Saturday 28th February 2009
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David Morley, Adam Oakes, Mark Innes (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), Farrell Kilbane, Neil Fitzhenry, Karl Munroe (Paul Howarth), Tom Manship, Lee Rick, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee (Joel Igenoza). Subs not used: Chris Cooke, Elliot Bernstein.
AFC Telford United: Young, Vaughan, Meredith, Cowan, Whitehead, Khela, Trainer, Rodgers, Carey-Bertram, Brown, Blakeman. Subs: Fearns for Carey-Bertram, Edwards for Khela, Turner, Danks for Rodgers, Nwadike.
In Mid January Hyde travelled to Telford and gained a brilliant 3-2 win, but there was never any danger of the Tigers repeating that victory once the visitors had gone in front on 39 minutes.
The match was overshadowed by the news that the body of Hyde’s Club Photographer and Supporters Club official, Chris Hilton missing in the Alps since July, had been found on Thursday. Both sets of supporters behaved impeccably for the minute’s silence on what turned out to be a very sad day all round for the Tigers.
Hyde had an early chance when Nicky Clee set up Chris Simm, but Ryan Young produced an excellent save. Craig Dootson did likewise at the other end to thwart Liam Blackman seconds later.
Former Tiger Phil Trainer set up Telford’s goal when his pass gave Carl Rodgers an easy chance. The visitors grew in confidence and increased their lead on 55 minutes
when Danny Carey-Bertram found himself completely unmarked in the area and made no mistake.
It was now all Telford with Hyde little to offer upfront, or anywhere else on the pitch for that matter and it was no surprise when the visitors increased their lead. On 74 minutes, Mark Danks who had replaced Rodgers scored with his first touch with a sensational half volley which gave Dootson no chance. He added another eleven minutes later with another excellent finish as the gulf in class began to show and Telford showed their credentials as true championship contenders.
Hyde’s Manager, Neil Tolson said “Once we had gone behind we never competed and it turned out to be an easy victory for Telford. We need to pick up points, but games are running out and we can’t afford another performance like this”.