Monday 21st April 2014
Grimsby Town: McKeown, Hatton, Thomas (Colbeck), Kerr, Doig, Boyce, McLaughlin, Thanoj, Hannah, John-Lewis (Tounkara), Neilson (Fyfield). Subs Not Used: Cook, McDonald.
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Connor Hughes, Adam Blakeman, Rhys Day, Darren Thornton, Liam Tomsett, David Poole, Alex Brown (Jordan Lazenbury), James Kirby (David McNiven), Regan Walker, Jordan Clark. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, Jake Pollard, Josh Morrell.
Hyde put in a good performance but lost out to a bit of magic from Ross Hannah
The home side needed a win to cement their play-off place but were frustrated by the Tigers. The home side started nervously and were hitting wayward passes which Hyde tried to take advantage of, with Jordan Clark proving to be a livewire down the left hand side and the first chance came when he cut inside Sam Hatton and his shot was pushed away by James McKeown in the home goal. Clarke again was wasteful moments later shotting over from a tight angle. Grimsby were gradually getting into the game and the lively Ross Hannah got down the left skipped past Darren Thornton but Chris Kettings blocked his effort with his legs. Hyde were still threatening though and the clearest opportunity came when the ball broke for Regan Walker but he was only denied by an excellent last ditch block by Aswad Thomas. The best chance of the half fell to Hannah again as he latched onto Lenell John-Lewis's header to run through one-on-one with Kettings but as he dinked the ball over the Tigers goalie the ball clipped the post and was cleared to safety.
Grimsby started the 2nd half with lots of possession but they weren't making it count as the back four being marshalled superbly by Rhys Day weren't giving much away. Hyde weren't as threatening going forward though Alex Brown's effort had to be well held by McKeown. The game changed when Grimsby introduced ex Oldham man Oumare Tounkara as his flick on split the Hyde defence for Hannah to run onto and from the edge the area he drilled the ball hard and low into the corner to send relief all around the ground. The home side had the wind in their sails and Kettings produced a brilliant save to tip over a piledriver from Tounkara. However after this the home side got nervous again and Jordan Clarke went sprinting down the left only be taken out by Hatton about half a yard from the penalty, sadly for Hyde Clarke wasted the free-kick. Hyde's last chance came when Jordan Lazenbury, on as a substitute for the injured Brown, had a shot which dipped in front of McKeown to signal the last chance for the Tigers in a game in which they fully deserved something from.