Saturday 11th April 2009
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David Morley (Karl Munroe), Neil Fitzhenry, David Thompson, Farrell Kilbane, Aiden Kirkbride (Chris Simm), Chris Lynch, Tom Manship, Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Leon Kelly (Lee Rick), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: David Owens, Elliot Bernstein.
Droylsden: Mawson, Brownhill, Newton, Halford, Ruffer, Sorvel, Beck. McGuire, Gray, Speight, Tipton. Subs: Byrom, Fitzpatrick for Speight, Patterson for Tipton, Brown for McGuire, Lamb.
This was a game Hyde desperately needed to win if they wanted to climb out of the bottom three, whilst Droylsden felt they could still had an outside chance of the play-offs. Hyde started sluggishly and gave themselves an uphill task once man of the match, Tony Gray put the visitors in front on 22 minutes. He reacted the quickest to a loose ball to drill past Craig Dootson as Hyde hesitated.
Daniel Douglas Pringle went close for the Tigers but the visitors were in control for much of the first half as Hyde fought a rearguard action to keep the lively forwards at bay.
The second half became a stroll in the sun for the Bloods once Gray had notched his second on fifty seven minutes after more hesitancy in the home defence. Droylsden continued to force the pace, but Hyde gained a lifeline on 77 minutes when Douglas-Pringle’s shot was diverted into own goal by Sean Newton.
There was a brief spell when Hyde could have forced an unlikely equaliser with substitute Chris Simm twice going close, but normal service was resumed when Rory Patterson notched Droylsden’s third in the closing minutes after two good saves from Dootson had kept Hyde in the game.
On this showing Droylsden were comfortably winners and will be disappointed not to be in the play-off places, whilst Hyde have given themselves a mountain to climb with just four games remaining following Blyth’s narrow victory at Workington.