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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Stevenage 1-1 Hereford
Stevenage striker Dino Maamria rescued a draw for his side three minutes from time after the first leg of their Conference play-off against Hereford.

Maamria smartly nodded in a Jon Brady cross to keep the tie on tenterhooks.

Hereford substitute striker Daniel Carey-Bertram had hit a wonder goal to give his side the lead, turning neatly and rifling the ball in from 30 yards.

But Stevenage were fully deserving of their draw in front of a record crowd of 6,520 at Broadhall Way.

The hosts had started marginally the better of the two teams but in a scrappy first half only Darryn Stamp's volley that forced a save from Craig Mawson threatened.

Hereford should have gone ahead straight after the interval, Robert Purdie blazing over the crossbar from close-range after Adam Stansfield's shot was blocked.

After the Bulls did take the lead Stevenage looked as though they had an immediate reply, but Hereford defender Tamika Mkandawire was lucky to see his attempted clearance drop wide of Mawson's right-hand post.

But Stevenage were not to be denied a leveller when Maamria popped up in the closing stages.


Stevenage: Julian, Warner, Goodliffe, Henry, Gregory, Brady, Maamria, Bulman, Nurse (Boyd 58), Stamp, Elding.
Subs Not Used: Westhead, Quinn, Laker, Hocking.

Booked: Elding.

Goals: Maamria 87.

Hereford: Mawson, Green, Tretton, Mkandawire, Robinson, Travis (Daniel Williams 80), Stanley, Pitman, Purdie, Mills (Carey-Bertram 66), Stansfield (James 90).
Subs Not Used: Leroy Williams, Scott.

Goals: Carey-Bertram 74.

Att: 6,520.

Ref: R Lee (Essex).


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