Bower braced for Hyde visit

Match sponsored by Moorfield, Garage, Yeadon.

By Tom Swallow – Photograph via Paul Prole

The Lions welcome Hyde to Nethermoor on Wednesday, just five days after the sides played out a goalless draw at Ewen Fields in the Vanarama Conference North. 

Lions boss Mark Bower will be eager to see an improved showing from his side, who struggled to break down a resolute Hyde outfit who themselves could have stolen the points late on – were it not for a Steven Drench save.

While Bower was well aware the league’s bottom side would be no pushovers prior to Saturday, he urged his side to start taking their chances in a bid to find consistency.

“Nobody was under any illusions that we were going to just turn up and win the game,” he explained.

“The teams at the top of the league have all been here and not won so we knew it was going to be difficult.

“We need to start taking our chances and winning games, not drawing them.”

Hyde have found form of late and are unbeaten in their last four games, with the run including a win over Solihull Moors and a draw against title-chasing Fylde as well as a point against Gainsborough Trinity.

The Tigers’ main attacking threats are likely to come from Connor Hughes and Tom Bentham, who have scored the majority of Hyde’s goals this season.