Saturday 20th October 2018
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Stafford Rangers: Whitehouse, Banks, Askey, Stanton, Coulson, Burns, Bailey-Jones, Thorley, Charles, Benns, Briscoe. Subs: Green, Cuff, Sherratt, Perry, Bacon.
Hyde United: Peter Crook, Kyle Harrison (Osebi Abadaki (Matty Hughes)), Kyle Brownhill, Ross Daly (Tom Greaves), John McCombe, Jordan Fagbola, Grant Roberts, Janni Lipka, Connor Simpson, Nicky Platt, Tom Pratt. Subs not used: James Hodges, Chib Chilaka.
On a clear and crisp Autumn Saturday Darren & the boys were looking to push on following Tuesday nights excellent display at home to South Shields.
Stafford turned out in good numbers to see the visit of the Tigers with 548 inside the ground, but they had to endure an opening 45 minutes which was competitive and combative rather than pleasing on the eye. Hyde probably shaded the possession and the half chances with Stafford happy to look to hit the tigers on the break.
Kyle Harrison picked up a knock which meant he had to leave the pitch after 35 minutes, and several long walks for Physio Stef Todd. Ross Daly also picked up some damage during a tackle with the Stafford No11 who was unable to continue.
Hyde came out for the second half and looked to assert some authority on the game although Stafford had similar ideas. Early into the second period, Ross Daly had to admit defeat on his first half injury and Darren reshuffled the personal. Hyde took the lead when John McCombe reacted first to a parried shot in the Stafford box heading home for his 5th goal of the season. 1-0 Hyde
Hyde now enjoyed a period of possession and deservedly doubled their tally with a fantastic 20 yard left footed curling shot by Connor Simpson. 2-0 Hyde.
With the clock running down, Stafford forced the ball into the Hyde goals following a set piece to make the final 4 minutes plus injury time interesting, but the Tigers capitalised on the extra time with the excellent Connor Simpson sliding Tom Pratt in to fire home across the keeper into the corner of the Stafford goals.