Saturday 2nd March 2013
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin (Danny Broadbent), Kelvin Lomax, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown, Chris Sedgwick (Shay McCartan), Liam Tomsett, Matthew Blinkhorn, Phil Jevons (Grant Spencer), Jamie Milligan. Subs not used: David Poole, Matthew Cassidy.
Newport County: Pidgeley, Pipe, James, Yakubu, Mishull, Crow (Griffiths), Sandell, Flynn, Anthony, Jolley, Donnelly (Thomson). Unused subs: Julian, Hughes, Willmott
A tactically astute performance from Newport County saw the title challengers secure all three points against Hyde.
Christian Jolley’s first half goal was enough to secure the victory, as the hosts try as they might just couldn’t muster enough chances to trouble Lenny Pidgeley in the opposition goal.
After two early chances for the visitors, via a blocked header and a Danny Crow shot that sailed over, Hyde’s new loan signing Jamie Milligan stung the palms of Pidgeley with a long range effort.
In a break directly following this though the games only goal was struck.
In a repeat of the mid-week tie at Alfreton, it was Jolley this time who floated the ball over man of the match Dave Carnell and into the back of the net.
The home side almost found an equaliser on 23 minutes, Milligan’s corner found it’s way to the returning Phil Jevons but he couldn’t sort his feet out and it sailed harmlessly over.
Just before the half hour Carnell did brilliantly to turn over a curling and dipping effort from Jolley, and the half was played out in fairly unspectacular style.
The second 45 continued where the first left off.
Matthew Blinkhorn saw a header cleared off the line from a Milligan corner not long after the restart, before Carnell again saved well.
Ismael Yakubu rose from a corner to nod an unchallenged header goalwards, but the Hyde keeper reacted quickly to keep the score at 1-0.
Except for a Jevons snap shot that fired just wide from a Milligan corner that was it for goalmouth action.
The home side struggled to create any real opening during the encounter, while the visitors carried out their game plan excellently.