Tuesday 9th September 2014
Hyde FC: Christian Thewlis, Connor Hughes, Kyle Brownhill, Josh Brizell, James Ball, Luke Giverin (Regan Walker), Adam Blakeman (Reece Gray), Adam Thurston, D'Arcy O'Connor, Tom Bentham, Steve Tames. Subs not used: Daniel Mukuna, Joe Conchie, Rhys Day.
Hednesford Town: Crane, Hurst, Campion, McCone, Westwood, Taylor (Ashmore), Osborne, Melbourne (McQuilkin), Glover, Peers (Sullivan), Thorley. Subs Not Used: Melvin, Price
Report by Liam Kelly
Hyde’s two game unbeaten run ended tonight, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Hednesford Town thanks to a freak goal by Jamey Osbourne.
There wasn’t too many chances in the opening ten minutes, the first real chance coming from a free kick when Luke Giverin who was making his debut nearly caught out Dan Crane when he whipped in a dangerous free kick, Crane had to be alert as he tipped over Giverin’s cross.
Giverin nearly had another chance five minutes later, after some great play down the right hand side by Hughes, he got to the by-line but unfortunately his cross went just behind the on running Giverin.
At the other end of the pitch a sliced clearance by O’Connor and poor header back by Ball nearly allowed Tom Peers a one on one opportunity, but luckily for the Hyde defence he wasn’t on his toes to punish the mistake.
With five minutes until half time, Tames had the chance to give the Tigers the lead with a free header at the dad post, but he nodded into the side netting. That miss then came back to haunt the Tigers on the stroke of half time when The Pitmen took the lead after a bizarre goal by Osbourne.
Osbourne picked up the ball just outside the area and hit a speculative effort that looked like it was going straight into the arms of keeper Thewlis, but it somehow ricocheted off the keepers arm and rolled over the line, to give the visitors the lead.
The Hyde players came out early for the second half, eager to get back on level terms and nearly did that seven minutes after the restart. Kyle Brownhill who easy very impressive down the left side linked up with Giverin who them played in the left back, he then looked to pick out Bentham in the box, but the big striker could only put his effort wide.
Five minutes later and Giverin whipped in a corner kick, which cleared everyone and fell to Hughes at the back post, he prodded it towards the goal and it was cleared off the line by the Hednesford defence.
As the game entered the final thirty minutes, Hednesford nearly doubled their lead when Thewlis tipped Captain Campion’s left foot effort over the bar. Hyde continued to put the visitors on the back foot and nearly levelled.
Right back Thurston played a nice one two on the edge of the box and then unleashed a left foot effort towards the far top corner, but it rattled off the top of the bar and went behind for a goal kick.
With twenty minutes of time to play Reece Gray was introduced and not long after his arrival he nearly found the equaliser, turning his man on the edge of the box he then sent a curling effort towards the far post, but it just went wide.
Not long after that and Brownhill once again down the left side whipped in a dangerous looking ball towards Tames, but unfortunately, his first touch let him down and the ball was cleared for a corner kick.
Hyde tried everything possible to find the equaliser, eventually having four strikers on the pitch but in the last minute of added time, it was Captain Brizell who tried to level the score. Josh played a nice one two on the edge of the box, the return pass falling to his feet wide in the area and he tried his luck on his weaker foot, but it went wide of the far post and Hednesford held onto the win, gaining all three points.