Saturday 9th October 2010
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Scott McNiven, Steve Halford, Michael Taylor, Mark Lees, Lee Rick (Neil Tolson), Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Scott Mooney, Shaun Whalley (Ben Morris). Subs not used: Marcus Calvert, Greg Traynor, Chris Rimmer.
Boston United: McKeown, Canoville, Jelleyman, Church, Pearson, Murphy, Newsham, Sleath, Lee, Weir Daley, Semple. Subs: Yates for Semple, Hunter for Weir Taylor, Cullingworth, Davies, Dean for Newsham.
Boston United were full value for their victory with an excellent all round performance. They arrived at Ewen Fields with an impressive away record and soon had the Tigers on the back foot with their fluid approach play.
Once Marc Newsham had put them in front on 36 minutes they were always on top and never looked like losing their lead. Further goals from the impressive Spencer Weir Daley on 71 minutes and equally impressive Danny Sleath in injury time completed the scoring as the visitors cruised to victory. Jason Lee proved to be a thorn in the side for Hyde keeping the Hyde defence occupied all afternoon and was unlucky to have a goal ruled out for offside on 32 minutes.
Hyde didnít play badly but they were up against a team on top of their game and serious title contenders. The defence coped well with waves of attacks but the pressure was relentless apart from a spell just after the break when Hyde had more of the possession. The Tigers had a chance just before the break when the Boston defence failed to deal with a Steve Halford header and James McKeown was forced into a great save to thwart Dale Johnson. McKeown was again in action on 60 minutes to make a superb save from Scott Mooney. Those two chances apart, Hyde never really threatened as Boston proved to be superior in all departments but the Tigers were far from disgraced and on this showing the visitors will be close to the business end of the league come the end of the season