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.

Hyde's long wait

In the nine months since Hyde's last win, there have been 37 changes of manager in the Football League

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.

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.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Welling United

  • 18 Butcher
  • 05 Franks
  • 06 Bergqvist Booked
  • 26 Cargill
  • 16 Mclaren Booked
  • 14 Hudson
  • 33 Healy
  • 02 Fazackerley (Obersteller - 81' )
  • 21 Beautyman (Clarke - 63' )
  • 09 Guthrie (Hughes-Mason - 63' )
  • 25 Cumbers

Substitutes

  • 03 Obersteller
  • 19 Obersteller
  • 08 Clarke
  • 13 Turner
  • 07 Hughes-Mason

Hyde

  • 20 Vigouroux
  • 02 Brizell
  • 29 Day (Thornton - 37' )
  • 21 Blakeman
  • 24 O'Connor Booked
  • 03 Lomax
  • 06 Tomsett
  • 11 Hughes
  • 15 Carlton Booked (Manship - 94' )
  • 18 Almond
  • 09 Spencer (Kirby - 46' )

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

6 9

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

+8:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 2.

90:00 +6:47 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 2.

90:00 +6:25

Offside, Welling United. Kiernan Hughes-Mason tries a through ball, but Kiernan Hughes-Mason is caught offside.

90:00 +4:23

Foul by Fraser Franks (Welling United).

90:00 +4:23

Kelvin Lomax (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

90:00 +3:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hyde FC. Tom Manship replaces Danny Carlton.

90:00 +1:29 Booking

Booking D'Arcy O'Connor (Hyde FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:20

Offside, Welling United. Lee Clarke tries a through ball, but Lee Clarke is caught offside.

87:27

Corner, Welling United.

84:18

Foul by Joe Obersteller (Welling United).

84:18

Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

81:06

Attempt missed. Fraser Franks (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Baily Cargill.

80:29

Corner, Welling United.

80:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Joe Obersteller replaces Loui Fazackerley.

79:58

Attempt saved. Baily Cargill (Welling United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

72:00

Attempt saved. James Kirby (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

70:05 Goal scored

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.

69:31

Corner, Hyde FC.

68:28

Attempt missed. Blaine Hudson (Welling United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Baily Cargill.

68:04

Corner, Welling United.

67:49

Attempt saved. Lee Clarke (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

67:00

Attempt missed. Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Baily Cargill.

66:21

Corner, Welling United.

65:57

Foul by Louis Almond (Hyde FC).

65:57

Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) wins a free kick.

64:53

Attempt saved. Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

62:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Lee Clarke replaces Harry Beautyman.

62:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Welling United. Kiernan Hughes-Mason replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

60:55

Attempt missed. Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

57:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Welling United 0, Hyde FC 1. Louis Almond (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

53:28

Corner, Welling United.

53:12

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Welling United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

52:06 Booking

Booking Connor Mclaren (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:47

Foul by Connor Mclaren (Welling United).

51:47

James Kirby (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

51:19

Corner, Welling United.

50:42

Corner, Welling United.

49:46

Corner, Welling United.

46:51

Foul by Doug Bergqvist (Welling United).

46:51

Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

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

45:00

Second Half begins Welling United 0, Hyde FC 0.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 0.

45:00 +2:49

Foul by Louis Almond (Hyde FC).

45:00 +2:49

Loui Fazackerley (Welling United) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:01

Attempt missed. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Spencer with a cross.

44:17

Corner, Hyde FC.

43:52

Foul by Loui Fazackerley (Welling United).

43:52

Louis Almond (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

43:12

Corner, Welling United.

41:29

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Welling United).

41:29

Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

38:50

Attempt saved. Scott Spencer (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

38:13

Foul by Louis Almond (Hyde FC).

38:13

Harry Beautyman (Welling United) wins a free kick.

36:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hyde FC. Darren Thornton replaces Rhys Day because of an injury.

33:43

Attempt missed. Blaine Hudson (Welling United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Beautyman.

33:13

Corner, Welling United.

32:48

Attempt saved. Baily Cargill (Welling United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

31:48

Attempt missed. Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

31:05

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Welling United).

31:05

Scott Spencer (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

29:36

Foul by Connor Hughes (Hyde FC).

29:36

Blaine Hudson (Welling United) wins a free kick.

29:05

Corner, Hyde FC.

28:51

Attempt saved. Josh Brizell (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

27:41 Booking

Booking Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:27

Foul by Doug Bergqvist (Welling United).

27:27

Louis Almond (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

26:21

Attempt missed. Joe Healy (Welling United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:47

Foul by D'Arcy O'Connor (Hyde FC).

24:47

Kurtis Guthrie (Welling United) wins a free kick.

24:14

Attempt saved. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

23:34

Corner, Welling United.

23:00

Attempt saved. Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

22:40

Attempt saved. Scott Spencer (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

21:25

Corner, Hyde FC.

21:00

Attempt blocked. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:44

Attempt missed. Luis Cumbers (Welling United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

10:20

Corner, Hyde FC.

9:09

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Welling United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

8:36 Booking

Booking Danny Carlton (Hyde FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:21

Foul by Danny Carlton (Hyde FC).

8:21

Doug Bergqvist (Welling United) wins a free kick.

7:37

Attempt saved. Scott Spencer (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

6:51

Offside, Welling United. Luis Cumbers tries a through ball, but Luis Cumbers is caught offside.

6:18

Foul by Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC).

6:18

Harry Beautyman (Welling United) wins a free kick.

5:47

Offside, Welling United. Kurtis Guthrie tries a through ball, but Kurtis Guthrie is caught offside.

3:04

Foul by Baily Cargill (Welling United).

3:04

Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

1:30

Foul by Joe Healy (Welling United).

1:30

D'Arcy O'Connor (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

0:28

Offside, Welling United. Luis Cumbers tries a through ball, but Luis Cumbers is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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