Friday 18th April 2014
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Adam Thurston (James Kirby), Adam Blakeman, Rhys Day, Darren Thornton, Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Jake Pollard), Alex Brown (Jordan Lazenbury), Jordan Clark, Regan Walker, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, David McNiven.
Kidderminster Harriers: Lewis, Vaughan, Demetriou, Byrne (Storer), Dunkley, Grimes, O'Keefe, Bell, Gash, Gittings (Cieslewicz), Blissett (Morgan-Smith). Subs Not Used: Verma, Vaughan.
Hyde put in a good display against Play-off hopefuls Kidderminster but ultimately 2 fortunate goals saw the visitors secure the points
2 late goals sink Tigers
Hyde brought Rhys Day back into the fold, for the injured Alex McQuade alongside Darren Thornton. Hyde started well but it was Kidderminster who scored with their first attack on 6 minutes when Michael Gash's cut back was inadvertently played into the path of Amari Bell by Adam Blakeman and he had the simple task of scoring. Hyde responded well and had the better of the half forcing Kidderminster onto the back foot and Jordan Clarke's free-kick had Danny Lewis in the visitors scrambling across his goal. A great tackle by Blakeman at the other end stopped Nathan Blissett in his tracks before Regan Walker's jinking run nearly produced a goal but his shot was deflected just wide but from the resultant corner Adam Blakeman's curler found the bottom to equalise for the Tigers. They should have gone in ahead but Adam Thurston's piledriver flew inches wide.
Hyde started the 2nd half with the same intent and the pressing of the front 3 of Walker, Clarke and David Poole were forcing Kidderminster into mistakes and also Connor Hughes was causing problems down the right hand side. A nasty looking injury to Adam Thurston forced him off and Scott McNiven had to put Connor Hughes to right back, this coupled with Kidderminster boss Gary Whild introducing Amari Morgan-Smith and Adrian Cieslewicz turned the game in the visitors favour but not before a golden chance had fallen to Clarke, his hassling forced Lee Vaughan into a mistake with but the angle tight his shot was saved when maybe squaring across would have been a better option. Kidderminster delivered the sucker punch of 2 goals in 3 minutes with Cieslewicz cross at the back post who's shot looked to have been cleared off the line by Thornton but it spun back off the post to creep in. They soon extended their lead when a long ball forward looked for Morgan-Smith, Chris Kettings came off his line and was unfortunate to see his header bounce back off the big forward and he went back round Kettings before firing into the empty net to leave Hyde still searching for their first home win.