Saturday 9th April 2011
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Steve Halford, Callum Byrne (Andrew Smart), Matty Burke (Craig Roberts), Chris Lynch, Matty Barlow (David McNiven), Kevin Holsgrove, Matt Doughty. Subs not used: Chris Brown, Jake Simpson. Sent off: Kevin Holsgrove.
Hinckley United: Denham Hinds, James Mace, Connor Gudger, Andy Gooding, Rikki Baines, Arthur Lee, Lloyd Kerry (Jacob Blackwell), Sam Belcher, Gary Ricketts, Andre Gray (Chima Dozie), James Reid. Subs not used:- Danny Newton, Jake Holt.
Report by Luke Edwards
This was a vital 3 points for Hyde under the new caretaker management of Scott McNiven and Steve Halford who, despite losing Kevin Holsgrove to a red card, ran out comfortable winners.
Hinckley arrived late due to problems on the M6 and this may have contributed to their sluggish start as Hyde started off at a great tempo and pressed their opponents high up the pitch. They got the breakthrough on 13 Minutes when Kevin Holsgrove ran through, rounded the keeper and slotted into the bottom left corner. He could have had another shortly after but goalkeeper Denham Hinds denied him at the near post.
Hyde only had real scare when right on half time Gary Ricketts flicked a header onto the post. Early in the 2nd half the Tigers were reduced to ten men when Holsgrove was needlessly sent off for kicking out and many people though this would make the job harder.
If anything it looked like Hyde had the extra man as they surged forward and added a 2nd when Matty Barlow collected, Man of the Match, Matty Burke’s pass and rounded Hinds to put Hyde two goals ahead and the ground erupted into a roar of relief.
Chris Lynch rounded off the scoring after dubiously being brought down in the area and he easily tucked away the penalty. Hyde held on comfortably and coupled with Stafford losing they moved out of the relegation zone and Hyde can now look to move forward.