It was all change for the Addicks tonight at Edgar Street with Gray and McLeod up front, although Elliot remained in goal. Small made his first Charlton start while Wagstaff and Spring also featured in midfield. Solly was at right back and Youga on the left with Basey also featuring. Stadinou got a start.
Charlton had slightly more of the possession in the first half, but both sides had the same number of corners and a roughly equivalent number of shots on and off target. Spring and Basey were taking corners. McLeod was booked on 31 minutes.
A long range effort by Small went wide and Andy Gray had an effort on 43 minutes which went wide. It was 0-0 at half time.
Hereford were edging the game in the second half, then Charlton were giving a rare penalty but Gray's effort was saved by the Hereford keeper diving to the left. Meanwhile, news came through from Sainsbury's that secret weapon Darren Ambrose had scored twice for Palace.
Substitute Stuart Fleetwood, who had been brought on to replace Izale McLeod, had the chance to settle the match when he was one on one with the keeper, but he put his effort wide. Standinou picked up a booking in the second half. The match went into extra time, the Spanners having beaten Bournemouth 4-0.
In extra time, Godsmark scored from close range in the 97th minute to give Hereford victory and end Charlton's dreams of league cup glory. For the fourth year in a row, they have been defeated by lower league opposition.