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Hyde’s 22 unbeaten league run comes to an end
Monday 20th November 2017 @ 10:52 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Clitheroe 2-0 Hyde United

Hyde’s 22 game unbeaten league run came to an end with a 2-0 loss at Clitheroe on Saturday.

Kurt Willoughby scored in both halves to end a three game winless run for the Blues.

The result has subsequently dented Hyde’s title chances, as Darren Kelly’s side find themselves in fifth spot and seven points below leaders South Shields, although they do have a number of games in hand on the teams around them.

Despite the loss, Hyde started the game the livelier side and created a number of good openings. However, the Clitheroe defence stood firm and thwarted any threat that presented itself in the opening stages.

Hyde pressed for an opener and almost took the lead through Karl Jones, but the striker’s long-range effort flew inches wide of the post.

The Tigers’ efforts to force a goal proved to be in vain, however, as Clitheroe took the lead on the half hour mark. Having been awarded a free kick in a dangerous area, Willoughby stepped up and sent the ball into the top corner, leaving Peter Crook with no chance.

Hyde responded well to going behind but couldn’t find an equaliser.

It therefore came as a bitter blow when Willougby notched his second of the afternoon in the 75th minute. After controlling an Alex Newby through ball, the striker darted forward and powered home past a helpless Crooks.

Hyde will be hoping to return to winning ways with an important clash against second place Bamber Bridge this weekend.

Attendance: 303