Sport Tuesday, December 29th Words by: Adam Knight, pictures by: Adam Knight

A day at the football: pictures from a Boxing Day sell-out at Edgar Street

Sport Tuesday, December 29th

A day at the football: pictures from a Boxing Day sell-out at Edgar Street

It was with a sense of inevitability that, on the 65th minute, John Mills skipped past two flailing Westfields defenders for his third of the day.

When he was removed from the action several minutes later, the Hereford FC striker turned to applaud the two thousand fans packed into the Meadow End who, after the final whistle, could return home or to whatever bar they chose to drink in, safe in the knowledge that bragging rights had been secured, that the city was theirs for another year.

Irrepressible when given even a half-yard inside the box, Mills had to wait a half an hour for his chance. Pivoting his body in a crowded area, the Meadow End were singing before his overhead kick hit the back of the net.

It was 33rd of the year. He added his 36th and 37th yesterday in a 6-1 win over the Coventry Swifts.

Until that point it had been a tense affair. On the field, Westfields sat deep but their isolated attacks brought real danger to the Hereford penalty area.

As the minutes ticked on, the exchanges between both sets of fans in the North-West corner of the ground became more heated as the away fans grew in confidence and in voice.

Then Mills scored. And the rest is history.

But as much as the Boxing Day derby was about the 22 players on the field, and the three points on offer, it was also about the fans and the city and Hereford drawing 4,300 to Edgar Street once again. 

Monday's win took the streak to 25 straight. But Sunday's game announced a club truly back from the brink, and even the most cold-hearted Westfields fan would not begrudge Hereford their moment.

Here are some pics from the day.

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