Saturday 12th September 2009
Blue Square Bet North
Northwich Victoria: Aspden, Aspin, Brown, Bailey, Grand, Herring, DíLaryea (J), Connor, Danks, Allan, Elam. Subs:- Riley, Taylforth, Kerr, Winter, Vaughan.
Hyde United: Matt Convey, Dean Stott (Lee Rick), Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Chris Lynch, Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Kevin Holsgrove), David McNiven (Tom Manship), Scott Mooney, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Aiden Kirkbride, Lincoln Adams.
This turned out to be a stroll in the sun for the home side once they had taken the lead on 17 minutes through Jonny Allan writes Tony Beard. He should have added a second on 34 minutes but he struck the bar from close range when it looked easier to score, as Hyde struggled to cope with the lively Northwich forwards.
There were two sets of twins on the pitch for this game with the McNivens and Nathan DíLaryea for Hyde and Nathanís brother Jonathon in midfield for the Vics which is a Conference record. Hyde also gave debuts to Matthew Convey in goal on loan from Bradford City and Kevin Holsgrove from Colwyn Bay.
There was drama before the kick-off for the Vics as goalkeeper, James Spencer, went over on his ankle in the warm up and Hyde agreed to allow Curtis Aspden to take over in goal. Hyde couldnít capitalise as he was never really tested in the game as the Tigers succumbed meekly once Matthew Bailey added a second on 39 minutes when he headed home a free kick.
When Mark Danks ran through a statuesque Hyde defence on 49 minutes to add a third a rout looked on the cards, but Hyde manager, Neil Tolson showed his displeasure by introducing three substitutes to stem the tide.
Convey kept the Vics forwards at bay with a number of good saves but at the other end the Hyde forwards made little impression on the Vics back line.
Scott Mooney had a couple of half chances for the Tigers and Scott McNiven should have done better with the goal at his mercy but it was left to substitute Lee Rick to score a late consolation for Hyde with a great finish when he ran clear of the home defence. It was too little too late for Hyde who had spent much of the afternoon on the back foot and contributed little to the game.
After such a promising start to the season, Hyde have now just taken two points from the last six games and the alarm bells are beginning to ring and on this performance Tolson has much to do to get his team back on track.