Saturday 20th September 2014
Hyde FC: Billy O'Brien, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Alex McQuade, Liam Chilvers, Connor Hughes, Louis Almond, D'Arcy O'Connor, Luke Giverin, Reece Gray, Tom Bentham. Subs not used: James Ball, Steve Tames, Ryan Masterson, Will Kinder, Adam Thurston.
Lowestoft Town: Ashlee Jones, Rickie Hayles, Adam Smith, Andrew Fisk, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Sam Gauam, Erkan Okay, David Radomski (Jake Reed), Shaun Bammant (Jefferson Louis), Chris Henderson, Robert Eagle (Harvey Hodd). Subs Not Used:- Bradley Woods-Garness, Jake Jessup.
by Liam Kelly
Hyde picked up their first home league win in 529 days today after they beat Lowestoft Town 5-1.
Goals from Bentham, Almond, Blakeman and a brace from Brizell gave the Tigers a comfortable win.
Things did not start as planned though, as Hyde were a goal down after ten minutes when Okay scored from point blank range. A free kick was drilled in low and was not dealt with by the Hyde defence and Okay pounced on the loose ball and gave the visitors the lead.
Hyde levelled the game eight minutes later when Almond who else, on the left wing cut inside on his favoured right footed and smashed the ball low into the near corner. Lowestoft could have retaken the lead almost immediately when a dangerous free kick went agonizingly close after it took a deflection and went over the bar.
Almond then nearly turned provider when he played Bentham into the box, but a last ditch tackle denied the striker a shot a goal. Hyde then did take the lead in the 24th minute, Bentham nut megged two Lowestoft players and was brought down in a dangerous area, and Blakeman made the visitors pay. His wand of a left foot sent the ball up and over the wall and it nestled into the top corner of the net.
Lowestoft then looked to level the game as Eagle’s dipping effort tested O’Brien from 30 yards, and then on the stroke of halftime Bammant near scored a goal Bergamo, would have been proud off. He plucked the ball out of the air and with his left foot, flicked the ball over Chilvers onto his right foot, volleyed towards goal but luckily, for the Tigers, the shot was right at O’Brien.
As the second half began, Hyde looked to put the game to bed with some neat play down the left flank, the ball eventually fell to Gray who with an exquisite beak heel, played the ball straight to Bentham who really should have found the net but instead hit his shot right at Jones.
Five minutes later and another Hyde attack, this time leading ending in a goal. Bentham held up the ball brilliantly on the halfway line, he played the ball through to Hughes, who beat his man and with his left foot, looked for the far corner but Jones tipped it round for a corner.
Hyde took the corner quickly, and Brizell nut megged a defender and from just inside the box smashed the ball as hard as he could and found the back of the net. Ten minutes later and Brizell had another chance, but his left foot effort went over the bar.
Hyde then did make it four. Bentham played the ball through for Gray and Jones, parried his shot unfortunately for him the ball landed to the right boot of Bentham, who smashed in from 5 yards.
Lowestoft didn’t give up and nearly made it 4-2. Okay shrugged off the challenge from Giverin, and then elegantly dunked the ball over the on rushing O’Brien, however the ball lacked power and McQuade cleared off the line.
At the opposite end, Hyde were looking for their fifth, and almost got it when Almond pounced on a mistake from Hayes, he then looked to chip Jones from just outside the area, fortunately for Jones the ball also cleared the bar and went behind for a goal kick.
Hyde did eventually make it five in stoppage time, when Brizell got his second of the game. From all of 20 yards, Brizell hit a Ronaldo-esque free kick, up and over the wall into the back of the net.