Monday 25th April 2011
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott (Jake Simpson), Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Steve Halford, Callum Byrne, Matty Burke, Chris Lynch, David McNiven, Matty Barlow, Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Matt Doughty, Chris Rimmer, Chris Brown, Ben Morris.
Droylsden: Paul Phillips, James Vaughan, Liam Brownhill (Carlos Logan), Lee McEvilly (Paul Jones), Michael Connor, Alex Brown, Luke Holden, Aaron Chalmers (Dan Gardner), Ciaran Kilheeney, John Miles, Domaine Rouse. Subs not used:- Lewis Kileen, Sean Lake
Report by Luke Edwards
This hard fought Tameside derby finished all square and it means that Hyde have to go to Corby and get a result and hope that Stalybridge Celtic do them a favour against Stafford Rangers.
The Bloods came into this game with a makeshift back four with Striker Lee McEvilly and Midfielder Michael Connor forming the central defensive partnership and their injury woes were to continue when both McEvilly and Liam Brownhill went off injured.
On a difficult pitch it was Droylsden who had the better of the opening exchanges and former tiger Domaine Rouse created a couple of half chances which Russell Saunders dealt with comfortably. However they did take the lead on 16 minutes when Luke Holden beat the offside trap to lob over Saunders.
After this Droylsden were comfortable and Hyde struggled to get going until 2 minutes before half time when a Matty Burke cross from the right was met by a free header from Matty Barlow and left Paul Phillips rooted to the spot.
The 2nd half continued in the same scrappy vain with challenges flying in from both sides and not much football being played. It was the home side who started to press more but the quality of the final ball was lacking and the best chance fell to Barlow 2 minutes from the end as he got clear but Phillips produced a great save to tip his shot onto the post and then agonizingly for the Tigers fans it rolled across the line and Barlow couldn’t force the rebound home from a tight angle to leave both sides happy to share the spoils and also set up a tense finale next weekend.