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John Murray reports
"Hereford know just how to stage a show at Edgar Street"
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Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 18:20 GMT
Foxes held at Hereford

Hereford's players celebrate holding their Premiership visitors

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Hereford Utd 0-0 Leicester City

Leicester were forced to settle for a replay at Edgar Street, but the Premiership side will probably be relieved to have come away with the draw.

Hereford teenager Paul Parry hit the post during a sustained period of second half pressure from the non-league team.

I know from my Wycombe days just what this sort of game means to the smaller clubs and Hereford deserved the replay for the way they played
Martin O'Neill
Leicester dominated the opening 45 minutes, forcing nine corners, and came back to create late chances.

But for much of the second period there appeared little difference between the two sides despite the four divisions between them.

In the finest traditions of the FA Cup, non-league Hereford's line-up included school-teacher Rob Elmes, electrician Jeremy Snape and farmer-goalkeeper Mark Jones, the brother of Southampton keeper Paul.

Robbie Sabage chases Parry
Overnight rain had left the pitch in a heavy condition reminiscent of the day 28 years ago, when Newcastle were beaten at Edgar Street.

BBC Match of the Day's John Motson, who described the memorable scenes in 1972, also took his seat among a capacity crowd of 8,500.

The visitors came close to taking the lead after only two minutes.

A low centre from Andrew Impey was flicked on by Tony Cottee to Emile Heskey whose goal-bound shot was blocked by Hereford skipper Ian Wright.

Match facts
2 mins: Heskey close to scoring
Leicester dominate first half
Parry hits post in second as Hereford bite back
Leicester defender Frank Sinclair hobbled off with a calf injury after six minutes and was replaced by Steve Walsh.

But it did not stop the flow of play towards the Hereford goal, where keeper Jones denied Matt Elliott and Muzzy Izzet while Cottee was denied twice by outfield players on the line.

The home side briefly threatened for the first time when Elmes slid the ball into the path of fellow striker Paul Fewings whose shot shot on the turn was saved by Tim Flowers.

Half time turnaround

But if the first half was controlled by Leicester, Hereford were almost as dominant in the second.

The consolation is that we can get a big pay day from the replay and that is very important for the club
Hereford boss Graham Turner
Their commitment was demonstrated when Snape was booked for a challenge on Izzet.

The Leicester midfielder responded with a fiery tackle of his own on the same player, but escaped punishment.

Three corners were forced early in the second half, and on more than one occasion Hereford's front-runners threatened to outnumber retreating Leicester defenders.

The visitors' threat was from the occasional set piece, although testing balls from Impey and Guppy were cleared over the line and Walsh headed over with the goal gaping.

But it was Hereford who came closest to a goal - and what a strike it would have been.

Taylor's brilliant direct run, saw the 19-year-old get the better of three Premiership stars

First he sidestepped Elliot, before outsprinting Impey and shooting past Flowers, only for the post to deny him a memorable strike.

But as the game entered its final 15 minutes Leicester's superior level of fitness began to tell, and from a corner Izzet and Elliot were again denied by Jones' alertness.

And it was the Hereford fans who were celebrating a genuine achievement as the final whistle went.

Hereford: Jones, Lane, Wright, James, Sturgess, Williams, Taylor, Snape, Parry, Elmes, Fewings. Subs: Siddaway, Wall, Clarke, Rodgerson, May.

Leicester: Flowers, Sinclair, Elliott, Taggart, Impey, Savage, Lennon, Izzet, Guppy, Cottee, Heskey. Subs: Walsh, Gilchrist, Oakes, Hodges, Zagorakis.

Referee: M Dean (Eastham

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