A View From The Other Side - Hereford
Around 18 years.
What are your highest and lowest points during your time supporting them?
Highs: The play-off final win at the (then) Walkers Stadium and then our promotion to League 1 with a very talented team (although some of them were not technically ours, like Gary Hooper for example!)
Lows: I was too young to understand the significance of relegation in 1996, so for me it would be the recent relegation to the Conference. In Jamie Pitman we had an utterly clueless manager and most fans could see it happening all season, even if it did go down to the final day.
How do you feel you've started the season?
I would have been happy with mid-table/play-offs at the beginning of the season so I am happy with where we are, especially considering our well-documented financial problems and subsequent transfer embargo.
Who's your key player/weak link?
Key Player: Ryan Bowman - has really excelled in the lone striker role over the last month and looks like a real prospect.
Weak Link: Now that Chris Todd has returned from his loan spell to Forest Green it would have to be the centre of defence. The back line has been superb in recent weeks but we now only have 4 fit defenders.
What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
Given the financial problems; upper mid-table with an interest in the play-offs right up until the end of the season, to keep the crowds at a decent level.
First impressions of the BSP? How has it changed since you were last down here?
We knew what to expect, as not too much has changed since we were last here. Possibly a few less physical teams and there is definitely a bit more money being thrown about by some clubs. It's a very tough league.
How are the former Lincoln players getting on at Hereford?
Clucas: After a shaky start in a poor team in last season he is arguably the most improved player this season. Good feet and a burst of pace on the left wing and has popped up with a few goals. If he keeps improving at this rate he'll easily get another chance in the league and hopefully earn us some money.
O'Keefe: Had bad reviews from his old clubs but has been a steady physical presence in the middle so far. Effective rather than spectacular, on a contract till January, would be happy to see it extended until the end of the season.
Heath: Divides opinion amongst fans. I personally see him as a steady defender with poor distribution. His return from a lengthy injury has coincided with our improved defensive record. Can struggle against a tricky winger.
Perry: Have only seen him in a few substitute appearances. A physical presence and that's about it as far as I can see. The management team have worked with him previously at Port Vale.
Delroy Facey. Discuss?
One of the reasons we went down. The fact he is without a club speaks volumes. Was favoured by the management over Yohan Arquin who is now scoring for Notts County in League 1.
Memories from our past games against you?
The one time I visited Sincil Bank was in 2007(?) when I saw a brilliant Steve Guinan hat-trick in a 4-1 win for us.
Any predictions for tomorrow's game? How many fans do you think you'll bring?
I'm hoping that your midweek game has sapped the energy levels. I predict a close and scrappy game and I would love it if we could get another win but I would take a 1-1 draw. Hopefully we'll bring 150-200 fans.
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