Tigers keep the pressure on leaders South Shields
Monday 19th February 2018 @ 11:29 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North
Ossett Town 0-2 Hyde United

Hyde strengthened their title chances with a 2-0 victory at Ossett Town, although it proved to be an untidy game from start to finish, with both sides struggling to play football on a heavy pitch.

Neither side were able to take any control of the ball or the game in the opening 45 minutes, with the referee feeling the need to be heavily involved in play. Ossett certainly had the two best chances heading over and firing over from six yards within the space of 90 seconds. Hyde created a couple of half chances with the best of these falling to David Brown who hit the target but failed to get the power.

On 32 minutes the referee pulled out a straight red for Sam Wright following an excessive challenge on David Brown although credit to Wright who stayed on the pitch to check brown was alright before trudging off to the dressing room

The hosts changed to three at the back and looked to keep their shape in midfield and upfront, which allowed space for Hyde to get around them and in behind.

This allowed a switch of play and a smart run and cross by Luke Porritt was headed home by Brown.

Max Leonard and Chris Sutherland were rolled on by manager Darren Kelly to add an injection of fresh legs, replacing the hard working Tom Pratt & Brown, and this allowed them to push a spirited Ossett back and to score their second goal through Porritt.

Big Khamsuk was the final of the three Hyde subs, and the game finished with another clean sheet for the squad & the impressive Peter Crook.

By Mark Worthington