Saturday 6th February 2010
Redditch United: Lewis, Clarke, Charlton, Bridgwater, Francis, Bullimore, Byrne, Carter, Jakab, Blair, Semper. Subs: Heggs (for Semper), McGrath (for Bullimore), Moraka (for Jakab) Not Used: Turner, Jackson
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Ricky Mercer, Nathan D'Laryea, Matty Burke, Tom Manship, Glynn Hurst (David McNiven), Kevin Holsgrove (Scott Mooney), Lee Rick (Nathan Arnold). Subs not used: Chris Rimmer, Ben Rowbotham.
On paper this may not seem a particularly significant result for the Tigers but in reality it actually did say much more. It was Hyde’s first clean sheet since the opening day of the season, their first point away since August 22nd , the return of Nathan Arnold after injury and perhaps most importantly showed they could battle and hold their own against tough opposition.
The Valley Stadium is never an easy venue and so it proved again on Saturday. The pitch was heavy and pretty much devoid of grass, which made neat football out of the question but Hyde stuck to the task in hand and by the end were unlucky not to come away with all three points.
The Tigers had most of the play throughout but had one piece of good fortune in the 10th minute when hesitancy in the defence allowed Dan Carter to strike a post. After that early warning, Hyde tightened up and there were a number of excellent individual performances throughout the team.
Lee Rick had a couple of chances either side of half time but it was late on in the game when Hyde stepped up the tempo and introduced three forwards in a bid for an all important goal. There were plenty of close shaves in the last quarter but the home side held out and the Tigers fully deserved a point. On another day it could have been three, but overall plenty of positives for Neil Tolson.