Tuesday 11th August 2009
Blue Square Bet North
Fleetwood Town: Danny Hurst, Ashley Wooliscroft, Alan Wright, Ricky Mercer, Michael Taylor, Nathan Pond, Chris Williams, Jamie Milligan, Mike Wilde, Tom Cahill, Chris Williams Subs:- Steven Connors, Lee Dodgson, Jamie McGuire, Adam Warlow, Jamie Mullen
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Robbie Smith, Tom Manship, David McNiven, Scott Mooney (Paul Gedman), Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Mark Lees, Aiden Kirkbride, Lincoln Adams.
Hyde travelled to big spending title favourites Fleetwood Town on Tuesday and for large parts of the game played them off the park and in the end were desperately unlucky not to come away from Highbury with all three points. The home side included former England left back, Alan Wright in an impressive line-up assembled at significant cost. Neil Tolson on the other hand has put together a good set of players despite a much reduced wage bill on previous years.
Despite a promising start the Tigers found themselves a goal down on 22 minutes when Sean Clancy whipped the ball across for Michael Wilde to head home. Hyde had already gone close through David McNiven and Tom Manship but despite going behind continued to dominate the play.
The home side’s frustrations grew with Ashley Wolliscroft and Nathan Pond finding themselves into the referee’s notebook in quick succession and Hyde went in at half time wondered how they managed to be behind. The team talk was also about ‘belief’ and the Tigers came out and carried on where they had left off.
The defence stood firm despite three of the players being under 20, and the midfield grew in confidence under the stewardship of Scott McNiven. Nathan Arnold and Scott Mooney, who both had great games, went close before Arnold showed quick skill in the box to slot the ball under Danny Hurst on 57 minutes. It was now all Hyde and Mooney again and David McNiven, who turned in an excellant show, were only inches away before Scott McNiven had a screamer just over the bar.
Despite being cheered on by a crowd of over 1,000 the home side struggled to get out of their own half and it was Hyde calling all the shots right up to the final whistle and despite being happy with a point, it could so easily have been three for the Tigers.
After the game Tolson, still banished to the stand for his sending off last season, praised all his players but said it was important not to get carried away after just two games and three points at Hinckley on Saturday was the challenge for this week.