The View from Edgar Street: Hereford United's season exceeds fans' expectations (From Hereford Times)
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The View from Edgar Street: Hereford United's season exceeds fans' expectations
9:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in Sport
Each week, leading figures from Edgar Street have their say. This week, it’s the turn of the fans with the quartet of John Dix (pictured above), David Weaver, Heather Davies and Mary Morris, regulars on the HUISA coach to away games and who rarely miss a match.
John Dix: The club is in a slightly better position than I expected at the start of the season.
The league position is better although there have been plenty of financial problems, on the pitch we have done reasonably well. To be in the top 10 is a success.
Considering the financial resources he has, Martin Foyle is doing quite a good job.
We could do with slightly better players in some positions but you have to be realistic. The players that we have are, in general, playing well.
Next season, we will have further financial restrictions but we will not be the only club that will be suffering. Other clubs will be in a similar position.
David Weaver At Luton Town, I think we were all hoping that we could get a result like we did although it was very much a game of two halves.
We were very much the better side in the first-half but they were better in the second. It was disappointing to concede when we did but overall it was a good point.
If we can retain a certain amount of the players that we have and strengthen the midfield then things may be promising for next season.
I would expect that the players on league contracts will go at the end of the season unless they are willing to drop their wages.
I can’t see that Martin Foyle will try that hard to keep them because of the financial constraints on him – he will be looking to get cheaper players that are hungry, ones that are coming down or on their way up.
But generally, Martin has done very well with what is available to him and got the best out of the players he has inherited.
Heather Davies A successful end to the season now would be to see us finish around where we are in the table now.
A couple of weeks ago, we might have been in with a shout of scraping into the play-offs but the last few results have not gone our way.
If we can stay in the top 10, which was Martin Foyle’s expectation at the start of the season then we will all be reasonably happy.
Luton was another fine away performance. They seem to play away as if there is no pressure on them.
Perhaps the players feel the fans’ expectations too much at Edgar Street. It seems to have been an ongoing problem for several years now, regardless of the management or the personnel, we always seem to struggle more at home than we do away.
They seem to play more freely with a greater sense of adventure away from home. Perhaps we are too cautious at home.
Mary Morris There have been plenty of high points this season although beating Shrewsbury Town was the highest.
I really enjoyed the day at Luton where we played really well.
Considering the club’s financial position and the players available, they have done very well to get where they are and if they can finish ninth or 10th now, I shall be more than happy.
Ryan Bowman and Stefan Stam have particularly impressed me this season and the squad we have leaves me optimistic for the future.
I just wish I could win the lottery, I would give them £1m.