Tuesday 11th February 2014
Tamworth: Belford, Keane, Thomas, Fenton, Evans, Mahon, Baker, Morgan (Palmer), Richards, Chadwick, Byfield (Todd). Subs Not Used: Capaldi, Richards-Everton, Townsend.
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Josh Brizell (Rhys Day), Adam Blakeman (Darren Thornton), Will Haining, Kelvin Lomax, Adam Thurston, David Poole (Jordan Clark), Alex Brown, Scott Spencer, Danny Carlton, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Jake Pollard, James Kirby.
Josh Brizell’s second half free-kick saw Hyde secures a well earned point at the Lamb Ground on a cold Tuesday night.
By George Corrin
Darren Byfield’s header had originally given Tamworth the lead on the stroke of half time but Scott McNiven’s side brought themselves back into it thanks to their full-backs deflected set-piece.
It was an action packed game which saw both sides miss from the penalty spot, as Scott Spencer’s attempted chip blazed his spot kick over the bar whilst the Lamb’s Nick Chadwick had his effort brilliantly saved by Chris Kettings.
Hyde’s draw from this bottom of the table scrap means they are now unbeaten in their last three away games in the league, picking up 5 points in the process.
The Tigers started the game brightly and opened up the Tamworth defence up early with several decent passing moves.
The visitors were rewarded for their good spell of pressure on 10 minutes, as Jordan Keane clumsily bundled over Adam Thurston in the area, leaving referee Jason Whitley with no choice but to award a penalty to Hyde. Scott Spencer duly stepped up to the spot but the Tigers top goal scorer could only chip his shot over the bar.
Tamworth almost immediately made Spencer rue his penalty miss as Nick Chadwick’s glancing header cannoned off the Hyde post.
Moments later, Kettings pulled off an excellent reaction save to keep out Richard Baker’s powerful header. Hyde soon went on the counter attack and managed to play Spencer through on goal, but unfortunately for the striker, his low effort was wonderfully tipped around the post by Cameron Belford. The Tamworth keeper was at his best again to deny Alex Brown’s looping header just minutes after.
The game saw its second penalty incident on 39 minutes, as Tamworth were awarded a contentious spot kick after Kettings was believed to have brought down Justin Richards. However the Scotland under-21’s keeper made amends as he produced a fantastic one handed save to deny Chadwick’s spot kick.
Despite this setback, Tamworth made it 1-0 just a minute before half time through Darren Byfield. The ex-Aston Villa man headed home Chadwick’s cross from close range following an excellent break away move from the Lambs.
The second half saw Dale Belford’s side produce much better football, with Staffordshire club having the majority of possession for 20 minutes after the interval without creating much.
Hyde began to creep back into the game mid-way through the second half, with Danny Carlton and Spencer beginning to cause problems amongst the Tamworth defence.
On 69 minutes, Hyde finally found an equaliser courtesy of Josh Brizell’s 30-yard free kick. The full-backs second goal in two games had a touch of luck about it, as Brizell’s set piece took a wicked deflection off the Tamworth wall to leave Belford completely stranded in the Lambs goal.
After pulling the game back to 1-1, Scott McNiven’s side weathered a huge spell of pressure from Tamworth. The Tigers had to thank central defenders Will Haining and Kelvin Lomax, as the pair did well in keeping Dale Belford’s side at bay.
In the third minute of injury time, Tamworth had one last chance to snatch all three points as they were awarded a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the Hyde area. Once again, Kettings came to the rescue for the Tigers as he produced a great save from Baker’s stinging drive to earn Hyde a hard fought point.
The result now puts Hyde on eight points for the season and temporarily moves Tamworth out of the relegation zone.