Hyde halted by playoff chasing Trafford
Saturday 31st March 2018 @ 10:57 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Trafford 1-0 Hyde United

Hyde’s title chances were dealt a major blow after suffering a 1-0 loss at playoff chasing Trafford.

This was a an ugly game. Trafford set up in a 4-2-3-1 and defence was the order of the day. It was how they had trained for the game, and they did it very well.

Hyde rested a few players, and this really did have an effect. The front three had no cohesion, no understanding and probably wouldn’t have scored if the referee had played 90 minutes injury time.

The first half was a turgid affair. Hyde worked hard to make an opening and Trafford defended really well, looking to hit Hyde on the break.

Ross Daley and Janni Lipka were outstanding, but with the total of one tame shot on target, from Eliott Rokka, in total between the two sides, it was a relief when the half time whistle blew.

The second half had a slightly more energised feeling, with Hyde playing with more of a plan up front, and a couple of half chances were created following some sustained possession in the Trafford half, but it was all a bit tepid.

The Tigers continued to press for an opener in the final ten minutes, but they were ultimately undone by a Trafford break away. The referee was left with no choice but to war a penalty after a Trafford man was clipped inside the box. The resulting spot kick, taken by X, hit the underside of the bar and bounced off the line into Peter Crooke’s hands. However, the linesman ruled that the ball had indeed crossed the line, giving Trafford a late, but important winner.

By Mark Worthington