Monday 27th August 2012
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Andrew Pearson, Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), Callum Byrne, Robbie Williams (Kelvin Lomax), Scott Spencer, Phil Jevons, Liam Tomsett. Subs not used: Ashley Frith, David McNiven, Matthew Cassidy. Sent off: Adam Griffin.
Southport: McMillan, Smith, Lever, Lynch, Grand, Benjamin, Parry, Moogan, Almond (Bakare), Gray (Barnes), Tames (Chalmers). Unused subs: Nemes, Stephenson. Sent Off: Moogan
Hyde fell to a second defeat in 3 days as they succumbed at home to a solid if unspectacular Southport side. This was probably the Tigersí poorest performance of the season, yet they still had enough chances to win it.
It was Southport who took the lead early on when David Carnell missed a corner. Chris Lynch headed towards goal, which was cleared off the line, and Chris Almond forced the ball over the despite Josh Brizellís efforts on the goalline.
Almond was causing problems and it was his wind-assisted cross which clipped the top of the crossbar with Carnell struggling.
Hyde responded with Scott Spencer and Adam Griffin combining well for the latterís shot to be smothered by Tony McMillan and his follow up to be scrambled off the line by Simon Grand.
Tony Gray then fired just wide before the best chance fell to Spencer right on half-time as he beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over McMillan, but this time James Smith got back to clear right on the line.
It was Hyde who came out brighter in the second half but were hit with a sucker punch. Spencer again got clear and elected to pull the back and the Southport defence managed to clear before Alex Brown gave away possession and Steven Tames broke and was allowed to run a long way with before unleashing an unstoppable shot which gave Carnell no chance.
After this, the stuffing had been knocked out of the home side and Griffinís wind-assisted cross which hit a post was the only effort of note as Southport soaked up the pressure and defended well.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men late on when both Griffin and Southportís Alan Moogan were involved in a clash and the red card was swiftly shown to both men.
Scott McNivenís reaction
Manager Scott McNiven spoke to Tigers radio station 26nil after the match to give his reaction to the defeat:
I was very disappointed.
Today was the first time I could look at the players and say they let me down, but itís me and Gav who have learned a lot from this today and we know what needs to be done.
Our play was flat, we lacked energy and spark and this in turn made the crowd flat as they needed something to get them going and the players didnít give them that.
We need to be more ruthless in front of goal Ė simple as. Scottís held his hands up in the dressing room and feels bad for missing the chances, but as we team we just didnít perform.
On Adam Griffinís sending off, the gaffer said:
It was stupid. We are struggling bodies-wise as it is with injuries, so Adam should know better than to get involved in that.
Now we miss him for 3 games and I canít defend him.
And the Hyde fans should rest assured that Nivs will be working hard to bring in new faces before the transfer deadline:
We have a lot of work to do between now and next Friday.
We are looking all the time but we have a budget to stick to, so if one does come in, one will have to go out.