Tag: Hyde

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

This week’s Non-League Videos of The Week are a day late, but we think that we they are are worth the wait. This week, we are concentrating on the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. With a place in the First Round of the competition at stake, this is a competition with a very tangible prize at the end of it – a day out at Wembley come the end of the season. And whilst the clubs of the Blue Square Premier, who join the competition in the next round, may be more focussed upon trying to bag themselves a Wembley trip in the Blue Square Premier play-offs come the end of the season, the clubs from below the top division of non-league football also have a chance of booking themselves at Wembley. We’ll cut straight to the chase this evening, our five matches are Chelmsford City vs Woking, Guiseley AFC vs Eastwood Town, Matlock Town vs Hyde, Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Canvey Island and Eastbourne Borough vs Dartford. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference North

Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle. Along with relegated Altrincham and Histon there are the promoted pair of Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax, and the 22nd most northern team at Step 2 – Bishop’s Stortford, shifted over the north/south divide in the fall-out from Rushden and Diamonds’ demise. Bishop’s Stortford, like Histon and like Worcester before them will soon wise up to the difference between the two Step 2 leagues (Gloucester have only ever known the Northern side of the imaginary moving line which hovers over the Conference’s map). PROMOTION CONTENDERS It would be hard to bet against  FC Halifax Town being somewhere near the top of the table, The new boys have bulldozered their way back up the table and boast hot-shot striker Jamie Vardy as one of their key assets and laughed off an offer from Stockport to take him of their hands for a rumoured £50,000. Manager Neil Aspin has made a few key signings and if the Shaymen are as good as all their fans claim...

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Midweek Non-League Video Special

The pressures of the outside world don’t often often intrude into the world of Twohundredpercent, but they have this evening and our normal service has been slightly interrupted. Everything will be back to normal with a fresh Mungo tomorrow morning, but for tonight we’re going to leave you with a handful more non-league videos from the last couple of days. Last night was a big night in non-league football, with matches the length and breadth of the country, and our first match is the Blue Square South match between Dartford and Eastleigh. With Eastleigh in the pack chasing a play-off place, this was an important match. Our second match comes from the top of the Ryman League Premier Division. Bury Town are in the pack chasing leaders Sutton United, and a win last night against mid-table Margate would help them close the gap on the leaders. With Sutton not having a game last night, a win would reduce Sutton’s lead at the top of the table to six points, with Bury still having a game in hand. Our third match is from the Blue Square North, where Monday night’s match between Hyde FC and AFC Telford United affected both ends of the league table, with Hyde being just above the relegation places and Telford still being in the play-off places and with a chance of still snatching the championship...

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Northern Soul: Hyde’s Turbulent Week

Comings and goings and rumours of financial woe have dogged Hyde this week, Jenni Silver looks at the goings on at Ewen Fields. Hyde recorded their biggest victory in eight years when they beat Stafford Rangers 5-0 last Saturday, a decent enough win to buy the Manchester side a bit of Blue Square North breathing space. This win, however, is now but a distant memory and instead fans of the team, formerly known as Hyde United (before Ewen Fields was blue-washed and covered in badges and sponsor boards for Manchester City) have enjoyed a week of bewildering rumours and uncertainty. On Sunday chairman Steven Hartley and director and secretary Tony Beard resigned from the board “due to a number of issues which they believe make it impossible to continue to act.” This was followed on Monday another of the club’s directors David Farrington and the woman who runs the club shop, Joanne and comes on the back of a vote of no confidence against two members of the Supporters’ Trust. Today the replacements were revealed – with two new board members, an acting chairman and a new chief executive. Meanwhile Supporters Trust secretary Andy McAnulty has become the new secretary, resigning from his trust position and his role as a moderator on the unofficial forum in the process. It comes as no surprise to many Tigers’ fans that John...

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Generous George And Other Acts Of Random Football Kindness

It sounds like a plotline one of those football films – the non-league minnows, who are playing for free, have their coach trip for a huge away trip to the other side of the country paid for by a generous stranger. But that is just what happened to Redditch United this week. Generous stranger, and massive Blyth Spartans fan, George Robson was the one behind the gesture. Rooted to the bottom of the Blue Square North and with no playing budget whatsoever Redditch are fighting very hard to keep their heads above water, watchful of the likes of Ilkeston and Farsley Celtic who have both been lost from that league in the past two seasons. They aren’t winning too many matches, their first team manager left and the average of the squad is 19 (just), it’s not a great time for anyone at the club right now. But George’s gesture, to pay for the first team coach to make the 11hr round trip to Blyth last Tuesday left Reds secretary Tim Delaney, and most of the fans on the Redditch forum, speechless. “For a supporter of one club who pledges his support and money to them on a regular basis to even consider another’s plight is truly humbling and restores ones faith in human kind,” he said. Before adding that the first team and travelling directors, supporters and staff...

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