Saturday 29th October 2011
Harrogate Town: Zac Jones, Liam Darville, Craig Radcliffe, Stephen Turnbull (Will Turl), Paul Heckingbottom, Jake Picton, Laurie Wilson, Luke Dean, Paul Brayson (Peter Bore), Jonny Allan (Lee Elam), Alex Meechan. Subs Not Used: Ian Ross, Luke Ashworth
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Andrew Pearson, Adam Griffin, Danny Hall, Gianluca Havern, Tunji Moses, David Birch, Callum Byrne, Matthew Berkeley, Danny Broadbent, Ryan Crowther (Sean Williams). Subs not used: Nathan Martin, Joel Richardson, Scott Spencer, Josh Brizell.
Hyde made their third trip to Yorkshire in a week – and it was third time lucky with a comfortable win over Harrogate Town.
It was Hyde who made the early running and they took the lead when Ryan Crowther’s delicious free-kick was helped in by Andy Pearson for his first goal of the season.
Harrogate had a penalty quite rightly turned down as Johnny Allan hit the deck, but referee Billy Khatib waved away the protests.
There was a blow for Hyde when Crowther went off with what looked like a hamstring pull and he was replaced by debutant Sean Williams.
Hyde then had a second ruled goal ruled out. It came when Tunji Moses, making his first start of the season, fired in a fierce shot which Zac Jones palmed away. Shaun Williams crossed back in for Danny Hall to head goalwards and Pearson tucked in, but the flag was up. A well worked free-kick then allowed Adam Griffin to fire one at goal but again Jones in the home goal palmed away.
Danny Broadbent’s quick free-kick nearly caught out Jones but he managed to get across and palm away as Hyde searched for that second goal before half-time.
The Tigers did that second goal with the first attack of the second half. A corner found Danny Hall, who had so much time to pick his spot and fire neatly through a crowd of players.
Hyde were in complete control and scored again when Gianluca Havern rose to head home again unchallenged to end any remote chance of a comeback from the home side.
The game petered out after that as Harrogate had possession but couldn’t break down a much more solid Tigers defence.
After the match, Hyde manager Gary Lowe told Luke Edwards:
“I thought we were outstanding today – I was really pleased with the reaction of the boys as there was a bit of pressure after recent results. I was also pleased with the defence. I thought we looked really solid and it was good to get back to winning ways.”