Saturday 1st September 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Craig Robinson, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton (Dale Johnson), Gareth Seddon (Chris Simm), Nicky Clee (Gerry Harrison). Subs not used: Earl Davis, Nathan Wharton.
Redditch United: Lewis, Walker, Whitcombe, Rea, Geoghaghon, Softley, Cowley, Murphy, Ball, Taylor, Forinton. Subs: Standley, Markman, Johnson, Deakin, Clarke
Steve Waywell made six changes for the visit of Redditch United, but his selections were vindicated as the Tigers strolled to a 4-0 victory. Mark Innes and Craig Robinson made their debuts, whilst Gareth Seddon started for the first time after suspension.
It was not all one way traffic however as the visitors did create some chances, but they couldn’t compete with Hyde’s clinical finishing. Before the game, the Redditch manager indicated he had a plan to stop Seddon. That went out of the window on 9 minutes as Gareth hammered home Steve Pickford’s inch perfect cross!
The Tigers increased their lead on 29 minutes when Robinson stooped low to head home Nicky Clee’s corner. Minutes later Matthew Tipton was inches over with a sublime chip.
Howard Forinton had an early chance for the visitors just after half-time, but it was still Hyde on the offensive and Seddon twice went close before being brought off to rapturous applause on 68 minutes. He was replaced by the lively Chris Simm who gave the Redditch back line no respite.
Simm had two good chances before Tipton grabbed Hyde’s third with a delicate clip over the advancing Danny Lewis on 74 minutes. Substitute Dale Johnson slid home the fourth with three minutes remaining after an inch perfect cross from Pickford.
After the game Waywell felt Hyde had played well in patches and was satisfied with the result as well as the performances of the debutants. Robinson notched a goal whilst Innes rightly won the Man of the Match Award for his performance in midfield.