Tuesday 12th March 2013
Luton Town: Tyler, Taylor (Rowe-Turner), McNulty, Howells, Henry, Goodman, Lawless (Walker), O’Donnell, Smith, Wall, Gray (Martin). Unused subs: Nixon, McGorrigan. Unused subs: Brill, Robinson
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Luke Ashworth, Ben Dennis, Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, Jamie Milligan (Chris Sedgwick), Louis Almond, Matthew Blinkhorn, Scott Hogan (Shay McCartan). Subs not used: Robbie Williams, Tunji Moses, Scott Spencer.
Hyde pulled off a superb result at Kenilworth Road to give their survival hopes a massive shot in the arm.
It was a fully deserved victory for the Tigers who didn’t play like a team that had suffered 6 straight defeats as they took the game to their more illustrious opponents with Louis Almond and Scott Hogan causing problems down each wing.
The two of them were involved for the opening goal, Jamie Milligan played a great crossfield pass to Hogan who skinned Greg Taylor and Jake Goodman before finding Matty Blinkhorn who helped it onto Almond who drilled the ball low past Tyler.
This woke the home side who came into the game more and with the lively Andre Gray and Jake Howells causing problems down the left they created chances the first of which was squandered by Gray when he went for goal when crossing would have been a better option, Howells next cross was scuffed wide by Jonathan Smith from 6 yards, it was Howells who equalised when he went to cross but it flew into the top corner past a startled David Carnell.
Luton dominated possession for the rest of the half without troubling the Hyde defence and it was Almond who again went closest before half time and his scuffed shot went wide.
The expected 2nd half onslaught from the home side never materialised and it was Hyde who took control and at times they looked like the home side as they passed Luton off the park and they eventually went back into the lead when a mix-up in the home defence led to Matty Blinkhorn being fouled in the area by the hapless Taylor and Jamie Milligan calmly stepped up and converted the penalty, sending Tyler the wrong way.
Everyone was expecting Luton pressure but it never really happened and if anything Hyde looked the more likely on the break and they held on comfortably to spark wild scenes in the away end and boos from the home faithful.