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Match Details:

Sunday 15th November 2009
Conference North

Hyde United1Lynch (55)
Northwich Victoria1Allan (3)

Attendance: 718

Hyde United: Michael Jones, Paul Barratt, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Adam Dugdale, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Lee Rick, David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Neil Tolson (Scott Mooney). Subs not used: Ben Rowbotham, Gerry Harrison, Nathan D'Laryea, Will Burns.

Northwich Victoria: Aspden, Aspin, Brown, Bailey, Grand, Herring, D’Laryea, Connor, Newby, Allan, Elam. Subs: Riley for Elam, Vaughan, Kerr, Winter, Edwards.

The old saying that ‘football is a funny old game’ was never more true on Sunday at Ewen Fields. Northwich came into the game on the crest of a wave after beating Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup, whilst the injury stricken Tigers had six players missing and were without a League win for two months.

The result appeared a foregone conclusion and seemed even more so when the Vics took the lead after just three minutes. A long throw into the box from Ian Herring and Johnny Allen was on hand to head home. It was certainly not the start Hyde wanted, but they fought back well after surviving plenty of pressure, but were indebted to goalkeeper, Michael Jones, who made a stunning save on the half hour mark from a close range effort from John Newby.

The save was the catalyst for the Tigers to claw their way back into the game and from then on push Northwich all the way. It was certainly a defining moment in the game.

Hyde went into the game with new loan signing Adam Dugdale at centre half, winger Kevin Holsgrove at left back, two full backs in midfield, whilst Neil Tolson recalled himself upfront and on paper looked no match for the on song Vics, but the visitors could not have expected the passion and commitment Hyde showed especially after their early goal.

Hyde had much of the play in the second period and equalised when Chris Lynch, later taken to hospital with a rib injury, headed home Lee Rick’s corner with half an hour to go. It was then Hyde who had the ascendancy and Lynch was only inches away with a screamer and after chances at both end, Paul Barratt looked to have won it for Hyde in injury time with a superb shot on the run only to be thwarted by a brilliant finger tip save from Curtis Aspden.

All in all a draw was a fair result in the Autumn sunshine in front of a healthy crowd of 718, justifying the switch to Sunday.

Paul Barratt goes on a run - Pic: Don Goodwin
David McNiven odes the splits - Pic: Don Goodwin
Neil Tolson tries his luck - Pic: Don Goodwin

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