Saturday 25th April 2009
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Karl Munroe, Lee Rick (Harry Bockerie), David Thompson, Farrell Kilbane, Aiden Kirkbride, Chris Lynch, David Morley (Adam Oakes), Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Chris Cooke), Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Neil Tolson, David Owens.
Solihull Moors: Crane, Recci, Travis, Downes, Streete, Bonner, Faulds, Sedgemore, Edwards, Gardner, Rickard. Subs: Middleton, Motteram, Dempster, Johnson, Rachel.
Goals from Chris Simm either side of half-time settled this end of season encounter at sunny Ewen Fields even though the Tigers were never at their best. It was very much end of season fayre, but Hyde finished on a high to bring a difficult season to an end. It is now down to the Conference management to decide their fate.
Over recent games Hyde have played well but they never really hit the high spots in this one, but took their chances and collected the points. They finished five points adrift despite amassing 42 points, which says something about the strength of the League.
Solihull had much of the early play and could have took the lead on 24 minutes when David Thompson attempted to head back to Craig Dootson. Mark Gardner intercepted as Dootson game out and the ball went out of play. On another day it could have been a penalty, but both referee and his assistant agreed on just a goal kick. There was not much reaction from the players, but the decision incensed the Solihull coach driver so much that he ran half the length of the pitch to remonstrate with the Assistant. He was dressed as Batman which probably said it all.
After a couple of near misses, Hyde took the lead on 43 minutes when Nicky Clee crossed from the left and Simm was on hand to hammer the ball home to give the Tigers a rather fortuitous half time lead. But two minutes after the break, Dootson launched the ball downfield and Simm reacted the sharpest to head the ball over the advancing Daniel Crane to give Hyde some breathing space.
However Jake Edwards pulled a goal back for the visitors on 55 minutes when Karl Munroe’s attempted clearance struck him and lobbed into the net, but Hyde were back in front three minutes later when Chris Lynch coolly finished from inside the box.
Lee Rick almost grabbed another in the closing stages as Hyde ultimately cruised to victory in an instantly forgettable game.