Saturday 6th March 2010
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Chris Lynch, Nathan D'Laryea, Matty Burke, Tom Manship (Lee Rick), Scott Mooney (David McNiven), Kevin Holsgrove (Nathan Arnold), Daniel Douglas-Pringle. Subs not used: Ricky Mercer, Ben Rowbotham.
Droylsden: Phillips, Vaughan, Butler, Byrom, Halford, Sorvel, Prince, Brown, Gray, Leadbetter, Whalley. Subs: Roche, Brownhill (for Butler), Cryam, Mansaram (for Leadbetter), Smith (for Brown)
Hyde secured the points in the Tameside derby against high-flying Droylsden thanks to a late goal from Chris Lynch. In a close game dominated by the goalkeepers, Hyde deserved the points, although the visitors could have grabbed a point in the closing stages.
The first half was a close run affair with Michael Jones in the Hyde goal thwarting Droylsden on three occasions whilst at the other end Paul Phillips had to be at this best to keep the lively Hyde forwards forwards at bay.
Scott Mooney put Hyde in front on 32 minutes when he pounced on hesitancy in the Droylsden defence and just squeezed his shot in off a post. The visitors came back strongly and Jones saved well from Kevin Leadbetter.
Phillips twice produced excellent saves to stop Hyde increasing their lead at the start of the second half before Droylsden equalised on 59 minutes when substitute Darren Mansaram knocked the ball down for Tony Gray to score from the edge of the area.
Hyde had to withstand some concerted pressure before they regained their composure. Scott McNiven, in his first game back from injury,controlled everything Hyde did in midfield and he slowly brought Hyde back into the game.
Lynch was unlucky with a bullet header which struck Mooney en-route to goal but he made no mistake on 83 minutes when he headed Matty Burke's cross into the roof of the net over the dispairing Phillips.
Hyde had to sustain some late pressure but hung on for the points as they continue to climb away from the danger zone.