HYDE fans looking forward to a swift bout of revenge at the expense of Stalybridge Celtic could find themselves disappointed tomorrow. No fewer than seven regular first-teamers are doubtful.
Asked if there were any injury problems, Tigers boss Scott McNiven replied: “Yes, lots. Connor Hughes, Josh Brizell, Matt Flynn, Kelvin Lomax, Luke Giverin, Tom Bentham and D’Arcy O’Connor are all struggling.”
Celtic, who did not play last Sunday have an almost full squad to choose from. Striker Liam Dickinson remains suspended but defender Nathan Heath and forward George Lomax are both available after injury.
Bower Fold will be segregated for the fixture. Hyde fans have been assigned the Lockwood and Greenwood Stand and seating in the adjacent Lord Tom Pendry Stand.
Curzon Ashton have similar problems to the Tigers ahead of their visit to Hurst Cross.
Ryan Watson damaged knee ligaments against FC United and is ruled out for at least a month. Tom Schofield, Sam Walker and Alex Brown all have the winter bug. Jordan Wright can train again after receiving the all-clear following a knee scan.
Gary Gee and Paul Phillips are still banned for Ashton United. Chris Baguley and Martin Pilkington should have recovered from the seasonal virus.
Josh Granite misses Mossley’s home clash with Padiham because of a one-match ban. Kieran Kenny could be the only absentee for Droylsden, who face Salford City at the Butchers Arms.
Glossop North End, 6-0 victors over Stockport Sports on Boxing Day, have no game.