Monday 30th November 2009
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Ricky Mercer, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Adam Dugdale, Matty Burke, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship (Scott Mooney), David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Lee Rick. Subs not used: Nathan D'Laryea, Ben Rowbotham, Neil Tolson, Will Burns.
Southport: McMillan, Lee, Gray, Flynn, Davis, Moogan, Winn, Powell, Daly, Kilheeney, McGinn. Subs: Lever, Barnes, Barratt, Simm, Aley.
Southport arrived at Ewen Fields on the crest of a wave after recent impressive performances had taken them to the top of the League. Hyde, on the other hand, were in a desperate run of form, so the result was a foregone conclusion, or so everybody thought.
However Neil Tolsonís troops pushed the leaders all the way in a thrilling game and for once had a bit of luck when the needed it. Tolson made just one change from Saturday recalling David McNiven in attack and relegating himself to the bench. McNiven had his best game for sometime, whilst Lee Rick on the right pushed Southport all the way with his tremendous workrate. The defence stood firm when it needed to and the Tigerís midfield matched their more illustrious counterparts.
The match started at a terrific pace and the leaders soon made their intentions clear with a series of swift attacks, but Hyde gave as much as they got and even found time to break a couple of Tony McMillanís fingers in the process. He resumed after lengthy treatment but could do nothing on thirty two minutes when Tom Manshipís shot from 25 yards took a slight deflection and found the back of the net. It was the impetus Hyde needed and all of a sudden the game took on a different complexion.
Southport came out after the break with all guns blazing and Steve Daly soon hit a post from close range, when he possibly should have scored, but he made amends within five minutes with a sweet finish, which gave Michael Jones no chance.
Hyde now found themselves under severe pressure with Jones a rock in goal, but still found time to cause the Southport defence continual problems on both flanks. Former Tiger, Chris Simm, was introduced as the visitors went all out for victory and the only time he wasnít offside, he went mighty close as his toe poke came back off a post. It was a piece of luck Hyde deserved and on this performance they were good value for their hard-earned point to stun the Seasiders.