Saturday 16th October 2010
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Scott McNiven, Steve Halford, Michael Taylor, Mark Lees, Greg Traynor (Neil Tolson), Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Scott Mooney, Shaun Whalley. Subs not used: Marcus Calvert, Lee Rick, Ben Morris, Mark Stewart. Sent off: Michael Taylor.
Worcester City: Sandercombe, Ward, Clarke, Thorley, Evans, Elvins, Cartwright, O’Connor, Danks, Glover, Birley. Subs: McGregor for Glover, Walker for Danks, Polan, Richman for Birley, Wright.
Worcester arrived late at Ewen Fields due to traffic problems, which resulted in a 15 minutes delayed kick-off, but they lost no time getting into their stride when a Rob Elvins header brought a great save from Russell Saunders with less than a minute gone. Four minutes later Mark Danks was through on goal, but delayed his shot after rounding Saunders and was left claiming for a penalty as the ball was scrambled away.
However it wasn’t long before the visitors’ pressure paid off when Tom Thorley fired home from the edge of the area on 29 minutes after Hyde had failed to clear.
After such a shaky start, Hyde did begin to create their own chances and Scott Mooney twice went close before Dale Johnson shot wide with just Tim Sandercombe to beat. Mark Lees could have had a penalty, but it was a no stronger claim than Danks had earlier. Shaun Whalley was instrumental in much of Hyde’s play but the Tigers could not find the killer touch and continued to miss a succession of chances.
Steve Halford did find the net on 51 minutes, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Mooney was hauled down on 60 minutes as he ran through which earned Elvins a booking but the game was settled on 65 minutes when Ryan Clarke broke free on the left and squared across the box for Neil Cartwright to squeeze the ball home at the far post.
Michael Taylor was sent off for Hyde after 85 minutes for an unnecessary altercation with Simon Richman near the corner flag to complete a miserable afternoon for the Tigers.