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Hyde are on the up under manager Darren Kelly
Monday 18th December 2017 @ 11:58 by Adam Higgins

Hyde United have had an incredible 2017, and there has been a few talking points that have made this year stand out above the rest.

The Tigers seem to be cruising towards promotion this season, as it seems that Hyde are finishing 2017 just a point off second and third place in the table, with a game in hand on Bamber Bridge who sit in second, and four games in hand on Prescot Cables who uncomfortably sit in third in the EVO-STIK North.

Big wins have stuck out like a sore thumb for the Hyde supporters this year, with a more recent 6-1 win over rivals Trafford, giving United some breathing space in the table, as Trafford have been scrapping in and around the promotion places so far this season.

This is a big improvement for The Tigers, who finished in 10th place at the end of the 2016/17 season, so with the start Hyde have made to this current season, it sees Darren Kelly’s side ending the year on a better note than when they started it – when they has suffered their third straight relegation at the back end of the 2015/16 season.

Most impressively, Hyde United have seen an increase in media coverage this year, with their FA Cup tie against MK Dons being broadcasted on BBC One. Although, the result was not what The Tigers had hoped for, it was clear a huge improvement has been made from United when it came to their quality of football.

When speaking to Darren Kelly, the former Oldham and Halifax manager could not praise his players enough when it came to the team spirit that they showed on the pitch against MK Dons; That his players were lacking before his take over.

Kelly added: “We took this game as any other and the lads tried to play with the same intent that we have played with all season, they gave it their all and I could not be more proud of them”.

Hyde United have had a much needed, improved year for 2017, with the quality of football being evidently improved by the new gaffer, and fan favourite, Kyle Brownhill making a return back to his once former club to add more competition on the left flank of the pitch – which is always important for a team on the rise.

As well as raising the profile of the club, the FA Cup run has improved the club financially.

Ahead of the tie, we spoke to CEO Mark Worthington about the financial implications:

By, Jack Lynch