MANAGER Darren Kelly says nothing less than three points will do for HYDE UNITED tomorrow (Saturday).
The lacklustre Tigers, who have only one win to their credit in their last ten outings, are home to bottom-of-the-table Burscough in the Evo-stik NPL first division north. Kelly realises the significance of the fixture in halting his side’s bad run.
“People expect us to win and rightly so,” said the Ewen Fields boss. “And we better had. There’s no room for complaints about what should have been — I’m demanding three points. If we play as we can and put our chances away that won’t be a problem, no matter who we’re up against.
“Whenever I have a bad result, as we did against Mossley on Tuesday, I can’t wait for the next match so we can put things right. Bring it on.”
Adam Jones returns for Hyde but Phil Dean and Dave McGurk remain injured. Recent signings Danny Pilkington (Stalybridge), Harry Coates (Bradford Park Avenue) and goalkeeper Russ Saunders (Trafford) should all feature.
FA Cup stars CURZON ASHTON are back in National League North action with a game at midtable Brackley. They head to Northamptonshire with an unchanged side from last week, which means Simon Woodford (calf) and Danny Shaw (thigh) miss out again.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC have a central defender crisis as they prepare to meet free-scoring Alfreton Town at Bower Fold.
Jay Gorton (Achilles), Keil O’Brien (hamstring) and Aaron Chalmers (knee) are all injured. Skipper Matty Hughes is suspended after accumulating five bookings.
Striker Scott Spencer, signed from Stockport County, is expected to play some part in the game although he is not fully fit.
Injury problems are starting to ease for ASHTON UNITED who are away to Sutton Coldfield in the Evo-stik NPL premier division. Co-boss Jody Banim was even able to quip that the Robins will be able to have a full bench.
Joe Connor returns from injury and Steve Mason has completed a suspension. However, Rick Smith starts his own ban after being sent off against Barwell last week.
Chris Baguley has resumed training but Ryan Crowther needs a treadmill test after a recent spell in hospital. Banim said: “Ryan was having dizzy spells. He’s now being treated as an outpatient but we need him to take the treadmill test to be certain there’s nothing wrong with his heart.
“As he’s been discharged from hospital he’s no longer a priority case, so we’re talking to the PFA to see if they can speed things up.”
He added: “Apart from that it isn’t looking too bad. We’ve got players coming back from injury and Will Haining and I are looking to supplement the squad where we can.
“Tomorrow’s another of those games against a side towards the bottom of the table. We should beat Sutton Coldfield but it’ll be a difficult game because of their plastic pitch.
“What we need is for our experienced players to come back and for us to go on a winning run. If we want to challenge for promotion we need to get rid of the inconsistency.”
The Ashton side at Workington in midweek featured left-back Domenico Maiese, a product of the Inter Milan academy, who has played professionally in Italy for ASD Gelbison and ASD Rochella.
There are two more new faces at DROYLSDEN, who are home to fellow strugglers Goole tomorrow. Winger Jamie Frost is a product of the Burnley academy. Midfielder Omri Perel has been playing for Israeli club Hapoel.
Steve Lewis and Lingouba Cesaire are definitely injured. Centre-half Josh Heaton is doubtful.
Once again, defender Martin Parker is the only absentee for GLOSSOP NORTH END, who welcome Colwyn Bay to Surrey Street. Tom Dean is the sole man out for MOSSLEY at home to Trafford.