Hereford duo will be given the chance to prove themselves
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Hereford United boss Martin Foyle will urge his players to bounce back with a positive performance against Hyde after their defeat to Gateshead in midweek.
"I thought some of our forward play (against Gateshead) was outstanding – we had some free-flowing football and I was pleased with the majority of our play," said Foyle.
However, the Hereford boss will be expecting his defenders to tighten up after conceding three goals in midweek.
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Foyle has also turned his attention to rebuilding his side for next season by including central defender Rod McDonald, who made his first start for the Bulls at Gateshead.
McDonald replaced Stefan Stam, whose contract comes to an end in the summer, and he will be hoping to continue against the Tigers.
Midfielder Craig Jones has also rejoined Hereford from Westfields for the remaining nine league fixtures and may be included in today's squad.
"I don't want to get to the end of the season having not seen them – and then have to make decisions," said Foyle, who completed the signing of Jones on Thursday.
Jones made 11 appearances for Hereford during his first spell at Edgar Street before being released by Graham Turner three years ago and is determined to prove any doubters wrong.
"There are a few people who might think I wasn't good enough last time round, so it would be great to prove them wrong," said Jones. "It was disappointing to be released, but I made a decision to work hard and I have had three good seasons with Westfields."
Foyle has Marlon Jackson, Chris Sharp and Ryan Bowman available up front, but will again be without Michael Townsend, Marley Watkins and Simon Clist.
Hereford face a Hyde side full of confidence having won their last two games against Luton and Dartford and they will be going for a double over Hereford, having beaten them by a 5-2 scoreline earlier in the season.
Managed by Scott McNiven, the Tigers have climbed out of the relegation places.
McNiven has strengthened his squad by signing striker Scott Hogan, who scored on his debut against Dartford and was involved in Hyde's other two goals.
McNiven also has former Yeovil and Bristol City striker Phil Jevons available to play this afternoon.
The 33-year-old striker scored a hat-trick against the Bulls at Ewen Fields and has scored 15 Blue Square Bet Premier goals.
Hereford are to launch a pitch maintenance fund to raise money for essential drainage work, which has caused major problems during the harsh winter.
Supporters are being asked to purchase a square foot of the pitch for £25 – or £35 for a patch inside the 18-yard box.
There will also be a chance to bid for the penalty spot at each end, as well as the position from which Ronnie Radford and Ricky George scored their match-winning goals against Newcastle in 1972.
"It's fair to say we've faced a few problems with the pitch," said groundsman Ian Pritchard. "All the rain and snow that we have had has highlighted the fact that the pitch, and the drainage in particular, needs a lot of work."