Hyde United 0 – 1 Mickleover Sports
An Anthony Griffith-Junior penalty just before the break, gave Mickleover Sports their first away win of the season in a tight game.
By Andrew Marshall (Non League Paper)
Ben Jago sent John McGrath tumbling in the box, for Griffith-Junior to finish well from 12 yards for the only goal of the game. The Tigers had their own claims for a penalty turned down moments earlier, as Ayrton Bevins was hacked down in the box. The referee overruling his linesman, but both challenges appeared to be penalties.
The game had struggled to get going in the first half prior to the penalty claims, Griffith-Junior and Charlie Dawes both carved out openings for Sports, before Scott Spencer saw his shot blocked for the hosts.
Mickleover came out defending in the 2nd half, and seemed content to merely try and catch Hyde on the break. Reece Gray and Spencer both had shots blocked for the Tameside club and Shane Killock headed wide as the Mickleover back line held out.
Dawes did find himself clean through on the right mid way through the half for the visitors, but his shot flashed across goal from a narrow angle.
Spencer continued to knock on the door late on for Hyde, but couldn't find an equaliser. The striker first sent his free header over the bar when he really should have hit the back of the net, before again heading over from a Lee Neville corner, but Spears held out.
Star man: Charlie Dawes (Mickleover)
Match rating: 2/5