Monday 25th January 2010
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Ricky Mercer, Nathan D'Laryea, Matty Burke, Tom Manship (Scott Mooney), Glynn Hurst (David McNiven), Lee Rick (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), Kevin Holsgrove. Subs not used: Ben Rowbotham, Chris Rimmer.
Ilkeston Town: Lowson, Bonner, White, Holmes, Waterfall, O'Louhglin, Burge, Dempsey, Ricketts (Morgan-Smith, 46), Godden, Coleman (Duncum, 66, Hooks, 87). Other subs: Green, Caskey.
Hyde staged their first home game for eight weeks and produced a great second half fight-back to secure a point against Ilkeston on Monday night. At half-time, it looked all over with the Tigers a goal down and seemingly going nowhere, but in a rousing second half they had the visitors on the back foot and by the end thoroughly deserved a point.
However nothing is ever simple for the Tigers this season and twice in injury time Michael Jones had to produce superb saves to thwart Dan Holmes, whilst at the other end a goal-bound shot from Kevin Holsgrove struck a defender en route and missed by a whisker. From the resultant corner the visitors scrambled the ball away off the line.
The game changed with 15 minutes remaining as Neil Tolson introduced David McNiven and Scott Mooney upfront. Within a minute Mooney found space on the left and his shot eluded Dan Lowson at the near post. A grandstand finish ensued with Mc Niven finding space in the box and going down after a challenge from Lowson. Referee Mr Tyas booked the Hyde player for simulation when a penalty looked the correct decision. There were other close calls from the referee to give the fans plenty to discuss on the way home, as well as the fact he filled his notebook with seven names.
Earlier in the game Ilkeston had taken control and the main talking point was an unnecessary lunge by Gary Ricketts on Dean Stott. He received the first yellow, when on another day it could have been red. He continued to push his luck and was withdrawn at half-time probably for his own good. The first goal came from a corner on 36 minutes when Jones produced a brilliant close range save only to see Luke Waterfall lash the ball home from the rebound.
All in all a deserved point for the Tigers but there is still plenty to do now the season has restarted after the unplanned winter break.