Saturday 22nd August 2009
Blue Square Bet North
Ilkeston Town: Lowson, Bonner, White, Holmes, O’Loughlin, Murphy, Burge, Dempsey, Ricketts, Graham, Duncum. Subs: Morgan-Smith for Graham (68), Douglas for Burge (76). Not used Waterfall, Green, Bevan.
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott (Lincoln Adams), Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Robbie Smith, Tom Manship (Aiden Kirkbride), David McNiven, Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Scott Mooney), Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Paul Gedman, Mark Lees.
All the action in this pretty dour game came in the first and last minutes. In between there was precious little to entertain the crowd despite the glorious sunshine and a perfect pitch.
Hyde took the lead in the second minute when Nathan Arnold ran half the length of the pitch before he released Robbie Smith. His intended cross somewhat fortuitously drifted over Ilkeston ‘keeper, Dan Lowson, into the corner of the net.
Despite a lot of possession, the home side struggled to break down the Hyde rearguard with Hyde goalkeeper Michael Jones rarely tested. The Ilkeston danger man was winger, Sam Duncum and he almost equalised two minutes after the break when his cross shot struck the post.
The dangerous Gary Ricketts headed against the bar on 77 minutes but then Scott McNiven hit the Ilkeston bar with a free kick with just seven minutes left. As Ilkeston piled forward into injury time, Hyde ‘keeper Jones was adjudged to have brought down Tom Bonner. It looked a harsh decision, but Amari Morgan Smith made no mistake from the spot for a last gasp equaliser.
Despite two minutes being indicated, referee Mr Coy, who had a poor game throughout, proceeded to add a further three minutes in which time there was still time for David McNiven to strike the Ilkeston post before being belatedly ruled offside.