• Peter Scherer

Milner's the man for Mickleover in narrow win to extend run

Mickleover extended their unbeaten run to six games with a hard fought win against the robust defending of Hyde United on Tuesday.

The result leaves Sports third in the table ahead of a break from league action this weekend when they host Dereham Town in the FA Trophy.

Mickleover were on the attack from the opening minutes, with George Milner firing just over ten minutes in.

Hyde then started to come out more and after a Tom Pratt effort was easily blocked by Phil Watt, Liam Tongue shot straight at Callum Hawkins, with his shot comfortably held.

Tongue had a good effort again for Hyde on 15 minutes, but Hawkins dived to his left and had it covered.

Mickleover looked most likely heading towards half-time, Kenny Agustien's shot tipped over by keeper Joe Green, but the teams went in goalless.

Mickleover's Paddy Webb slides in. Photo: Mickleover FC.

The second-half saw Hyde go close early on as Paddy Lane put a great chance wide, a miss he'd soon regret as Sports quickly went in front.

Alex Morris found Dec Bacon who in turned crossed for Jake Bennett, who instead of shooting played in Milner who placed his shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Sports continued to create openings, Andrew Wright's cracking shot inches over the bar, then Paddy Webb couldn't quite make proper contact with a Morris cross and the chance was gone.

After 80 minutes Hyde had a great chance for an equaliser, when a telling cross across the goal face was just missed at the far post.

Hyde pushed everything forward and Hawkins had a couple of late saves to make, while for Mickleover, Mason Warren created his own space and shot just wide, but the points were safe come the final whistle.