Hyde halted by dominant Shields
Monday 29th January 2018 @ 15:55 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

South Shields 3-0 Hyde United


Hyde suffered a damaging 3-0 loss at leaders South Shields in what has arguably killed their title chances this season.

The hosts claimed the victory – which extends their lead at the top of the table by a point – thanks to efforts from Jamie Holmes, Graeme Armstrong and Dillon Morse.

Despite the important victory, Shields’ afternoon was marred by a serious head injury to striker Carl Finnigan, who was left concussed after a collision with Hyde keeper Peter Crookes in the opening stages of the clash.

The 31-year-old had swallowed his tongue in the process, and had it not been for the swift response of both clubs’ physios, the situation could have been far worse.

Once play resumed, it didn’t take too long for the hosts to take the lead. Robert Briggs’ in-swinging corner was headed home brilliantly by Holmes.

Hyde responded well to going behind and had three chances to level matters before half-time. Tyrone Gay rose highest but headed wide of the target, before Ross Daly forced goalkeeper Connell to punch over. Janni Lipka also had a chance to draw his side level but his shot drew a fine block from Baxter.

The Tigers began the second-half in much the same fashion as they ended the first.

Darren Kelly’s side had a great chance to make it 1-1 in the opening stages through Matt Beadle. The striker was, however, unable to head home Kyle Harrison’s cross from close range.

Hyde’s efforts to force their way back into the game proved in vain, as Shields doubled their lead shortly after.

After capitalising on a long ball from John Shaw, Armstrong lobbed the onrushing Crooks from 20 yards.

The game was effectively put to bed in the 68th minute when Morse swept home from close range after a period of dangerous play inside the box.

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