Narrow defeat for FGR against Bulls

Forest Green Rovers ended 2013 with a 1-0 defeat against west-country rivals Hereford United in freezing winter conditions at Edgar Street, Alex Anderson reports.
Despite the cold, Hereford’s John Brown warmed the home crowd when he scored the only goal of the game after 26 minutes as he fired a half-volley in to the Rovers net.
The away end endured the temperatures without much to get them out their seats due to missed chances late on and the Bulls’ keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston.
Forest Green started the game brightly and full back Ed-Asafu-Adjaye nearly made a name for himself in front of the on-looking BT cameras as he struck a fierce shot towards the Hereford goal within minutes.
The effort looked as if it was going to burst the net but moved in the air late on and caused Lloyd-Weston no trouble in the Hereford goal.
Another long range effort came soon after as good hold up play from Danny Wright allowed Matty Taylor to find space to shoot, but he struck the ball over the bar.
Hereford had a few efforts on goal themselves before making the breakthrough, the impressive Micah Evans, who ran at the FGR defence all game with pace and purpose, strode forward and played a ball into the box that Rovers failed to deal with.
The loose ball dropped to Brown who drilled home and sent Edgar Street into pandemonium.
Forest Green were brought to life by the goal and had a few half chances leading up to half time with Al Bangura and James Norwood seeing their attempts saved by Lloyd-Weston.
Marcus Kelly then produced a bit of individual brilliance as he won the ball in his own half and drove towards the Hereford goal, unfortunately his strike could not match up to the run as he hit a tame effort that was easily saved.
FGR’s best move of the game came in the second half as a lovely dummy from Norwood saw Kieron Forbes get free in the box but his cross was brilliantly blocked and cleared by the Bull’s defence.
Rovers were now piling on the pressure and Anthony Barry forced another routine save from Lloyd-Weston before substitute Steven Brogan struck a snap shot wide of the post.
The best chance of the game for the visitors came right at the death as a brilliant ball in from Brogan was met by another substitute Matthew Barnes-Homer but his glancing header went agonisingly wide.
The game finished 1-0 as Hereford defended bullishly and the result sees Forest Green drop to 14th place in the Skriill Conference Premier League table heading into 2014.