Tigers weathering the storm

HYDE United manager Dave McGurk believes some good could come out of their enforced mid-season break – players can get to know each other better.

The Tigers have been without a league fixture since Saturday, February 8 after matches at Morpeth and Ashton United were postponed because of the weather.

But instead of kicking their heels, McGurk has been putting his players through tough training sessions with the aim of hitting the ground running when they eventually get back into BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division action.

He said: “We’ve been able to get good training sessions into the lads, just topping up our style of play.

“As there’s been such a turnover of players it was important to get it nailed down in terms of how we play, especially without the ball.

“We wanted Ashton on as we’re in a good place in terms of our squad and I’ve decisions to make with regards to our first XI.”

Hyde have made progress in cup competitions by reaching the quarter-finals of both the Cheshire Senior Cup and the Integro League Cup.

They reached the last eight by defeating Widnes 2-1 and there was more than one reason to be cheerful for McGurk, who feels they are three wins from achieving their first target of the season.

He added: “Widnes was good as we got minutes into the legs of players we wanted to.

“We made the quarter-finals of both the League Cup and the Cheshire Cup and I’ve said all season that we’ll be taking them seriously, even though the priority is to consolidate our league position and I think seven or eight more points does that.

“To win one of those cups on top will be a successful season.”

Hyde remain in mid-table after an up and down run but goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson insists they can still feature in the promotion shake-up.

The former Huddersfield Town stopper, who moved to Hyde from Gainsborfough Trinity, said: “I think the play-offs are still achievable.

“It’s a top club but it feels like I’ve been here ages even though I’ve only played three matches.

“I don’t think the lack of goals conceded is down to me, though, the defending has been great since I came here.”

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