Saturday 9th November 2013
Hyde FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Glenn Belezika, Luke Ashworth, Liam Tomsett, Matt Mainwaring (David Poole), Alex Brown, Scott Spencer (Connor Hughes), Louis Almond, Reece Gray (Tom Collins). Subs not used: Will Haining, Adam Thurston.
Chester: Danby, Higginbotham, Turner, Killock, Mahon (Heath), Jarrett, Turner, Lester (Kay), McIntyre, Wilkinson (Seddon), Lindfield. Subs Not Used: Reed, Linwood.
by Luke Edwards
Hyde are still looking their first win of the season after Chester came back from an early goal, leaving Ewen Fields with 3 vital points.
The first chance fell for Chester as the ball was whipped in which caused panic in the Hyde defence before the ball fell to Ross Killock who blasted it over the bar.
It only took until the third minute for Hyde to take the lead, Reece Gray took the ball under control then played through Louis Almond who, taking a first time shot, slotted the ball to the keeper’s right and into the net.
Chester looked for an instant reply as a corner was whipped in from the left but thankfully for the Tigers the chance fell to former Manchester United and Stoke City player, Danny Higginbotham who spooned the shot over.
Hyde and Almond almost made it two after 13 minutes as Scott Spencer laid the ball off to the Blackpool loanee but Danby made a great save after seeing the shot late.
Chester continued to look for the equaliser but couldn’t really test Vigouroux’s goal. It was the Tigers that had the next chance as Brizell whipped in a ball from the right which found Spencer who’s header forced a save out of Danby, with Gray’s follow up header going straight at the Chester keeper.
On 27 minutes and it should have been 2-0 to the Tigers as a mistake by Killock let in Spencer who went through one on one with Danby but the striker did everything right as he lobbed the ball over Danby only to see the ball just trickle wide.
Hyde’s missed chances finally came back to haunt them as Chester found the equaliser on 40 minutes, a lethal cross by Craig Mahon found an unmarked Craig Linfield, who headed it in to make it 1-1.
Half time: Hyde 1-1 Chester.
It only took a minute for Chester to take the lead as the goal scorer, Linfield, played through a ball which found Mahon who slotted it calmly past Vigouroux to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Chester nearly stretched the margin as a cross came in from Lester, which swerved late, and Vigouroux had to adjust quickly to tip it over the bar for a corner. Good keeping from the on loan Spurs youngster.
It was mostly Chester in the second half as Linfield had a shot blocked by Ashworth but it fell to Nathan Turner who smashed over the bar.
Hyde’s first real chance of gaining the equaliser came on 66 minutes as Spencer took a free kick, but the striker blasted it well over.
Going into the last five minutes Hyde looked for that vital goal to gain them a point as Brizell was taken out by Heath just on the edge of the box, Griffin curled the free kick around the wall but it's produced a cracking save by the impressive Danby.
Chester should have put the game to bed with a couple of minutes to go as former Tigers striker, Gareth Seddon played a through ball to Lester who was one on one with Vigouroux but the Chilean stood up well to block.
Five minutes were added on and in the last kick of the game Hyde were appealing strongly for a penalty as Almond was pushed over in the box but the referee and his assistant on the near side waved it away and Hyde’s last chance was gone.