Saturday 12th August 2006
Blue Square Bet North
Kettering Town: Osborn, Koo-Boothe, Graham, Solkhon, McIlwain, Okai, Hall, Boucard, Abbey, Westcarr, Olaleye. Subs: Howe, Marna, Makofo, Nicell, Bussey
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Nicky Hill (Chris Lynch), Nathan Wharton, Mike Flynn, Earl Davis, Steve Smith, Steve Pickford, Gerry Harrison (Dale Johnson), Gareth Seddon, Neil Prince (Danny Caldecott). Subs not used: Lee Rick, David Carnell.
Report by Tony Beard
This was always going to be a tough encounter for the Tigers and so it proved. However Hyde could not have bargained for a zealous set of officials who collected seven bookings from Hyde in a game without a bad tackle.
Kettering were big and strong and backed by a loud partisan crowd, and seemingly wanted to win at all costs. This was emphasised after 18 minutes when Craig Dootson put the ball out so that Earl Davis could have some attention to a facial wound. The home side did not give the ball back and almost scored. Hyde were incensed with Lincoln Adams and Nathan Wharton booked for their reaction in a scuffle. Kettering then took the game to the Tigers for the rest of the first half. However Neil Prince could have scored for Hyde and a couple of other chances went begging. Just as it looked like the Tigers had weathered the storm, the home side scored right on half-time through the impressive Zema Abbey.
Hyde were again under siege at the start of the second half and were indebted to Dootson, who made three superb saves. The Tigers clawed their way back into the game and Wharton brought a great save from Mark Osborn. The visitors then had much of the play for twenty minutes after the introduction of Dale Johnson and could, and probably should, have grabbed an equaliser. Despite some close shaves and a couple of penalty appeals, Hyde finished with nothing against one of the League¡¯s favourites this season.
The match will best be remembered for some bizarre refereeing from initially Mr Murphy who collected 6 bookings in the first half and was roundly booed off the pitch at half-time by both sets of fans. He did not reappear for the second half with Mr Legg taking over who proceeded to add another three names for what can best be described as run of the mill tackles. It was a shame they were so zealous as they spoilt an otherwise pretty good game.