Saturday 27th August 2005
Kettering Town: Osborn, Duik, Gould, Solkhon, McIlwain, Brown, Burgess, Robinson, McDougald, Moore, Paterson. Subs: Nicell, Essandoh, Difante, Midgley, Hall.
Hyde United: Mark Westhead (Wayne Dean), Chris Lynch, Paul Armstrong, Paul Jones, Nicky Clee (Jamie Milligan), John O'Kane, Gerry Harrison (Phil Salt), Steve Brackenridge, Craig Dudley, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Simon Garner, Joel Pilkington.
Report By Tony Beard:
Hyde were ultimately beaten by Kettering at Rockingham Road but certainly deserved something from an action packed game, which resulted in more than 15 minutes added time. In what was never a dirty game, three players finished up at Kettering General including 'keeper Mark Westhead who suffered a blow to the cheek. Hyde were forced to play the last 25 minutes with winger Craig Dudley in goal but still managed to produce their best football of the game and were desperately unlikely not to grab a point by the end.
When Dale Johnson put Hyde in front after five minutes there were no signs of the drama to come until twenty one minutes when Paul Armstrong crunched into Jamie Paterson on the edge of the box and received a yellow card. Paterson went off on a stretcher and straight to casualty. From the resultant free kick, Ollie Burgess equalised after a wicked deflection off John O'Kane. Kettering went in front right on half time with a brilliant opportunist goal from Christian Moore. He grabbed another six minutes after the break following poor defending and all seemed lost for the Tigers.
However half time replacements Jamie Milligan and Phil Salt started to dictate matters in midfield and within minutes Johnson had a shot scrambled off the line whilst Mark Osborn saved brilliantly from Matty McNeil. Matty had another great game but received no protection from a totally ineffective referee who time and time again was found wanting with key decisions.
A long break ensued with treatment for Westhead before he too was rushed for casualty and Hyde reshuffled for the second time. Chris Lynch flattened Andy Hall in a 50/50 challenge and he too was on the ambulance shuttle. Salt and Johnson were booked as the Tigers frustrations began to show, especially when Wayne Dean was hacked down and the referee, only yards away, played on. Unperturbed Dean had a shot cleared off the line and then Milligan was inches wide with a free kick. Another Milligan free kick was glanced in by McNeil to set up a grandstand finish. A Milligan shot cannoned off Osborn's knees but it proved to be too little too late as once again defensive frailties had given Hyde a mountain to climb.