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Hereford United chairman David Keyte admits: "It was too little too late"
HEREFORD United chairman David Keyte admitted today’s win was too little too late.
“It’s a strange one because a month ago, we were starting to come to terms with the fact that we were not going to get out of jail,” said Keyte, who was stood on the pitch after the final whistle.
“It was a fantastic result at Crawley and we had a chance today. We did our part of the deal – it was a good win and it’s a bit galling to know you have beaten the third and fourth place sides in successive weeks.
“Yet Barnet have done the job up the road at Burton. We lost our way in the second half but Torquay gave it a go and gave it an early goal.
“The crowd were great – lots of support and I appreciate that everyone was looking at the Burton match on their phones and that dictated the emotions. But it was too little too late.”
Relegation from the Football League will hit United’s pockets hard.
“Sadly, they are big numbers,” said Keyte. “The basic League funding to Conference is about £400,000 – so that’s where we start. I would like to think from a crowd point of view will be the same numbers. We need to get some fair share of home wins.
“It’s a bit disappointing. I came in into it two years ago not wanting to carry on with tight purse strings. The ground needs developing and all the off-field things need to move forward which, in turn, supports the team. We have made progress on and all we needed was the football team to be held together. We’ve spent in excess of £100,000 on player budget compared to Graham’s last season. We just haven’t got the results and the results this squad should have got.
“Richard O’Kelly has got them playing again, a bit of confidence, a bit of organisation. Critically and statistically, the last 12 matches haven’t been a hatful of points. It’s taken him a bit of time to turn the corner with this team.
“I don’t usually get a Sunday paper, but whatever is written the facts are that we’ve got to start again in the Conference and that’s what we intend to do.
“From a spectators’ point of view, it’s probably not the end of the world. On paper, there’s some attractive games and renewing of some old links like Kidderminster and Newport County.”
For fans and players' reaction to Hereford United's relegation from the Football League, watch this six-minute Hereford Times video: