Tuesday 27th October 2009
Eastwood Town: Budtz, Turner, Riley, Nwadike, Cooke, McAughtrie, Gardner, Foster (A), Knox, Foster (M), Meilke. Subs: Brown, Holmes, Chambers, Robinson, Whitehurst.
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Paul Barratt (Scott Mooney), David Thompson, Scott McNiven, Ricky Mercer, Nathan D'Laryea, Chris Lynch (Mark Lees), Tom Manship, David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Dean Stott, Aiden Kirkbride.
This was always going to be difficult game for the Tigers and so it proved. Eastwood are a formidable side on their notorious difficult sloping pitch (as Droylsden found on Saturday) and once they had established a two goal lead midway through the first half, the going was always going to be tough for Neil Tolsonís men.
Having said that Hyde has the better of the first twenty minutes before the impressive Lindon Meikle put the home side in front and when he added another excellent goal on 27 minutes, Eastwood threatened to run riot.
However Hyde stuck to their task and in the second period, aided by the slope, had most of the play but couldnít turn their neat approach play into goals. David McNiven and Ricky Mercer both went close and there were two strong penalty claims turned down by the referee, who was frequently too far away from the action to get decisions spot-on.
Kevin Holsgrove, getting better each game, was excellent for the Tigers but it was Hydeís lack of firepower which prevented them getting something from the game and a target man has to be Tolsonís number one priority before itís too late. Saturdayís game with Vauxhall is now critical if Hyde want to maintain mid table security.