Saturday 18th January 2014
Hyde FC: Ashley Frith, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Darren Thornton, D'Arcy O'Connor, Liam Tomsett, Louis Almond, Kelvin Lomax, James Kirby, Danny Carlton (Jake Pollard), Connor Hughes (Damase Kiwanda). Subs not used: Alex Brown, Tom Manship, David Poole.
Forest Green Rovers: Russell, Binnom-Williams, Turley, Asafu-Adjaye, Oshodi, Kelly (Brogan), Barry, Bangura, Hughes (Wright), Styche (Klukowski), Norwood. Subs Not Used: Green, Bulman.
By George Corrin
Ewen Fields was stunned after Forest Green took a 3-0 lead inside just 12 minutes. The Tigers attempted a valiant fightback courtesy of two maiden goals from Adam Blakeman and Danny Carlton, but once again the Gloucestershire club were just too strong for Scott McNiven's side.
The loss is a sour end to a successful week for Hyde, after the Tigers had picked up four points in two games including their first win of the season on Tuesday night against Welling United.
Scott McNiven was forced to play a heavily altered line-up after a succession of injuries had ravaged the Hyde first team. The Tigers also lost goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux in the warm up, resulting in substitute Ashley Frith stepping in just before the match.
The game itself started lively for Forest Green Rovers, with Adrian Pinnock's side piling early pressure on Frith's goal.
It took just seven minutes for the visitors to break through the makeshift Hyde defence, after captain Anthony Barry's corner was powerfully headed in off the crossbar by Eddie Oshodi to make it 1-0 to Forest Green.
Just two minutes later Forest Green were celebrating their second as James Norwood found himself with space inside the Hyde area and clinically lifted the ball over the onrushing Frith.
Marcus Kelly turned things from bad to worse for the Tigers just moments later, as the striker coolly rounded Frith and tapped into the empty net to make it 3-0 for Forest Green inside just 12 minutes.
Hyde soon pulled a goal back courtesy of a wonderful Adam Blakeman free kick. Josh Brizell was fouled by Al Bangura 25 yards from goal, Blakeman duly stepped up and curled in his first ever Hyde goal.
To cap of a relentless opening 20 minutes Forest Green then made it 4-1, as Reece Styche's looping header evaded everyone to nestle once again into the Hyde net.
Luckily for Scott McNiven’s side Frith came to the rescue several times just before the interval. First, the young keeper tipped Lee Hughes' stinging drive around the post, and then from the following corner Frith tipped Oshadi's effort onto the post.
The second half saw a refreshed Hyde take to the field, with the home side having the dominant share of early possession.
On 49 minutes, Danny Carlton rounded off a great period of play from the Tigers by driving home his first goal for the club to make it 4-2.
Following this goal the second half began to quieten down considerably, with neither side creating many chances .
Forest Green effectively killed off any chance of Hyde comeback as they scored their fifth goal of the game on 65 minutes. Norwood’s free-kick was deflected away only to Bangura, the midfielders long range effort cannoned of the post to an unmarked Oshadi, who casually slotted into an empty net.
On a positive note, reserve team stars Damase Kiwanda and Jake Pollard were subbed on late in the second half, in addition to James Kirby who made his first league start for the Tigers.
Five minutes from time, the visitors completed the rout as Norwood doubled his tally with a fierce low effort into the bottom right corner to make it 6-2.
The result now leaves Hyde 19 points adrift ahead of safety ahead of next Saturday's league game at home to Tamworth.