Hereford aiming for fifth home win on the bounce

Worcester News: Kidderminsters manager Andy Thorn during the FA Cup, Fourth Round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 25, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire Kidderminsters manager Andy Thorn during the FA Cup, Fourth Round match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 25, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

HEREFORD United are hoping for another large crowd against rivals Kidderminster Harriers tonight (7.45) as they seek to continue their best home form for more than seven years.

Despite their financial woes, which saw them narrowly avoid a winding-up order, the Bulls are in fine fettle at headquarters.

Saturday's 1-0 win over Salisbury City was their fourth home success in a row and the first time they have achieved such a sequence since 2006.

As well as moving them closer to the safety of mid-table, those results have seen the fans return to Edgar Street with more than 2,000 turning up for only the third time this term against Salisbury.

They are set to better that tonight against a Harriers team returning to league action following Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Sunderland.

It will swell the coffers at a time when United have just one more home match scheduled before March 1.

Hereford director Dave Preedy said: "I thought the magic figure was 2,000 and it bodes well for tonight. I hope Kidderminster will bring 400 to 500.

"We need another good gate because we have a very barren February coming up. The battle starts now, fans have got to come back and watch Hereford United."

Harriers, meanwhile, will be keen to avoid a hangover from their cup exploits and get their promotion push back on track.

Andy Thorn's side were beaten 2-1 by Dartford at Aggborough prior to their trip to the Stadium of Light and are down to eighth in the table.

Although they are only out of the play-off zone on goal difference, the Kidderminster boss is determined to keep the pressure on their rivals.

He said: “We’ll be going after Luton (leaders) now in the league. If we can’t catch them, then we’ll be a force in the play-offs.

“We set standards and I think we can only get better so I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Neither side has any fresh injury concerns ahead of a contest that was originally postponed on New Year's Day due to a waterlogged pitch.

New Harriers signing Freddie Ladapo will be looking to force his way into the starting line-up after he almost grabbed an equaliser in his late cameo against the Black Cats.

Elsewhere, Evesham United will be hoping to beat the elements against Merthyr Town at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium tonight (7.45).

The Robins were due to host Didcot Town at the weekend but the game fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Merthyr are top of Calor Southern League Division One South and West and thrashed Clevedon Town 6-0 last time out.

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