Saturday 12th November 2011
Boston United: Paul Bastock, Lee Canoville (Jordan Fairclough), Alan White, Kevin Austin, Gareth Jelleyman, Ryan Semple, Ben Milnes, Danny Sleath, Chris Hall (Tyrone Kirk), Jason Lee, Marc Newsham (Jordan Burrow). Subs not used: Ben Fairclough, Tom Ward
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Andrew Pearson, Adam Griffin, Gianluca Havern (Joel Richardson), Danny Hall, Tunji Moses (Chris Worsley), David Birch, Callum Byrne, Tom Fisher (David Poole), Danny Broadbent, Shelton Payne. Subs not used: Sean Williams, Nathan Martin.
Hyde made it 4 wins in a row and the fourth game with a clean sheet as they came through a tough examination against Boston United with flying colours.
It was Boston who had the early pressure with the impressive Ryan Semple causing problems down the right, but it was the Tigers who had the first effort at goal as the ball ran free in the area and Paul Bastock saved well with his legs from Tom Fisher. They then had a strong shout for a penalty moments later when Bastock looked to have brought down Shelton Payne but the referee waved away the protests.
The home side had a half chance after a slight mix up in the Hyde defence allowed Newsham to have a shot pushed round his near post by Carnell. It was the Tigers who came out stronger in the second half and it took them just 3 minutes to take the lead as Shelton Payne ran onto an Andy Pearson through ball and finished well. He had been booed non-stop by the home crowd responded to his goal by cupping his ear to the crowd.
Boston thought they had equalised as Newsham poked home, but the goal was ruled out for offside. At the other end Payne looked to have gone too far as he rounded Bastock, but he cleverly squared for Tom Fisher who somehow, with the goal gaping, hit the man on the line and it was cleared.
The Tigers were in control now and continued to have chances with Fisher having a shot saved by Bastock and also firing over after forcing his way through, and substitute Chris Worsley shooting over. Hyde did finally wrap up the game after Payne raced by Lee Canoville and squared the ball for Fisher. His shot was blocked but it ran to Broadbent who chested down and fired home.
Hyde squeezed the life out of the game and dealt with the aerial bombardment well. Jason Lee had a rare for the home side chance to get one back late on, but Carnell did just enough to save at his feet.
But it was the Tigers who were still threatening to add a third. Callum Byrne hit a wonderful curling shot against the post in injury time and then Chris Worsley hit the bar with a follow up shot.
Speaking to Luke Edwards after the match, Gary Lowe reflected on a job well done:
“To be fair to Boston they started well and pressed us up the pitch. But then we had a 10 minute spell where we did well, got through to half-time having not played the greatest, but obviously they had a good crowd behind them and this seemed to lift them. But we sorted a few things out at half-time and in the second half we played a lot better. We looked dangerous on the break and I didn’t think they’d look likely to score and I thought we could have more than 2 goals in the end.
“I thought Dave Birch had his best game for the club, Callum Byrne had a good game and Danny Hall was very solid at the back as well, but it was a good solid team performance all over. We weren’t at our best but we showed great character and have just gone 4 games without our 2 most dangerous players. We’ve won all 4 without conceding a goal so that’s testament to the players who have done fantastically well.
“It was a tough game and having spoken to a couple of the Boston lads they thought that was the best they had played this season, and yet we still won 2 – 0.
I can see Boston taking a lot of points off the top teams that go there, so I think that shows what a great result it is for us.”