Preview: Imps Looking To Tan Hyde
Hyde FC are not the soft touch many think but then nor are the Imps determined to get back to winning ways after two long and tough away trips that have cost the team their play-off places and potentially their bonuses unless they can get back into the top 8 and beyond.
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Saturday 27th Sept KO 3 PM
|Formation||4-4-2 or 4-3-3|
|Position 2012/13||18th in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Survival Battle|
Centre backs Luke Ashworth (captain) and Will Haining (in from Morecambe) are a solid pair and despite the 8-0 drubbing on opening day the side are now conceding well under two per game, so Tomlinson will fancy his chances on Saturday. Full-backs Brizell and Griffin are vulnerable however suggesting Miller and Newton could have a field day tomorrow. Wright also has the pace if he starts ahead of Fairhurst to really get amongst the goals. As long as the Imps can find their shooting boots we should be able to punish the tigers at set-pieces too.
Experienced former Tranmere and Kidderminster midfielder cum winger, Martin Devaney, has signed this week posing a problem for Newton. Man of the moment Miller will also have to watch Mainwaring, who really is the life and soul down their left. The Tigers are a passing side who are not getting the rub of the green, losing by the odd or late goal or two after enjoying much of the possession. They do tend to shoot themselves in the foot, so if we can keep on loan Blackpool play-maker Tomsett quiet as well as the front two of Spencer and Dieseruvwe, then Lincoln will get back to winning ways. Concede and it could be just the springboard the Tigers have been looking for.
The potential Tigers team
Scott McNiven 4-4-2
2 Brizell 4 Haining 5 Ashworth 3 Griffin
22 Devaney 6 Tomsett 8 Brown 16 Mainwaring
20 Dieseruvwe 9 Spencer
The Heroes & Villains
The Summer Plans
Scott McNiven did a fantastic job last year with the consolation mission accomplished way before the 1-5 defeat at home to the Imps on the last day. In truth they travelled well putting up a spirited display in the face of overwhelming odds. Hyde and Nuneaton have the lowest budgets in the division yet admirably every fan hopes they continue to punch above their weight, unless of course it is at the expense of our own clubs survival.
Scott has used his resources, boosted by a decent fee for striker Scott Hogan (there are lucrative add-ons too should Dales Hill sell him – Birmingham are still monitoring his progress), very wisely again this season promoting ex youth captain Fitzgerald from within. The defence is also strengthened by the addition of young Preston full-back Adam Thurston and the rather more experienced Will Haining from Morecambe. He has brought in three midfielders that do come as some surprise however give their clubs. Matt Mainwaring comes in from relegated Stockport, Connor Hughes from Oldham and the reassuring season long loan of Liam Tomsett from Blackpool. Striker Tom Collins is another great catch from Stockport.
|31st May||Connor Hughes||Oldham||Mid||Free|
|3rd July||Tom Collins||Stockport||For||Free|
|16th July||Adam Thurston||Preston||Def||Free|
|5th Aug||Matt Mainwaring||Stockport||Mid||Free|
|5th Aug||Will Haining||Morecambe||Def||Free|
|10th May||Scott Hogan||Rochdale||For||Undis|
Hyde Squad 2013/14
Dave Carnel, Ashley Frith Defenders Josh Brizell, Luke Ashworth, Adam Griffin, Will Haining, Adam Thurston, Andrew Fitzgerald Midfield Alex Brown, David Poole, Connor Hughes, Tom Collins, Liam Tomsett, Matt Mainwaring Forwards Scott Spencer, Tom Collins