Saturday 21st September 2013
Hyde FC: Nick Liversedge, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Will Haining, Luke Ashworth, Adam Blakeman, Alex Brown, Connor Hughes (Scott Spencer), Tom Collins (Matt Mainwaring), Louis Almond (David McNiven), Emmanuel Dieseruvwe. Subs not used: Ashley Frith, Adam Thurston.
Welling United: Butcher, Obersteller, Franks, Hudson, Fazakerley, Jalladeher, Clarke, Dyer, Healy (Pires), Guthrie (Hughes-Mason), Lafayette. Subs Not Used: Turner, Obersteller, Webb.
Report by Andy Marshall
A first half header from Joe Healy sealed a one nil win for the newly promoted Kent side and leave Hyde rooted to the bottom of the Skrill Premier.
Summer had returned to East Manchester as Hyde looked to claim their first win of the season and begin to climb the league. Welling came up north on the back of a great win against Forest Green and were sitting comfortably in mid-table.
It was the home side that started the brightest, as the front pairing of Tom Collins and loanee Emmanuel Dieseruvwe looked to open up the defensive minded Wings side. Collins saw a shot curl wide from outside the box early on, before Dieseruvwe also fired wide on 17 minutes.
Hyde were creating the more openings as wingers Louis Almond and Connor Hughes tried to get involved, but no-one could get the final touches on some lovely midfield play.
Then on 37 minutes, the visitors took the lead against the run of play, a Jake Gallagher curling cross to the far post was met by an unmarked Healy to head into the top corner.
Welling had the ball in the net again two minutes later, but the linesman flagged for a foul and the score remained one nil at the break.
Into the second half and Welling began to sit back and look to counter attack, making it very difficult for Dieseruvwe and Collins to penetrate and test Lee Butcher’s goal.
The Sheffield Wednesday loanee Dieseruvwe did nearly equalise on the hour mark with a smart turn on the edge of the box, but pulled his shot wide. He uses his strength well for a young lad and provides a different outlet for Hyde going forward.
A noisy away following was getting right behind the Kent side and top scorer Ross Lafayette nearly doubled their lead when he broke free late in the game, but Nick Liversedge on his debut for the Tigers, managed to clear.
With ten men behind the ball, Welling looked very happy to just play out the game in their own half, and even after going 4-3-3, Hyde couldn’t break them down. Lots of time-wasting and scrappy play resulted towards the end and the visitors held on for victory.
It is only September so there is no need to panic, the Tigers just need to get the monkey off the back and get that first win. They can take a lot of positives from this game; they played some good stuff in the middle of the park and look strong and organised at the back. If they can get the hang of things at the front, they will be fine.
Tiger’s manager Scott McNiven was in a sombre mood at fulltime:
“I’m very frustrated and disappointed with us. We started brightly, but then never really got going. The lads aren’t doing badly, but there’s no cutting edge in the final third.
It’s now a test of character, we have to stand up and be counted in a relegation scrap. We’ve got a lot of games coming up and hopefully we’ll kick on Tuesday.”