Saturday 29th November 2014
F.A. Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Tamworth: Belshaw, Smith, Vidal (Wilkins), James, Preston (Sampson), Adams, Green, Clarke, Jackson, Hibbert (Taylor), Daniels. Subs Not Used: Gill, Trainer.
Hyde FC: Connor Hunt, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Matthew Flynn (Rhys Day), Alex McQuade, Connor Hughes, Luke Giverin, Kelvin Lomax, Adam Thurston (Ryan Masterson), Ted Cribley (Jordan Bove), Tom Bentham. Subs not used: Andreas Pachipis, D'Arcy O'Connor.
Hyde are through to the FA Trophy 1st round after beating Tamworth away in a seven-goal thriller.
Two goals from Adam Blackman, a thunderbolt from all of 35 yards form Connor Hughes and a stoppage time winner from Captain Alex McQuade gave the tigers their first win on the road this season, albeit in the FA Trophy.
Hyde should have taken the lead as early as the third minute, Josh Brizell played the ball down the right wing for Connor Hughes, he beat his man with ease played the ball into Tom Bentham, and from four yards out, he scooped his shot over the bar.
Moments later and Hyde had another chance, Hughes brought down Adam Blackmanís fifty-yard pass wonderfully, and he again beat his man before playing in Josh Brizell whose shot was blocked by the Tamworth.
Those misses came back to haunt The Tigers in the ninth minute when Tamworth took the lead, Ted Cribley failed to clear the ball and after some good link up play down The Lambs right the ball was played into the area, David Hibbert controlled the ball expertly and on the turn found the bottom corner.
Straight after the restart and Hibbert chased down the loose ball and unfortunately for him when blocking the clearance with his leg, he had to go off with a hamstring injury. With Tamworth having to make the change, The Tigers could smell blood and almost got on level terms.
Ted Cribley cut inside and played a reverse pass into the box, straight to the feet of Luke Giverin. He drilled the ball across goal, but no one was at the back post to finish. Cribley then thought he had equalised, he received the ball inside the area and his shot was destined for the far corner but somehow James Belshaw clawed the ball away for a corner kick.
Hyde then got their deserved equaliser in the twentieth minute through Adam Blakeman, Josh Brizell waltzed his way past three Tamworth players, along the edge of the area, he rolled the ball into Blakemanís path and he rifled the ball into the far corner.
Five minutes later and Hughes went close, cutting inside on his weaker left foot bending it towards the far corner, unfortunately just wide of the post. Hyde where beginning to dictate play but once again failed to make their chances count and almost conceded on the half hour mark.
Shane Clarke escaped his marker in the area and somehow from five yards out Connor Hunt denied the midfielder a goal, tipping his shot over the bar. From the resulting corner Hyde looked to hit the hosts on the counter and Cribley from just inside the Tamworth half, saw Belshaw off his line and went for an audacious attempt which unfortunately for him went just over the bar.
With seven minutes of the first half to go, Tamworth retook the lead through a fabulous strike from Brendon Daniels. The winger picked up the ball in the centre of the field, and from thirty yards out hit a venomous strike and despite Connor Hunt getting a hand to the ball, the power in the shot took it into the top corner.
It looked like the hosts would go into the break with the lead, but Adam Blakeman thought different. Tom Bentham played the ball across the box, the Tamworth defence thought they had cleared it, but it fell straight to the left boot of Blakeman, and like his first goal, he rifled the ball into the back of the net.
After the restart, there was not a lot of action until thirteen minutes after the restart and Tamworth again took the lead. The hosts where keeping hold of the ball comfortably inside their own half and Daniels with a wonderful defence splitting pass set Connor Taylor through on goal, and he slotted the ball under Hunt in the Hyde goal.
With fifteen minutes of play left, Luke Giverin who is still looking for his first Hyde goal almost got the better of Belshaw in the Tamworth goal. Giverin shrugged off his man, and from twenty-five yards, his left footed effort was saved.
With ten minutes of the game remaining, Rhys Day was brought on and joined Bentham and Ryan Masterson in the Hyde attack and almost made an immediate impact. He met Brizellís cross with a header, it then fell kindly for Bentham who looked to place it into the corner, but Belshaw saved with ease.
With three minutes of normal time remaining, Hughes received the ball in the centre of the pitch and from around thirty-five yards, he unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike that flew into the back of the net to give the Tigers the equaliser they deserved.
Tamworth where now holding on for a reply, but Hyde wanted to be in the hat for the next round and Giverin thought he had scored the winner, but Belshaw once again denied him his first goal. From twenty yards out, he hit a dipping shot, which was heading towards the top corner, but out of nowhere Belshaw through himself across goal to tip it over for a corner.
From that resulting corner Hyde had a penalty shout turned down, the ball was half cleared and Giverin tried his luck again and it looked like a Tamworth arm had blocked his shot, but referee Wayne Porter waved away the protests.
Another Hyde corner and another Hyde penalty shout, this time Alex McQuade was dragged to the floor but again Porter was having none of it, but none of that mattered as in the ninety-third minute McQuade scored the winner.
From another corner, McQuade controlled the ball inside the area and on the turn his shot found the bottom corner, he then wheeled away to celebrate but was immediately pulled to the ground by the Hyde players who all jumped on top of him.