Saturday 6th April 2013
Hyde FC: David Carnell, David Poole (Shay McCartan), Adam Griffin, Luke Ashworth, Ben Dennis, Tunji Moses (Scott Spencer), Liam Tomsett, Jamie Milligan, Louis Almond, Matthew Blinkhorn (Phil Jevons), Scott Hogan. Subs not used: Robbie Williams, Chris Sedgwick.
Braintree Town: McDonald, Habergham, Paine, Massey, Davis, Daley (Smith), Mulley, Woodyard, Peters, Marks, Wright (Sparkes). Unused Subs: Naisbitt, Wells, Sheppard.
Hyde suffered defeat to Braintree to leave the Tigers still feeling a bit nervous about life as they are only 4 points clear of the relegation zone.
In truth there was not much to write home about from the match as a whole, as for long stages this game had an end of season feel to it already. It was the visitors who showed with Luke Daley’s shot being pushed away by David Carnell at his near post. Hyde’s best chance of the half came when Nathan McDonald’s clearance hit Matty Blinkhorn and went towards goal but spun away at the last minute and allowed McDonald to recover. With the game seemingly meandering towards half time, Braintree shot in life 5 minutes before half time which stunned Hyde. First James Mulley ghosted in between Ben Dennis and Luke Ashworth and finished calmly and then Ben Wright was allowed to turn and scuffed his shot into the bottom corner.
The 2nd half continued in much the same vain with not a lot happening and Braintree happy to just soak up pressure and slow the game down and frustrate Hyde. They nearly added a 3rd though when Mulley’s header was well saved by Carnell while at the other end substitute Scott Spencer had a good claim for a penalty turned down when he appeared to be blocked by Allan Massey. Jamie Milligan did give the Tigers hope when he latched onto a superb through ball from Liam Tomsett and calmly slotted home but despite huffing and puffing nearly really tested McDonald after that to leave Scott McNiven bemoaning the lack of tempo and soft goals given away.