Hyde United 0 – 2 Stourbridge
Stourbridge continued their great run of form with a comfortable two-nil victory at stuttering Hyde United, in the first ever meeting between these si
By Andrew Marshall (Non League Paper)
An early Karl Hawley strike and a Matt Dodd penalty claimed the points for the visitors, who are now unbeaten in six and continue to climb the table.
A Scott Spencer attempted lob in the 2nd minute was all that Hyde had in the first half. After that it was all Stourbridge, starting with them taking the lead in the 13th minute. Chris Lait delivered a peach of a cross from the left, which was delicately headed into the top corner by the ever reliable Hawley.
Tom Tonks and Dodd both missed chances for the Glassboys before two defensive mistakes from Hyde allowed Hawley in. First Michael Muscat was caught in possession allowing the striker to run clear and square for Justin Richards to lash wide, before Hawkins intercepted a poor back pass to fire into the side netting.
Despite using all three subs at half time, the hosts weren't much better after the break, and it was the visitors who looked to kill off the game.
Which eventually came with a little help of the officials in the 78th minute. Hawley was pulled back by Tigers' captain Shane Killock and the referee pointed to the spot. A little harsh for Hyde, but no more than Stourbridge deserved. Dodd confidently stroked in the penalty and complete an easy win for the visitors.
Star man: Karl Hawley (Stourbridge)
Match rating: 3/5