Tuesday 11th March 2014
Alfreton Town: Worsnop, Franklin (Meadows), Wylde, Bradley, Fenton, Law, Jones (Wood), Poku, Shaw, Akinde (Clayton), Harrad. Subs Not Used: Kempson, McFadzean.
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Josh Brizell, Will Haining, Luke Ashworth, Liam Tomsett, Connor Hughes, Adam Thurston (Jake Pollard), Danny Carlton, Jordan Clark, Adam Blakeman, Alex McQuade. Subs not used: Darren Thornton, Andrew Fitzgerald, Rhys Day, James Kirby.
By George Corrin
The Tigers two year stay in the Conference Premier came to an ignominious end as Scott McNiven’s side registered their 30th league defeat in what has been a difficult season for the Tameside outfit.
Goals from John Akinde and Shaun Harrad dashed any slim hopes Hyde had of making a very late dash for survival.
Scott McNiven’s side must now prepare for life back into the Conference North and hope they can avoid beating Leigh R.M.I’s record for the lowest points total when they amassed just 18 throughout the whole 2004-05 Conference National season.
Hyde actually started the game quite brightly despite the impending fear of relegation lying heavy on their shoulders.
Will Haining, playing in a defensive midfield role, narrowly missed out on giving Hyde the lead as his 20-yard effort flew just wide of the post.
The Tigers suffered their first setback with just 18 minutes played, as Dan Bradley’s searching long range ball found Harrad free inside the area, the striker then calmly nodded past a despairing Chris Kettings to give Alfreton a 1-0 lead.
Harrad should have got his name on the score sheet several more times before the interval, as the former Burton forward blazed two clear cut chances wide of the goal.
Akinde made it 2-0 shortly after the break, with Alfreton’s top scorer curling in a wonderful effort from the edge of the area.
Hyde tried to break down the home side with their passing style of play but both Nick Fenton and Michael Wylde proved imperious in the Red’s defence.
Nicky Law’s side finally grabbed their third on 81 minutes, after a mistake from the Hyde defence allowed Bradley to square the ball inside for Harrad to tap home from close range.
Adam Blakeman twice came close for the visitor’s in injury time but Jon Worsnop produce a fine double save to keep Alfreton’s clean sheet intact.