The Gulls secured a valuable point on the road away to Gateshead thanks to a committed display that also had to survive the loss of Ben Gerring after the defender received his second red card of the season.
Brendan Moore came to the fore in the 64th minute when he saved a penalty that was given for a handball against Nathan Blissett. Brett Williams could have earned all three points for United at the death but headed wide of goal when well placed.
The action was saved for the second half. The first was devoid of any meaningful action, although United weren’t without their occasional moments in front of goal.
Captain Courtney Richards let fly from 30 yards but narrowly missed the target. Sam Chaney broke through the lines but his cross narrowly missed his teammates running on goal.
That was that from United for the first half but the game was about to produce some more action and talking points.
Under pressure Moore dropped a ball into the box and Blissett hooked the ball clear. The striker was adjudged to have handled the ball and the referee pointed to the spot.
Moore saved his first penalty for the Gulls diving to his left.
Two red cards just six minutes later didn’t help either side push for the win.
Player-manager Kevin Nicholson kept his powder relatively dry on commenting on the sending off.
“I didn’t think it was a red card for Ben, but I was stood a long way away. We will have to look at the film and see if it is something we should challenge or not,” said Kevin.
Ben Gerring was penalised for the tackle and Hereford striker Simon Johnson was given his red card for his reaction.
United then had two chances to win the game.
A Luke Young corner was met by substitute Giancarlo Gallifuoco whose header hit the post. Brett Williams was there to convert but headed wide.
United player-manager Kevin Nicholson was happy with his team’s performance.
“I asked Ben to be on the front foot, and I thought he did that, along with Sean McGinty and ‘Snopp’ [Lathaniel Rowe-Turner who was excellent after a difficult time and a fair bit of criticism.
“I’m not sure about the penalty against us either – the referee said that, as Brendan Moore dropped the ball, it bounced up and hit Nathan’s hand.
"That would have been exceptionally harsh if we had lost like that, but Brendan picked himself up and made a great save from the penalty.
"At the end we probably should have nicked it, but I am very happy with my boys and how they applied themselves today.
"They worked incredibly hard, and backed each other up. It was good to get a clean sheet, and it was a deserved one.
"I don't care about mistakes, because we are still a young side, but I care about the reaction, and the reaction today was very good."
United’s next match sees them welcome Dagenham and Redbridge at Plainmoor on Tuesday night, kick-off 7:45pm.
A special mention for the 71 members of the Yellow Army that made the trip to support the team.