Sunday 16th March 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Andrew Teague, Peter Band, David Morley (Lee Rick), Shane Killock, Gareth Morris, Chris Brass, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Mark Innes, Chris Cooke, Bobby Gee, Neil Tolson.
Kettering Town: Harper, Eaden, Jaszczun, Dempster, Branston, Solkhon, Brady, Bridges, Beardsley, Robinson, Westcarr. Subs: Galbraith, Marna, Kemp, Mills, Bussey.
Hyde had the best of the first hour of their Sunday encounter with league leaders, Kettering Town at Ewen Fields but the game changed when Brett Solkhon rifled the ball into the net after seemingly controlling it with his hand. The referee, Mr Smallwood, would have none of it and the goal stood.
It was tough on the out of form Tigers who had played well up to this point, but the word on the street was that Kettering never lose once they get in front. And so it proved. Immediately Craig Dootson produced a fantastic save to thwart Anthony Robinson before seven minutes later, David Bridges headed in a corner with the Hyde defenders watching and when Craig Westcarr ran through to add a third thirteen minutes from time it was game, set and match.
Earlier in the game, it was the Tigers who were calling all the shots. Matthew Tipton struck the bar with an exquisite free kick, whilst Nicky Clee’s goal-bound shot squirmed under Lee Harper’s dive, but was someone scrambled away. Although Gareth Seddon was missing, Hyde looked sharp up front and caused the Kettering back line plenty of problems in an eventful first half.
The visitors stepped up the pace after a half-time rollocking, but the Tigers were still holding their own until the first goal. After that, heads went down and the Champions Elect never looked in any difficulty.
The match finished on a sour note when Robinson, just back from suspension, went in very late on David Morley and was lucky only to receive a yellow card. This is the same player, who earlier in the season received a red card at Hyde playing for Tamworth after an equally dreadful challenge which put Tom Cowan out for several weeks.