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LET'S GO: HYDE PREVIEW

25 April 2014

The curtain comes down on a fantastic season for the Town at Hyde on Saturday

Above: Pictures from the Town's 4-1 win over Hyde back in October


THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER. After 45 games in the Skrill Premier the campaign comes to a close at Ewen Fields. With the title in the bag there’s no horrible Play-Off games to contend with and the Hatters players and supporters can relax…a little.

HYDING TO NOTHING. Saturday’s game will be a top-versus-bottom affair. The poor old Tigers have endured a horrific season, winning just one game all campaign. Scott McNiven’s side’s sole win has been on the road – a 2-0 victory at Welling in January. Hyde have yet to register a single win on home soil, losing 19 of their 23 matches at Ewen Fields this season. 

HOW THEY DOING? As you’d expect for a team bottom of the table and with just 10 points all season, not very well. The Tigers have lost their last seven matches and nine of their last 10. The league table does make pretty grim reading for the Ewen Fields faithful with a goal difference of minus 80. The Tigers have conceded 118 goals but put on a respectable show last time out by losing 1-0 to Play-Off chasing Grimsby on Monday at Blundell Park.

HOW TO GET THERE. Take the M1, M6, and M60, leave the M60 at Junction 24 and take the M67 towards Sheffield. Leave the M67 at Junction 3 and at the traffic lights at the top of the slip road, turn right towards Hyde town centre. At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Mottram Road. Pass a Morrisons store on your left and at the first set of lights turn right onto Lumn Road. At the top of the road there is a T-junction where you turn left onto Walker Lane. The entrance to the ground is down on the left just past Hyde Leisure Pool. There is a car park available at the ground which is free. Additionally there is parking available at the Leisure Pool, which costs £2 per car. A residents’ only parking scheme operates in the vicinity of the ground so street parking has to be away from the stadium.

ALL-TICKET. For what could be the Town’s final game in non-league football, entry for Hatters fans at Ewen Fields is all-ticket. Tickets are now on general sale for this game up until Friday 25th and are available at one per person. Terracing prices: £14 adults, £8 over-65s and £5 under-16s. To sit down, it’s £16 for adults, £10 over-65s and £7 for under-16s.

REMEMBER, REMEMBER. It’s a 5.30pm kick-off at Hyde. All matches in the Skrill Premier will start at this time.

GETTING IN AND WHAT TO EXPECT. Over 2,000 Town fans will make the long trip to Ewen Fields for the season finale, with the ground expected to be swamped by Hatters supporters. Hyde have published this helpful article on their website which shows the different entrances to turnstiles depending on what colour ticket you have. The Tigers also welcome Hatters fans into their Tigers Bar pre-match.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? The Hatters and Hyde will meet for the fourth time on Saturday with the Town holding a narrow 2-1 lead in the head-to-head records. Two of the three games have also ended 2-1. The Hatters won by that scoreline in their first and so far only visit to Ewen Fields back in August 2012, thanks to goals from Stuart Fleetwood and JJ O’Donnell. Hyde gained revenge for that result by winning at Kenilworth Road in March last year. The Town then won 4-1 at Kenilworth Road this season, with a hat-trick from Andre Gray and one from Luke Guttridge.

RECORD BREAKERS. The Town have already equaled their best points tally of 98 (achieved in 2004/05) so a point will give the Hatters a new points record. The Hatters have also kept 22 clean sheets also equaling the previous record. The Hatters have already scored 101 goals - the Conference record is 103. 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST. The Town have won their last two matches of the regular season in the past two campaigns: 3-1 at Southport last term and 2-0 at Fleetwood in the campaign before. The win at Fleetwood was actually the Hatters’ first in nine attempts at winning their last match of a campaign. Over the last 21 previous years the Hatters had only won five of their last games of the season, and four of those have come away from Kenilworth Road. Those have come at Fleetwood (2-0 in 2011), Shrewsbury (2-0 in 2002) and Millwall (1-0 in 1999). The sole home win came thanks to late winner from Rory Allen (remember him – best loan signing ever?) against Carlisle in 1998.

FROM THE TOWN CAMP. Terry Harris: “We won’t be taking our foot of the gas, there are records still to be broken. Hyde impressed me when they came to Kenilworth Road earlier in the season. They are certainly not the worst team I’ve seen this campaign but at the end of the day the table doesn’t lie.”

TOWN TEAM NEWS. Alex Lawless’ season is definitely over with a hamstring injury whilst Paul Benson is a doubt for Saturday with a foot injury. Luke Guttridge is due to have an operation on his metatarsal next week. The Hatters are likely to start with ever-presents Mark Tyler, Steve McNulty and Scott Griffiths in defence, and Andre Gray is also in line to play as he looks to secure the Golden Boot. The Town’s leading goalscorer took his tally to 30 with a brace against Forest Green on Monday which has given the striker a one-goal lead over FC Halifax’s Lee Gregory.

LIVE & DIRECT. We’ll have all the news as it happens from Ewen Fields. Pre-match build-up, team news, live text and audio commentary, a report, reaction, photographs and interviews. Remember to keep it lutontown.co.uk, Hatters Player and check out our ever-growing Facebook and Twitter feeds. And keep an eye on our Instagram, Vine and YouTube accounts too for good measure #COYH.


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