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Getting to know the opposition – Hyde

Woking go in to this Saturday’s game with real optimism around the club following the loan signing of Jack Marriott.

The Ipswich youngster played a crucial part in Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Dartford and claimed an assist and a goal on his debut. Marriott’s Impressive performance amongst goals from Scott Rendell and Joe McNerney gave the Cards their second home win of the season and a win on Saturday could see them leave the relegation zone.Loanee Marriott celebrates the opener

Garry Hill will be looking to do the double over a Hyde side who have failed to pick up a league win yet this season. Woking won the reverse fixture 2-0 in September with Kevin Betsy grabbing a brace to take the three points.

We caught up with Hyde fan @Jamie_McNamee ahead of Saturday’s crucial game at the bottom of the table to see if the Tigers fans are remaining positive –

With nineteen games played you have drawn three and lost sixteen, how has this season started so badly for yourselves?

The season in a whole has been dreadful so far and I think there are certain factors that have contributed to this. The first one is the phenomenon of ‘Second Season Syndrome’ mean that we do not have the element of surprise on a lot of teams in this league anymore. Without a doubt last season the end result as a team was much greater than the individuals placed within the team but on paper this season’s squad is stronger than last season’s. A second factor is our lack of goals, especially when we are on top in games. There have been several games this year where Hyde have started like a house on fire and in some matches have even taken the lead but then that inevitable opposition goal comes all the momentum in the team is lost. The Chester game last week was a perfect example of this. Take the lead early on with a tidy finish by Louis Almond and after near a full half of a barrage on the Chester goal the strike right near the end of the first half and Hyde never really got back into the game up until about five minutes to go being 2-1 down. One last factor is just general bad form by certain players. Our experienced pair of Will Haining and Danny Carlton have been dreadful, Tom Collins early season heroics have seen him demoted to the bench. I could go one but the only real high points this season is our performance against Nuneaton where we should have won that game comfortably but ended up with a 2-2 draw, the recent performance of Louis Almond and on loan goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

You were confident when we played you in the reverse fixture you would just about survive this season, do you think the squad are good enough and will pick up in confidence when they finally get a win?

Hard to tell if they will pick up in confidence when they finally get a win because reaching that elusivWoking celebrate their victory at Hydee first win seems so near but so far at the moment. We do play some good stuff at times but it is quite annoying at times when opposition fans of other clubs play you and say “I don’t understand how you are winless this year” I do think that when we win a match we will go on a little run of form but unfortunately I think Hyde’s fate in the Conference premier will all ready of been sealed by then.

In what positions have you particularly been struggling and can you see the squad being strengthened in January?

We have seen a chopping and changing at centre Half this season with a total of about 7 different players being played there whether through injury or poor form. The best of them being Glenn Belezika, who is on loan from Oldham. Up front we lack goals from Scott Spencer and Reece Gray who were massive in helping Hyde reach this level two years ago. Do I see us strengthening in January? Hard to tell, depends on who is out there but Hyde will not invest any real money to strengthen due to our tight player budget. I think we will have to get rid of some to bring others in is basically what I think may happen.

Who is likely to pose Woking the biggest threat on Saturday?

Louis Almond, he has been on a good run in the last couple of games. Tricky little winger who can chip in with between 10-12 goals a season at this level and could cause you back four and keeper a problem in the up and coming encounter. Reece Gray with his intelligent way of finding space and threading through balls could also be a real threat.

Finally, what is your score prediction?

Let’s be both bold and stupid here I’ll go with a 3-1 victory to Hyde to break our winless streak.

Questions and article by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes & Andy Nunn. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

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Getting to know the opposition – Hyde

Woking came within five minutes of picking up their first home win of the season on Friday but defensive errors lead to The Cards surrendering a 2-1 lead and drawing with Tamworth in soggy conditions.

Garry Hill will be hoping that luck will be on Woking’s side after two improved performances when they travel to bottom-placed Hyde this evening. Cards fans won’t have fond memories of Ewans Fields after a poor performance there last season saw them go down 7-0. We talked to Hyde fan Jamie McNamee @Jamie_McNamee to get the latest from the Cheshire club.

Hi Jamie,

Not many Woking fans will forget our trip to Hyde last season and will be hoping for a bit better than a 7-0 loss this time! Like Woking, you haven’t had a great start, what’s been going wrong?

Yes, last season meeting was great from our point of view. The start to our season can be put down to the simple fact that we are not clinical in front of the opposition’s goal. Other than the Forest Green game we have more then held our own so far this season and deserve more points than we currently have. Last season Phil Jevons and Matthew Blinkhorn were deadly in front of goal and with notable contributions from Louis Almond and Scott Hogan but so far this year only two players have hit the net from open play, them being Tom Collins with four and midfielder Liam Tomsett with three. Danny Carlton who we have signed to replace Phil Jevons and Matthew Blinkhorn just hasn’t hit the ground running and Louis Almond has struggled to find the spark with which he helped fire Hyde to survival last campaign.

You lost Phil Jevons over the summer to Stockport, that must have been disappointing?

Yes, but as a Hyde fan we have become use to losing our better players to teams who can pay better than us. We have also lost Scott Hogan to Rochdale, Matthew Blinkhorn to AFC Fylde and Tunji Moses who has joined Jevons at County. One thing Jevons could do was score goals but towards the end of last season Scott McNiven preferred to start Blinkhorn over Jevons due to him being a better lone striker and better mobility around the pitch compared to Phil.

 What are you realistic expectations for this season? Will just surviving be enough for Hyde fans?

Personally I think we will just survive. We are a good football team with a very solid keeper and back four, a midfield with some nice players in there who can pass the ball around comfortably but we need to find goals from our front men. Every Hyde fan would snap your hand off for 20th position now, a little cup run would be nice too.

Who is likely to pose Woking the biggest threat on Tuesday?

Tom Collins has been in good form this season and if fit will be a problem to your back four to deal with the other threat is Connor Hughes, with his direct running on the wing can cause opposition full backs problems. A wild card on Tuesday night is new signing Emmanuel Dieseruvwe on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. Looks a really silky two footed striker who might be the player we have been looking for to complete our team.

 Finally, what is your score prediction?

Hopefully a win for Hyde and I feel it may come. We were unlucky against Kidderminster on Saturday and deserved a point so I’m going to go with a 2-1 win for the Tigers. Also I wish any Woking fans coming down to Ewen Fields a safe trip to Tameside.

Questions and article by Jacob Greenwood @JGreenwood91

Photo by David Holmes. A full set can be found at wokingfc.co.uk

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