Saturday 22nd January 2011
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Chris Lynch, Andrew Smart, Steve Halford (Ben Morris), Ashley Young, Kevin Holsgrove, Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Shaun Whalley (Scott Mooney), Tom Manship (Rob Turner). Subs not used: Scott McNiven, Lee Rick.
Blyth Spartans: Lowson, Groves, Cave, Tait, Swailes, Buchanan, Hooks, Turnbull, Brayson, Deverdics, Dale. Subs: O’Mahoney, Alexander, Ridley, Cunningham.
Blyth took their chances and consequently had a comfortable victory at Ewen Fields thanks to headed goals in each half. Man of the match Nicky Deverdics grabbed the first on 31 minutes when he glanced home Robert Dale’s pinpoint cross and on 66 minutes Neal Hooks made sure of the points for the visitors when he found himself unmarked in front of goal. The visitors could have had another near the end as another Deverics header came back off the bar.
Hyde’s recent dearth of goals was plain to see, as once again they failed to turn their superiority into goals. Time and time again the home side’s build up play was excellent, but once they reached the penalty area, there was no end result and consequently Blyth Keeper Dan Lowson had a pretty easy afternoon. A striker to assist Dale Johnson upfront has to be Neil Tolson’s first priority.
In the second half, the closest Hyde came to scoring was when substitute Scott Mooney fired over from inside the six yard box on sixty minutes and Ben Morris, another late substitute had his effort scrambled off the line after his shot has hit the legs of Lowson. Earlier Matty Burke had struck the outside of the post just before half-time, but otherwise it was a dismal afternoon for the Tigers with the relegation alarm bells ringing loudly and a difficult month ahead of them, especially as they play League leaders, Nuneaton Town twice.