Saturday 13th March 2010
Hyde United: Mark Halstead, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Chris Lynch, Nathan D'Laryea, Matty Burke, Tom Manship, Nathan Arnold (David McNiven), Kevin Holsgrove, Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Scott Mooney). Subs not used: Lee Rick, Ben Rowbotham, Ricky Mercer.
AFC Telford United: Young, Vaughan, Newton, Killock, Dugdale, Blakeman, O'Connor, Rodgers, Carey-Bertram, Brown, Trainer. Subs: Adams for Carey-Bertram, Whitehead, Thompson, Reeves for O'Connor, Howarth.
Hyde shared the points with Telford on Saturday with both sides relying on their respective goalkeepers at various times to keep them in the game, especially in a pulsating finish. All the action in the game came in the last thirty minutes. Before then it was as bad as it could get.
This match sprung to life midway through the second half when former Tiger, Phil Trainer put the visitors ahead with his ninth goal of the season. Before then there hardly been any action at either end with defences of both sides being on top. Telford had Shane Killock and Adam Dugdale as their centre backs, both former Tigers returning to Ewen Fields for the first time.
The goal proved the stimulus for an exciting last twenty minutes with chances going to both sides and some fantastic goalkeeping. The Telford goal was harsh on Hyde's on loan 'keeper, Mark Halstead who made a good full length save to thwart Kevin O'Connor only to see Trainer net the rebound.
Telford's joy was short-lived however as Hyde immediately went downfield and from the resultant corner, Nathan Arnold volleyed home. Halstead then made another great save from Liam Blakeman before a flowing move from Hyde resulted in Lee Vaughan bringing down Kevin Holsgrove as he burst into the area. Vaughan received a red card but Hyde could not take advantage as Scott McNiven's penalty was well saved by Ryan Young. Justice was probably done as the offence appeared to be just outside the area, although Vaughan can have no complaints.
Both teams then went flat out for victory in the closing stages and Halstead produced three stunning saves to stop Andy Brown. In the dying seconds, Scott Mooney could have won it for Hyde as his shot across goal beat Young, but just eluded the far post.