Saturday 23rd March 2013
Hereford United: Bittner, Graham, Carruthers, Stam, Connor (Smikle), Watkins, James, Clucas, OíKeefe (Jones), Jackson (Bowman), Sharp. Unused subs: Heath, McDonald.
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Ben Dennis, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, Jamie Milligan, Louis Almond (David Poole), Matthew Blinkhorn (Phil Jevons), Scott Hogan (Tunji Moses). Subs not used: Sean Williams, David McNiven.
Hyde made it 3 wins out of 3 with this deserved victory over Hereford and in the process did the double over a side that was in League 2 last season.
Volunteers at Edgar Street had helped clear the pitch of snow and referee Dean Treleaven gave the green light for the match to be played.
It was a scrappy opening exchange but it was Hyde who were playing the better football on a tricky surface but it was the home side who nearly took the lead when Stefan Stamís header was cleared off the line by Jamie Milligan.
At the other end Scott Hogan was once again causing problems for the homes ide and he nearly opened the scoring when he rounded James Bittner but the keeper somehow managed the tip the ball away.
Hyde fell to a sucker punch though on 25 minutes, David Carnell had just received treatment after a reckless tackle on him by Marlon Jackson, which wasnít penalised, and from the resulting throw-in it was Jackson who laid the ball off for Josh OíKeefeís shot to take a wicked deflection and leave Carnell wrong-footed.
This didnít faze the Tigers who continued to be the better side and nearly equalised when Jamie Milliganís right footed fizzed inches past the post.
Hyde came roaring out of the blocks in the 2nd half and had Hereford pinned back in their own half and Hoganís shot was well saved by Bittner, Liam Tomsett was another player whoís shot went inches wide, but the Tigers did get the equaliser their dominance deserved when Louis Almond, who had given Stockport loanee Joe Conner a torrid time throughout the game, crossed Bittner could only push up into the air and Alex Brown headed into an unguarded net.
It was all Hyde now andt hey took the lead on 73 minutes with a candidate for Goal of the Season and with a goal worthy of winning any game, it came when Matty Blinkhorn chested down into the path of Almond he flicked the ball over Stam and then scored with a superbly controlled volley.
Despite Hereford having possession towards the end of the match Hyde were comfortable and the only real chance they had was Ryan Bowmanís shot which was well saved by the legs of Carnell with the last action of the game. The win gives the Tigers 46 points and 2 more wins should see them safe from relegation.