An efficient Hyde United took advantage of a substandard Atherton Collieries performance, claiming all three-points from the Skuna Stadium. Brad Roscoe converted from a scrappy corner after ten minutes of play, giving the Tigers a deserved lead following a good start to the game.
The Tigers could have doubled their lead after half an hour. Midfield dynamo Liam Tongue curled an impressive outside of the box effort narrowly onto the woodwork.
There were bizarre calls for a red card towards the end of the first half. A standard shoulder-to-shoulder tussle for the ball in the center-circle was greatly exaggerated by ex-Colls Callum Spooner, provoking the ire of the travelling Tigers faithful.
Following a prolonged stoppage, common sense eventually prevailed with the referee brushing away claims of malice.
The Black & Whites grew into the game towards the end of the first half, though Hyde would have considered themselves unfortunate not to have a wider advantage at this stage.
The second half was a scrappy affair. The Colls took a foothold of possession early on and retained the ball throughout the half but failed to make it count, with the visitors happy to defend their lead.
Colls' Luke Nicholls offered the brightest spark with his late cameo appearance, adding a notable injection of pace & energy into the match.
The result was secured when a late injury reduced the Colls to ten men, putting the result beyond any lingering doubt. The boisterous Hyde following enjoyed deserved celebrations upon the final whistle. Next up, the Collieries make the short trip to Warrington Town on Tuesday night. Your support as we look for a quick response is as appreciated as ever!Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Adam Rooney, Gaz Peet (Dec Daniels '75), Oli Roberts (Max Bardsley-Rowe '56), Danny Lafferty, Joel Amado, Ethan Kershaw, Jack Lenehan, Scott Bakkor, Jay Fitzmartin (Luke Nicholls '71), Marcus Cusani - No Unused Subs Man of the Match: Jack Lenehan, sponsored by Die Familie Anderson Photo: David Featherstone