Tuesday 2nd September 2008
Blyth Spartans: Bell (M), Leeson, Brown, Williams, Pell, Todd, Dalton, McCabe, Dale, Hume, Wright. Subs: Snowdon, Poole, Smith, Bell (P), Boyle.
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Wayne Maden (Chris Cooke), Chris Brass, Lee Rick, Karl Munroe, Chris Lynch, Lee Cartwright, Mitchell Bailey, Matthew Tipton, James Dean, Nicky Clee (Chris Coward). Subs not used: Adam Oakes, Bobby Gee, Matty Bunting.
It was a dismal Tuesday night in the North East for the Tigers both in terms of weather and performance. Hyde went into the game with six players out through injury, but there was still enough talent on show for them to have made a better fight of it, but they were never at the races.
Blyth took the lead on 23 minutes with a wonder goal from eighteen year old Jed Dalton. The ball was only partially cleared and he hammered it home into the top corner from fully twenty five yards. He added a second 12 minutes later when Hyde failed to clear the ball after an initial fumble from Elliot Bernstein. The ‘keeper made amends with a follow up save but the ball found Dalton and he did the rest.
The home side added a third on 53 minutes when the Tigers again failed to clear after Bernstein had made a point blank save and defender Richard Pell forced the ball home. Hyde held out for the rest of the game with really showing any danger up front, but had to survive the last half hour without Wayne Maden who needed stitches after an accidental collision to add to Steve Waywell’s injury worries.
Certainly a night to forget for the Tigers with plenty for the Management team to ponder on the long way home after four consecutive away defeats and only one victory in seven games overall. The slide needs arresting immediately if the season is not going to be over before its’ really begun.