Saturday 12th December 2009
Blue Square Bet North
Alfreton Town: Paddy Gamble, Josh Law, Dominic Roma, Bobby Aisien, Kyle McFadzean, Ian Ross, Steve Istead, Ben Mills (Lloyd Kerry 73), Paul Clayton, Liam Hearn (Ben Starosta 81), Andy Todd (Curtis Shaw 89) Subs not used: Laurence Matthewson, Matt Wilson.
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Ricky Mercer, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Lee Rick, Nathan D'Laryea, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship, David McNiven (Scott Mooney), Glynn Hurst, Kevin Holsgrove. Subs not used: Gerry Harrison, Ben Rowbotham, Neil Tolson, Will Burns. Sent off: Chris Lynch.
When Alfreton visited Hyde earlier in the season they set off at a terrific pace scoring two early goals and in the process Chris Lynch was sent off. Saturday’s game at the Impact Arena was very much ‘déjà vu’ as Hyde were two down in thirteen minutes with the luckless Lynch back in the dressing room again.
There was no way back for the Tigers from then onwards and it was very much damage limitation. However they had only themselves to blame after a sluggish start where the home side could have scored three times in the first five minutes but for the brilliance of Michael Jones in the Hyde goal. They did eventually open the scoring on eleven minutes through Ben Mills. The Tigers made an almighty mess of the kick-off and gave the ball away. Paul Clayton burst clear and was bundled over by Lynch in the area. He was the last man and a red card was inevitable. The impressive Liam Hearn made no mistake from the spot.
Hyde had contributed to their own downfall by firstly choosing to kick up the slope first half and then making a series of defensive howlers as the home side went on the rampage. Ian Ross made it 3-0 on 25 minutes with a curling shot and only Jones stood between a complete annihilation for the out of sorts Tigers.
There was little improvement in the second period despite the home side taking their foot off the gas and Josh Law added a fourth with a cameo goal on 73 minutes. This was a horror show for Hyde from start to finish leaving Neil Tolson plenty to do before the tough Christmas programme.