Saturday 21st December 2013
Hyde FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Adam Thurston, Adam Blakeman, Will Haining, D'Arcy O'Connor, JJ O'Donnell, David Poole (Connor Hughes), Alex Brown, Scott Spencer (Damase Kiwanda), Danny Carlton (Martin Devaney), Louis Almond. Subs not used: Andrew Fitzgerald, Rhys Day.
Barnet: Stack, Johnson, Stephens, Saville, Marsh-Brown (Cadogan), Villa López (Vilhete), Weston, Yiadom, Byrne, Hyde (Dani López), Nurse. Subs Not Used: Jupp, Abdullah.
by Luke Edwards
The Tigers are still looking for their first win after slipping to a narrow defeat in a tight game
It was a quiet opening to the game with neither side being able to find the killer touch in the final third. Keanu-Marsh Brown scuffed wide in a good position and Danny Carlton headed wide from a delicious JJ O'Donnell cross. Barnet were starting to get a foothold on the game and Lawrence Vigeroux had to be alert to deny Luisma Villa after a lovely through ball. Scott Spencer spotted Graham Stack off his line but his instinctive lob just went wide. Vigeroux was called into action just before half-time tipping over Mark Byrne's shot after the midfielder has burst into the box.
The 2nd half saw Barnet come out strong with Marsh-Brown have a couple of good runs his first shot was a let down but his 2nd one brought out a good save by Vigeroux who then saved the follow-up from Villa, despite it looking like it might go wide. Hyde responded at the other end with Louis Almond's half volley parried up into the air by Stack who then had to backpedal to stop it trickling over the line. Their were a couple of half chances for Barnet but both Marsh-Brown and Jon Nurse missed their kick. Nurse, the Barbadian international, was to make up for that miss when then ball bobbled around the area and he tucked the ball home.
The Tigers responded well to this setback and caused Barnet problems without really threatening Stack. The game became fraught and tetchy and the referee, Marton Coy, had a difficult situation to deal with when Jack Saville's poor tackle on Will Haining sparked a Melee which lasted a couple of minutes, after consultation with his assistants Saville was booked much to the anger of the home fans. Marsh-Brown then showed his frustration when he went head to head with D'Arcy O'Connor for whuch both players received yellow cards.