ISAAC Cooper scored the only goal of the game as Worcester Raiders picked up their first win of the Hellenic League Premier season thanks to a scrappy 1-0 victory over Hereford Lads Club. 

Cooper's cool finish following Jack Cresswell's chipped assist was the only real moment of quality in the game and it proved decisive against a resilient Lads Club outfit.

Both sides showed little in the final third in the first-half but Raiders improved after the break and had a number of chances to score before Cooper eventually found the back of the net to give Raiders the points.

It was an uneventful first-half in which there was very little to write home about.

Joe Bates had an effort saved by Ross Grimshaw in the Hereford net, whilst James Hancocks slashed an effort wide when in a promising position.

Bailey Fuller was also denied by Grimshaw, but it was not an effort that was ever going to trouble him too much, which was very much the story of the opening 45 minutes.

Into the second half, Raiders did up the tempo and Jake Donnelly came closest to breaking the deadlock when his bullet header from close range was palmed off the line by Grimshaw. 

As the pressure mounted, it was a moment of quality from Cresswell that paved the way for the opener as the midfielder's chipped ball in behind was collected by Cooper, who took a touch before sliding the ball into the net. 

Murphy had a chance to make it 2-0 but his shot across goal flew inches wide of the post. 

Raiders were not winning any awards for style but did what they needed to do in the remaining minutes to see out the game and record their first win of the league season.

After the 0-0 at Pershore on the opening day, Raiders have now won two on the bounce after the 3-2 FA Cup Extra-Preliminary round win over Belper United on Saturday.

Raiders are next in action this weekend when they make the trip to Hereford Pegasus.