Match Report: South Shields 1-2 Hyde United

Match Report: South Shields 1-2 Hyde United

South Shields endured a frustrating afternoon as Hyde United came from behind to win 2-1 at 1st Cloud Arena on Saturday.

A crowd of over 2,000 was present as the CEFO Group Stand was opened for the first time, and the hosts enjoyed a superb start as Will McGowan headed them in front early on.

Jonah Mitchell equalised for Hyde less than two minutes later, though, and a goal from Liam Tongue just after the midway point in the first half proved the difference between the two sides as the Mariners fell to defeat.

Shields – without the ill JJ Hooper – started well in the driving rain, and took the lead on seven minutes with a well-worked goal.

Alex Kempster met Conor Tee’s cross from the right at the back post and sent the ball across goal, where McGowan was on hand to force a header home from close range.

The hosts’ advantage did not last, though, with Hyde pulling back on level terms less than two minutes later as a low ball from the left was zipped past Myles Boney by Mitchell, via a kiss of the post.

Shields’ response was good and they produced several bright patterns of play, one of which saw Jack Bodenham pick out Tee on the right before he laid the ball back to Callum Ross, who pinged it wide from 20 yards.

The Mariners had two penalty appeals waved away as challenges on Cedric Main and Tee went unpunished but Hyde went on to seize the initiative with a number of efforts on goal.

A first warning was fired when Harry Ditchfield raced down the right and sent in a terrific low cross which Jack Dyche was just unable to connect with, and Boney was tested soon after with a low strike from distance by Mitchell.

The Tigers went ahead as they pounced on a Shields error, with Tongue drilling a shot past Boney on 25 minutes.

A decent 10-minute spell after the goal threatened to reap dividends for the home side but their best chance was squandered, with Main unable to connect cleanly with a superb cross from Tee.

There was also an effort from 25 yards from Kempster which Green held before Hyde attempted to pepper the Shields goal in the closing stages of the first half with strikes from outside the box. The closest they came was a drive from 20 yards by Tongue which dropped not far past the post.

The first opportunity after the break also fell to the visitors, but Mitchell was unable to convert on the stretch from a Kyle Brownhill cross.

A better chance was created by Shields almost immediately and Main was the architect, displaying impressive strength to beat a number of challenges before sliding in Tee, whose low strike was tipped wide by Green.

At the other end, Boney did well to kick away a free-kick from Tom Pratt but there were previous few other opportunities in the period which followed as Shields battled in vain to find a way to an equaliser.

They did go close to netting one with five minutes remaining, but Blair Adams’ terrific effort from the edge of the box hit the outside of the post.

Hyde held firm and saw out four minutes of stoppage time to ensure they took maximum points back to Lancashire.

The Mariners will aim to bounce back next Saturday, when they host Witton Albion.

South Shields: Boney, Taylor, Adams (c), Ross (Lowe 69), Morse (Shaw 56), Bodenham, Tee, Briggs, Main, McGowan, Kempster (Hodgson 68). Subs not used: Jenkins, Massanka.

Goals: McGowan (7).

Attendance: 2,015.

Image: Kev Wilson.