Saturday 25th October 2014
Hyde FC: Billy O'Brien, D'Arcy O'Connor, Adam Blakeman, Kelvin Lomax, Alex McQuade, Scott Kerr, Connor Hughes, Luke Giverin, George Riley (Joe Conchie), Steve Tames (Louis Almond), Tom Bentham. Subs not used: Daniel Mukuna, Adam Thurston, Kyle Brownhill.
Leamington: M. Morch, S. Pierpoint, J. Mace (J. Tank), S. Morley, J. Fry, M. Dodd, A. Wint (J. Magunda), J. Goddard, L. Chilton, J. Edwards, L. Moore.. Subs not Used: L. Maher, M. Naylor, E. Porter.
by Jake Ashton
Hyde made it two draws in succession at home with a good performance against Leamington, although will be frustrated not to get the three points.
The game started off quite slow with both teams cancelling each other out in the middle of the park but the first chance of the game fell to the Tigers, with Luke Giverin playing a neat one two with Scott Kerr before his deep cross nearly caught Mats Morch out in the Leamington goal, having to be cleared by Mace on the line. Giverin went close for a second time after linking up again with Kerr who played the winger through, before his shot fired against the post and straight to Steve Tames, whose shot was saved well by Morch. James Fry then picked up a booking for the Brakes in what was quite a mild game in all fairness, with neither side really putting in a dirty foul, but the resulting free kick failed to worry the visitors who went close themselves through Lee Chilton whose half-volley flew a couple of yards wide.
The Tigers took the lead with a half-volley of their own, when the ball dropped in front of Connor Hughes whose shot sailed past Mats Morch into the far corner. Hughes almost got his second in the space of two minutes when he beat the offside trap to go clean through, but his shot from 6 yards out flew miles over with the winger leaning back. Leamington nearly grabbed an equaliser before the break after Aron Wint’s fierce shot was saved well by Billy O’Brien, but his save fell to Matt Dodd who hit his shot out of the ground from 6 yards out.
Within 60 seconds of the second half Leamington had equalised after Giverin handled in the area, with Matt Dodd converting the penalty sending O’Brien the wrong way. From the stands the handball looked dubious but Captain Alex McQuade admitted after the game that it was a clear penalty, with Giverin sticking his arm out to a dangerous cross that was whipped into the area.
The Tigers hit back straight away through substitute Jamie Tank’s own goal after great wing play by Steve Tames whose drilled cross was turned into his own net by the defender. Tames was looking for Bentham in the middle but the forwards cross was turned in by Tank who unfortunately slid to clear but could only put it into his own net. Jordan Goddard scored the best goal of the game with his equaliser for the Brakes after dribbling wonderfully through the Hyde defence before curling into the bottom corner. Goddard picked the ball up halfway into the Hyde half and skipped past numerous challenges like they weren’t even there, before his exquisite finish left O’Brien rooted. Bentham then picked up a booking after sliding into Tank and although the ball went out for a goal kick the ref somehow felt it was worthy of a yellow.
The Tigers nearly got a winner after sub Joe Conchie took the ball past Morch and the ball fell kindly to Tom Bentham with an open net but the striker dragged his shot wide. The whole ground was stunned as it looked like Bentham couldn’t do anything else but score, but his shot was a yard wide and the majority of the Hyde players had collapsed to the ground with their heads in their hands. Leamington had a chance of their own down the other end but Lee Chilton’s superb shot was met with an equally as good save from O’Brien who leapt across goal to tip it over and earn the Tigers a point.