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The Tigers are hungry for cup success
Wednesday 27th September 2017 @ 13:01 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hyde United coach Dave McGurk is confident that his side can extend their unbeaten run to 22 games this weekend against Boston Town in the FA Cup.

The Tigers make the long journey to Lincolnshire for a tie in the third qualifying round against a side one division below them, and although the odds are stacked in Hyde’s favour, McGurk is under no illusion that the game will be a walk in the park.

In fact, he insists his side will be entering the clash with a similar mind-set to the one that has served them so well this season.

Speaking to Reporter Sport ahead of the tie, McGurk said his side have created a solid base that bodes well for the future. “We’ve followed on from last season with the run we’ve been on.” Said McGurk.

“I think we’ve got a good base now where we’re looking solid in every single game, although there’s still a bit more to come from us going forward, but with the front four we’ve got I like to think we’ll kick on and score more goals.

“We’ve done a bit of work in training and I think it’s just a matter of clicking now.

“We’ve been through some games where we’ve been scoring two, three or four, and then like the other day we just wanted that little bit more.

“We don’t want to get into the habit of drawing too many games; yes we want to stay unbeaten, but it’s the three points that are going to take us to promotion.”

Hyde are never short of goals thanks to an attacking lineup of Matt Beadle, Karl Jones and Tom Pratt.

However, it’s the defence that has caught the eye this season, shipping just four goals in eight games to make them, statistically, the best in the league.

McGurk takes pride in the way his side have defended this season and hopes for the same stability on Saturday: “We spent a lot of pre-season putting that base and structure together” said McGurk.

“There’s a real identity to the team now where we do look solid in every single game and we’re difficult to beat.

“The defenders need to contribute at the other end now by scoring goals, but credit to the forward players because they are working hard and we’ve got a good structure in place and we’re happy with it.”

Hyde will enter Saturday’s fixture brimming with confidence, though the same can’t be said for their opponents, who suffered their heaviest defeat on Tuesday in a 5-0 loss at Eynesbury.

In a bid to avoid a potential banana skin moment, manager Darren Kelly attended the game and will be hoping to take advantage of Boston’s misfortune come Saturday. McGurk said: “We’ll know what they’re about, and we do our homework on every team and it won’t be any different just because they’re in the league below.

“We know what we’re going to get; it’s a cup tie, quick paced, so we’ve just got to do what we always do, and that’s stay in the game and then kick on as the game progresses and try to get through to the next round.”

McGurk emphasised the importance of a good cup run and believes the competition has so far generated a feel-good factor around the club: “It’s massive for the club” said McGurk, reflecting on the victory over Warrington in the previous round.

“The scenes on the bench, the scenes in the stand and afterwards in the bar were brilliant.

“It was brilliant to watch, it was brilliant to be part of and we want more if it.

“The fans and the club are close anyway, but it’s really helped us pull together.”

While a victory for Hyde this weekend would extend their unbeaten run and secure their place in the next round, it would also boost the club’s coffers by £7,500.

McGurk is hoping that, if successful this weekend, the funds will be directed into the playing budget. He said: “I think we’ve already got that amount from the run we’ve had, so to add to that again may allow us to add to the budget without putting any pressure on the chairman, so if we can be in the mix in the league around January, it might allow us to strengthen.”