Saturday 2nd April 2011
Gainsborough Trinity: Phil Barnes, Neal Spafford , Nathan Peat, Gavin Cowan, Luke Waterfall, Andrew Boyce, Leon Mettam, Ryan Williams, Ryan Kendall, Lewis Mcmahon, Paul Mayo. Subs not used:- Mark Greaves, Darren Williams, Josh Davies, Sam Aiston, Mark Robinson.
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Mark Lees, Matt Doughty, Mark Lees, Steve Halford, Dean Stott (Jake Simpson), Kevin Holsgrove, Matty Burke, Matty Barlow, Andrew Smart (Chris Brown), Scott McNiven (David McNiven)
Report by Luke Edwards
Hyde are in deep relegation trouble after losing this vital 6 pointer at the Northholme. After encouraging performances in the last 2 games at Alfreton and Eastwood the Tigers, despite taking the lead, put in an insipid performance in probably their most important game of the season.
Hyde named an unchanged team from Wednesdays’ game at Eastwood which meant 4 of the 5 new signings brought in during the week started on the bench. It was a scrappy start to a tense game but it was the home side who made the first chance with Saunders saving well from Ryan Kendall.
It was Hyde who took the lead 15 minutes before half-time with their first real chance of the game. A long ball from Mark Lees found Kevin Holsgrove, who despite being pulled to the ground by Luke Waterfall, managed to force the ball past Barnes and it trickled over the line. It was Gainsborough who finished the half stronger and Hyde were struggling from set-pieces and long throws, indeed Chris Lynch had already had to head off the line before Russ Saunders produced the save of the match diving low to his left to keep out Lewis McMahon’s thunderbolt.
Hyde tried to sit back in the 2nd half and hold on to what they had and were nearly punished when Mark Lees made a goalsaving clearance from right under his own crossbar to deny Leon Mettam what would have been a certain goal.
With Hyde failing to keep possession they were eventually punished after a rare error of judgement from Saunders as he was beaten to a right wing by Ryan Kendall who headed the equalizer. The home side were on the front foot now and 5 minutes later they were in front when another cross into the box found Kendall who headed across goal and Andrew Boyce had the simple task of heading home from about a yard out. Hyde had no answer and Gainsborough wasted some half chances to extend the lead as Hyde went down with a whimper and leaves them looking down the trapdoor of relegation.