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Conference side Hyde finally end 29 game winless streak with victory over Welling



Hyde ended a winless run of 29 league matches going back to April 2013 after a 2-0 win at Welling United.

Scott McNiven's side had not won in the league since 9 April last year, and had only collected four points from a possible 81 in the 27 league games previous to their win.

Hyde, are one of the few clubs in the conference that are still part time, having stayed that way after winning the Conference North title in 2012. Last season they avoided relegation by five points.

During the side's terrible run this season, they had managed to throw away a lead in ten matches, going on to lose the majority of them.

One such game was the 1-1 at Southport last Saturday, where the side had led with 12 minutes to go before Southport equalised.

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.

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.

Such was Hyde's plight that Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling has in recent weeks has had a Hyde scarf and chose to support them until they win rather than Hartlepool, where the presenter is from.


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