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Welling United 0-2 Hyde

Connor Hughes

Bottom club Hyde ended a winless run of 29 league matches going back to April as strikes from Louis Almond and Connor Hughes earned victory at Welling.

Scott McNiven's side - one of the few part-time teams in the Conference Premier - had not won in the league since 9 April last year.

They had previously collected four points from 27 league games this term.

The club tweeted: "Thanks to all fans old and new who came down tonight, you were fantastic!"

Jonathan Reynolds, the Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, wrote on Twitter: "Hyde have won! Get in. The season starts here. Well done."

He added: "Definitely time to book an open-top bus!"

Hyde had also lost both of their cup fixtures in 2013-14, and claimed their maiden victory of the campaign in their 31st outing.

The Greater Manchester-based club, whose Ewen Fields home is used by Manchester City for Under-21 Premier League matches, stayed part-time after winning the Conference North title in 2012.

They survived relegation by five points last season, but started the current campaign with an 8-0 defeat at Forest Green.

McNiven's side, however, had led in 10 of their 27 Conference Premier games this season before the trip to Welling, without managing to hold on for victory in any of them.

The Hyde manager, who combines his football duties with a full-time job as an account manager for an insurance company in Lytham St Annes, saw his side held 1-1 at Southport last Saturday, having been in front with 12 minutes to go - although that result still ended a run of nine successive defeats.

But that wasn't the closest Hyde had come to victory before winning at Park View Road. On 2 November, they went 2-1 up against Nuneaton in the 92nd minute through Scott Spencer, only to concede an equaliser in the 93rd.

Tuesday's win meant they narrowly avoided equalling the Conference Premier record of 30 matches without a win, set by AFC Telford last season.

Hyde manager Scott McNiven

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McNiven thrilled with first Hyde win

Spencer almost put Hyde ahead at Welling, as he had an effort cleared off the line for the visitors after Baily Cargill went close for the home side.

Almond put the Tigers ahead with a curling 25-yard effort and Hughes secured maximum points with a superb volley from outside the penalty area.

The victory moves the club up to seven points. But they are still 12 points behind Dartford in 23rd, and 19 points adrift of safety with 18 games left.

Hyde's win has ensured they will not become the first team in the Conference's 35-year history to go through a league season without a victory.

No Premier or Football League club has ever suffered that fate either - although it has happened to a number of clubs lower down the English non-league pyramid.

Last season, Northamptonshire-based Woodford United finished bottom of the Southern League Division One Central - the eighth tier - having lost all 42 league games.

And Hyde's Tameside neighbours Droylsden are bottom of this season's Northern Premier League Premier Division with no wins and just two points from 29 matches.

Line-ups

Welling

  • 18Butcher
  • 5Franks
  • 6BergqvistBooked at 28mins
  • 26Cargill
  • 16MclarenBooked at 53mins
  • 14Hudson
  • 33Healy
  • 2FazackerleySubstituted forOberstellerat 81'minutes
  • 21BeautymanSubstituted forClarkeat 63'minutes
  • 9GuthrieSubstituted forHughes-Masonat 63'minutes
  • 25Cumbers

Substitutes

  • 3Obersteller
  • 19Obersteller
  • 8Clarke
  • 13Turner
  • 7Hughes-Mason

Hyde United

  • 20Vigouroux
  • 2Brizell
  • 29DaySubstituted forThorntonat 37'minutes
  • 21Blakeman
  • 24O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
  • 3Lomax
  • 6Tomsett
  • 11Hughes
  • 15CarltonBooked at 9minsSubstituted forManshipat 90+4'minutes
  • 18Almond
  • 9SpencerSubstituted forKirbyat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 28Manship
  • 26Kiwanda
  • 16Thornton
  • 23Pollard
  • 30Kirby
Referee:
Daniel Cook

Match Stats

Home TeamWellingAway TeamHyde United
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 2.
Offside, Welling United. Kiernan Hughes-Mason tries a through ball, but Kiernan Hughes-Mason is caught offside.
Foul by Fraser Franks (Welling United).
Kelvin Lomax (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hyde FC. Tom Manship replaces Danny Carlton.

Booking

D'Arcy O'Connor (Hyde FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Offside, Welling United. Lee Clarke tries a through ball, but Lee Clarke is caught offside.
Corner, Welling United.
Foul by Joe Obersteller (Welling United).
Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Fraser Franks (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Baily Cargill.
Corner, Welling United.

Substitution

Substitution, Welling United. Joe Obersteller replaces Loui Fazackerley.
Attempt saved. Baily Cargill (Welling United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.
Attempt saved. James Kirby (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Welling United 0, Hyde FC 2. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Tomsett.
Corner, Hyde FC.
Attempt missed. Blaine Hudson (Welling United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Baily Cargill.
Corner, Welling United.
Attempt saved. Lee Clarke (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Baily Cargill.
Corner, Welling United.
Foul by Louis Almond (Hyde FC).
Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Welling United. Lee Clarke replaces Harry Beautyman.

Substitution

Substitution, Welling United. Kiernan Hughes-Mason replaces Kurtis Guthrie.
Attempt missed. Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Welling United 0, Hyde FC 1. Louis Almond (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.
Corner, Welling United.
Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Welling United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Connor Mclaren (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Connor Mclaren (Welling United).
James Kirby (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Welling United.
Corner, Welling United.
Corner, Welling United.
Foul by Doug Bergqvist (Welling United).
Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hyde FC. James Kirby replaces Scott Spencer because of an injury.

Second Half

Second Half begins Welling United 0, Hyde FC 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 0.
Foul by Louis Almond (Hyde FC).
Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Spencer with a cross.
Corner, Hyde FC.
Foul by Loui Fazackerley (Welling United).
Louis Almond (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.
Corner, Welling United.
Foul by Blaine Hudson (Welling United).
Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Scott Spencer (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.
Foul by Louis Almond (Hyde FC).
Harry Beautyman (Welling United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hyde FC. Darren Thornton replaces Rhys Day because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Blaine Hudson (Welling United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.
Corner, Welling United.
Attempt saved. Baily Cargill (Welling United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Foul by Blaine Hudson (Welling United).
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