Tigers relegated
Friday 14th March 2014 @ 10:45 by Lisa B

Well in the end it all happened with a bit of a whimper.

Any hopes that Hyde would bravely resist the inevitability of relegation for a few more weeks were cruelly dashed in Derbyshire on Tuesday evening as hosts Alfreton Town eased to a comfortable 3-0 win.

To be honest, it has all been over for a long time for Scott McNiven and his Tigers.

After an unbeaten pre-season that promised so much it all went badly wrong on the opening day down in Gloucestershire when Hyde found themselves on the wrong end of an 8-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers in Nailsworth.

That crushing loss proved to be a harbinger of what was to come and it wasn’t until January 14 that the Tigers finally registered their first league win of the season, a celebrated 2-0 away victory at Welling United.

The season hasn’t been without its lighter notes. Hydelogo

The gallows humour emanating from the club’s Twitter account, combined with a sense of schadenfreude from followers of other clubs, has seen the number of followers soar to more than 36,000, more than many Football League clubs.

Tigers’ fans also have a cup final to look forward to when Hyde take on Trafford at Gigg Lane on Monday, April 28, in the Manchester Premier Cup final.

However the one stat that continues to haunt Scott McNiven and his players is the number of games that they’ve lost from winning positions this season, with 31 points squandered in this fashion overall.

The club will need to seriously address this worrying trend if they are to bounce back again in the Conference North next season.

Meanwhile this Saturday Hyde travel to face Hereford United at Edgar Street looking to restore a little pride and to at least get their points total into double figures for the season.

by Dave Edler