A quick-fire double from Stephen Guinan in the first half sent Hereford on the
way to a comprehensive victory over Burton Albion.
The home side completely dominated the first half and took the lead after just eight minutes as Guinan's cross found Karl Hawley and he steered the ball home from 18 yards.
Hereford continued to press forward at every opportunity and added a second midway through the first half.
Paul Parry's cross found the head of Guinan and he made no mistake from six yards to put his side firmly in the driving seat and it was game over on the half hour when Guinan hammered the ball home.
Shell-shocked Burton keeper Matt Duke was back in action after 48 minutes, saving a shot from Ben Smith.
Hereford knew they had to seal victory to keep their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive and they continued to pile on the pressure.
Duke was again on hand to twice deny Parry but Hereford eventually added a fourth in the 70th minute as Michael Rose played in Albano Correia and he made
no mistake with a right-foot shot from 18 yards.
Burton created a few decent chances late on, but they were well beaten by then.
Hereford: Baker, Clarke, Wright, Rose, Tretton, Purdey, Parry, Smith, Guinan, Correia, Hawley. Subs: Grant, Griffiths, Teesdale, Williams, Sawyers.
Burton Albion: Duke, Henshaw, Blount, Hoyle, Webster, Dudley, Howard, Stride, Sinton, Ducros, Anderson. Subs: Talbot, Robinson, Garner, Clough, Petty.
Referee: G Chapman (Stroud).