Saturday 13th April 2013
Nuneaton Town: Burge, Phillips, Cowan, Dean, Forsdick (Walker), O’Halloran, Adams, Armson, York, Brown, Moult (Dance). Unused subs: Cartwright, Gordon, Sleath.
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Luke Ashworth, Ben Dennis, Robbie Williams (Scott Spencer), Alex Brown, David Poole (Shay McCartan), Jamie Milligan, Phil Jevons, Louis Almond, Matthew Blinkhorn (Chris Sedgwick), Scott Hogan. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, David McNiven.
Hyde mathematically secured their Blue Square Bet Premier status on Saturday despite going down to defeat at Nuneaton. A defeat for Stockport County at home to Dartford sparked wild celebrations in the Tigers dressing room as the reality hit home. The win for the home edged them closer to safety it was they who had more purpose about them throughout the match.
It was Hyde who had the first chance of the game as the ball found, captain for the day, Phil Jevons and his curler was well held by Lee Burge under his own crossbar. It was Nuneaton though who were pressing and harrying and they nearly took the lead when Wes York’s cross was headed towards goal by Andy Brown but Ben Dennis was in the right place to clear off the line, they weren’t to be denied soon after when the same pair brought about the opening goal as York got down the right and his low cross was converted by Brown. Hyde had a good spell after this and passed the ball really well and nearly equalised when Jamie Milligan’s superb free-kick was flicked onto the post by Matty Blinkhorn, Luke Ashworth also had a shot well blocked.
They came out bright at the start of the second half as well as Robbie Williams’s flicked a header just wide. After this the home side really went for the throat and the Tigers makeshift defence was really put under pressure and they were breached again when a great flowing move by the Nuneaton midfield found Simon Forsdick who’s powerful shot flew into the net to leave Dave Carnell rooted to the spot. Carnell then produced a fantastic double save, first diving full length to save James Armson’s shot and then brilliantly reacting to keep out Louis Moult’s follow up before diving bravely at Brown’s feet to gather the ball, he was beaten again though 20 minutes from the end when Moult’s powerful flew past him to give him no chance and Nuneaton an unassailable lead. To their credit the Tigers did continue to try and play football but maybe lacked a cutting edge although a nice move involving Jevons and Shay McCarten was finished off well by Louis Almond who crashed in a shot off the crossbar. The final whistle went to spark celebrations from both sets of teams.