HomeMatch Reports2002-2003 - Hereford United 0 Wigan Athletic 1

FA Cup First Round - Saturday 16th November 2002

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Hereford United
1
Wigan Athletic
Scott Green 90
Wigan Athletic
Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Edgar Street
Referee: Paul Danson (Leicester)
Attendance: 4,005

Report by: John Patrick Heeley

Wigan booked their place in the Second Round of the FA Cup but it took a late, late goal from Scott Green to overcome Conference side Hereford United who pushed Paul Jewell's men all the way who probably deserved something from the game.

Jewell made a number of changes to the side that had lost to Doncaster Rovers earlier in the week with John Filan taking his place back in goal, Nathan Ellington replacing Gary Teale in attack and young left back Leighton Baines made the starting line up for only the second time in his career.

Jason De Vos was back in the heart of defence at the expense of Ian Breckin who had to make do with watching the game from the subs' bench. In midfield Tony Dinning and Jason Jarrett returned with Paul Mitchell dropping back to the bench and Ged Brannan missing out altogether.

Wigan were the first to try their luck when Tony Dinning sending the ball wide of the mark and then Hereford striker Chukkie Eribenne, currently on loan from Bournemouth, tested John Filan moments later.

Minutes later Eribenne almost put the home side in front when he got his head on the end of a Paul Parry centre but Matt Jackson was on hand to nod over the bar for a corner.

Hereford continued to pile on the pressure and Wigan had John Filan to thank in the 9th minute when he pulled off a superb save to deny Michael Rose's 25 yarder.

The assistant referee's flag came to the visitors assistance a minute later when Matt Clarke found the back of the net after collecting a Michael Rose cross at the far post but his effort counted for nothing with the goal ruled out for offside.

Wigan slowly got a grip of the game but the remainder of the first half saw chances go begging at both ends of the park with Ellington's shot on goal easily saved by Hereford keeper Matthew Baker and just before the half hour mark Rose saw his shot go straight at John Filan.

The home side almost had something to cheer about 4 minutes later when Parry rattled the far upright with his shot from outside the area and then Leighton Baines was forced to clear off the line from a Rose free kick 20 odd yards out.

Both sides came out after the break unchanged and it was Wigan who started on the offensive as Jarrett and Dinning combined well with the former Wolves midfielder's shot deflected behind for a corner.

Ellington went on a surging run 10 minutes into the half before hitting a thunderous shot over the bar and Baker was kept on his toes just after the hour mark when De Vos nodded on a corner to find Neil Roberts but the Welsh striker couldn't find a way past the Hereford keeper who pulled off a fine save to keep Wigan out.

At the other end Filan was again on hand to comfortably save from Mick Galloway after the midfielder, on loan from Carlisle United, had got on the end of a Rose free kick midway with 67 minutes on the clock.

Nicky Eaden went close to scoring his first goal in a Wigan shirt on 80 minutes when Ellington teed him up on goal but the right back's effort was cleared away before it could cross the line

With the tie heading for a replay at the JJB Stadium it was Wigan who booked their place in the Second Round when Ellington knocked the ball on for SCOTT GREEN who turned defender Andy Tretton before cracking the ball into the back of the net for his third goal of the season and with it ensured Wigan didn't become Hereford's 6th league scalp in the FA Cup since their relegation to the Conference in 1997.

  • Hereford United
  • Matt Baker
  • Matt Clarke
  • Andy Tretton
  • Danny Williams
  • Tony James
  • Michael Rose
  • Paul Parry
  • Jamie Pitman 89
  • Mick Galloway
  • Steve Guinan
  • Chukki Eribienne
  • SUBSTITUTES
  • Kenny Griffiths
  • Ian Wright 89
  • Ben Smith
  • Richard Teesdale
  • Rob Purdie
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