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Hyde extend unbeaten run to four matches – and manager Kelly commits his future to the club
Monday 8th October 2018 @ 12:05 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Matlock Town 0-0 Hyde United



Hyde extended their unbeaten league run to four matches with a goalless stalemate at Matlock Town.

The Tigers entered the game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Workington just four days earlier, and the lack of firepower in the goal scoring department reared its head again as the dynamic trio of Tom Greaves, Tom Pratt and Luke Porritt were unable to break the deadlock at Causeway Lane.

In the lead up to the fixture, which attracted a crowd of 448, manager Darren Kelly had rejected an approach by FC United of Manchester to become the club’s new manager. A statement on Hyde’s official website read: “Earlier this week the football club was approached by FC United Of Manchester requesting permission for them to speak to manager Darren Kelly, with a view of offering him the managers role that they currently have vacant.

“Purely out of respect to Darren, it was decided at Board level to allow FCUM to speak to him. After Darren had spoken to officials at FCUM yesterday, he kindly declined their offer.

“Darren believes he has a job to finish here at Hyde United and his ambitions match those of the Football Club, to build a team that is successful both in the short and long term and can challenge for promotion and silverware.

“The Board would like to thank Darren for his loyalty and honesty and we look forward to continuing our successful relationship with both Darren & Dave”.

Kelly initially joined Hyde at the end of the 2015/16 season, but despite his best attempts in difficult circumstances, he was unable to keep the club up and the Tigers were relegated to the Evo-Stik First Division North.

After a brief period away from Ewen Fields, Kelly soon returned and took the managerial job on a permanent basis. After guiding his side to a 10th place finish during his first full season in charge of the club, Kelly recruited a crop of new players over the summer and subsequently embarked on a terrific campaign the following season which culminated in promotion. The club also generated some much-needed funds via a successful FA Cup run, which ended in the first round against MK Dons live on BBC Two.