Saturday 30th March 2013
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Ben Dennis, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown (Tunji Moses), Liam Tomsett, Jamie Milligan, Louis Almond, Matthew Blinkhorn (Phil Jevons), Scott Hogan (Shay McCartan). Subs not used: Robbie Williams, David Poole.
Wrexham: Maxwell, Wright, Riley, Westwood, Harris, Keates (Little), Hunt, Thornton (Clarke), Cieslewicz (Ogleby), Ormerod, Adebola. Unused subs: Walker, Morrell.
Hyde pulled off a superb victory against Wrexham, who only a week earlier had lifted the FA Trophy at Wembley, a result which has ramifications at both ends of the table. Hyde defended superbly throughout but were indebted to a superb penalty save from Man of the Match David Carnell to help secure the 3 points.
Scott McNiven named an unchanged side for the 5th game in a row but it was the side lying 3rd in the league, and backed by over 1000 travelling fans who started the brighter pressing Hyde back but without creating any real opportunities, The only real chance was Brett Ormerod’s header cannoned of Luke Ashworth and into the hands of Carnell. Adrian Cieslewicz and Ormerod both had goals correctly ruled out for offside as it looked only a matter of time before they opened the scoring, however against the run of the play it was the Tigers who took the lead. Louis Almond robbed ex-Liverpool full back Stephen Wright and his pass was well laid off by Matty Blinkhorn into the path of Scott Hogan who’s curling first time shot nestled in the top corner giving Chris Maxwell no chance.
It was Blinkhorn who had the first chance of the 2nd half after just 20 seconds when his half volley was spilled by Maxwell but no-one was on hand to follow-up, Wrexham started to take a foothold in the game but Hyde were defending brilliantly and restricting Wrexham to half chances but Jay Harris did nearly equalise when his 25 yarder drive was well held by Carnell and then Johnny Hunt’s mis-hit cross nearly dropped but again Carnell clawed it out. Josh Brizell nearly got his 2 nd goal in 2 games when he was sent clear by Hogan but after keeping his composure his shot came back off the post and was grabbed by Maxwell.
This miss looked to have proved costly when the visitors were given a controversial penalty when a ball looked to have struck a Wrexham hand rather than a Hyde one but the referee Seb Stocksbridge pointed to the spot. It was Hunt, who had scored the winning penalty at Wembley last week, who stepped but his penalty produced a fantastic save from Carnell and from then on the momentum swung back in Hyde’s favour and they were looking comfortable and hitting Wrexham on the break, they scored the vital second goal after keeping the ball well deep in the visitors half the ball found Shay McCarten who took the ball forward and calmly finished from 20 yards, to give the on-loan Burnley man his 1st goal for the club, as Ewen Fields exploded with joy and took Hyde to the brink of safety.