Saturday 23rd September 2006
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Nicky Hill, Danny Caldecott, Nathan Wharton, Mike Flynn, David German, Steve Brackenridge (Steve Smith), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Paul Armstrong), Gareth Seddon, David Eyres (Gerry Harrison). Subs not used: Chris Lynch, Lee Rick.
Redditch United: Anstiss, Robinson, Charlton, Petty, Rea, Murphy, Whitcombe, Alsop, Clarke, Walker, Palmer. Subs: Francis, Cotterill, Softley, Hollis, Willetts
Report by Tony Beard:
The Jekyll and Hyde form which has dogged the Tigers all season raised its head again on Saturday. After an impressive first half when the Tigers could easily have been three goals up, they didnít perform in the second and ultimately went down to two late goals.
In the first period, Nathan Wharton had a shot cleared off the line, whilst David Eyres had two goalbound efforts blocked. Gareth Seddon had two good chances, but Hyde insisted on going for the spectacular finish rather than just getting the ball in the net.
The second half was a different story as Jermaine Clarke missed an easy chance for the visitors on 55 minutes. This should have been a wake-up call for Hyde, but it had the opposite effect as the Visitors began to take control and it was no surprise when Carl Palmer hammered past Craig Dootson, who had been a virtual spectator most of the game.
Steve Waywell immediately introduced two substitutes but it was too little too late as Redditch pushed forward. Dootson made a great save to thwart Damion Whitcombe and then the exotically named substitute Francino Francis hit a post. He was not to be outdone as seconds later he went straight through the middle of the Hyde defence to easily score.
Hyde must bounce back quickly and get some consistency, otherwise it is going to be a long hard season. A good FA Cup run could help and the campaign starts this Saturday.