Cards target away points
5:43pm, Sun 15th Sep 2013
Hyde v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 17 September 2013
There have been distinct signs of improvement in the Cards’ form in the last couple of games, helped on Friday evening by the encouraging debut of loan signing Scott Rendell. Garry Hill’s side now face two away trips to Hyde on Tuesday evening and, next Saturday, to Macclesfield Town, neither of whom has recorded a win so far. Neither game will be easy but they provide a great opportunity, if the Cards can seize it, to produce a decisive turnaround in early season fortunes.
The Cards ought to go into Tuesday’s game in reasonably confident mood. They played some good football on Friday evening in spite of the atrocious conditions and, in contrast to most of their previous games, created plenty of openings, with Rendell providing the attacking focal point which had been largely missing. But for some awful defending with a few minutes to go they would have deservedly left the pitch with all three points.
It seems likely that, barring any new injuries (Brett Johnson’s hamstring injury will rule him out for some while yet), the Cards will line up as against Tamworth.
The Tigers’ season started with an 8-0 mauling at Forest Green Rovers, followed by a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Southport. Two decent 2-2 draws followed at home to Hereford United and away to Wrexham. But their very tough run of games continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Grimsby, 3-2 away to Barnet and 1-0 at home to Cambridge United. On Saturday they travelled to Kidderminster Harriers, going down 2-1, although, in the view of manager Scott McNiven, they dominated much of the game. Playing Woking at home must look like a very ‘winnable’ fixture in comparison with most of their previous fixtures. The Tigers are as desperate as Woking to notch a win, so the Cards will need to work very hard – and avoid stupid mistakes – to come out on top.
The Tigers’ summer signings included former Morecambe striker Danny Carlton, although he missed the Kidderminster trip with a knee injury. Also joining from Morecambe was experienced central defender Will Haining, with over 250 League appearances on his cv. Hyde are another club to have benefited from Stockport County’s implosion, with midfielders Matty Mainwaring and Tom Collins (formerly also with Hayes and Yeading) joining in the summer. The Tigers have two promising young players on loan from Blackpool in midfielder and top scorer Liam Tomsett and striker Louis Almond, but Tomsett will be suspended on Tuesday. Two more summer signings were pacey winger Connor Hughes, who made eight appearances for Oldham last season, and Adam Blakeman, a young left-back released by Bolton Wanderers. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe is a 19 year-old striker on a youth loan from Sheffield Wednesday. Among players retained was capable striker Scott Spencer, whilst the manager’s brother, 35 year-old David McNiven, provides emergency cover up front.
Official website: www.hydefc.co.uk
The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.
Leave the M60 at Junction 24 and take the M67 towards Sheffield. Leave the M67 at Junction 3 and, at the traffic lights at the top of the slip road, turn right towards Hyde town centre. At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Mottram Road. Pass a Morrison’s store on your left and at the first set of lights turn right onto Lumn Road. At the top of the road there is a T-junction, where you turn left onto Walker Lane. The entrance to the ground is down on the left just past Hyde Leisure Pool. There is car parking available at the ground or street parking.
A train journey would involve an overnight stay. The nearest station is Newton for Hyde. You’d need to take a train from Euston and change at Manchester Piccadilly. The 16.00 from Euston would get you to Newton for Hyde at 18.32, whilst the 16.20 would arrive at 19.02. The ground is a 10-minute walk/half a mile from the station.
Look up www.trainline.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk for more details.
Over 65s and Students with a valid NUS card: £8
Under 16s: £5
It is £2 extra to sit in the Main Stand.
LAST TIME OUT
If the Cards need any extra motivation for Tuesday’s trip they need only be reminded of the extraordinary 7-0 thrashing they received in last season’s corresponding fixture on 1 December 2012. What was even more remarkable about that scoreline was that the Cards had just beaten Farnborough by the same score in an FA Trophy tie. Woking lost Billy Knott on the half-hour mark with an injury but the turning point seemed to be Brett Johnson’s dismissal after 38 minutes. Phil Jevons, who was to end up with four goals, scored just before the break to give Hyde the lead. The Tigers tore at the Woking defence after the interval, quickly notching two more goals. The Cards’ defence continued to take a battering but, with just over 10 minutes to go, the scoreline remained 3-0. However, Hyde ran in four more goals before the final whistle. Three days later the Cards travelled to Lincoln City and battled their way to a terrific 2-0 win.
Woking gained a measure of revenge at Kingfield in the return fixture on 2 February this year. Billy Knott opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a superb ‘curler’ from just outside the penalty area. Blinkhorn equalised for a battling Hyde side midway through the first half but Knott pounced shortly after the break to rob a defender and slide the ball home for what proved to be the winner. It was Woking’s fifth victory in six outings, taking them up to 11th in the table.
The Cards travel to Macclesfield Town next Saturday. The next home game is a very attractive encounter with Luton Town on Tuesday 24 September, swiftly followed by another home game the following Saturday (28 September) against high-flying Nuneaton Town. Make sure you’ve got the home games firmly in your diary!
Come on, you Cards!