Tuesday 25th January 2011
Nuneaton Town: Alcock, Christie, Forsdick, Noon, Dean, Walker (Matthews), Marsden (Armson), Storer, Spencer (Dillon), L.Moore, Hadland.
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Chris Lynch, Andrew Smart, Ashley Young, Scott McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Lee Rick, Tom Manship. Subs not used: Scott Mooney, Rob Turner, Ben Morris, Dean Stott, Chris Rimmer.
Hyde turned the League table on its head on Tuesday night with a superb victory at Nuneaton. Make no mistake, this was no fluke and the Tigers fully deserved the points.
After a run of three straight defeats, Shaun Whalley moving to Southport and Neil Tolson under pressure, Hyde went into the game with little confidence but they started brightly in the gloomy surroundings of Liberty Way and never looked back.
Playing a more attacking formation, Hyde took the game to the opposition and never let the league leaders settle. Kevin Holsgrove had twice gone close for Hyde before a long kick from Russell Saunders caused problems for full back Cyrus Christie, who under pressure from Dale Johnson, headed the ball goal-wards past his own ‘keeper. Dale followed it in and claimed the final touch. At least it saved Christie’s blushes.
The home side had a half-time rollicking, which most of the ground must have heard and Hyde expected an onslaught, but it never happened. The Tigers continued to play all the football and after a great run by Andrew Smart down the left, Johnson grabbed the second with twenty four minutes left.
Nuneaton immediately pulled one back through substitute James Armson after an initial brilliant save from Saunders but Hyde had opportunities to increase their lead as they comfortably held on.
This was a great game with the whole team playing their part in an excellent performance. It was hard to pick a man of the match as everybody had a strong case. Hopefully the Tigers can play like this again against Telford on Saturday.