Saturday 17th January 2015
Lowestoft Town: Jones, Gleeson, Ainsley, Haynes-Brown, Sowumni, Eagle, Fisk, Jarvis, Smith (Mason), Crow (Bammant), Reed (Woods-Garness). Subs Not Used: Okay, Jessup.
Hyde FC: Ashley Timms, Josh Brizell, Kyle Brownhill, Kelvin Lomax, Danny Hall, Luke Giverin, Connor Hughes, Andrew Pearson, Daniel Racchi, Tom Bentham, Louis Almond. Subs not used: George Riley, Adam Thurston, Ryan Masterson, Andreas Pachipis, Erike Sousa. Sent off: Louis Almond.
The Tigers started off brightly with the game’s first real chance, with Josh Brizell going hitting a shot into the side netting. Hyde went close again through Kelvin Lomax after his glancing header looked destined for the net, but was cleared well off the line by a Lowestoft defender. The home side took the lead after just 10 minutes after a ball was whipped in and met perfectly by Robert Eagle who struck in at the near post and past Ashley Timms before he even saw it. The Trawlerboys could smell blood and the Tigers couldn’t handle their pace with a rare corner for Hyde resulting in a miskick that went straight out for a goal kick, which summed up Hyde’s day.
It wasn’t long before Lowestoft had their second and Eagle was involved again as another cross was put in to the winger who glanced it back to Jake Reed who didn’t hit it too cleanly with Timms getting a hand to it, but it was a well-placed finish by the striker. The Tigers needed to sort themselves out quickly and they did, going close on two occasions through Louis Almond who had quite a busy afternoon. Almond’s first chance was a bit of a snapshot when the ball fell to him, but Ashlee Jones saved well, before the ball fell to Almond again who tried to curl it into the corner but Jones again met it and clawed it out with an extraordinary save.
The Tigers kept pushing for the remainder of the half but couldn’t find a goal that would have really put them back into the game. Connor Hughes had a quiet game and one of his few actions with the ball resulted in him getting snapped by Jack Ainsley who received a booking for his efforts. Just moments later Louis Almond received a booking for a foul similar to Ainsley’s which looked a certain booking and the last action of the first half.
Not much happened in the start of the second half and again 10 minutes into the half was where the first real bit of action took place, with Louis Almond being sent off for the Tigers. On first glance it seemed that the referee had given Almond a second yellow but Gary Lowe after the game revealed that the winger got a second red for a kick in the face. This really put the Tigers up against it and again Lowe made the point that it killed the game from a Hyde point of view with the players really chasing shadows for more than half an hour that remained in the game.
It was a half that seemed to drag for the Hyde supporters with the team not really getting a sniff at a chance for most of the half, and it went from bad to worse when Lowestoft were awarded a penalty after Timms brought down Eagle who rounded the goalkeeper. Jack Ainsley stepped up to take it and sent Timms the wrong way meaning that Ainsley had still not missed a penalty since he was 13 years old according to Lowestoft’s press man!
The remainder of the half carried on like most of the game with Lowestoft only looking to extend their lead and not settling for three. Sowunmi came close with a header off a corner and Eagle nearly got his second of the game but Brizell got back well to make an important block. Hyde defended well for the last 15 minutes and made sure that the score didn’t get embarrassing, but there were a lot of sunken heads come full time which manager Gary Lowe admitted in his post-match interview.
Gary said, “I just think that after the poor first 20 minutes we had, it just killed the game off for us. Their keeper made two unbelievable saves that kept them in the lead and they didn’t really bother us in the first half after the opening part. Louis Almond’s sending off didn’t help things and the referee said it was a straight red for a kick in the face. They didn’t really open us up and start to create problems for us until we went down to 10 men and the pitch played a big part in the game today as it didn’t allow us to play like we normally do as it was like a pot of glue out there, although of course that’s no excuse as Lowestoft had to play on it too!”