Saturday 25th January 2014
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Kelvin Lomax, Darren Thornton, Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Damase Kiwanda), Alex Brown (Jake Pollard), Adam Thurston (D'Arcy O'Connor), Danny Carlton, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Will Haining, James Kirby.
Tamworth: Belford, Capaldi (Evans), Thomas, Keane, Courtney (Todd), Haworth (Richards), Mahon, Kerry, Waldon, Chadwick, Peniket. Subs Not Used: Townsend, Baker.
Goals from; Richard Peniket, Justin Richards and Nick Chadwick were enough to see off the Tigers and to grant struggling Tamworth a valuable three points.
The game was a tough debut for Hyde’s new loan goalkeeper Chris Kettings, as the harsh conditions provided the youngster with a series of problems throughout.
The result is Hyde’s second home defeat in a row since their victory at Welling United last week and manager Scott McNiven will now be even more eager to see some of his regular first team faces return from injury.
The match itself started brightly for Tamworth, as after just four minutes Kettings was forced into a smart save by Peniket.
This early spell of pressure from the Lambs seemed to awaken the home side, with Hyde beginning to work some of their neat passing play through the midfield.
However all that hard work was undone just shy of 10 minutes as Tamworth took the lead. After some good play on the left hand side by Andy Haworth, the winger found Nick Chadwick inside the area who casually nodded down to Peniket, leaving the Lambs joint top scorer with the easiest of task’s to make it 1-0.
From this point the quality of play diminished greatly with neither side looking comfortable on themuddy Ewen Fields pitch.
On 34 minutes, Hyde spurned a golden chance to pull the game level, as both Alex Brown and Connor Hughes sliced there close range efforts wide.
A few moments later, an audacious long range free-kick from Tony Capaldi nearly caught out a back peddling Kettings, fortunately for Scott McNiven’s side the Scotland u21’s keeper managed to scoop the ball over the bar.
Frustrations began to grow towards the end of the first half, as Liam Tomsett entered the referee’s book for a late challenge from behind on Gavin Mahon.
The start of the second half reflected the majority of the first 45 minutes, with both sides’ struggling to get a firm foothold on the game.
Hyde suffered another setback as Dale Belford’s side made it 2-0 on the hour mark, in a moment that Kettings will quickly want to forget. The young keeper charged out to clear Evans’s through ball, but unfortunately Kettings mistimed his clearance to allow substitute Justin Richards to slot into an empty net.
Despite the setback the Tigers reacted brilliantly and provided some intense pressure on the Tamworth goal. On 72 minutes, Lamb’s goalkeeper Cameron Belford made a wonderful near post save from substitute Damase Kiwanda. Moments later the keeper again came to Tamworth’s rescue as he produced an excellent double save to deny Adam Blakeman. The resulting corner saw Belford pull off another great point-blank stop to frustrate Kiwanda further.
Hyde were made to rue these missed chances as Chadwick made it 3-0 almost instantaneously after the spell of Tiger dominance. On 76 minutes, the midfielder unleashed a speculative 25-yard drive, which thanks to the wild conditions managed to evade the diving Kettings and nestle into the roof of the net.
Scott McNiven’s side closed out the game by creating a few more chances, with young Jake Pollard testing Belford with a stinging low effort.
Shortly after, the referee blew for full-time to condemn Hyde to their 25th league defeat of the season.
The other Skrill Premier games that day also saw near rivals Dartford and Southport pick up points leaving the Tigers further a drift at the foot of the league table.