Saturday 31st January 2009
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Chris Cooke (Karl Lomax), Adam Oakes, Lee Rick (Mark Innes), Farrell Kilbane, Neil Fitzhenry, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship (Paul Howarth), Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Karl Munroe, Joel Igenoza.
Redditch United: Lewis, Dickinson, Charlton, Briscoe, Weaver, Heggs, McKerr, Byrne, Robinson, Hands, Beswick. Subs: Smith for Bryne 81, Ball for Robinson 85. Not Used: Spittle, Whitcombe, Ford.
In the basement battle at Ewen Fields it was Redditch who came out on top with two first half headed goals, although they needed some luck to hold their lead later on as Hyde stepped up the pressure, but couldn’t break down a resolute defence.
It was tough on the Tigers who had enough chances early on to put the game beyond the visitors after Daniel Douglas-Pringle had slid home Nicky Clee’s cross on 14 minutes. Five minutes later Clee was through for Hyde but his shot struck the bar and rebounded to safety. This was possibly the pivotal point of the game as a two goal lead then probably would have enabled the Tigers to go on and win.
The miss was to prove costly as four minutes later Marvin Robinson flicked on a corner at the near post and the ball evaded everybody to nestle in the corner of the net.
To make matters worse Ryan Beswick then put Redditch in front on 30 minutes when he found himself unmarked in the area to head across Elliot Bernstein into the net.
The second half turned into a battle in a game neither team could afford to lose, but poor finishing meant neither ‘keeper was really tested. Simon Waever had a chance for Redditch but headed over from six yards and then Beswick blazed high over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
Douglas-Pringle struck the bar for Hyde but it was too little too late as Redditch hung on desperately to secure the points and leave Hyde in trouble.
After the match Hyde manager, Neil Tolson said “it was a disappointing result. We did enough in the first twenty minutes to have won the game easily, but full credit to Redditch for fighting back and making it so difficult later on”