Saturday 10th October 2009
F.A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay
Salford City: Robertson, Foster, Mortimor, Flynn, Ruffer, Ayres, Murphy, Andrews, Mahon, Fitzpatrick, Giggs. Subs:- Hockenhull, Pegg, McNamara, Forrester, Baylis.
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Chris Lynch, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Lincoln Adams, Nathan D'Laryea, Robbie Smith, Tom Manship, David McNiven, Scott Mooney (Neil Tolson), Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Dean Stott, Ben Rowbotham, Aiden Kirkbride, Gerry Harrison, Will Burns.
Hyde went out of the FA Cup at Salford’s Moor Lane ground at Saturday without so much as a whimper as they produced an awful display in a pretty dreadful game. The fact they had just one shot on target in ninety minutes sums up the day and left Neil Tolson with plenty to say and do if he is going to get the Tigers back on track.
With just one win in ten games, the Tigers are desperately short of confidence but there can be no excuses for such a lacklustre display. They were lucky to get away with a draw in the first match but should have been able to complete the job against a pretty average Salford side rooted to the bottom of the Unibond Division One North with the return of Michael Jones in goal (he had been desperately missed) and Chris Lynch in midfield.
The plain facts are that Hyde never started and the only meaningful attack in the first period was an excellent effort from Nathan Arnold, who was one of the few Hyde players, who looked committed. Nathan D’Laryea at the back also produced a good performance and Jones was confident on his return. Apart from that stars on either side were hard to find.
The Tigers insisted in pumping long balls into the box which were food and drink for Mike Flynn and Carl Ruffer and in the second period despite more pressure never seriously threatened the Salford goal and test ‘keeper Andy Robertson.
From the two games it was impossible to judge whether he is a good ‘keeper or not, but what he is good at is kicking. His distribution from the back was exceptional over incredible distances and he constantly proved to be the danger man on counter attacks.
Hyde had a left off on 76 minutes when Rhodri Giggs fired the ball home only to be pulled back for offside. It was a close call and Hyde should have capitalised on their good fortune but they failed to take advantage and six minutes later allowed the player to run through the defence from a long clearance and saw him coolly slot the ball past Jones into the back of the net.
Game, set and match and plenty for Tolson to ponder.