Academy graduate Sam Fitton’s second goal in as many games led Tigers to a surprise 1-0 victory over Salford City at Moor Lane.
This defeat was the latest addition to Salford’s stuttering home form, and conversely Hyde’s improving away form. This was, after all, the Tiger’s second away victory in as two weeks, after having to wait 19 months for their first against Ramsbottom.
The match was played in the most at a furious pace, although there wasn’t a great deal of quality in the final third. Jay Lynch’s twenty-five yard shot was Hyde’s best effort on goal in the opening exchanges. Ollerenshaw was then called into action, dealing well with a cross-come-shot from Chadwick before coming off his line quickly to smother the ball after a defensive slip almost put Salford through on goal.
Salford’s best chance of the first half fell to Gary Stopforth just on the half-hour mark. A cross from Dom Smalley, who caused problems all day down the flanks, was nodded over from close range from the Salford defender. They had another chance within the minute, with Howson heading it just wide. That minute would encapsulate Salford’s afternoon; lots of good build up play, yet very little in the way of finishing.
For what it’s worth, Hyde had two penalty shouts, but on both occasions the defenders were probably too close to Spencer and Bevins respectively to move their hands.
It mattered not, however, as Hyde would then take lead through Fritton. The goal came after a cross from a quick Hyde break wasn’t dealt with by Salford’s defence. The ball eventually found it’s way to Fritton who simply had to pick his spot.
Business as usual resumed after the goal, with Salford pilling on the pressure yet they unable to find a way through. Ollerenshaw dealt well with a tricky looping from Hume, which the forward caught as he was falling over.
The second half started again with Salford hammering crosses into the box, but the first real chance fell to Hyde. Reece Gray took a wonderful shot from the edge of the area that caught everyone, including Salford’s goalkeeper Jay Lynch, by surprise, but it just wide.
Unfortunately for Salford, despite all their possession, undoubted class and Clarke’s wonderful crosses they could still be playing now and probably have not scored. This became evident with ten minutes after Howson and Ollerenshaw dealt three consecutive, and excellently struck, corners with relative ease.
Substitute Lee Neville nearly got his name on the score sheet at the death, drilling a low free kick through a flimsy Salford wall, but the ball skimmed past Lynch’s post.
Referee Dean Watson blew for full time soon after, meaning that the three points were heading back to Ewen Fields for the second time on the road this season.
Salford City: Lynch, Smalley, O'Halloran, Stopforth, Howson, Lynch, Burton, Clark (Giverin, '89), Dean (Livesey, 78'), Chadwick (Mwasile ,89'), Hulme. Subs (Unused): Itela, Moses.
Hyde United: Ollerenshaw, Ellison, Burke, Jones (Neville, '56), Killock ©, Harris, Fitton (Khamsuk, '57), Jago, Spencer, Bevins, Gray (Pearson, '69). Subs (Unused): Riley, Boyle.
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