Tuesday 14th January 2014
Welling United: Butcher, Mclaren, Cargill, Franks, Hudson, Cumbers, Fazerkley (Joe Oberstellar), Beautyman (Clarke), Bergqvist, Healy, Guthrie (Hughes-Mason). Subs Not Used: Turner (GK), Jack Oberstellar.
Hyde FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Rhys Day (Darren Thornton), D'Arcy O'Connor, Liam Tomsett, Louis Almond, Kelvin Lomax, Scott Spencer (James Kirby), Danny Carlton (Tom Manship), Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Jake Pollard, Damase Kiwanda.
Hyde secured their first win in 30 games with a brilliant victory at high flying Welling United
Failure to win would have meant the Tigers equalled AFC Telford's record of 30 games without a win set last season by the Shropshire side but goals from Louis Almond and Connor Hughes ensured that record wouldn't be broken.
It was a scrappy opening to the game with the home side looking the brighter and Curtis Guthrie captalised on a slip by Rhys Day but his shot was well smothered by Lawrence Vigeroux. Hyde started to come into the game more after this early chance and Connor Hughes's shot was deflected just wide. Josh Brizell's free-kick then had to be palmed away by Lee Butcher in the home goal before Butcher excelled again pushing away Scott Spencer's swerving effort. At the other end the home side threatened sporadically with Blaine Hudson putting a free header well wide from a corner. Spencer had the best chances of the half though when he beat Butcher to a gorgeous Liam Tomsett through ball but Fraser Franks managed to clear the ball off the line.
Spencer suffered an ankle injury and had to be replaced at half time by James Kirby and it was the home side who started the brighter without really threatening and they were stunned when the Tigers took the lead, Louis Almond ran at the right back Connor McLaren, who minutes earlier had been booked for scything down Almond, he cut inside and fired in a rocket off the bar from 25 yards giving Butcher no chance. Welling tried to respond but Vigeroux was equal to everything pushing away shots from Doug Bergqvist and substitute Lee Clarke. The Tigers were looking dangerous on the break and they grabbed a second goal when a cross was headed out to Hughes who's first time volley flew into the top corner to send the Hyde bench and small travelling fans into ecstasy. Hyde survived a scare late on when Kieran Hughes-Mason appeared to be shoved in the back in the area late on but referee Daniel Cook waved away the appeals and substitute James Kirby forced a brilliant save out of Butcher.
The Tigers survived 5 minutes of stoppage time and jumped for joy when the final whistle was sounded to give Hyde that long awaited first win of the season.