Saturday 29th August 2009
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Robbie Smith, Tom Manship (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), David McNiven (Lincoln Adams), Scott Mooney (Paul Gedman), Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Mark Lees, Aiden Kirkbride.
Blyth Spartans: Bell, Harrison, Brackstone, Tait, Williams, Craddock, Webster, Turnbull, Brayson, Doninger, Gilles. Subs: Dale for Webster, Graham for Donninger, Boyle for Brackstone, Reay, Alexander.
Blyth inflicted the first defeat on Hyde this season with an emphatic second half performance after they had been under cosh for parts of the first half, writes Tony Beard.
Scott Mooney and Nathan Arnold had both twice gone close for the home side early on, but Hyde didn’t have the composure in front of goal when they needed it.
So after missing, a succession of chances in the first period Hyde and were made to pay dearly as debutant Paul Brayson grabbed a goal for Blyth seven minutes after the break. He was set up by Robert Dale, who had replaced Adrian Webster only a minute before.
Blyth had already given Hyde a warning shot and been unlucky immediately after the break when the ball hit Hyde’s Robbie Smith on the line and rebounded to safety.
The goal gave Blyth new impetus and Josh Gilles forced a fine save from the Hyde ‘keeper, Michael Jones. The Tigers introduced Paul Gedman and Daniel Douglas-Pringle in search of an equaliser, but it was Blyth’s Mark Donniger who increased the visitor’s lead on 78 minutes when he scored from close range after Hyde had failed to clear a corner. There was worse news for Hyde as Jones suffered a hand injury in attempting to save and letter went to hospital for a precautionary x-ray.
Gedman immediately went close for Hyde with a header, but substitute Ian Graham rubbed salt into Hyde’s wounds by adding a third for the visitors in injury time to give a scoreline that flattered the visitors.
After the game, Hyde manager Neil Tolson said: “We were made to pay dearly for the chances we missed in the first half and once Blyth had gone in front, we did not look like pulling it back.”