Saturday 28th November 2009
Droylsden: Phillips, Vaughan, Brownhill, Byron, Halford, Smith, Beck, Brown A. (Field, 90+1’), Gray, Brown P. (Prince, 86’), Whalley (Meechan, 86’)
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Ricky Mercer, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Adam Dugdale, Matty Burke, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship (Nathan D'Laryea), Lee Rick (David McNiven), Kevin Holsgrove, Neil Tolson (Scott Mooney). Subs not used: Ben Rowbotham, Will Burns.
The match only went ahead after two inspections, but although heavy in places, the pitch played well and didn’t affect the result.
Not for the first time this season, the Tigers gave a good account of themselves but paid dearly for one defensive lapse of concentration. Once they had gone behind around the hour mark, Neil Tolson changed the formation and although Paul Phillips had to make a great point blank save, it was too little too late as Hyde succumbed to their sixth successive defeat away from home.
Hyde went into the game with a plan to stop Droylsden delivering balls to the fluid front runners and for the first hour it generally worked/ The Tigers hustled and bustled in midfield, whilst the defenders stood firm when they needed to. Michael Jones was confident behind them and Hyde were holding their own.
The crucial moment came on 59 minutes when Liam Brownhill was allowed to break free on the left and his pinpoint cross was headed home by Tony Gray from six yards. Grant Smith missed a sitter soon after which could have sealed it, but Hyde fought back well but just couldn’t find that killer touch.