Tuesday 12th February 2013
AFC Telford United: Young, Salmon (Hubbins), Valentine, Watson, Rose, Craney, Trainer, Graham, (Leslie), Smith (Peniket), Henry, Reid. Subs not used:- Preston, Jones
Hyde FC: Christopher Dilo, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Luke Ashworth, Kelvin Lomax, Mark Allott (Tunji Moses), Chris Sedgwick, Liam Tomsett, Shay McCartan (David Poole), Phil Jevons, Matthew Blinkhorn (Scott Spencer). Subs not used: Osayamen Osawe, Tom Anderson.
Hyde secured a vital 3 points against Telford on a bitterly cold night in Shropshire. The victory puts the Tigers 7 points clear of the relegation zone with a much better goal difference than the teams around them. It was Telford who started the brighter with the tireless Jake Reid scuffing a shot wide after the ball fell to him in the box. Matty Blinkhorn then fluffed a golden chance when Ryan Young’s poor clearance fell at his feet but after drawing the goalkeeper he could only sidefoot against the post and watch as the ball fell back into the goalkeepers arms, he made no mistake on 35 minutes though when Shay McCartan skinned Will Salmon and his inch perfect cross was headed in by the striker from close range. Josh Brizell nearly extended the lead just before half time when he cut inside and unleashed a powerful left foot shot from 25 yards which was beaten away by Young. Having taken a blow to the head in scoring Blinkhorn was replaced by Scott Spencer at half time and his direct running immediately gave the home defence problems. The Tigers were in control at this point and passing the ball around for fun and got a 2nd goal when a lovely flowing was ended with Phil Jevons laying the ball off to Spencer who thumped it low past Young. The goal seemed to spur Telford on and they had their best spell of the match and pulled a goal back when Richard Peniket headed in at the near post despite the best efforts of Chris Dilo. Hyde were under pressure for the first time in the match and with balls fizzing across the box it was getting frantic in the penalty area, Scott McNiven reacted by replacing Mark Allott with Tunji Moses and the change immediately settled the Tigers down and they started to get a foothold back in the game they got a penalty after a great turn by Spencer left Jordan Rose for dead and he hacked him down in the area to give referee Paul Rees probably his easiest decision of the season. Jevons stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to give Hyde the 2 goal cushion back, a lead they could have further extended but Luke Ashworth’s header was well held by Young. Telford nearly pulled one back in stoppage time when Ian Craney’s shot was somehow blocked on the line by Kelvin Lomax on the line and the ball rebounded off the post into Dilo’s arms. As the final whistle went boo’s rang out from the home fans and cheers from the delighted travelling Hyde faithful as they took another step towards survival.