EVEN though HYDE UNITED have lost their last two matches, they should be in exuberant mood tomorrow as it’s looking like they may be reinstated into the FA Cup.
Last Saturday, the Tigers lost 1-0 at home to Northwich Victoria. However, it’s believed Vics’ goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe, signed on loan from Telford United a couple of weeks ago, was ineligible.
The Football Association has yet to make a ruling but it could be Hyde rather than Northwich making the journey to Marine in a week’s time to take part in the third qualifying round.
Tomorrow, Stourbridge make their first-ever visit to Ewen Fields as they take on the Tigers in an Evo-stik premier division fixture. Apart from Big Khamsuk, manager Gary Lowe has a full squad at his disposal although Elliott Harrison has returned to Halifax Town.
John Ollerenshaw has left Hyde to join the army and his place in goal has been taken by Czech keeper Jindrich Stanek who has been signed on a month’s loan from Everton.
There could be as many as three new faces in the ASHTON UNITED squad that travels to Matlock Town tomorrow.
Defender Joe Connor is ruled out with a hamstring injury and another suspension is looming for Aaron Burns who was sent off against Frickley in midweek.
In Vanarama North, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC travel to Alfreton looking to extend their unbeaten streak away from home to five games.
Manager Liam Watson welcomes Adam Farrell back from suspension, and Peter Wylie back from injury, but will be without skipper Matty Hughes who misses the game having accumulated five bookings.
Aaron Chalmers is expected to deputise in the centre of the defence with Wylie and Farrell returning in midfield.
Academy youngster Darius Osei will again be on the bench after coming on to score an FA Cup winner at Kendal Town but he will start in Tuesday’s Manchester Premier Cup tie at Abbey Hey.
Hamstring injuries are causing problems for CURZON ASHTON who face Tamworth at the Tameside Stadium. Gary Burnett is definitely out and keeper Hakan Burton is doubtful. Ben Atkinson has had his tonsils out and is unable to play.
Ryan Brooke has returned to light training. Defender George Grayson has been released.
Our remaining three sides are competing in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy where there is prize money of £2,500 at stake in each tie.
Jack Bradley is unable to play in MOSSLEY’s home encounter with Harrogate Railway Athletic because of the terms of his loan agreement with Halifax.
Michael Thomas is back from injury and new signing, former Ramsbottom manager Jon Robinson, comes into the squad.
Ben Richardson and Danny White both miss GLOSSOP NORTH END’s Surrey Street clash with Spennymoor.
And Luke Sharry and Steve Hall are injured for DROYLSDEN who are away to Radcliffe Borough. The Bloods have signed 19-year-old goalkeeper Sam Ramsbottom on a youth loan deal from Tranmere Rovers.