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Kaid Mohamed steers Cheltenham past Hereford and into Everton third round FA Cup tie

Mohamed's strike books Everton into trip to Cheltenham for third round FA Cup tie



00:55 GMT, 12 December 2012

Kaid Mohamed earned League Two high-flyers Cheltenham a bumper pay-day against Everton after edging a tense FA Cup second-round replay at Hereford 2-1 after extra time.

The substitute flicked home a header from Billy Jones’s cross after 114 minutes to deny their Blue Square Premier hosts a 160,000 windfall.

Mohamed’s finish booked a televised home tie against David Moyes’s men on Monday, January 7.

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hitting the winner: Kaid Mohamed (right) is the toast of Cheltenham

Hereford fell behind to a disputed Shaun Harrad penalty in first-half injury time.

The forward profited after Jermaine McGlashan was deemed to have been fouled by right back Andy Gallinagh.

Harrad thumped home but winger Sam Clucas forced an additional half-hour.

Elsewhere, League Two Southend pulled off a minor upset to beat League One strugglers Bury 3-2 on penalties at Roots Hall after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Zac Thompson's opener was quickly cancelled out by Gavin Tomlin for the Shrimpers.

David Worrall, Troy Hewitt and Mark Hughes all missed spot-kicks for Bury, meaning Southend go through to a third round home tie against Brentford, pending an appeal by Bradford City over their expulsion.

Paul Nicholls to stick with running Silviniaco Conti in Betfair Chase despite Haydock ground fears

Nicholls to run Silviniaco Conti in Betfair Chase despite Haydock ground fears



18:57 GMT, 21 November 2012

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls looks certain to stick to Plan A with Silviniaco Conti representing him in Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock despite fears the race will be run in testing ground.

Nicholls also has stamina-packed Tidal Bay entered in the three-mile chase but the intention is to keep him for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a week later.

Haydock avoided the torrential rain that fell in the south on Wednesday, prompting the abandonment of Warwick plus today’s meetings at Hereford and Wincanton.

Ground fears: Silviniaco Conti will run at Haydock

Ground fears: Silviniaco Conti will run at Haydock

But 12mm of rain is predicted for the Merseyside track on Thursday, with further showers on Friday.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: ‘We’ve had 7mm in the last 24 hours but it will be a wet day tomorrow. There won’t be a problem with us racing but it’s going to be soft at best and, if we get the worst of it, heavy.’

The latter scenario would be the most testing conditions the Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti has ever faced, although the six-year-old won the 2010 Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow on soft ground.

Sticking to his guns: Paul Nicholls

Sticking to his guns: Paul Nicholls

Nicholls, who has won four of the seven runnings of the Betfair Chase with recently-retired Kauto Star, said: ‘I will keep monitoring the situation but I don’t think it will be a problem for Silviniaco Conti. I am not thinking of running him in the King George so don’t have to worry about effecting his chances in that race.

‘You can keep saving them but what for There is going to be a lot of soft ground about and this is a 200,000 grade one race.

‘It is also to our advantage that Silviniaco has had a run – I can’t think that they’d want heavy ground for Long Run.

‘I’ve just got a feeling that Tidal Bay will run really well in the Hennessy. It looks certain to be a real test of stamina at Newbury.’

Despite the ground question mark over Silviniaco Conti, he continues to be supported with Ladbrokes cutting him to 2-1.

They and sponsors Betfair report little support for Nicky Henderson’s favourite Long Run.

The 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is a longer price on the exchange (13-8) than he was before Tuesday’s injury withdrawal of Imperial Commander.

FA Cup First Round: Macclesfield dump out Di Canio"s Swindon

FA Cup First Round: Macclesfield dump out Di Canio's Swindon


18:01 GMT, 3 November 2012



18:02 GMT, 3 November 2012

Non-league Macclesfield pulled off the biggest shock in the first round of the FA Cup when they won 2-0 at League One high-flyers Swindon.

The Silkmen were not the only non-league side to beat Football League teams with Chelmsford, Hereford and Harrogate also moving into the second round at the expense of so-called superior opposition.

Silkmen strike: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne (left) scores his side's first goal

Silkmen strike: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne (left) scores his side's first goal

Macclesfield are sixth in the Blue
Square Bet Conference Premier and they took the lead in the 63rd minute
through a stunning long-range strike from Tony Diagne.

Things went from bad to worse for Paolo di Canio's Robins when moments later Aiden Flynn was sent off for the second
time in four games when he was given a straight red card for a challenge
on Macclesfield midfielder Sam Wedgebury.

The giant-killing over the team just outside the play-offs was sealed when Louis Thompson scored an own goal at the death.

Conference South team Chelmsford beat Colchester – 12th in League One – 3-1.

The hosts went ahead against their
local rivals when Anthony Cook fired home from distance in the 23rd
minute and they moved closer to an upset when Donovan Simmonds headed
into the net in the 63rd minute.

Pride of Essex: Chelmsford City players celebrate with the crowd following their 3-1 win over Colchester

Pride of Essex: Chelmsford City players celebrate with the crowd following their 3-1 win over Colchester

Colchester pulled one back seven
minutes later through Michael Rose's long-range free-kick but Jamie
Slabber sealed victory late on.

Torquay had an unbeaten home record
which had guided them to seventh in League Two but they went down 1-0 to
Harrogate Town. Chib Chilaka scored the only goal after 20 minutes to
send the Conference North side into the second round.

Hereford, 14th in the Conference
Premier, provided the first shock of the day when they dumped out League
One Shrewsbury 3-1 thanks to two goals by Ryan Bowman.

Will Evans gave the hosts a
third-minute lead, slotting Chris Todd's header into the bottom left of
the goal. Hereford doubled their lead nine minutes later through Ryan
Bowman's fierce shot.

Luke Summerfield's free-kick halved the deficit on the half-hour but Bowman's second, a penalty, wrapped up victory.

Lincoln, 19th in the Conference
Premier, were on the brink of an upset when they led League One Walsall
1-0 thanks to Jamie Taylor's strike in first-half injury time.

However, George Bowerman headed an equaliser three minutes from full time.

League Two Rotherham beat Stevenage,
fourth in League One, 3-2. Mark Bradley (30) fired the Millers ahead
with on-loan Lee Frecklington (53, 56) apparently putting the match out
of Stevenage's reach.

James Dunne pulled one back two
minutes later with Filipe Morais making it 3-2 with a little under 20
minutes remaining but the South Yorkshire side held on.

League Two Chesterfield hammered
League One basement side Hartlepool 6-1. Scott Boden (16), Mark Randall
(29) and Craig Clay (42) gave the Spireites a 3-0 half-time lead.

Terrell Forbes (54) made it four and
while Antony Sweeney pulled one back (78), Jack Lester (79) and Craig
Westcarr (90) rounded off a humiliation for the visitors.

Hendon, of the Isthmian League
Premier Division, threatened an upset when they went ahead at League Two
strugglers Aldershot, plumber Dean Cracknell firing an unstoppable
volley (28).

However, Danny Hylton levelled 13 minutes after the break before he powered home a late winner.

Sheffield United were the
highest-ranked team playing today but the team second in League One were
given a scare when David Clarkson took advantage of some slack Blades
defending to put Bristol Rovers ahead in the fifth minute.

However, Nick Blackman equalised
eight minutes after the break with an unstoppable shot across the keeper
and Chris Porter won the game nine minutes later.

Crawley won 2-1 at the Met Police.
Josh Simpson (36) and Billy Clarke (69) put the visitors 2-0 up and
although Alan Tait pulled one back (83), the Isthmian Premier League
side could not nick an equaliser.

League Two high-flyers Port Vale
survived a comeback at Forest Green when the Conference Premier Division
side hit back from two goals down to pull level at 2-2.

Ben Williamson restored the league side's lead against the run of play 10 minutes from time to give them a 3-2 victory.

League Two leaders Gillingham hammered League One strugglers Scunthorpe 4-0.

There were also wins for League One
sides Doncaster, Notts County, Bournemouth, Brentford, Carlisle, Oldham,
Crewe, Coventry, Preston and Bury.

Cheltenham, third in League Two, despatched Yate Town, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, 3-0.

League Two trio Fleetwood, Oxford
and Accrington all made it through as did Hastings United and Alfreton
from all non-league ties.

There will be replays for York against Wimbledon, Morecambe v Rochdale and Northampton v Bradford.

Guiseley and Barrow will meet again as will Luton and Nuneaton and Mansfield v Slough in all non-league ties.

Richard O"Kelly leaves relegated Hereford

Relegated Hereford left disappointed after boss O'Kelly walks out



10:29 GMT, 12 May 2012

Walking away: Richard O'Kelly

Walking away: Richard O'Kelly

Richard O'Kelly has stood down as boss of Hereford after rejecting the chance to manage the club in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

O'Kelly replaced Jamie Pitman in early March and was handed the task of keeping the relegation-threatened Bulls in League Two, but three wins, four draws and five defeats from his 12 games in charge was not enough.

Hereford find themselves back in non-league football for the first time since 2006 but, after being given the opportunity to try and guide the club to promotion, O'Kelly has turned down the offer.

Chairman David Keyte told United's official website: 'We're disappointed that Richard has decided his future doesn't lie with us. But we'd like to thank him for his efforts during the last 10 weeks.

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'Our task now is to find someone who does want to be manager of Hereford United.'

O'Kelly, despite boasting vast experience in coaching and as an assistant boss, had never held a senior management position before taking the role at Edgar Street on a deal until the end of the season.

Jamie Pitman sacked by Hereford and replaced by Richard O"Kelly

League Two strugglers Hereford axe boss Pitman and bring in O'Kelly for relegation fight

Axed: Hereford United have sacked manager Jamie Pitman

Axed: Hereford United have sacked manager Jamie Pitman

Hereford have sacked manager Jamie Pitman – despite beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at the weekend.

Richard O'Kelly, one of the club's former assistant managers – has returned to take charge of the club's relegation battle.

The League Two strugglers are just two places and two points above the relegation zone.

A club statement read: 'Hereford United have decided to relieve Jamie Pitman of his first-team managerial duties.

'The club directors have decided to make the change after a disappointing run of results which has left the team 21st in League Two.'

O'Kelly said: 'I'm excited to be given this chance and it's great to be back at Hereford. It's a very special football club for me and I'm determined to make sure the club starts to achieve its potential.'

Pitman's dismissal ends the 36-year-old's lengthy association with Hereford.

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A former midfielder who enjoyed two
playing spells with the Bulls between 1996-98 and 2002-06, Pitman was
promoted from club physio in October 2010 and placed in temporary charge
of team affairs following the sacking of Simon Davey.

Just two months later he was handed the reins until the end of the 2010/11 campaign following a successful start to his tenure.

And Pitman was rewarded further last April when he penned a two-year contract before duly going on to stave off relegation and keep Hereford in League Two.

But the club have lost confidence in his abilities to do that for a second successive season.

Hereford chairman David Keyte said: 'Although
everybody has been working very hard, we felt we needed someone fresh to
get things going for the remaining 12 matches.'

Hereford are expected to make an announcement about a new first-team manager later today.