Hereford condemned doomed Darlington to yet another defeat as Marc Pugh's late goal earned the Bulls a 1-0 win.
Mathieu Manset flashed a shot across the goal as Hereford made all the early running and the Frenchman had two more chances in a goalless first half.
Midfielder Kenny Lunt curled the ball wide in the 21st minute and a minute later Jake Jervis brought another save out of goalkeeper Shane Redmond.
Darlington rallied briefly after the break, with Josh Gray firing against a post and then Tadgh Purcell heading narrowly over the bar.
But the winner came in the 74th minute when Pugh burst into the area before firing low into the net.
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