Tuesday 26th February 2008
Redditch United: Lewis, Clarke, Edwards, Daly, Geoghaghon, Murray, Murphy, Downes, Forinton, Rickards, Deakin. Subs: Softley, Johnson, Markman, Walker, Evans
Hyde United: Danny Holland, Andrew Teague, Chris Lynch (Andrea Russo), David Morley, Shane Killock, Mark Innes (Nicky Clee), Peter Band, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon, Chris Simm (Dale Johnson). Subs not used: Danny Warner, Gerry Harrison.
The Tigers travelled to the inhospitable surroundings of the Valley Stadium on Tuesday and produced an inept display by failing to apply themselves on a difficult pitch and duly came away with nothing.
Craig Dootson and Lee Cartwright were both ruled out through sickness with Danny Holland making his League debut in goal and Peter Band recalled in an unfamiliar midfield role.
Hyde started the stronger and had the come side on the defensive for large parts of the first period, but couldn’t turn their superiority into goals. However the home side were always dangerous on the break with their direct style and Holland made a fine save as Scott Rickards burst through. Redditch took the lead on twenty eight minutes through Chris Murphy after poor marking in the Tigers’ defence.
Within two minutes Gareth Seddon had equalised after Andrew Teague had headed on Chris Simm’s corner, but four minutes before the break, Hyde conceded another goal when Scott Rickards’ effort crept in at the far post.
In the second period, Hyde had lost much of their early momentum and the erratic referee made a succession of bookings as the game threatened to get out of control. Matthew Tipton had the best chance of the half when he rounded ‘Keeper, Danny Lewis but couldn’t find enough power on his shot and the ball was scrambled away.
Murphy grabbed his second on seventy two minutes after further poor defending down the left side to seal the points for Redditch. Substitute Dale Johnson headed against the bar late on but it wasn’t enough for the off colour Tigers. The match finished on a sour note when Nicky Clee was the victim of a bad challenge for which Richard Softley was lucky only to receive a yellow card