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Foyle wants United to excite and entice Edgar Street supporters
HEREFORD United boss Martin Foyle has challenged his players to give fans an incentive to return to Edgar Street.
The Bulls were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Telford United last Tuesday in front of just 1,490 fans, their lowest crowd since the visit of Woking on September 4.
Despite having enjoyed a fine start to 2013 with four points from a possible six on the road, 11th-placed Hereford have not won at home since beating Luton 1-0 on November 6.
They will look to put that right when Alfreton Town visit in the Blue Square Bet Premier tomorrow (3pm).
But dwindling gates also mean Foyle has less money to spend during the transfer window to bolster his squad.
The United manager accepts supporters may not have much disposable income at this time of year but believes they will watch a winning team.
He said: “We had two great results away from home. But we have got to start putting some better performances in at home to entice people back into the ground.
“I want to freshen the squad up but there were only 1,400 people there (against Telford).
“It’s January and people have paid out money for Christmas but it tightens our belt as well so I have to try and get some bargains in during the window.”
Midfielder Simon Hackney has left the Bulls following his one-month deal and joined rivals Kidderminster Harriers on trial in a bid to earn a permanent deal, while loan striker Kyle Perry has returned to Nuneaton Town.
That has given Foyle some room to manoeuvre financially and he is continuing to scour the market ahead of the match with 16th-placed Alfreton.
On-loan Fulham defender James Musa, who has been playing on the left side of midfield, is a doubt after sustaining a groin injury towards the end of the Telford draw.
Midfielders Sam Clucas (knee) and Will Evans (foot) continue to improve, while forward Marlon Jackson (hamstring) and left-back Chris Carruthers (heel) have both returned to training.
Meanwhile, Alfreton boss Nicky Law wants his side to show more of a killer instinct after their 2-1 home defeat to title-chasing Wrexham in mid-week.
They came from a goal down to level through striker Ben Tomlinson but failed to take advantage of Wrexham playing with 10 men for 41 minutes after Danny Wright’s red card.
Hereford, who are looking for their first double of the season, comfortably won 3-0 at the Impact Arena in August with Marley Watkins on target along with the since-departed Sean Canham and Tom Nichols.