Saturday 10th April 2010
Hyde United: Will Burns, Dean Stott (Nathan Arnold), Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Chris Lynch, Nathan D'Laryea, Matty Burke, Ricky Mercer (Lee Rick), David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Domaine Rouse (Daniel Douglas-Pringle). Subs not used: Scott Mooney, Ben Rowbotham.
Redditch United: Lewis, Moran, Charlton, Clarke, Gardiner, Hadley, Scheppel, Bridgewater, Benjamin, Ravenhill, Hayward. Subs: Carter for Moran, Jackson, Moraka for Ravenhill, Watson, Turner.
Although the game had an end of season feel throughout, there was a dramatic ending as Nathan Arnold came off the bench for Hyde to grab two goals in the last ten minutes to secure a 3-2 victory and move the Tigers up the League.
Hyde gave a debut to Will Burns in goal after on loan Mark Halstead had been recalled by Blackpool.
There was no sign of the late excitement as early in the game, there was little meaningful action apart from Domaine Rouse striking the bar for Hyde with a good header. However the game suddenly burst into life on 34 minutes when Kevin Holsgrove was pulled back in the area by Gary Moran and David McNiven made no mistake from the spot to put the Tigers ahead. Just a yellow for Moran but it was hard to say it wasn’t a goal-scoring opportunity as it was centre of the goal just eight yards out.
Redditch were level four minutes later when Shane Benjamin, looking offside, coolly lobbed Burns. There was a further shock for Hyde as Kyle Hadley fired the visitors ahead from twenty five yards just before the break in their next attack.
Although Rouse again struck the woodwork a minute after half-time after some great skill, Hyde struggled to get back into the game although Mc Niven went close on 60 minutes. It was not until Hyde boss, Neil Tolson, introduced all three substitutes and went to three at the back that Hyde started to create problems for the Redditch back line.
The visitors had a chance to increase their lead on 65 minutes when Daniel Carter capitalised on an error by Burns, but failed to find the target with the goal at his mercy. This was to prove costly as Arnold threaded his way through to equalise for Hyde with ten minutes to go.
In an exciting finale in added time, Burns made a stunning save to thwart Daniel Scheppel and as Hyde swiftly moved the ball downfield to Lee Rick, his pinpoint cross was brilliantly headed home by Arnold to give the Tigers a dramatic victory and ensure any thoughts of relegation were finally laid to rest.