Saturday 29th March 2014
Aldershot Town: Morris, Phillips, Tonkin (Butler), Barker (Oastler), Mekki, Molesley, Oyeleke, Roberts (Cornick), Stanley, Gibbs, Scott. Subs Not Used: Rowlands, Martin.
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman (Darren Thornton), Will Haining (James Kirby), Alex McQuade, Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Chris Whincop), Alex Brown, Adam Thurston, Jordan Clark, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, David McNiven.
Hyde FC slipped to their 32nd league defeat of the season as relegation threatened Aldershot Town sealed a crucial 1-0 win at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
By George Corrin
Adam Mekki’s goal on the stoke of half time was enough to earn The Shot’s their first win in four games, which now leaves them just a single point behind 20th placed Hereford United.
Despite the departures of Scott Spencer, Luke Ashworth and Kelvin Lomax this week, the travelling Hyde squad fought valiantly against the Hampshire outfit and no doubt the Tigers will be disappointed having not picked up a point in a game where both sides had their share of chances.
The opening 30 minutes was less than inspiring; the tension mounting on the Aldershot team was evident in the early stages.
The clash only sprung to life following an off the ball incident between Mark Molesley and Adam Thurston. As the Hyde youngster writhed on the floor clutching his face, referee Amy Fearn was left with the difficult decision about whether to send off Molesley. However, much to frustration of Scott McNiven, Fearn only issued a yellow card to the accused Aldershot midfielder.
Andy Scott’s men took first blood on the stroke of half time after Adam Mekki somehow managed to wriggle free of several Hyde defenders to fire his effort in the bottom corner.
The Shot’s almost made it 2-0 just minutes later, but Josh Scott’s low attempt was well saved by Chris Kettings.
The second half cast a pale shadow over the first, as both sides began to play with a much higher tempo and confidence.
Kettings rescued Hyde once again as he pulled of a smart, one handed save to deny Jordan Roberts’ stinging drive.
Despite the early Aldershot pressure, the visiting Tigers sprung back into action and the influential Jordan Clark quickly began to make life difficult for the home defence.
Clark almost grabbed an equaliser, but the on-loan Barnsley midfielder’s quick fire shot was excellently pushed away by Glenn Morris.
Soon it was Thurston testing Morris’ reactions as the keeper did brilliantly to tip round the former Preston North End man's fierce long range effort.
Basked in the warmth of the Hampshire sunshine, you could have quickly forgotten you were watching two of the Conference’s bottom sides and as the game only increased in intensity, so too did the volume of the agitated home crowd who were all on tenterhooks for the final 15 minutes of the tie.
Morris produced two more saves to deny both Josh Brizell and Connor Hughes before Ms Fearn signalled for full time, much to the relief of the majority of the Recreation Ground.