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PREVIEW: Hyde v Harriers
2:00pm Friday 15th February 2013 in News
STEVE Burr has praised Hyde ahead of Harriers' trip to the newly-promoted Cheshire side tomorrow.
The fifth-placed Aggborough outfit will be looking to add three more points in their promotion quest in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
But Burr's sure Hyde will be no pushovers, despite being in the bottom half of the table.
In fact, manager Scott McNiven has managed to steer his team to 16th in the table after Tuesday night's 3-1 win at AFC Telford, their first of 2013.
The Tigers are also a tough nut to crack at home, with just four home losses all campaign at their Ewen Field fortress.
In recent weeks they held a strong Macclesfield side to a draw but have slipped up to Stockport and Forest Green with narrow 1-0 losses.
Harriers themselves face Forest Green at the New Lawn next Tuesday (7.45pm ko) in a vital top five battle, but Harriers' manager insists their full focus is on the weekend's match in Cheshire.
“We watched Hyde against Telford and I was very impressed," commented Burr.
“They’re a good side and have done well to establish themselves in the league.
“We’ve got Forest Green next Tuesday but all of our focus will be on Hyde until Saturday and we’ll start thinking about Forest Green after the game.
“Forest Green have got some good financial backing but I would say Dave Hockaday has used the money wisely.”
Hyde will pose a threat as veteran goal-getter Phil Jevons bagging 15 so far and England C star Scott Spencer grabbing 11.
Keith Briggs is set to miss out as he recovers from his knee injury, while Anthony Malbon and Danny Pilkington will have knocks assessed.
Fans unable to make the trip can follow all the action with The Shuttle’s live match blog, which will feature team news and then all the drama and latest scores from the 3pm kick-off.
A match report will be available soon after the full-time whistle, with reaction to the result hot on the heels.