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Match Details:

Saturday 8th November 2014
Conference North

Hyde FC1Blakeman (45)
Gainsborough Trinity2Beesely (16), Russell (76)

Attendance: 304

Hyde FC: Christian Thewlis, D'Arcy O'Connor, Adam Blakeman, Kelvin Lomax, Alex McQuade, Scott Kerr, Connor Hughes, Josh Brizell, Tom Bentham (Steve Tames), Jordan Bove (Louis Almond), Luke Giverin (Kyle Brownhill). Subs not used: Rhys Day, George Riley.

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Davie, Binns, Quinn, Picton, Russell, Toner, Beesley (Park), Stamp (Davis), Bateson. Subs Not Used: Salt, Lacey, Wisdom-Lockwood.

by Liam Kelly

Hyde had more than enough chances to take at least at point in this game, but they once again fell victim to a late winner.

Fans at Ewen Fields were treated to a novel spectacle today as Gainsborough were forced to play in Hyde’s away blue strip due to an apparent kit clash with Gainsborough’s usual away strip. This was no doubt a strange experience for the Hyde team, who went into today's game unbeaten in their last three home games and bouyed by a 7-1 win over Barnton in midweek. However, it was the away side who left with the points.

Gainsborough took the early lead on through Paul Beesley, the home side had been in the ascendancy and managed to claim the equaliser they deserved thanks to Adam Blakeman's screamer on the stroke of half-time. The second-half saw a host of chances for the home side, but their failure to make the most of them left the game open for Gainsborough to steal, which they did in the 76th minute through Simon Russell.

The half began with a good end-to-end pace. Josh Brizzell had Hyde's first meaningful chance; his 30 yard shot was spilled by Jan Budtz in the Gainsborough goal before an away defender was able to clear the ball.

Paul Beesley was the visitors' key danger-man in the opening stages. He was a constant danger and on 12 minutes he saw his header go just over the bar following Dominic Roma's good work and cross on the right-hand side. Beesley would get his goal just minutes later.

The visitors looked bright in the early stages but their opening goal came largely against the run of play. A Hyde attack broke down after Tom Bentham misplaced his pass, the ball was played long and Paul Beesley chased it down and hit a rather tame shot at goal that snuck past Christian Thewlis in the Hyde goal.

Bentham made way for Tames around the half-hour mark. The substitute striker almost made an instant impact after he interchanged some neat passes inside the box, Tames gave to Giverin who flicked the ball back to the striker, but he blasted his shot just wide.

Hyde desperately went in search of an equaliser and their pressure finally told as Adam Blakeman struck on the stroke of half-time, some 35 yards out. His looping shot beat Budtz in the Gainsborough goal before it struck the right-hand post and bounced into the back of the net.

Neither team came out for the second-half showing particular impetus, Gainsborough looked content to invite Hyde onto them and Hyde struggled to break the away-side down. The introduction of Louis Almond on the hour-mark coincided with some of Hyde’s best chances of the game. The attack-minded player came on for Bove.

Almond was involved in two good chances for the home side within ten minutes of coming on. First, he found space and did well to beat his man before he hit the ball low across the six-yard box, Josh Brizzell and Connor Hughes narrowly unable to connect with it. Then the Tigers broke well and had a three-on-one against Gainsborough defenders, Giverin passed to Almond, he struck the ball with the outside of his foot but his shot curled agonizingly wide of Budtz’s goal.

Again, against the run of play the visitors struck a sucker punch and scored the goal that secured them all three points in the 75th minute. Budtz hit the ball up long from a goal-kick, Simon Russell chased after the ball with Kelvin Lomax, Russell won the race before he touched past Thewlis and tapped home to give his side the lead.

The visitors held on for the final fifteen minutes. Hyde continued to pressure but ultimately Russell’s goal was the difference but the Tigers will be left scratching their heads wondering how they failed to take at least a point away from the game.

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