Saturday 10th December 2005
Moor Green: Crane, Scott, Nurse, Collins, Sanders, Petty, Morrison, Bridgwater, Dowdall, McPhee, Trainer. Subs: Middleton, English, Snape, Davis, Coates.
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Lincoln Adams, Paul Armstrong, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Wayne Dean (Chris Lynch), Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson (Neil Tolson), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: James Barrow, Danny Caldecott, Tony Ellis.
Hyde made it three league wins in a week with a battling performance against Moor Green at Solihull in front of a desperately low crowd of only 177. It was a shame there were not more to see it as the Tigers fought back from a goal down at half-time to secure a fully deserved victory. Fears of relegation have been replaced by thoughts of a possible play-off place as Hyde reach the heady heights of 15th place. As they say, a week is a long time in football.
Although Moor Green started brightly, it was the Tigers who had most of the first half play and the home side were indebted to 'keeper Daniel Gray who made a number of good saves. However disaster struck for Hyde three minutes before half-time when former Tiger Phil Trainer ran through to score.
Jean Paul Ndjebayi kept Hyde in the game at the start of the second half with a string of good saves and some excellent handling, before the Tigers started to take control. Wayne Dean, despite feeling under the weather, had another storming game on the right whilst Matty McNeil and Dale Johnson wreaked havoc in the Moor Green defence all afternoon.
Hyde equalised half way through the half when Johnson flicked on for Dean to score at the far post and just five minutes later Hyde grabbed their second. It was started and finished by the irrepressible Johnson. He picked the ball up on the half way and despite being fouled, he held off two challenges before releasing McNeil who homed in on goal, but just as Matty was about to pull the trigger, Dale lashed the ball home. It was nothing less than Hyde deserved as the game fizzled out with the Hyde defence standing firm, again expertly marshalled by Mike Flynn, who has extended his loan by another month.
The Tigers have now a springboard to build on for their tough programme over Christmas.
Game played at Solihull Borough FC.