Monday 19th November 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Craig Robinson, Earl Davis, David Morley (Matthew Tipton), Peter Band, Mark Innes (Gerry Harrison), Dale Johnson (Gareth Seddon), Steve Pickford, Chris Simm, Nathan Wharton, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Adam Williams, Neil Tolson.
Solihull Moors: Ghent, Midworth, Motteram, Collins, Streete, Gould, Faulds, Middleton, Moore, Anderson, Ducros. Subs: Davidson, Jakab, Duggan, Hartill, Rachel
The Tigers had a comfortable victory over a poor Solihull Moors side on Monday to move up to second place in the league. It was mid January last season when they achieved this seasonís points tally, so Hyde are well on track for a play-off place, but there is still a long way to go.
Hyde were never really at their best in this game, but in all honesty they didnít need to be once the Tigers had grabbed two goals in five minutes midway through the first half.
Three defenders failed fitness tests, so Hyde kept with the back four who finished at Hucknall, namely all four centre halves, so for once, the Tigers towered above the opposition and proceeded to win most balls in the air.
Both Peter Band and Steve Pickford had gone close before Chris Simm put Hyde in front on 21 minutes after Dave Morleyís header had come back off the bar following a Nicky Clee corner. Five minutes later it was Simmís turn to set up Morley following a goal-line scramble.
The game was all but over as a contest despite the fact Hyde took their foot off the gas. Solihull had more possession in the second period but never seriously threatened the Hyde goal, although Craig Dootson did have to make a couple of smart saves.
Solihull struggled to contain Clee throughout and he went close on a number of occasions. Steve Waywell used the opportunity to ease Matthew Tipton back into the fray after suspension after an hour and he duly obliged with a goal on 74 minutes. His fierce cross-shot caused havoc in the Moors defence and Lee Collins could only help it into the net.
A satisfactory night for the Tigers despite the fact they have played better in other games, although there seemed to be plenty of gas in the tank if they needed it. There will be stiffer tests ahead.