Tuesday 20th November 2012
Hyde FC: Christopher Dilo, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Ben Dennis (Robbie Williams), Luke Ashworth, Alex Brown, Chris Sedgwick (Tunji Moses), Liam Tomsett, Matthew Blinkhorn, Phil Jevons (David Poole), Ryan Crowther. Subs not used: Callum Byrne, Matthew Harris.
Alfreton Town: Stewart, Streete, Franklin, Franks (Meadows), Killock, Harriot (Brown), Bradley, Tomlinson (Russell), Clayton, Arnold, Law. Unused subs: Quinn, Worsfold
Hyde couldn’t take advantage of second half chances and had to settle for a draw, after Phil Jevons cancelled out a Leigh Franks opener.
It was the visitors who seized the initiative immediately following kick off, with their strong physical presence penning the Tigers back.
Their only chance, however, came courtesy of Paul Clayton who escaped down the right and crossed but it just evaded the lively Nathan Arnold.
A little less than ten minutes later Phil Jevons found himself in one on one, with his shot being kept out by Jon Stewart.
Following this the majority of the chances in the half fell to Alfreton, ultimately culminating in them taking the lead.
Firstly Ex- Tiger Arnold won a free kick that was terrifically taken by Joshua Law, but Chris Dilo kept it out with a stunning diving save to his left.
He performed more heroics ten minutes later from a long range effort, but was eventually beaten when Leigh Franks headed in from a free kick.
The lead lasted just four minutes though, Jevons making up for not capitalising earlier by neatly producing a header of his own that went across the keeper and in at the far post.
It was Alfreton who had the first chance of the second half, Clayton heading across goal after a succession of corners, following which Hyde more or less took control.
A minute later Jevons ran at a last defender before shunting left and shooting narrowly wide, before Blinkhorn’s effort from just outside the box had the same result.
On 66 minutes Alex Brown stole the ball in midfield, ran at the last defender and played it square to Jevons whose shot was blocked, before Ryan Crowther followed up and forced Jon Stewart into a good save.
A short time after this the visitors did threaten with a Ross Killock headed attempt from point black range, but Dilo was again equal to it and produced another good save.
Late on two chances fell the way of the hosts, neither could be taken as the game filtered out.
It was Crowther who first ran on to a great pass by Tunji Moses over the top, but saw his lobbed attempt drifted over the bar.
Then in injury time he whipped in a corner to the back post, Blinkhorn though just couldn’t capitalise and his header fell wide of the post.