Wednesday, April 15, 2009




Here we have two very tired teams, both looking fo the three points, who are each making their third start in just five days. Hyde are 4 points from safety, with a poor goal difference, so effectively 5 adrift, with just three games to play, they have given themselves a lifeline, with three wins in four starts, but those game against teams with little to play for. Against the top 6 sides this season, they are 1-1-9 , conceding 32 goals, the only win came pre Christamas at Telford and they lost the home reverse fixture a few weeks later 4-0. At home they lost four of these conceding 14, only drawing with Alfreton Town, but they were completely outplayed in that fixture and could easily have lost by 3-4 goals.

Southport are looking very safe for a playoff spot, but are only four points behing leaders Tamworth, with a game in hand, in the hunt for the sole automatic promotion spot, with a superior goal difference. A win would cut that lead to a single point and with the leaders looking very nervous at present, that would give them a live chance, with three rounds still to play for both teams.

There is a huge diffence in class between the top and bottom of this division this season and I expect the visitors to win. Both are nursing several injuries, but Southport have the stronger squad and options. There is also the possibility that Hyde might earn a relegation reprieve, with Team Bath dropping out of the League above, I have not be able to confirm the true ramifications of this, so we will treat the possibility as a bonus. Away win.

6 points Southport -1/2 ball 1.85 asian line.

Good Luck.

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