Saturday 11th January 2014
Southport: Hurst, Smith, Akrigg, Flynn (Osawe), Jefford, George, Milligan (Dillon), Brown, O'Sullivan, Brodie (Ledsham), Hattersley. Subs Not Used: Challoner, Fitzpatrick. Sent Off: Jefford
Hyde FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Kelvin Lomax, D'Arcy O'Connor, Liam Tomsett, Louis Almond, Adam Thurston (Rhys Day), Scott Spencer, Danny Carlton (James Kirby), Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Jake Pollard, Tom Manship, Darren Thornton.
Hyde picked up their first point of 2014 at Southport on Saturday, but it could have been all three if the Tigers were more clinical. By Ant Reeve
It was Southport who had the early chances, striker Danny Hattersley found himself on the edge of the Hyde penalty area but couldn’t direct his shot on target.
Hyde’s first chance came after eighteen minutes as the ball was played towards Spencer who shot from 25 yards out but blazed it well over.
Southport’s John O Sullivan then had an effort a few minutes later which left Laurence Vigouroux unsure if was going wide, forcing the keeper to turn it around the post for a corner.
Hyde nearly took the lead on 24 minutes as they hit Southport on the break; Almond brought the ball from his own half, beating a few players on route before aiming a cross for Connor Hughes who isn’t wasn’t quite tall enough to head it in.
Vigouroux then wentin to referee Amy Fearn’s notebook as he raced out of his area and brought down Richard Brodie on the edge of the box, it was the right call by the referee as Brodie was going away from goal.
Another chance fell the Tigers way as Danny Carlton did well on the left hand side and whipped in a ball towards Hughes who connected well this time but glanced it wide.
Hyde finally took the lead on 38 minutes as Carlton found Spencer in the box who calmly controlled and slotted it past Southport keeper Danny Hurst
Hyde continued to keep the pressure on the Southport goal but efforts from Brizell and Tomsett couldn’t double the Tigers lead.
Half Time: Southport 0-1 Hyde.
Southport came out as they started the first, coming out of the traps quickly. And it wasn’t long until they had their first chance as the ball was whipped in towards the lively Hattersley but his header went over the bar and then Scott Brown’s shot just went wide of the post.
Southport continued to pile on the pressure and finally got their equaliser in the 77th minute as Hattersley headed in from a free kick into the back of the net.
A minute later and it could have been 2-1 to Southport as they caught Hyde on the counter attack and the chance fell for Karl Ledsham who was played through after a mazy run by Yamen Osawe but his shot went just over the bar.
Hyde caught Southport on the break a few times but just couldn’t find the finish to steal the game late on. A late red card for Southports Jefford left Southport with a nervy last few minutes and Hyde nearly nicked it when James Kirby just failed to get a touch on a Louis Almond which could have turned a draw into the Tigers first win of the season.