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Hyde draw money-spinning tie against MK Dons in FA Cup
Tuesday 17th October 2017 @ 12:33 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hyde United have been handed a home tie against League One outfit Milton Keynes Dons in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The forthcoming tie will take place over the weekend 3-6 November.

Darren Kelly’s side secured their place in this stage of the competition – the first time in 23 years – after beating Scarborough Athletic 2-0 on Saturday, thanks to goals form Matt Beadle and Luke Porritt.

Following the draw on Monday, Kelly spoke to Reporter Sport and said it was his proudest moment in management. “Yeah, I think it’s a great draw; the big thing is that it’s a home draw” said Kelly, who guided his squad to a 23 game unbeaten run earlier this season.

“The last three rounds have been away – and they’ve been long trips – so we’re delighted to get them back to our home turf and hopefully we’ll go and put on a show and get through to the next round.

“Overall I’m very happy; such a quality side in League One, but there’s such a belief in the squad that I think we can go and do really well.”

Both clubs have endured contrasting fortunes in recent times.

While Hyde have suffered three relegations in the past four years, MK reached the highest position in their 13 year history after claiming promotion to the Championship in 2015.

However, after failing to cope with the demands of the second tier, the Dons made an immediate return to League One and have since replaced manager Karl Robinson with Robbie Nielson.

After a mid-table finish last season, the Dons currently find themselves in 14th place, having collected 17 points from their opening 13 games.

Despite the five-division gulf between the two clubs, Kelly believes his side have what it takes to pull off a victory. He said: “I wouldn’t be in this game if I didn’t think we could go and do it.

“I wouldn’t participate in it, but I have every hope and belief in the players that we can go and put on a show – especially at home, because we’ve been so good at home, and we have great support behind us to go and help us put on a good show.

“I’ve no doubt that our players will put in 110%, and hopefully with a little bit of quality and a little bit of luck, it will be enough for us.”

Although excitement is steadily building ahead of the tie, Kelly insists his side must stay grounded and focus on the league. “It’s definitely my proudest moment in management, and now it’s all geared towards the next round, but obviously between that we have league and cup games to take care of, so we’ll make sure we’re ready for the tie when it comes round.”

Chairman Steve Hartley echoes Kelly’s thoughts.

In fact, he believes the squad is more than capable of causing an upset. “They’re one of the best groups of lads I can remember in my 32 years as a director of the club” said Hartley.

“The last time we were in the first round proper was 1994, when we lost to Darlington.

“In my time, we’ve also had three FA Trophy semi-finals – not quite made it to Wembley – but this is right up there amongst it all, and I’m fairly confident that this side is capable of causing an upset.”

Main Picture: Scarborough Athletic