Saturday 7th April 2012
Altrincham: Coburn, Walmsley (Watmore), Clee, Richman, Flynn, Lynch, Densmore, Phelan (McGivern), Twiss, Reeves, Lawrie. Unused subs: Smart, Miles, Reid
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Andrew Pearson, Gianluca Havern, David Birch (Tunji Moses), Chris Worsley (Danny Hall), Reece Gray, Danny Broadbent, Scott Spencer, Ryan Crowther (David Poole). Subs not used: Shelton Payne, Godwin Abadaki.
Report by Luke Edwards
Hyde secured a massive victory over Altrincham in this Cheshire derby to take them one step closer to the Blue Square Bet Premier. They had to do it the hard way though – coming from behind to take the points.
It was the home side who started the brighter and they took the lead on 8 minutes when the league’s leading scorer Damian Reeves smashed home a penalty after James Lawrie had been brought down in the area.
They had goalkeeper David Carnell to thank for not falling further behind as he produced a brilliant reflex save from Reeves’s flick following a Matty Flynn header.
The Tigers weren’t playing badly though and always felt they could get at the home defence and had a penalty shout turned down when the returning Danny Broadbent looked to have been hauled to the floor by ex-Tiger Chris Lynch, which referee Mr Salisbury waved away.
However it wasn’t long before he did point to the spot after Broadbent had clearly been tripped and leading scorer Scott Spencer rifled home the penalty to equalise.
Hyde were now on top and pushing the home side back and Reece Gray and Ryan Crowther both had shots wide.
They were soon in front when Flynn misjudged a header which Spencer latched onto. He played in Reece Gray who drew Stuart Coburn and pulled it back for Broadbent to smash home to send the travelling fans wild.
It was Altrincham who came out the brighter in the second half but Hyde were always dangerous on the break and they increased the lead when Flynn flew in on Spencer as he raced into the box and a third penalty of the game was awarded. Spencer this time fired it down the middle and to give them a 2 goal cushion.
The home side were seeing a lot more of the ball but failing to break down a well organised defence and Broadbent nearly made it 4 but his shot was pushed away by Coburn.
Carnell made another key save tipping Reeves’s header away and sub David Poole forced Coburn into another save in injury time.