Monday 1st December 2014
Hyde FC: Connor Hunt, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Matthew Flynn, Alex McQuade, Connor Hughes, Louis Almond (Jordan Bove), Kelvin Lomax (Ryan Masterson), Luke Giverin, Ted Cribley, Tom Bentham (Rhys Day). Subs not used: Adam Thurston, D'Arcy O'Connor.
Worcester City: N. Vaughan, W. Thomas, D. Jackman, J. Rowe, E. Deeney, S. Geddes (D. Waldron), T. Weir, C. Gater, T. Dunkley (J. Smith), N. Wright, M. Taylor (M. Symons). Subs Not Used: J. Veiga, S. Khan.
Worcester took their unbeaten run to 13 games with an emphatic 3-0 victory over a Hyde side who weren’t clinical enough on the night. The Tigers were looking to build on their stunning victory at the weekend, and would be hoping that their last minute heroics wouldn't have took it out of them just two days prior to this game. The home side started off well and within 90 seconds could have won a penalty after Josh Brizell was brought down in the box by Wayne Thomas, but the referee judged it to be nothing more than a tangle of legs.
City had the best chance in the early stages as Nick Wright beat the offside trap down the right side, but his cross-cum-shot was cleared well off the line by Matt Flynn. It was Worcester who took the lead after Sean Geddes was brought down just outside the area, and Geddes picked himself up to play a wonderful ball into Michael Taylor who was free in the middle and his bullet header flew past Connor Hunt in the Hyde goal.
The Tigers then had a glorious opportunity to grab an equaliser after Connor Hughes was brought down by Thomas, who was booked for the foul, and it was Hughes who took the penalty, smashing it against the post and out for a goal kick, a big let off for City. Worcester pressed for the last few minutes of the half and went close again through Tristian Dunkley who caused all sorts of havoc throughout the game for Brizell, but the wingers shot was saved brilliantly by Hunt.
The second half started with more of the same from City, who passed the ball around with style making Hyde chase everything, but it was the home side who went closest to scoring early on, but Jose Veiga made a stunning save in a game in which he wasn’t due to start, but Nathan Vaughan injured his neck in the warm up. Substitute Mike Symonds, who came on for Taylor at half time, then put the away side further in front with a sublime chip that was almost as good as Geddes famous ‘rabona’ goal against Barrow at the weekend, beating the offside trap and leaving Connor Hunt stranded. It wasn’t to be Geddes night as he looked to copy his weekend heroics, but the ball just wasn’t bouncing the right way for him, landing at the right spots, but Carl Heeley will be happy that no injuries were picked up ahead of City’s huge FA Cup game at the weekend.
Arguably the best chance of the second half for Hyde fell to Tom Bentham who was played in over the top by Luke Giverin, before chesting it down into his stride and blasting it towards goal, but again Veiga stood strong and flew across the goal, tipping the shot against the joint and bouncing out. There wasn't much going the Tigers way on a night where wingers Hughes and Almond would have left Ewen Fields frustrated, especially Hughes who head seemed to stay down ever since his unfortunate penalty miss.
Dunkley carried on looking threatening and ran through 4 Hyde players, twisting and turning before scuffing his shot just wide but the winger got a goal he deserved smashing in from 25 yards out with the help of a deflection. Worcester showed their prowess overall and the away fans who travelled up for the long Monday night journey were singing chants of ‘easy, easy,easy’, happy with the performance from the team tonight and will be wishing for another Cup upset at the weekend to carry on their phenomenal unbeaten run. The Tigers will be wondering how they can get a good string of performances going after their own weekend heroics against Tamworth, and will be looking to bounce back from this defeat with a win at home to North Ferriby at the weekend.