Saturday 12th March 2011
Solihull Moors: Singh, Midworth, Adkins (Ayres), Green, Langdon, O’Laughlin, Clarke (West), English, Smith, Johnson, Beswick. Subs not used: Rachel, Omwubiko, Grandison.
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Ashley Young (Scott McNiven), Steve Halford, Mark Lees, Kevin Holsgrove (Jack Mackreth), Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Matty Barlow (Danny Hudson), Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Ben Morris.
Match Report by Luke Edwards
An injury time winner from Matt Smith broke Hyde hearts and denied Hyde a draw, which on their 2nd half performance they fully deserved.
It was back to on field matters for Hyde after a turbulent week off the pitch and they went into this game unchanged, they were the brighter team in the early exchanges as Dale Johnson wriggled free from his defender and hit the post from a tight angle and then had a penalty claim turned down as he went for the rebound.
In a pretty poor 1st half it was a bit of quality that broke the deadlock, Matty Burke gave away a needless free-kick about 25 yards out and Ryan Beswick curled an unstoppable free kick past a stranded Russell Saunders. The home side doubled their advantage 5 minutes before half-time when Matt Smith rose highest to head home a corner.
The Tigers came out much brighter in the 2nd half and took the game to their hosts but it was Smith who could have added a 3rd putting a free header wide of the target. A minute later and Hyde were back in it when half-time substitute Jack Mackreth sped down the right wing and his low cross was converted by Matty Barlow to score his first goal for the tigers.
Both sides then had chances, first Smith scuffed a cross wide and then Johnson’s cross-cum –shot was just missed at the far post by a sliding Mackreth. The Lively winger was causing all sorts of problems for Moors left back Adkins and his cross was headed against the bar by Andy Smart, but in the 72nd minute Hyde were back on level terms when a pinpoint Dean Stott cross was met with a superb diving header at the back post by Chris Lynch.
Hyde were now pressing and had a glorious chance to go ahead but after good link up play by Mackreth and Johnson, Smart blasted over from 6 yards with the goal at his mercy. This miss was to prove costly when in the 2nd minute of injury time Smart lost possession on the halfway line the ball found Ryan Beswick on the right and his superb cross was met by a great header form Smith to keep Solihull in the play-off places and leave Hyde in a perilous position near the foot of the table.