Saturday 17th November 2012
Newport County: Julian, Hughes, James, Pipe, Porter, Minshull (Flynn), Sandell, Evans (Washington), Jolley, O’Connor, Smith (Swallow). Unused subs: Pidgeley, Thomson.
Hyde FC: Christopher Dilo, Adam Griffin, Kelvin Lomax, Luke Ashworth, Ben Dennis, David Poole (Tunji Moses), Liam Tomsett, Ryan Crowther, Scott Spencer, Phil Jevons (Matthew Blinkhorn), Chris Sedgwick. Subs not used: Callum Byrne, Josh Brizell, Stefan Cox.
Hyde pulled off a superb win in South Wales to knock their opponents off top spot and to make it 4 league wins out of their last 5 games.
At times it was backs to the wall stuff but the defence, led by the outstanding Luke Ashworth, kept them out.
It was the home side who started the brighter with new on-loan signing Christian Jolley causing problems on the left and drawing a couple of fouls out of Kelvin Lomax, the second of which saw Lomax booked.
Scott Spencer had the Tigers’ first chance from a quick Ryan Crowther free-kick but he blazed wildly over after going through on goal.
The striker redeemed himself when he chased a lost cause, kept the ball and found David Poole whose first time pass found Phil Jevons. He rounded goalkeeper Alan Julian who brought him down and dusted himself down to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.
This awoke the home side who upped a gear and looked to have equalised when great work by Aaron O’Connor on the left found Lee Evans in acres of space on the edge of the box but his first time shot was brilliantly kept out by Christopher Dilo.
In stoppage time at the end of the first half the excellent Max Porter crashed a 25-yarder off a post to frustrate the home side.
It was more of the same at the start of the second half as Newport pressed and the Hyde players put their bodies on the line to keep them out.
It wasn’t so unexpected then when they finally did equalise. It was the on-loan AFC Wimbledon man Jolley who got it after he picked up the ball about 25 yards out, twisted and turned Ben Dennis before firing in confidently past Dilo.
Hyde fans could be forgiven for fearing the worst and they did have an escape when Andy Sandell’s swerving shot was parried by Dilo and Michael Smith put the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and the introduction of Matty Blinkhorn and Tunji Moses settled the game down and the game swung back in Hyde’s favour when Luke Ashworth beat Julian to the punch to head in an Adam Griffin corner to stun the 2000 plus crowd into silence.
Newport had run out of ideas and with Hyde starting to expertly run the clock down and they finished the job in stoppage time when the tireless Spencer picked up a loose header from Andy Hughes, sped away from the defender and blasted the ball past Julian before running over to the touchline to celebrate with Scott McNiven.