Saturday 6th October 2007
Kettering Town: Harper, Dempster, Jaszczun, Graham, Kemp, Solkhon, Brady, Bridges, Burton, Marna, Hall. Subs: Collins, Lloyd, Westcarr, Rawle, Bussey.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Earl Davis, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright, Dale Johnson (Scott Warner), Matthew Tipton (Chris Simm), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Craig Robinson, Gerry Harrison, Neil Tolson.
The Tigers travelled to Rockingham Road and inflicted the first defeat of the season on Kettering with a superb all round performance after the disappointments of two cup exits the previous week.
Two clinical finishes from Gareth Seddon sealed the points, but it was the total team performance which satisfied Tigerís boss, Steve Waywell. At the back, the recalled Earl Davis produced an awesome performance, which rightfully won him the Man of the Match Award. Not far behind him were Peter Band and Chris Lynch. Craig Dootson handled well throughout and made crucial saves when it mattered.
In midfield, Mark Innes grew in confidence and controlled the game in the second half whilst upfront Seddon returned to his best, despite being unwell for most of the week. All the players played their part as Hyde cruised to victory by the finish.
After a pretty even first half of few chances, the game livened up after half-time. Waywell had stressed the need to be patient in his half time team talk and Hyde took their chances well when they came their way.
The home side started the second half the better and Dootson made a fine save to thwart David Bridges. However Hyde started to take control. Seddon and Matthew Tipton both saw good efforts fly over the bar, before Dale Johnson saw his shot fizz across the six yard line. Jean Paul Marna then headed against the post for Kettering, but this turned out to be their last real chance as a minute later Innes played a superb pass into the path of Seddon who made no mistake to give Hyde the lead on 65 minutes.
Kettering then made a triple substitution as they tried to get back into the game, but it was Hyde who were growing in confidence. Seddon brought a good save from Lee Harper, before finding the net only for it to be disallowed for a marginal offside decision. The Tigers were not done, as Seddon picked up a poor clearance from Harper in the last minute, accelerated past the defenders before hammering the ball into the corner to send the travelling Tigersí fans into ecstasy.
The home side were beaten and Hyde played out injury time without any alarms to register their best performance of the season and hopefully a springboard to mount a serious championship challenge later in the season.