Saturday 25th February 2012
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Andrew Pearson, Adam Griffin, Danny Hall (Josh Brizell), Gianluca Havern, David Birch, Chris Worsley, Callum Byrne, Reece Gray, Scott Spencer (Godwin Abadaki), Ryan Crowther (David Poole). Subs not used: Tunji Moses, Danny Broadbent.
Droylsden: Phillips, Brown, Holden, Kerr, Langford, Peyton (Killeen), Gardner, Hall (Owens), Kilheeney (Domaine Rouse), Dale Johnson, Carlos Logan.
Report by Luke Edwards
Hyde put in a superb performance as they brushed aside an insipid Droylsden side in this Tameside derby.
The 3-week break seemed to do Hyde the world of good as they looked in imperious form. They flew out of the blocks from the start and Reece Gray had a shot saved by Paul Phillips early on. Gray put leading scorer Scott Spencer through on goal but his dinked ball over Phillips went wide.
Droylsden did reply briefly when Ciaran Kilheeney dispossessed Adam Griffin on the edge of the area, but his stinging shot was saved by David Carnell and ex-Tiger Dale Johnson fizzed the rebound just wide.
A controversial moment came when Ryan Crowther was taken out by Phillips when through on goal but remarkably the goalkeeper was only shown the yellow card.
It was Gray, back for a second spell on loan from Rochdale, who gave the Tigers the lead as he burst through the Bloods’ defence before hitting a shot which bounced down off the bar. Carnage followed in the Droylsden defence as they failed to clear and it ended with Nat Kerr blasting the ball against Gray and into the net.
It was Hyde who continued to dominate after the break and it was only a matter of time before they added another goal. Droylsden were reduced to 10 men just before it when Spencer was brought down by Shaun Holden when through on goal, who was shown a straight red card.
The resulting free-kick saw Hyde double their lead when Phillips spilled Griffin’s free-kick and Andrew Pearson reacted first to score.
The league leaders were flying by now and Ryan Crowther was brought down by Chris Brown for a penalty which Spencer converted.
Substitute David Poole made it 4 after he was put through and he easily beat Phillips.
The other loan signing from Rochdale, 17-year-old Godwin Abudaki, then had a goal ruled out in stoppage time for a marginal offside.
Afterwards, Dave Birch, the Hyde FC captain, told Luke Edwards:
It was a good performance and great result. I felt we were back to our early season form in the way we played. It was always going to be tough, especially with it being a local derby, but I thought we made Droylsden look ordinary.
Fair play to Droylsden – they came with an attacking attitude and came to play rather than sit back, but that played into our hands.
It’s difficult to single anyone out but Reece had a great game – he’s a cracking little player – and Chris Worsley was outstanding as well. I don’t think the Hyde fans have seen the best of Chris yet but he showed what he can do.
I feel we can go on another run now and finish the season off strongly.