For the second home game in a row the Harriers were unchanged and this team, gaining in confidence, saw off Hyde without getting through too many gears.
The Carpet Men started off well and tried to break the deadlock twice within the first ten minutes. First through Nathan Blissett, who charged through the Hyde defence, as well as benefiting from Ashley Frith' and Ben Dennis' collision, but he could not convert due to good last-ditch defending from Luke Ashworth.
The recently clinical Ryan Rowe also had a chance, but his header at the back stick from an Adam Watkins corner hit the post. Five minutes later though the Reds did break the deadlock due to brilliant work from James Vincent after he waltzed past the Hyde defence and then pulled the trigger. His shot curled round the Tigers 'keeper Frith and put the Harriers into a deserving one goal lead.
This didn't stop the Harriers though and from a corner Mickey Demetriou eventually put a ball in and found Dunkley at the back post. His header across the goal went out via the crossbar.
Soon after the Reds doubled their lead and the scorer was, who else, but Ryan Rowe. He latched onto a poor clearance from the Hyde 'keeper and slotted home under the back pedalling goalkeeper.
This didn't stop the Harriers pushing for another goal though and from a great Lee Vaughan cross, Adam Watkins met it sweetly with his head, but Frith did well to tip it over. Watkins had another chance from the following short corner and his shot left Frith helpless but, luckily for him, it trickled through to hit the post.
It should have been three for the Harriers on seven minutes before the interval though. A powerful Mickey Demetriou run opened up the Hyde defence and he placed Anthony Malbon through on goal, he tried to take the ball around the keeper but the teenager did well to get down and take it from Malbon's feet.
Into the first half's added time Hyde had their only moment to shout about so far when Liam Tomsett got the ball into the box after sleepy defending from the Harriers, but his shot squirmed under Nat Vaughan and out safely.