ACCRINGTON STANLEY managed to keep eleven players on the pitch but they couldn't end their Edgar Street hoodoo.
In three of the last four visits to Hereford, the Reds have had a player sent off.
This time there were no red cards flashed but once again Stanley couldn't get that elusive win at the Bulls.
The Reds have now lost three and drawn two of their trips to Edgar Street and in all honesty this should have been Stanley's first goalless draw since the final day of the 2005 season - at Hereford.
But a late howler by keeper Ian Dunbavin meant the Reds were once more left with a bitter taste in their mouths.
The game was petering out with Stanley having missed the most clear cut chances when a seemingly harmless volley by Alan Connell was sent goalwards.
It took a deflection off Phil Edwards and the ball squirmed at the feet of the Reds keeper. He got his right hand down low to it but the ball hit his foot and bounced up and into the net.
After Danny Ventre admitted he was in tears after being sent off in March at Edgar Street, Dunbavin looked in a similar state at the end after the error made it two defeats on the spin for the Reds.
And, while Hereford moved up to eighth place in League Two, Stanley slipped down to 13th in what is a tightly bunched table.
Charlton loanee Rob Elliot is waiting on the sidelines for his chance in goal but boss John Coleman defended former Liverpool trainee Dunbavin who has put in some stunning performances this season.
"It is one of those things and Ian has kept us in other games. Mansfield battered us at their place and we came away with a draw and Bury, for long periods, battered us too and we came away with a draw," said the Reds chief.
"Both of them are down to the goalkeeper so he has won us two points on his own.
"If you deem his mistake at Hereford has cost us a point, he is still a point in credit."
Coleman was frustrated his side didn't take their chances against the club promoted with the Reds last season.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the first half in what must have been a frustrating game to play in. Last season, when the two sides met in the chase for the Conference title, it was a passionate, action-packed encounter with everyone hooked on the game as the Reds went for the joint record of 11 straight wins.
But this was more like the end of season game the two sides played out in 2005 when the Bulls had already made the play-offs and Stanley were firmly in 10th spot.
Perhaps the two sides know each other's style of play too well. In League Two at the moment, every side is a new one and every ground is widely anticipated after both clubs long absence from league football.
But these two have met each other numerous times over the last three years with Edgar Street only causing pain for Stanley.
The Bulls, though, have had a big change of personnel. While Stanley featured nine of the Championship winning team, there were just a few familiar names on show for the home side.
One of them was teenage striker Stuart Fleetwood who scored against the Reds last season and was a menace going forward without quite finding the finishing touch.
Meanwhile, Stanley gave former Bull David Brown his first start of the season and hoped he could continue his good record of scoring against his old clubs.
It was an edgey start with the first real shot on target not coming until the 17th minute when Connell tested Dunbavin with a low strike.
However there had already been an early flash point with winger Andy Todd furious that Bulls keeper Wayne Brown came to collect the ball with his foot out high.
"There is no place for that in football," slammed Coleman. "He kicked Andy in the middle of the chest and the referee gave a foul for them. If it is a foul for Andy putting his chest into the keeper's studs, well the game has changed since I played."
The half continued to have limited chances with Connell's snap shot ballooning over and Sean Doherty's free kick fumbled by Wayne Brown.
Todd headed over a Phil Edwards' cross and the right back then did well in defence, taking the ball off the foot of Fleetwood although it did fall to Andy Williams but his shot was comfortable for Dunbavin.
It wasn't the best of halves but it did suddenly liven up after the interval.
Striker David Brown almost did what the manager put him in for within a minute of the restart. Todd played a great ball in and Brown connected with it five yards out but it was well-saved by the keeper.
It was suddenly end-to-end with Alex Jeannin firing in a great cross which was within inches off Andy Williams' head while Edwards had a shot just wide of the post.
On the hour, Coleman put on Andy Mangan and Rommy Boco as Stanley looked for the win and super sub Mangan could have sealed it six minutes later. Craney played a superb ball through to the front man who raced free but Dean Beckwith somehow got back to cover and made a superb block.
Dunbavin then did well to save a Williams effort and the Stanley goalie denied a 20-yard Connell strike with a two handed save and it looked destined to be goalless.
That was until Connell, who admitted he hadn't made proper contact with the ball, fired a hopeful shot forward which the keeper flapped at and Hereford were celebrating.
It seemed all over but there was one last effort with Craney giving his all to try and get to a loose ball in the area. Keeper Brown bravely dived at his feet to deny him but the midfielder then needed treatment after getting caught by the keeper's studs while trying to hurdle him.
Craney recovered, with gashes to both knees, and while Coleman was furious with the keeper's challenge, he wasn't too downbeat with the performance.
He added: "I thought we shaded it and I could only see one team winning this game, we had made the clearer chances.
"But Hereford are a very good side at home and, when they get a head of steam up and get that crowd - who made a fantastic atmosphere- behind them, it is difficult to defend and we defended really well but you can't legislate for that mistake.
"On another day, David Brown's, Andy Mangan or Ian Craney's chances go in.
"But that seems to be our luck at this place. But you don't get too despondent and if we continue to perform like that away from home we will be okay this season."