Saturday 13th September 2008
Kings Lynn: Howie, Defty (C), Smith, Peters, Weaver, Camm, Frew, Mitchell, Defty (J), Joachim, Francis Subs: Bloomfield, Turner, Fisk, Sedgemore, Murray.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Karl Munroe, Steve Williams (Chris Cooke), Gerry Harrison (Lee Rick), Lee Cartwright, Mark Innes, Matthew Tipton, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee (David Owens). Subs not used: Mitchell Bailey, Elliot Bernstein.
Hyde made the long journey to Norfolk under the new Management team, but although there were some positive signs with the performance, they finished up conceding two late goals which flattered the home side. Nevertheless it was the Tiger’s fifth consecutive defeat on the road this season and alarm bells are already ringing. Hyde’s cause was not helped by an ineffective referee who had travelled up from Essex and seemed swayed by the partisan home crowd and gave the Tigers no protection at all and very few decisions.
On paper Neil Tolson and Chris Brass have inherited a talented bunch of individuals, but the trick will be to get them to perform as a cohesive unit. Hyde have lost 12 out of their last 14 away games and that shows the gravity of the task. The midfield is constantly overrun which keeps the defence under pressure whilst the forwards don’t get meaningful service
In this game they played some neat football but conceded goals at crucial times and failed to take their chances when they came. The old failing of conceding at set pieces continued when Jack Defty headed home a corner after just six minutes. Lynn increased their lead on 36 minutes when Mark Camm completed a good move. In between the goals Matthew Tipton and Chris Simm both went close for the Tigers.
Hyde lost Gerry Harrison in the first period and were further rocked at the interval, when Steve Williams, just back from injury, failed to appear for the second period, but the re-shuffled Tigers kept themselves in the game, creating a number of chances before being rewarded on 79 minutes when Tipton headed home Nicky Clee’s cross.
However Hyde’s joy was short-lived as the Linnets hit the post before Michael Frew squeezed the ball home. Substitute Danny Bloomfield added another at the death to demoralise the Tigers and made it a long journey home. There will be better days.