Wednesday 25th August 2010
Droylsden: Phillips, Vaughan, Brownhill, Kerr, Halford, Beck, Kileen, Brown, McNiven, Kilheeney, Holden. Subs: Hardiker, Roche, Gardner for Beck, Booth for McNiven, Rouse for Holden.
Hyde FC: Craig Mawson, Dean Stott (Lee Pugh), Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Michael Taylor, Carlos Logan, Lee Rick (Neil Tolson), Matty Burke, Scott Mooney (Ashley Stott), Mark Lees, Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Greg Traynor, Ben Morris.
This was a much improved performance from the Tigers and for large parts of the game they were on top, but they failed to take their chances when they came, which ultimately cost them dear. It was a very entertaining game nevertheless and plenty of positive signs despite the result for the Tigers..
Hyde welcomed back Scott McNiven to midfield after suspension and he brought much needed stability as the Tigers took control from the start. Scott Mooney had a chance on 10 minutes, but Paul Phillips saved well. Droylsden had just one chance in the first period but they took advantage as David McNiven scored an opportunist goal to give them an undeserved half time lead.
Lee Rick struck the bar for Hyde on 54 minutes, but Droylsden broke quickly and a superb cross from Luke Holden was headed home by Ciaran Kilheeney. Hyde continued to attack and were rewarded four minutes later when Carlos Logan was upended in the box. Andy Smart scored with another emphatic penalty, but Smartís joy was short-lived as a minute later he unfortunately sliced the ball into his own net following a corner.
The game continued to ebb and flow but Hyde couldnít capitalise on the chances they created whilst the home side had been ruthless with the few chances they had, to secure the points. Neil Tolson brought himself on late in the game and showed that Hyde do need a target man to help take the burden up front.