Saturday 2nd February 2013
Woking: Howe, McNerney, Parkinson, Johnson, Nutter, Ricketts, Betsy, Sawyer (McCallum), Knott, Bubb (Mike), Stockley (Williams). Subs not Used: Putnins, Frith.
Hyde FC: Christopher Dilo, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Luke Ashworth, Kelvin Lomax, Mark Allott (Shay McCartan), David Poole (Osayamen Osawe), Liam Tomsett, Chris Sedgwick (Matthew Cassidy), Scott Spencer, Matthew Blinkhorn. Subs not used: Grant Spencer, David Carnell.
It’s now 4 straight defeats for the Tigers and no win in 2013 after this defeat in leafy Surrey. The game was played on a pitch which looked like a paddy field rather than a football pitch but in the first half both sides did well on it and it was Woking who took the lead on 10 minutes thanks to a superb strike from Billy Knott, the on loan Sunderland player picking up the ball on the right hand edge of the area and curling into the opposite corner giving the returning Chris Dilo no chance. This seemed to wake the Tigers up and Adam Griffin, Chris Sedgewick and Josh Brizell all flashed great balls across the box but no-one was in there to get a touch, however the equaliser did finally come when Griffin’s low cross was met by Matty Blinkhorn to poke past Aaron Howe. Woking nearly responded straight from the kick-off as Kevin Betsy got clear but his shot was well smothered by Dilo, Hyde responded with a buccaneering run from Josh Brizell and his swerving left footed shot was just about kept out by Howe as Hyde cranked up the pressure. It was the home side who flew out of the blokes in the 2nd half and took the lead 2 minutes in when the normally reliable Adam Griffin dallied on the ball and he was punished by Knott who again gave Dilo no chance, this gave the home side the impetus to up the tempo and push Hyde back and Dilo blocked well from Stockley. Despite having most of the possession Hyde ‘’huffed and puffed’’ according to manager Scott McNiven and only really created half chances and Woking were always dangerous on the break but were let down by a combination of the pitch and a poor final ball. Hyde were nearly gifted an equaliser though in the last minute of time added on when a risky back pass from Mark Ricketts nearly let in debutant Shay McCarten, on loan from Burnley but Howe just got to the ball first to clear.