Saturday 26th April 2014
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Adam Thurston, Adam Blakeman, Alex McQuade, Darren Thornton, Liam Tomsett, David Poole, Jake Pollard (Damase Kiwanda), Jordan Clark, Regan Walker, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, David McNiven, James Kirby, Josh Morrell.
Luton Town: Tyler, Parry (Charles), Griffiths, Ruddock Mpanzu (Wall), Lacey, McNulty, Howells, McGeehan, Cullen, Gray (Smith), Robinson. Subs Not Used: Shaw, Justham.
Hyde finished a miserable league season with a good performance against the champions Luton Town
Season finishes with a good performance against the Champions
Luton celebrated their final game before promotion into League 2 by bringing over 2000 fans to Ewen Fields. While Hyde fans enjoyed their last game before relegation back to the Conference North.
On paper this looked a mismtach but it was far from it
It was an even start but Luton always looked to have that little bit of quality on around the final third and they had best chance of the opening stages when Jake Howells's cross was somehow missed in front of goal by Andre Gray. Hyde responded and David Poole's lobbed effort just went over and Adam Blakeman's 30 yarder was well held by Mark Tyler in the Luton goal. Jake Pollard was making his first league start of the season and he was lively and his shot dipped late and clipped off the top of the bar with Tyler beaten.
Hyde carried on where they left off 2nd half and were pushing Luton back with Pollard's shot taking a deflection and almost wrong footing Tyler.
The visitors introduced Alex Wall and gave Luton more impetus. His header was calmly cleared off the line by Darren Thornton. Jordan Clarke then infuriated his team-mates when he got clear of Alex Lacey but elected to shoot from a tight angle. That miss was to prove costly as a ball forward was flicked on by Andre Gray for Wall to run onto and calmly slot past Chris Kettings. Hyde didn't let this effect them and again Clarke got in down the left and this time had 3 men unmarked but once again went for the near post and drilled it into the side netting and right at the end his header just looped over after a strange clearance from Steve McNulty.
The final whistle sparked a mass, but good natured pitch invasion, as both sides left the Skrill Premier in opposite directions.