Saturday 13th November 2010
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott (Ben Morris), Andrew Smart (Chris Rimmer), Steve Halford, Chris Lynch, Kevin Holsgrove, Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Scott Mooney (Lee Rick), Tom Manship. Subs not used: Ashley Young, Marcus Calvert.
Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Williams D, Robinson, Cowan, Waterfall, Boyce, Williams R, Greaves, Kendall, Mettam, Aiston. Subs: Mayo, Clarke for Mettam, Peat for Greaves, Davies, Beckett.
Hyde and Gainsborough shared the spoils in an exciting game at Ewen Fields. Both sides probably thought they had done enough to win at times during the game, but overall a draw was a fair result.
Despite missing three players through suspension, the Tigers started strongly and after just five minutes Tom Manship saw his shot cleared off the line by Darren Williams. Phil Barnes saved the visitors minutes later with a smart save from Dean Stott and Dale Johnson failed to convert the rebound. Stott went close again before Leon Mettam brought a great save from Hyde’s Russell Saunders on 23 minutes.
Saunders excelled again a minute later as he made a fantastic double save from Mettam’s penalty after Steve Halford was adjudged to have handled in the area. He did well to get across to the penalty and then managed to divert the follow-up shot when it looked a simple tap-in.
The first half was very much the story of the respective ’keepers. Both made a series of excellent saves and it was a surprise the flowing football from both teams had failed to produce a goal.
That changed immediately after the break when Mettam eventually got his name on the score-sheet on 52 minutes after heading home from close range after a pinpoint cross from Sam Aiston. It was tough on the Tigers, who probably should have been ahead by then.
Gainsborough sat back as Hyde piled on the pressure but it looked like the visitors would hold on until Johnson headed home a Lee Rick cross with five minutes remaining. Both sides each had a chance to win it within the five added minutes but failed to take advantage and Hyde had to settle for their first draw of the season.