Saturday 16th February 2008
AFC Telford United: Young, Jagielka, Forsdick, Turner, Roberts, Whitehead, Adams, Fitzpatrick, Lewis, Birch, Moore. Subs: Marsden for Moore, Charlton for Forsdick, Rodgers for Birch, Husbands, Durrell
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Steve Pickford, Chris Lynch, David Morley, Shane Killock, Mark Innes, Nathan Wharton (Dale Johnson), Lee Cartwright, Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon (Chris Simm), Nicky Clee (Peter Band). Subs not used: Danny Warner, Gerry Harrison.
Hyde’s dismal run of form continued at the impressive New Buck’s Head Stadium on Saturday, where despite a late rally, the Tigers came away with nothing.
Loan Signing from Huddersfield Town, Shane Killock made his debut for the Tigers in the heart of the defence, Steve Pickford moved to right back, whilst Danny Warner made way for Chris Lynch on the left. The defence had a more secure look than in recent games, but Pickford’s influence in midfield was sorely missed.
Time after time Hyde were second best in midfield and this contributed to their downfall. Telford took the lead on 32 minutes when Mark Innes gave the ball away with the Tigers well upfield. The home side capitalised immediately and Gary Birch with excellent close control made no mistake.
Hyde replaced Gareth Seddon, who was feeling unwell, with Chris Simm at the break, but almost immediately found themselves two down. This time it was Nicky Clee who surrendered the ball in midfield and former Droylsden man, Steve Jagielka broke upfield and scored with a deflected shot which gave Craig Dootson no chance.
The Tigers were struggling to cope with the Telford wing-backs who were finding plenty of space, but slowly clawed their way back into the game and were unlucky on 58 minutes when Matthew Tipton’s free-kick was brilliantly saved by Ryan Young. As the game progressed and Dale Johnson on for Nathan Wharton, Hyde began to create chances and Tipton fired over after Simm had broken clear on eighty minutes. Four minutes later Simm pulled a goal back as he rifled home to set up a grandstand finish.
Young again saved well from Simm right at the death but the Tigers, not for the first time this season, had left themselves with too much to do and no time to do it. With the defence looking more solid, Steve Waywell now needs to focus on his under-achieving midfield, who despite their abundant skill cannot impose themselves on the game
Chris Simm takes on a Telford defender. Pic- Chris Hilton