Saturday 16th March 2013
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Ben Dennis, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown (Tunji Moses), Liam Tomsett, Jamie Milligan (Shay McCartan), Louis Almond, Matthew Blinkhorn, Scott Hogan (David Poole). Subs not used: Robbie Williams, Chris Sedgwick.
Dartford: Bettinelli, Green, Champion, Bonner, Rogers (Noble), Arber, Bradbrook, Burns, Hayes (Evans), Erskine (Collier), Harris. Unused subs: Rose, Wallis.
Hyde made it 2 wins out of 2 as they comfortably brushed aside the surprise package of the season Dartford. The only surprise here though was that the Tigers didn’t score more than the 3 goals that they did register.
Buoyed by the superb win at Luton last Tuesday, Hyde started off at a good tempo but struggled to make any inroads. The first 25 minutes were quite scrappy with not a lot of action at either end, but that soon changed when recent signing Scott Hogan acrobatically volleyed home the opener after Luke Ashworth had headed a Jamie Milligan free-kick across goal to him.
The only sight of goal the visitors had in the 1st half was when Danny Harris got clear of the home defence and bore down on goal but he was thwarted by a brilliant last ditch tackle by Ben Dennis. Matty Blinkhorn nearly added to Hyde’s lead but his shot was well held by Marcus Bettinelli.
Dartford came out a lot brighter in the 2nd half but never threatened David Carnell in the Tigers goal, Hyde did extend their lead with the move of the match. From a Dartford corner, Hyde swept upfield with Louis Almond bending a lovely ball around Adam Green to find Hogan in space whose first time cross was swept home by Blinkhorn.
Ashworth nearly added a third but his header just went over. The lead was extended 7 minutes from time as Hogan and Almond combined again and the latter calmly swept home. Dartford’s clearest chance of the game came in the last minute when Neil Collier put a free header over the bar.
The win moves Hyde up to 17th in the table and gives their hopes of staying in the Blue Square Bet Premier a massive boost.