Town must be at their best to overcome Hyde

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IF Town play like they did at Droylsden on Saturday they will win more games than they lose for the rest of the season.

That theory will be put to the test tonight when they take on Hyde FC who are one of the teams of the campaign so far.

Incredibly, this evening’s visitors to the Shay have only dropped points in three games so far this season.

Even more incredibly, they are not at the top of the table, with Stalybridge having three points more from one extra game.

Hyde were top before suffering a first league defeat when they went down 2-0 at Guiseley at the weekend with former Town loanee Lee Ellington grabbing the first goal of the game.

Hyde actually opened the campaign with a run of 10 successive victories during which they regularly scored three or more goals.

The last three senior games have seen them lose two and draw the other.

They dropped points for only the second time when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Nuneaton Town and they were then dumped out of the FA Cup 1-0, also at home, by Evo Stik Premier Bradford Park Avenue.

Those two results, along with the weekend defeat at Nethermoor, will give the Shaymen hope that they can rebound from defeat at Droylsden in a game in which the referee made a crucial and extremely damaging intervention.

The Shaymen have done well against teams in the upper echelons of Blue Square Bet North with draws against Stalybridge, Worcester and Boston and a magnificent comeback win at Guiseley.

Town could do with taking a few chances if and when they are on top in the game.

If they can do that - and James Dean is available again after suspension - then they could just extend Hyde’s recent disappointing run by a further game.