Monday 7th November 2011
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Andrew Pearson, Adam Griffin, Danny Hall, Gianluca Havern, Tunji Moses (Sean Williams), David Birch, Callum Byrne, Tom Fisher (Chris Worsley), Danny Broadbent, Shelton Payne (David Poole). Subs not used: Nathan Martin, Joel Richardson.
Blyth Spartans: Not available
Hyde went back to the top of the league with 3 points on Monday night in a game which the Tigers should have won easily but ended up clinging onto victory.
There was a dramatic start to proceedings before kick off as the referee arrived late and the match was put back 45 minutes to 8.30pm.
This didn’t effect the home side however as they went at their visitors from the north-east straight from the kick off. Shelton Payne went close early on when his shot just curled past the post.
They did nearly open the scoring thanks to a mix up in the Blyth defence between goalkeeper David Knight and Darren Timmons, but Wayne Phillips got back to clear the ball off the line before Danny Broadbent could pounce.
Callum Byrne then had a shot which just fizzed over after Payne had done well to close down the ball.
Hyde eventually made their dominance pay when a great passing move ended with a one-two between Adam Griffin and Tom Fisher as the former Stockport left-back showed great composure to tuck the ball past Knight. Fisher then had a shot turned round the post from Knight.
It was still one way traffic in the second half as Broadbent’s shot was parried by Knight and Fisher’s follow up was blocked.
Subsitute Chris Worsley then had a header blocked on the line thanks to a combination of goalkeeper and defender.
The longer Hyde went without getting that killer second, the more Blyth beleived they could get something as substitute Jamie Mole’s shot was deflected onto a post. Neil Hooks then let fly and David Carnell had to make a flying save.
Dan Groves nearly grabbed a point for Blyth but he shot wide in injury time and the home fans were relieved to hear the final whistle.