Tuesday 26th March 2013
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Ben Dennis (Robbie Williams), Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, Jamie Milligan, Louis Almond, Matthew Blinkhorn (Phil Jevons), Scott Hogan (David Poole). Subs not used: Tunji Moses, Shay McCartan.
Cambridge United: Pope, Roberts, McAuley, Wassmer, Haynes-Brown, Shaw, Dunk, Jarvis, Berry, Elliot, Hughes. Unused subs: Ross, Coulson, Gorman, Pugh, Smith.
Josh Brizellís first goal for the club 10 minutes from the end saw off Cambridge made it 4 wins in a row for the Tigers, a feat which they hadnít achieved so far this season.
On a bitterly cold evening in front of their lowest crowd it was Hyde who started the brighter and took the lead in just the 3rd minute when a great bit of skill from Louis Almond saw him get away from 2 defenders before he found Matty Blinkhorn who turned inside Charlie Wassmer and, despite Nick Pope getting a hand on it, the ball nestled into the corner of the net.
This stunned Cambridge into life and they came more into the game and equalised on 11 minutes when the dangerous Harrison Dunk got down the right channel and his cross was nodded back across goal by Luke Berry for Liam Hughes to smartly head home.
Tom Elliott should have given the visitors the lead but the ex-Stockport man panicked and thumped his shot wide from 6 yards. Cambridge were having a lot of possession but not really hurting the Tigers and it was Louis Almond at the other end who saw a powerful shot go just over the crossbar.
The 2nd half was a much more even affair with Hydeís pace going forward causing real problems for the visitors backline although it was Berry who had the first chance of the half, but his volley was well held by Dave Carnell.
The Tigers were on the front foot after this and Liam Tomsettís shot was deflected by Rory McCauley and then Alex Brown on the stretch couldnít get enough power behind the ball.
However it was Josh Brizell who decided the issue as he seized on a loose clearance from Curtis Haynes-Brown, cut inside onto his left foot and from 25 yards hit a fizzing shot past Pope to move Hyde up to 14th place in the table and a step closer to survival.