Saturday 28th December 2013
Hyde FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Rhys Day (Danny Carlton), D'Arcy O'Connor, Liam Tomsett (Martin Devaney), JJ O'Donnell, Alex Brown (Adam Thurston), Scott Spencer, Louis Almond, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, Jake Pollard.
Wrexham: Coughlin, Carrington, Artell, Clowes, Hunt, Harris, Clarke, Evans (Tomassen), Anyinsah (Cieslewicz), Bishop, Ogleby (Bailey-Jones). Subs not used:- Mayebi, Ormerod
Hyde produced one of their best displays of the season despite going down to defeat in an action packed game but the scoreline didn't tell a true reflection of the game. The Tigers showed the passion and commitment which had been lacking in the Boxing Day defeat at Macclesfield and for a time looked like they would get that elusive win but a string of injuries to key players saw a patched up side succumb to a Rob Ogleby hat-trick.
It was Hyde who started the brighter with Connor Hughes and Louis Almond lively down the flanks but it was Wrexham who struck with their first real attack as Ogleby poked in from 2 yards after a scramble in the area. Hyde responded really well with Spencer and Almond having shots just go wide but they did equalise with a lovely flowing move. A Wrexham attack broke down in the Hyde half and Hughes picked up the ball and ran at the sluggish Wrexham defence, his pass found Almond who's first time pass found the charging Josh Brizell down the right flank and his cross was superbly volleyed in by Hughes to score his 1st league goal of the season. Five minutes later and Hyde were deservedly in front, a loose pass by Andy Bishop was intercepted by Hughes who found Scott Spencer who cut in from the right and drilled a low left footed shot past Andy Coughlan It was all Hyde now and a delicious reverse past from Brown nearly found a stretching Louis Almond as Hyde turned on the style. Hyde couldn't hold on though and Ogleby, despite looking a yard offside, headed in the equalizer from Joe Clarke's cross. Boths side still had a chance to go in at the break ahead but Spencer's turn and shot lacked power and was gathered by Coughlin before Leon Clowes thundered a header off the post from a corner.
The Tigers came flying out of the blocks in the second half and Almond was a thorn in the side of Wrexham in the early stages first of all his shot was just deflected wide after being played in by Liam Tomsett then a mazy run ended with his shot being deflected just over by Clowes. The turning point of the match came when Hughes's fantastic 25 yard looked to be heading into the top corner but Coughlin brilliantly turned it away although he was nearly at fault from the resultant corner when he flapped at JJ O'Donnell's corner and Alex Brown's effort was just scrambled away. It looked like Hyde were the more likely to get the next goal but it was the visitors who grabbed it with substitute Adrian Cieslewicz proving a handful with his first action since coming on as a substitute as he went down the left before pulling the back to Clarke who fired in a 30 yarder low past Lawrence Vigeroux.
The Tigers really had the stuffing knocked out of them when Assistant Manager Rhys Day, making his first appearance of the season, went down with a calf injury and had to be replaced and with the Hyde defence still re-grouping Ogleby captialised on a mistake by D'Arcy O'Connor to fire across Vigeroux for his hat-trick. Their were further injury blows for the Tigers with Brown limping off and Liam Tomsett being forced off with concussion which meant Hyde had a very inexperienced back four with Brizell filling in at centre half this caused them to concede more chances and Vigeroux saved well from Bishop but couldn't prevent David Artell from heading in goal number five for Wrexham.
At the end of the game both sets of supporters gave a standing ovation for what had been cracking entertainment. For Hyde fans they don't have long to wait for another home game as the reverse fixture against Macclesfield takes place on New Years Day at Ewen Fields.