home tie against Leicester City when the third round draw was made later. It was the team's Cup exploits, notably an unforgettable victory over Newcastle United in an FA Cup third-round replay in 1972, which eventually secured them a place in the League.
A second-half strike from Robin Elmes took the Bulls into the third round for the 12th time in their 75-year history. Elmes, a 29-year-old schoolteacher, fought off a challenge from the Norwegian Rune Vindheim and his compatriot, goalkeeper Martin Hollund, to head home in the 54th minute.
Hereford, who had knocked out York City in the first round, almost doubled their lead three minutes from the end as the substitute Ian Rogerson blasted a 25-yard shot against the Hartlepool post. Graham Turner's side became the first non-League side to be guaranteed a place in the third round.
Goal: Elmes (54) 1-0.
Hereford United: Jones; Lane, Sturgess, Wright, James, Snape, Taylor, Parry, Elmes (May, 86), Williams (Rodgerson, 71), Fewings. Substitutes not used: Wall, Siddaway, Clarke.
Hartlepool: Hollund; Knowles, Vindheim, (Stephenson, 59), Jones (Clark, 80), Lee, Shilton, Miller, Mason (Henderson, 75), Barron, Westwood, Freestone. Substitutes not used: Dibble, Boyd.
Referee: A Leake (Darwen, Lancs). Bookings: Hereford: Taylor, May. Hartlepool: Miller.
Man of the match: Elmes.