Jack Lester has still got that Midas touch

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The game started brightly for the away team as they had two early chances, with Jack Colbeck flicking the first corner on for Janos Kovacs to hit over and the second winning another header only for Jack Hunt to clear to the halfway line.

Dean Morgan and Jack Lester were linking well and Lester found Danny Whitaker, whose shot was well turned round by Adam Bartlett in the Hereford goal.

From the resulting corner Lester was pulled down in the box and a penalty was given and it seemed the referee somehow booked keeper Bartlett, not that the home fans cared. Up stepped Danny Whitaker to smash it in to the keepers right-hand top corner with an upstoppable penalty.

Hereford continuted to press with a Mathieu Manset header being well tipped over for a corner. The visitors kept wasting chances and you could tell it wouldn't be their day. Possession then changed hands for 20 minutes as it seemed the match had died down with hardly any chances to note.

However Lester then picked up the ball about 40 yards out and took it forward before playing Whitaker through on the edge of the area who's shot deflected off a defenders knee into the stranded Bartlett's bottom left corner to make it two.

The start of the second half was then delayed by an altercation between what seemed the entire Hereford team and Jack Lester which was sorted by a lecture from the referee.

Hereford started the half well, Manset was played through one-on-one with Tommy Lee before taking it round the keeper, who pulled him down. Lee was spared a red card as Simon Ford had rushed back to the line.

Ryan Valentine stepped up to take the penalty but saw his spot kick superbly saved by Lee and pushed out for a corner, from the corner Tommy made another great save with his leg from a Kovacs header.

Tempers settled down on the hour except between Lester and Michael Townsend but after a rush of blood Townsend stupidly came miles out of postition to contest a header with Morgan and one of his own men.

The ball fell to the unmarked Lester who tried to take it round the keeper who managed to get his hand to it but could only push it into the path of Whitaker who had and empty net to place the ball in before grabbing the ball and firing it into the Kop.

Moments later it was four after Chesterfield won a corner, which Whitaker took to a standing ovation from that side of the Kop, and Simon Ford rose highest and superbly headed the ball into the back of the net to contest Mattis' header v Boro' as a early contender for goal of the season.

Player Ratings:

Lee: 8 - Some fantastic saves including the penalty saves.

Griffiths: 7 - Played well on the wings

Hunt: 7 - As above

Breckin: 6 - Had a quiet game

Ford: 8 - Covered well and scored a great header

Talbot: 6 - Still needs to work on his crossing but looks match fit

Whitaker: 10 - Man of the Match. Fantastic game scoring 3 and setting up 1 hardly put a foot wrong.

Allot: 6 - A few dodgy passes still but played his best game so far

Mattis: 6 - Same as Brecks

Lester: 7 - Made chances and played well but cannot play 90 mins' now and gives away too many free-kicks

Morgan: 7 - Played well but isnt match fit


Niven: 6 - Played well after coming on

Bowery: 7 - Made some good runs

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