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Match Details:

Tuesday 8th October 2013
Conference Premier

Hyde FC0
Gateshead2Marwood (10), Hugil (79)

Attendance: 409

Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Matt Mainwaring, Will Haining, Luke Ashworth, Liam Tomsett, David Poole, Adam Blakeman (Tom Collins), Scott Spencer (Emmanuel Dieseruvwe), Martin Devaney (Louis Almond), Reece Gray. Subs not used: Adam Griffin, Connor Hughes.

Gateshead: Bartlett, Magnay (Lelan), Curtis, Clark, Larkin, Turnbull, Hatch (Hugil), Baxter, Marwood, Ramshaw (Walker), Oster, Subs Not Used: Boyes, Brown.

By Andy Marshall

An early goal from James Marwood and a late Jordan Hugil strike was enough to see the Tynesiders win two-nil, on a perfect night for football at Ewen Fields.

Hyde went into this game without a goal in their last five and manager Scott McNiven saw fit to make four changes from the side that lost to Braintree on Saturday in an effort to change their fortunes and get that elusive first three points.

Unfortunately, in-form Gateshead had different ideas and after an early midfield battle, the visitors took a tenth minute lead. Craig Baxter bombed down the right wing and crossed first time from the by-line perfectly for Marwood to power a header past Dave Carnell.

The Tigers’ heads didn’t drop though, both Matty Mainwaring and Scott Spencer had headers saved soon after, before Hyde’s best chance of the game occurred mid-way through the half. On-loan striker Reece Gray played a delicate ball through to leave Spencer one-on-on with the keeper, but Adam Bartlett pushed his shot wide for a corner. Great save, so unlucky for Spencer.

At the other end, journeyman striker Liam Hatch volleyed wide from a Phil Turnbull free kick, but both sides were struggling to create any real chances in the final third. Both teams had one great chance and the Tigers were one down, the story of Hyde’s season so far.

After the break, it was clear that the Tynesiders were content with the slender lead and parked the proverbial bus when Hyde had the ball, making it very difficult for the home side to break them down. Despite this, Spencer did manage to narrowly hook a shot over from a Luke Ashworth free kick.

Then in the 54th minute, the Tigers had a great shout for a penalty, as James Curtis climbed all over Spencer in the box. You’ve seen them given, but you never seem to get the breaks when you’re struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Hyde pushed on and the game began to be played in the Gateshead half, but to the credit of the visitors, they kept the Tigers in their cage. The introduction of Louis Almond and Tom Collins, added pace to the game, but Hyde still weren’t really testing the visitors keeper.

The home side were leaving themselves exposed at the back and this was punished in the 79th minute by substitute Lelan. He’d only been on the field for a minute, when Josh Walker found space down the left and crossed for him to finish with his first touch of the match into the corner from the edge of the six-yard-box.

Despite going 4-2-4 for the final ten minutes or so, Hyde just couldn’t get that lucky break and the game ended in a tenth consecutive league defeat. Gateshead played well and looked an organised and strong team, but this will have been seen as another potentially winnable game. But the Tigers will fight on.

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