Saturday 22nd April 1978
windon Town 1-0 Hereford Utd
Town’s final home game of the 77/78 season saw them overcome a Hereford Utd outfit who’d lost their last 15 away games in a row – a post-war record. However, this match was one that wouldn’t live long in the memory for it was a drab, dull and uninspiring performance from two teams who seemed to be going through the motions.
windon spent much of the first half hoofing aimless long balls upfield which came to nothing. Hereford, for their part, chased and harried but had no threat in attack. The visitors were already more or less consigned to Fourth Division football next season – a 1-0 defeat at relegation-rivals Rotherham Utd on Tuesday had seen to that.
Out-going Town manager, Danny Williams, wasn’t present at the County Ground. He was believed to be on a scouting mission with Doncaster’s Ian Miller the target. Ray McHale, the Town midfielder, had attracted some Watford scouts to SN1 this afternoon, and he played his part in the build-up to the goal that won this game early in the second half.
It was a move and finish worthy of a far better match than this one. It began when Roy Carter robbed Kevin Sheedy of possession. Carter, up against his old teammates, fed McHale and then Dave Cunningham laid the ball off to Dave Moss on the left. Moss duly clipped it into the penalty area where full-back Andy Ford, bursting through, arrived to stroke the ball back into the path of Cunningham who deftly lobbed ‘keeper Tommy Hughes for the winner. It was a brilliant goal, totally out of character for a game of this ineptitude.
Sadly Town didn’t go on and notch up a few more. The second half was an improvement, and the midfield duo of Carter & McHale saw a bit more of the ball but the game as a whole was largely forgettable. Towards the end Hereford did have a bit of a go but Jimmy Allan was on hand to see them off and the 2 points were Swindon’s.
This turned out to be the Robins last win of the season. The three remaining matches, all away, saw Town lose twice and take only a point from Carlisle in a 2-2 draw. Hereford finished the campaign 2nd bottom, and without an away win to their credit. They lost 18 of their 23 matches and only managed to score 6 league goals on the road all season!
Town: J.Allan, J.McLaughlin, A.Ford, K.Stroud, S.Aizlewood, C.Prophett, D.Moss, R.Carter, C.Guthrie, R.McHale, D.Cunningham
United: T.Hughes, S.Emery, P.Burrows, J.Marshall, J.Layton, F.Barton, S.Phillips, K.Sheedy, S.Crompton, P.Spiring (B.Bouston 72), W..Holmes.
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