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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:external-link "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:external-link "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.

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Welling United 0, Hyde FC 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Franks (Welling United).

  5. Post update

    Kelvin Lomax (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Hyde FC. Tom Manship replaces Danny Carlton.

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Welling United.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Obersteller (Welling United).

  11. Post update

    Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Welling United.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Welling United. Joe Obersteller replaces Loui Fazackerley.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hyde FC.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Welling United.

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