HEREFORD RFC are targetting a top four finish as they begin their Midlands 1 West campaign this weekend.

The Wyesiders kick their season off with a home match against Sutton Coldfield on Saturday with a strengthened squad and the ambition to take at least a point from every match.

Head Coach Sean Lynn has been pleased with their pre-season preparations.

He said: "I'm looking forward to it, the summer and pre-season has gone really well and it's good to have a few more youngsters and new faces.

"It's an exciting time.

"We've just been doing quite a lot of fitness and working on condition games just so we can get some high tempo, enjoyment but also developing the skills the players need.

"I'd like to say we've strengthened as we've got a lot of boys who have stayed and we've had some great additional signings, it's looking good.

"We're just building on what we had last year which was good youngsters who are only going to get better hopefully.

"I think we turned a tradition last year and had a little bit more success away from home than we did being at home.

"I just think it's a little bit of consistency and as long as we pick up some points and pick up wins then that's something that we were focusing on last year.

"Every game we would like to pick up a point, a losing bonus point or bonus point wins really."

The Midlands 1 West is set to be another competitive league with Hereford have local derby ties against Worcester and newly promoted Ludlow.

Lynn said that a top four finish is the target ahead of the season getting underway on Saturday.

He added: "I just think it's same again really, I would like us to be a top four side and that's something that the players have said they want to be.

"I think the league is a really great one and is a respectable league with some entertaining rugby being put on show.

"I think the Worcester game is always a nice one, it's a local derby and then you look at the other fixtures really.

"I like playing against Old Halesonians who are a nice team and play a nice brand of rugby.

"Also I was very impressed with Whitchurch last year, so that will be a tough fixture and a good one again.

"Their forward play impressed me and they have got a really nice style of rugby with their back line.

"Dudley Kingswinford are always up there and there will be a few other teams as well.

"And then you can't write off whoever is coming up and down as well."