Tuesday 24th September 2013
Salisbury City: Puddy, Ruddick, Brett, Clarke, Wilson, Kamdjo, McPhee (Feeney), Frear, Sinclair, Lewis (Wright), Fitchett (Wellard). Subs Not Used: Dutton, Thomson.
Hyde FC: Nick Liversedge, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Will Haining, Luke Ashworth, Adam Blakeman (Tom Collins), Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, Matt Mainwaring (Martin Devaney), Scott Spencer, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Louis Almond). Subs not used: Adam Thurston, Connor Hughes.
by Luke Edwards
Hyde FC had a well earned point at Salisbury City snatched away from them courtesy of two late goals last night.
Newly promoted Salisbury finally broke down the stubborn Tigers defence thanks to a late penalty from Ben Wright and Christopher McPhee’s close range header.
The 2-0 defeat at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium meant that Hyde succumbed to their sixth consecutive league defeat.
Scott McNiven will be disappointed at his sides lack of goal’s despite their amount of possession in the game. The result now leave’s Hyde at the bottom of the Skrill Premier and without a win in 11 games this season.
The game itself started brightly with Salisbury almost taking a first minute lead when McPhee lifted the ball over on rushing on loan Burnley keeper Nick Liversedge, only to see his effort cleared away by Luke Ashworth.
Scott Spencer almost opened the scoring for the Tigers, when winger Daniel Fitchett played a back pass straight to Spencer who saw his effort well saved by Will Puddy.
With just 10 minutes gone Salisbury thought they had opened the scoring after McPhee’s effort was brilliantly pushed onto the post by Liversedge, the rebound was scrambled in by Fitchett but referee Colin Lymer blew for offside.
Salisbury came close again mid way through the half with McPhee’s free header hitting the post and the ball cannoned into Liversedge’s grateful arms.
Scott Spencer had a lively return to the starting line up, with the forward being a constant threat for the opposition defence and consistently linking up well with Emmanuel Dieseruvwe leaving the Tigers with a boost of confidence going into the break.
The second half saw Salisbury fly out of the blocks and left winger Elliot Frear began to cause Josh Brizell a handful of problems with his quick pace. It was Frear’s pinpoint cross to Theo Lewis that nearly broke the deadlock but the midfielders header drifted just wide of the post.
As the game progressed the 638 in attendance began to become more subdued, as Hyde began to get a foothold in the tie and with Louis Almond on for Dieseruvwe the away side were looking good value to snatch a late win.
However all that hard work was undone on 77 minutes as Salisbury were award a penalty. The incident came after Matty Mainwaring looked to have fouled McPhee outside the area, the referee quickly played advantage and substitute Ben Wright’s stinging effort was spilled by Liversedge into the six yard box. In the ensuing scramble Will Haining tripped Fitchett leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Wright stepped up and slotted the ball in the bottom left corner to give Salisbury a 1-0 lead. Haining was given a yellow card for the challenge and was soon joined by Captain Adam Griffin for his protests about the decision.
McNiven quickly responded by taking off Adam Blakeman and Mainwaring for Tom Collins and debutant Martin Devaney who signed earlier in the week.
Yet it was Salisbury who were to strike again, as on 87 minutes Liversedge’s punch from Frear’s cross fell kindly to McPhee to head into an empty net.
The final few minutes saw Hyde try to rally forward but it was too little too late for the travelling Tigers.