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Hyde set sights on Manchester Premier Cup Final
Tuesday 13th February 2018 @ 13:22 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hyde United will be hoping to book their place in the Manchester Premier Cup final this evening as current holders FC United visit Ewen Fields for a semi-final clash.

The Rebels are currently enjoying a resurgence under player-manager Tom Greaves, who has guided the club up the table following Karl Marginson’s departure at the end of October.

Of the 18 fixtures under Greaves’ tenure, the Rebels have won eight, drawn five and lost five. One of those victories, a 3-0 win at Salford City in November, confirmed their place in the semi-final tonight.

As far as the Tigers are concerned, Darren Kelly’s side have negotiated two rounds to reach this stage of the competition. They beat Radcliffe Borough 1-0 in the first round before inflicting a 5-2 defeat on West Didsbury and Chorlton in the following stage.

The Manchester Premier Cup has been kind to the Tigers this season, with both of their ties taking place on the 4g pitch at Ewen Fields. The surface has, without doubt, become an advantage for Hyde this season – and the stats back this up.

In the Evo-Stik First Division North, Hyde have played 15 games at Ewen Fields, winning 13 and drawing two. The Tigers’ away form has been just as good, with four victories, five draws and just two losses.

Considering all these factors – and despite the gulf in league standings between the two sides – it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Kelly’s side pull off an upset this evening.

If Hyde do prevail this evening, they will face the winner of Droylsden and Trafford in the final. A date and venue have yet to be confirmed.