Now, I can’t pretend I’ll be doing a preview for every game this season, it just won’t happen, but I will try to do a couple a month at least. So first up this Saturday we face Grantham Town to open the 2015/16 season.
With no form to look at, it isn’t going to be a very long preview either, but we’ll see where it goes…
Saturday 15th August 2015 – 15:00hrs
Hyde United v Grantham Town
Evostik (NPL) Premier Division
Venue: Ewen Fields, Hyde
Obviously with no points on the board yet it is difficult to assess where the two teams have done well or not. Hyde have brought in a number of players over the summer as Gary Lowe looks to turn around the fortunes of the side oer the last couple of seasons. Former players Scott Spencer and Shane Killock have returned to the club along with Reece Gray who has been unfortunate with injuries in the last couple of seasons.
Grantham finished last season, their 3rd in the Evostik Premier Division, in 12th place, building on 15th and 19th places before that and will no doubt be looking to improve again.
Played 9 – Hyde Wins 5 – Draws 3 – Grantham Wins 1
All of our nine meetings came in a two year spell between 1982 and 1984 when both sides were NPL Premier Division members. Grantham’s only win came at Ewen Fields in the FA Trophy in December 1983 as they came away 4-0 winners. Interestingly, the three draws between the sides were all goalless affairs. The Gingerbreads have visited Ewen Fields on the opening day of the season before on 20th August 1983 when Peter Coyne netted twice to give Hyde a 2-1 win. So whilst Hyde may have the upper hand historically, it counts for nothing with the last meeting being 31 years ago. Also interesting to see that Gary Lowe made two appearances for Hyde against Grantham in the 1984/85 season, one of which was a 4-0 win.
Previous Matches on August 15th
Only three games appear in the database (back to 1978/79 season) for this date.
2009: Hinckley United 1 Hyde United 2
2005: Hyde United 1 Workington 1
1981: Chorley 1 Hyde United 0
So a win, a draw and a defeat.
Scott Spencer, 49 goals, requires one more to hit 50 for the club.
Here is hoping for a strong start to the season!