Saturday 24th March 2012
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin (David Poole), Andrew Pearson, Gianluca Havern, David Birch (Tunji Moses), Chris Worsley, Callum Byrne (Shelton Payne), Reece Gray, Scott Spencer, Ryan Crowther. Subs not used: Godwin Abadaki, Adam Judge.
Guiseley: Drench, Clarke, Merris, Toner, Ellis, Ainge, Senior (Holdsworth 37), Boshell, Ellington (Price 72), Walshaw (Baldry 81), Burns. Unused subs: Lisles, Giles
James Walshaw’s deflected effort grabbed all 3 points in this crucial 6-pointer at Ewen Fields and inflicted a first home league defeat of the season on Hyde, as the Yorkshire side reduced the gap to 5 points at the top of the table.
Played in glorious conditions, Hyde almost got off to the perfect start with Reece Gray being allowed time and space to fire a low shot which hit the post, and both Chris Worsley and Scott Spencer somehow failed to convert the rebound.
In a rare attack the visitors responded with Chris Senior forcing a good save out of David Carnell and Gianluca Havern had to clear a Danny Boshell volley off the line.
Hyde were soon back on the attack however and Ryan Crowther jinked his way past a couple of players before his stinging shot was again very well held by Drench.
Simon Ainge nearly gifted the league leaders the lead when he headed past Drench, but the goalkeeper just about scrambled back to grab the ball on the line.
With Hyde looking dominant it was a shock when they fell behind just before half-time after James Walshaw, whose theatrics at times angered the home fans, burst down the left and his cross took a big deflection off Havern’s knee to loop over Carnell.
After an entertaning first half the second half was a much more cagey affair as Guiseley snuffed out most of the home side’s attacks, and looked dangerous on the break themselves.
Carnell had to be alert to first deny a Lee Ellington header and then another header, this time from former Northern Ireland international Ciaran Toner.
Scott Spencer had a shot which just curled wide but Hyde ran out of ideas, leaving manager Gary Lowe disappointed:
I thought we played ever so well first half – as well as we have played for weeks – but we’re just not having that luck in front of goal and not making the most of the situations we have. If the early goal goes in, it changes the game massively.