Bays were quickly into the game, winning a free kick in the first minute and putting the header wide. This was going to be a feature of the rest of the game.
The first half hour was dominated by Bays with Joe Bresnahan (twice), Jack Beguely and George Suri all being denied either by good defending or poor shooting.
Metro, although under considerable pressure were quick on the break and John Fletcher was called in to action, pulling off a couple of good saves from a corner and a free kick.
Just on the half hour, a Dan Morgan-Howell free kick found Beguely and his shot hit the upright before being cleared. A Morgan-Howell run was turned for a corner, which somehow eluded every player in a crowded penalty area. In the last moments of the half both Leigh Kenyon and Morgan-Howell were denied.
A long throw by Avi Estrin in the first minute of the second half creatd havoc amongst the Metro defence allowing Bays two good chances, both of which were blocked.
An Estrin run in the seventh minute of the half saw him scythed down in the box. Morgan-Howell took the penalty only to see it saved by the Metro keeper.
Quick breaks by Metro from defensive positions were causing the Bays defence a few problems and they could have taken the lead with half an hour remaining when Fletcher came out for a long ball only to be beaten to it, but the Metro player lacked composure and put the ball wide.
Bays were starting to carve through the Metro defence but either the final pass was wayward or the final strike was off target. A series of corners were won but somehow the ball was cleared.
With the bays supporters getting more and more nervous, the goal finally came. Another corner, a goalmouth scramble and Nick Hyde got a boot to the ball which apparently came of his shin but crossed the line for a goal.
Bays continued to dominate the final ten minutes but couldn’t add to the score, while Metro made a couple of breaks enough to give the supporters and the bench the jitters. The final whistle went amid much jubilation.
One goal only but it would have been a travesty had any other result occurred.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Suri, Zoghby, Estrin, Kenyon, Hitchin (Hyde 71), Bresnahan, Morgan-Howell (McKeown 71), Beguely (Bola 64), Peat
Scorer: Hyde 78
Last Modified on 08/08/2010 14:05
Despite playing some of their best football of the season and dominating the game Bays ended up with a nail-biter. This was due to some inspired goalkeeping from the Metro custodian and some inept finishing from Bays. Had half the chances created been taken it could have been a highly embarrassing scoreline for the home side.