Saturday 19th October 2013
Dartford: Julian; Burns, Mitchel-King, Collier, Fry; Hayes (Monger), Cornhill, Woodyard, Noble (Ibemere); Harris, Godden. Subs not used: Hill, Porter, Eisa.
Hyde FC: David Carnell (Ashley Frith), Josh Brizell, Will Haining, Glenn Belezika, Adam Blakeman, Alex Brown (Tom Collins), Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Martin Devaney), Scott Spencer, Reece Gray, Louis Almond. Subs not used: Connor Hughes, Matt Mainwaring.
by Luke Edwards
Hyde slipped to an agonising defeat 2 minutes from time having hauled themselves back from 2 goals behind.
It was looking like it could be a long day for the Tigers when they fell behind after 11 minutes when Matty Godden latched onto a through ball to slip the ball past David Carnell, a minute later the Hyde stopper, who had been a doubt before the game with a hamstring injury, had a re-accurance of his injury when he ran out of his area to clear and slumped to the floor in agony and had to be replaced by Ashley Frith. Frith first contribution was to pick the ball out of the net from a corner that shouldn’t have been given but Godden headed home again and the home side looked to be cruising.
Credit to the Tigers though as they worked their way back into the game with a neat passing game and they were given a lifeline when Richard Martin awarded a penalty after Liam Tomsett was tripped in the area and Scott Spencer stepped up to send Alan Julian the wrong way.
Hyde’s passing game was taking Dartford apart and they equalised through a lovely team goal which ended with Spencer and Louis Almond playing a one-two and the striker got his 2nd of the game confidently tucking the ball home.
Dartford came out the brighter in the 2nd half without threatening but it was the Tigers who went ahead when Louis Almond’s 30 yard free-kick took a deflection to put them ahead for the first time in the game. Hyde were rampant now and Almond’s shot almost squirmed under Julian but he managed to hold on at the 2nd attempt and then a great run by David Poole almost caused problems for the Dartford defence but Mat-Mitchell King managed to clear off the line. The best chance of the game fell to Reece Gray as he forced his way through but Julian pulled off a great save and this proved crucial.
The home side weren’t looking threatening but out of nothing George Monger’s pot shot dipped over Frith for the equaliser and hearts were broken in the 88th minute when Godden produced a superb volley to complete his hat-trick and swing the game back in the home side’s favour and to leave Hyde devastated.