Hyde's Miller expects FA Cup thriller

Paddy Miller, right, celebrates with Bryan Hughes as Boro seal the NCEL Premier title
Paddy Miller, right, celebrates with Bryan Hughes as Boro seal the NCEL Premier title

Former Scarborough Athletic defender Paddy Miller is expecting an FA Cup classic when his Hyde United side pay a visit to the Flamingo Land Stadium in Saturday's fourth qualifying round tie.

The carrot for both sides is huge, as big guns like Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic will join the winning team in the hat for the first round.

Miller feels that he owes a great deal to Boro, as he has so many good memories from his spell at the club, but he will be giving his all to send them packing at the weekend.

"I've never hidden the fact that I really enjoyed my time at Scarborough," said Miller.

"The NCEL Premier title win for Scarborough is the only thing I've won in my career and I made a lot of good friends during my time at the club.

"Brian France gave me my big break in non-league football after he signed me from Yorkshire Amateurs, so I have a lot to thank them for.

"If we don't have a game with Hyde I tend to have a drive over to see a Scarborough game and support them.

"As soon as I saw that we'd drawn Scarborough I text Browny (former Boro players David Brown) because we both knew it was going to happen.

"It will all come down to who is the most up for it and the team that plays the better on the day because we are two very evenly-matched sides."

As well as Miller and Brown, there are a number of other links between the two teams, including Hyde boss Darren Kelly, a former Boro defender, while Leon Osborne and Matthew Dempsey were both with the Tigers last season.

Miller added: "Both clubs have plenty of connections, a lot of the players for both teams are based around the Leeds/Bradford area, so we either know each other well or have played with or against each other.

"Because of that there will be the bragging rights because you always want to get one over your mates.

"There is a lot of quality on both sides and both teams are going well at the moment.

"We are feeling very confident though, as we are going into every game.

"Scarborough have some very good players. They are strong at the back, the midfield has a lot of ability and then you look at their forward line, but our management team has had them watched, no stone has been left unturned."

All the players and fans will clearly have one eye on the draw for the next round of the competition, Miller has underlined that he is no different.

"When people say that they are not thinking about the next round, they are lying," he added.

"All you have to do is think about the clubs that come in at that stage, like Charlton, Portsmouth, Blackburn and Wigan.

"You have to put it to the back of your mind though and do your best to make sure that you are in that hat on Monday lunchtime.

"Look at what happened to Warrington a couple of years ago when they progressed through to the first round and had a match shown live on the BBC.

"Obviously that is what both teams will be looking for."