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PROMOTION Hyde secure promotion with dramatic late winner at Mossley
Monday 23rd April 2018 @ 10:15 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Mossley 1-2 Hyde United

Hyde United will be playing Evo-Stik Premier Division football next season after claiming promotion at Mossley in dramatic circumstances on Saturday.

The Tigers needed three points to secure promotion and were sent on their way when Elliot Rokka notched in the seventh minute. Mossley are enjoying a renaissance of late and drew matters level through Mike Fish in the 26th minute, but with virtually the last piece of action captain Paddy Miller rose highest from a free kick and nodded home the winner in the 95th minute.

Darren Kelly’s side now have one game of the season remaining against Colwyn Bay at home on Saturday.

With three points needed to secure promotion, Hyde started confidently and opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Elliott Rokka nodded in a Big khamsuk free kick which had been brilliantly pushed onto the post by the Mossley keeper.

Mossley have improved of late and stepped up to grab hold of the game, enjoying a period of dominant play which resulted in a smart finish from Micheal Fish getting on the end of an excellent free kick to the back post.

The second half was a battle which Hyde edged, but with the 90 minutes gone and the scores still level deep into injury time, it looked like the Tigers would have to make sure of promotion by beating a playoff chasing Colwyn Bay on the last day of the season. However Captain Paddy Miller saved the shredded neves with a 95th minute headed goal which sent the players, management and fans into delirious celebrations.

Following the game, Hyde chief executive, Mark Worthington, published the following statement on the club’s official website: “Darren took the helm at Hyde during a difficult time with the club on what appeared to be an unstoppable downward trajectory. He never tried to hide from or underestimate the challenge ahead, and faced it head on, with a steely determination along side a totally professional approach. He made changes, remained positive and drew on hidden reserves of self belief.

“The task ahead was huge. The Club had no money and a track record of failure over three seasons which was almost unrivalled. Turning the ship around was a monumental task, but Darren set about grabbing hold of the wheel and implementing his plan. His first appointment was Dave McGurk and this has proved to be a great choice.

“There were several doubters, who refused to look past Oldham and FC Halifax, to the man behind these appointments, but he has proven them wrong in a short space of time.

“We can all applaud the achievement and look at ourselves to see what part we played, but it is Darren who has the greatest credit to take from this and who has proven the most to himelself. He has shown himself to be a man of rare character.”

By Mark WorthingtonĀ 

Pictures: Martyn Nolan