Saturday 23rd October 2010
Blyth Spartans: Gillespie, Groves, Cave, Tait, Swailes, Buchanan, Hooks, Turnbull, Brayson, Alexander, Dale. Subs: Deverdics, O'Mahoney, Ridley, Morris, Cunningham
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Mark Lees, Andrew Smart, Steve Halford, Michael Taylor, Matty Burke, Scott Mooney (Lee Rick), Scott McNiven, Dale Johnson, Shaun Whalley, Tom Manship. Subs not used: Greg Traynor, Ben Morris, Chris Rimmer, Marcus Calvert. Sent off: Scott McNiven.
It started to look as bleak as the weather for Hyde when Mark Gillespie saved Andy Smart's penalty on 15 minutes. The young 'keeper made amends for bringing down Dale Johnson, when there appeared little danger.
Scott McNiven soon picked up a cheap booking and this was to prove decisive later when he picked up another on 75 minutes and was sent off.
In a first half of few chances, Phil Cave went the closest for Blyth when he struck the base of the post. Hyde had absorbed plenty of pressure and playing against the wind were probably content to be level at the break.
Things changed immediately after when Shaun Whalley scored a spectacular own goal. Seemingly under no pressure he contrived to volley the ball into his own net. Certainly one Chris Brass would have been proud of.
After that things went downhill at an alrming rate for Hyde. Chris Swales headed a second on 66 minues from a needless free kick and then with the Tigers down to 10 men, Paul Brayson hammered home a free kick. It could have been more but for ther brilliance of Russell Saunders in goal, who made a succession of excellent saves as Hyde collapsed dramatically to complete a throughly miserable afternoon all round.