Saturday 24th April 2010
Hyde United: Will Burns, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Chris Lynch (Ricky Mercer), Chris Rimmer, Matty Burke, Lee Rick (Neil Tolson), Scott Mooney (David McNiven), Kevin Holsgrove, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Domaine Rouse, Ben Rowbotham.
Solihull Moors: Crane, Miley, Midworth, Streete, Murray, Price, English, Gould, Edwards, Gardner, Beswick. Subs: Downes, Kuela, Dempster for Price, Lee for Gardner, Atkins.
Considering neither team had much to play for,this was an entertaining end of season affair with both sides probably happy to take a point by the finish on a gloriously sunny day at Ewen Fields..
Hyde were managed for the day by Carol Hardy, who had won a Club competition to take her place in the dug-out. Her first job was to name manager Neil Tolson on the subs bench, but although he made a late appearance, he couldn't clinch victory for the home side. After the game, Carol said " I had fully enjoyed the experience but thought we were unlucky not to take all three points at the end"
The match was pretty even throughout with Hyde taking the lead on 39 minutes with a sweet finish from Nathan Arnold. The Tigers had twice gone close with efforts from Scott Mooney, before Arnold took advantage of hesitancy in the visitor's defence. Solihull's equaliser came on 67 minutes through Dean Lee. He had only been on the field for three minutes when he found himself with a clear run on goal and made no mistake from the edge of the area.
Both goalkeepers then produced a series of good saves to keep their teams in the game, but the most excitement came in the last five minutes. David McNiven went close for Hyde, before his brother Scott had a superb shot come back off a post. It would have been a fitting finale for Scott who controlled the midfield and rightly claimed the man of the match award. At the other end Ross Dempster thought he had won it for Solihull, but Dean Stott produced a stunning goal-line clearance to thwart him.
Overall a pleasant afternoon in the sun with plenty for the fans to think about after an eventful season.