Saturday 14th August 2010
AFC Telford United: Young, Salmon, Newton, Rodgers, Murray, Killock, Mills, Trainer, Meechan, Brown, Adams. Subs: John ( for Adams, Davies, Abbott for Brown, Lawrie for Meechan, Platt.
Hyde FC: Craig Mawson, Dean Stott (Mark Stewart), Chris Lynch, Christopher Lynch, Michael Taylor, Neil Sorvel, Kyle Wilson, Matty Burke, Ashley Stott (Scott Mooney), Michael Lea (Ben Morris), Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Lee Pugh.
When the fixtures were published, this was always going to be a tough starter for the Tigers and so it proved as Hyde were outclassed in all departments by Andy Sintonís new side containing a number of impressive signings. However it was one of the team he inherited, Shane Killock, who had a spell at Hyde, who looked a class above anybody else on the pitch.
Hyde gave a debut to on loan defender Chris Lynch from Burnley and there canít have been many occasions when two players with the identical names played in the same defence. To add to the confusion, both players collected bookings!
For the Tigers there were only two starters from the game at the Bucks Head towards the end of last season (when they received another mauling) and on this showing the basically new side is very much work in progress but lack of pace and physique was apparent on the day.
Once Hyde had conceded two goals from set pieces before the break, there was no way back despite a spirited start to the second period as the home side cruised to an easy victory with three goals in the last thirteen minutes.
Kyle Wilson had an early chance before Telford took the lead on 25 minutes when a corner wasnít dealt with and the ball finished up in the net off the unfortunate Michael Taylorís shoulder. Eleven minutes later Andy Brown nipped in to head home and basically settle the game.
After the break Hyde began to get their passing game together but it was too little too late as Greg Mills grabbed a third on 77 minutes when he picked up the ball in midfield, ran through and hammered the ball home. With four minutes remaining a long kick downfield found substitute James Lawrie, who scored easily. Only a number of good saves from Craig Mawson stopped a complete annihilation as the Tigers capitulated.
In the dying seconds Chris Lynch (the original) was adjudged to have handled in the area and Steven Abbott made no mistake from the spot. It was a harsh decision as the ball was hit towards him from close range, but it mattered little as Hyde had suffered a traumatic afternoon.