Since that visit Hydes name has changed slightly with the dropping of the Utd suffix due to money problems a few years ago. The money seems to be flowing more easily now and that can be credited to the arrangement they have with Man City. They use Ewen Fields for their reserve games but, not content with using the ground, they wanted it re-branded sky blue too.
It works well for both parties with Hyde getting some extra, extra income above the usual arrangement while City massage their ego a bit more.
Now well into their first season at this level and they seem to have found their feet well. Although sitting above the relegation zone they pick up enough points to stay well clear of it.
In the corresponding game at Aggborough back in October they looked an attractive side to watch, as they passed it around neatly, but without any threat up front at all. That has changed now that former Jan Molby target Phil Jevons and Scott Spencer seem to have struck up a potent partnership and they are now banging the goals in as shown in the 3-1 win at relegation candidates Telford on Tuesday evening.
We could be debuting another two new faces tomorrow with Martin Devaney having joined up with us last Monday while Greg Pearson, who signed last Friday, joined up with the squad on the morning for training. With so many new players in lately it could be anyones guess what starting eleven Steve Burr will run with. I'm not even going to make an attempt.
One who could be missing from the trip is Keith Briggs. He is still having treatment to his knee and will not be risked.
Last Saturday we saw off Cambridge Utd in a 3-2 win at Aggborough. It should have been a more respectable 3-1 but we allowed them back in at the death after having them on the rack for almost all of the second half.
If we have any real hopes of making the play-offs then we're going to have to start killing teams off and I don't mean by the odd goal or two, I mean by the odd goal or five. Mansfield do that on a regular basis and so should we.
That killer streak is woefully missing at Kidderminster Harriers.
Lewis, N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Williams, Dunkley, Demetriou, Gowling, Shakes, Storer, Vincent, Jackman, Pilkington, Guinan, Johnson, Pearson, Malbon, Gittings, Morgan-Smith, Devaney, Jarvis, Rowe, Blissett.
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Carnell, Frith, Dilo, Brizell, Griffin, Ashworth, Brown, Poole, C Byrne, Spencer, Jevons, Cox, Moses, Lomax, Cassidy, Taylor, McNiven, Blinkhorn, Tomsett, Harris, Sedgwick, Putterill, Osawe.
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