Saturday 15th March 2014
Hereford United: Lloyd-Weston, Collins, Graham, Bush, McDonald, Edge, Artus (Rankine(Purdie)), James, Brown, Sharp (Smith), Walker. Subs Not Used: Bowen, Moore.
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Josh Brizell, Will Haining (James Kirby), Liam Tomsett, Connor Hughes, Adam Thurston, Danny Carlton (Luke Ashworth), Jordan Clark, Adam Blakeman, Alex McQuade, Rhys Day (Andrew Fitzgerald). Subs not used: Darren Thornton, David McNiven.
Hyde finally made it into double figures, points wise, with a goalless draw at fellow relegation strugglers Hereford.
. This was the Tigers first 0-0 draw in any completion for 96 games but the result left Scott McNiven more frustrated as Hyde were easily the better side throughout and were only thwarted by a Man of the Match performance from England C goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston. The home side had targeted this as a must win game but it was Hyde started the game well and Lloyd Weston brilliantly tipped a Connor Hughes shot around the post, after the winger cut in from the left, before making a flying save from Will Haining’s 30 yard blast and Jordan Clarke’s right footer before saving his best until last right on half-time tipping over Adam Blakeman’s fantastic curling free-kick which looked destined for the top corner. The home side had offered nothing and introduced their talisman Michael Rankine but despite lifting the home crowd briefly he only lasted 15 minutes and succumbed to injury and it was the Tigers still controlling the game and Josh Brizell nearly did break the deadlock with a 25 yard pile drive which crashed back off the inside of the post and somehow stayed out. Hyde’s defence was dealing comfortably with anything the Bulls could throw at them marshalled superbly by Rhys and it meant Chris Kettings in the Tigers goal was having the quietest afternoon of his loan spell but he was called into action 3 minutes from the end as Chris Bush’s long throw was allowed to bounce and Dominic Collins header was blocked by the on loan Blackpool man which allowed the already relegated Tigers to keep a 2nd clean sheet of the season.