Saturday 13th October 2007
Alfreton Town: Lindley, Wilson(L), Agus, Barnard, Wilson (M), Brown, Law, Bowler, Cusworth, Knox, Reet. Subs: Doxey, Glass, Cockerill, Sutcliffe, Hannigan.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Earl Davis, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright (Scott Warner), Dale Johnson (Chris Simm), Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee (Lee Rick). Subs not used: Craig Robinson, Gerry Harrison.
Hyde secured the points at Alfreton on Saturday with a storming second half performance after they were put to the sword for much of the first half.
This was the proverbial game of two halves. In the first ten minutes, Nicky Clee had two chances for the Tigers which went begging before the home side took advantage of the slope and put the Hyde defence under severe pressure. Time after time Alfreton launched high balls into the midst of the Hyde penalty area, but once again Earl Davis and Peter Band were up to the test. Behind them Craig Dootson handled superbly and it was certainly the Tigers who were pleased to hear the half–time whistle.
The second half was a different story altogether. Hyde suddenly began to play and it was Alfreton’s turn to be under the cosh. Dale Johnson again always a threat from midfield miskicked, but the ball fell to Gareth Seddon ten yards out and he made no mistake to put the Tigers ahead on 54 minutes. Three minutes later, Clee hit a post and the ball rebounded to safety.
The Tigers were now well on top and Seddon turned provider on 65 minutes when he crossed for Matthew Tipton to score with a rare header. Seddon was again the provider for substitute Chris Simm to grab Hyde’s third with five minutes left. It was fair reward for Simm who caused havoc on the right with his blistering pace for the final fifteen minutes.
Lee Cartwright was nominated man of the match, but there were some strong contenders in the second half. At half time many of the fans were wondering whether it was after the Lord Mayor’s show, but not for the first time this season, the Tigers knuckled down and fully deserved the victory by the finish.