Hyde’s Tigers started with a roar but slunk out like a pussy cat at the end of a nailbiting second half.
Hyde’s first 10 matches of the 2011-12 season saw them win every match, equalling the Tigers’ best ever start to a season dating back to the 1925–26 and also breaking the record for the best ever start to a season in Conference North. On the back of this incredible start, Hyde finished the season as Conference North champions, gaining promotion to the Conference National for the first time and breaking the club’s record for the highest points total in their history with 90 points. However, thus far in the 2013-14 season, Hyde are struggling, clinging to bottom place in the table, having not won a single match so far.
After Dartford’s disastrous trip to Gateshead resulting in a 2:0 loss, and subsequent draws against Salisbury City
and Hereford, Dartford needed a win. Lee Burns led the team onto the pitch, Elliot Bradbrook serving a ban for collecting too many yellow cards.
Matty Godden scored twice for Dartford in the first half, but then Dartford gave away an easy goal and a penalty to Hyde, and at half time were 2:2 level.
Hyde’s paper Tigers couldn’t sustain a 2:3 advantage of another goal in the second half, and Matty Godden and George Monger made sure of a Dartford win (phew) for 4:3.