HEREFORD FC head to FC United of Manchester this weekend looking to reach the 'magic number' of points to secure their safety in the National League North next season.

Saturday's hosts have won just once at home this season and sit nine points behind the Bulls, along with playing one extra match.

Marc Richards' side have drawn five of their last eight league fixtures and the Head Coach hopes that they can convert them to wins in the final 11 matches.

"The end of the season is a few weeks away so it was nice to let the boys have a bit of a breather (last weekend) and rest any knocks up as the games are coming thick and fast.

"FC United is a good place to go as it is an atmosphere the lads are looking forward to. We have 11 games to go and anything can happen. If you look at the table then the bottom of the top half will still be looking over their shoulders.

"There will be a lot of teams looking to get to that magic number. I've been in and around this level and you never know what that is and it does change.

"At the moment we are ticking over and we need to convert those draws to wins and make sure we are more ruthless and convert those chances like at Ashton where we just fell short.

"Ashton beating Chorley last weekend shows what this league is about as they were top of the league at home while Ashton were third from bottom."

With loanee striker James Waite serving the second of his three match ban Hereford are short of forward options ahead of the visit to Lancashire.

When asked if fans can expect a signing ahead of Saturday's game, Richards added: "Consider it a work in progress and it's not just up front, we continue to strengthen in all areas when an opportunity arises.

"Watch this space, no expectation and I don't want to get hopes up as it's not that straight forward but we are trying."