Sunday 25th March 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Damien Quigley, Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison (Danny Caldecott), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Paul Gedman), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Earl Davis, Chris Lynch, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Kettering Town: Osborn, Luke, Perpetuini, Theobald, McIlwain, Dempster, Caskey, Boucaud, Howe, Westcare, Marna. Subs: Solkhon, Hall, Deprati, Makofo, Bussey
Kettering Town produced an awesome display at Ewen Fields on Sunday as they completely overran Hyde in a thrilling encounter. To their credit the Tigers never gave up and with a bit of luck late on could have narrowed the scoreline further. The visitors were stronger in all departments and in striker Rene Howe had the man of the match by some considerable distance.
It all started so well for Hyde when Nicky Clee released Gareth Seddon on eight minutes to put the Tigers in front. Their joy was short-lived however as the impressive Howe rattled up a hat-trick in just twelve minutes to put the visitors in command, as he capitalised on a series of defensive lapses.
In the second period, Kettering continued to force the pace. Michael Taylor could only help the ball over his own line for their fourth and then Howe grabbed his own fourth with a superb goal a minute later. Receiving the ball with his back to goal, he swivelled and hit the ball into the top corner. A fantastic finish which could not have failed to impress the collection of scouts watching him.
Just a minute later, David German burst forward to hit a screamer into the top corner for his first goal for Hyde and then seven minutes later, Seddon grabbed Hyde’s third.
The Tigers were now in the ascendancy and Seddon was thwarted by a superb save from Mark Osborn. Hyde could not capitalise on a series of corners and Kettering finished worthy winners.
On this sort of form they are certain to go close to the Championship which must have caused some concern for the watching Droylsden contingent as they are now just two points behind.