Saturday 1st September 2012
Forest Green Rovers: Russell, Turley, Oshodi, Asafu-Adjaye, Racine, Forbes, Collins, Styche (Wright), Vieira (Taylor), Marsh (Klukowski), Norwood. Unused subs: Todd, Rowe
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Andrew Pearson (Robbie Williams), Luke Ashworth, Kelvin Lomax, Alex Brown (Callum Byrne), Matthew Cassidy, Liam Tomsett, Ryan Crowther, Scott Spencer, Phil Jevons (David McNiven). Subs not used: Grant Spencer, Ashley Frith.
It was another case of what could have been for Hyde FC as they stuttered to defeat, this time at the hands of Forest Green Rovers.
Despite being in control for much of the game goals just couldn’t be found, and they were left regretting a slow start.
Some rather baffling refereeing decisions also played their part, which started as early as the second minute with Matt Cassidy being penalised for being kicked in the head.
Phil Jevons had the game’s first chance, firing his 20 yard strike against the post.
In the next 10 minutes it all turned sour, with some questionable defending playing its part.
The impressive James Norwood was responsible for the opener, cutting in from the left and delivering a cross for Reece Styche to nod home off the post.
Magno Viera and Norwood then combined to set up Styche who fired over, a minute before the second was added. A Phil Marsh corner drifted over everyone, and Jamie Turley ghosted in at the back post to volley his side in to a two goal lead.
From here on in Hyde took control, and should have halfed the deficit moments later when Liam Tomsett volleyed over from point blank range.
At the midway point the returning Ryan Crowther combined well with Scott Spencer to set up Alex Brown, but the midfielder’s cheeky chip drifted narrowly over.
On 32 minutes Josh Brizell swung a great pass down the line to Spencer, but his whipped cross was just too heavy for Jevons.
Spencer, who was very lively throughout, then drifted in from the right and hit a stunning shot that was well saved before the game’s main talking point took place.
Tomsett showed great feet to evade challenges before clearly being felled in the penalty area, the referee however waved play on before booking the on loan midfielder for simulation. A decision that had fans of both sides scratching their heads.
Styche almost added a third moments before half time after waltzing through, but Dave Carnell was equal to his effort.
After controlling the opening stages of the second half a break away almost widened the lead, but Kevin Lomax tracked back well to make a crucial tackle.
On 55 minutes Hyde got the goal their play richly deserved, the returning Ryan Crowther hitting an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area and in to the bottom corner.
Spencer then had a penalty shout himself after receiving a push, but again play was waved on.
The England striker then managed to get a flick to Brizell’s centre, but it went right at Sam Russell in the opposition goal.
It was then the turn of Forest Green to be unlucky, Norwood hitting the wood work twice in 6 minutes to set an attacking finish from the visitors.
2 chances came the way of Hyde, but neither could be put away.
Firstly, following a scramble in the box the ball fell to Callum Byrne, but his shot hit Spencer as it looked destined for the net.
Spencer then latched on to a poor back pass, but with the goal gaping he hesitated on the ball and allowed the keeper to recover.
The third came in the last minute, Norwood breaking away and squaring for Ben Wright who calmly finished.
It could so easily have been a different story, but Hyde are still seeking that elusive first victory.