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Match Details:

Monday 27th August 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division

Hyde United0
Hucknall Town2Ricketts (16), Bignall (90)

Attendance: 261

Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Matty Taylor, Dale Hawtin, Martin Doherty (Nehru McKenzie), Peter Band, Josh Howard, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Gareth Rowe (Gavin Salmon), Neil Critchley (Steve Foster) Sent off: Simon Yeo.

Hucknall Town: Dave McCarthy, Paul Sherlock, Nathan Hollingworth, Mark Place, Tommy Gallagher, Simon Brown, Dale Wright, Danny Mayman, Gary Ricketts, Leroy Chambers, Michael McLarnon. Subs: Stuart Taylor, Phil Bignall for McLarnon, Carl Vickers

Both teams started this game with no points and the only certain thing was that would change for at least one of the sides. Hucknall came out of the blocks that little bit more alert than the Tigers and it took a last ditch tackle from Dale Hawtin to deny Leroy Chambers on six minutes. Ten minutes later Hyde went behind when Nathan Hollingworth's corner was met unopposed by the head of Gary Ricketts who made no mistake from close range. Hyde got going after the goal and were unlucky not to equalise on 29 minutes when
Simon Yeo linked well with Martin Doherty but the big midfielder pulled his shot agonisingly across the face of the goal and wide. On 34 minutes the home side had an even better chance to square things when John Foster's cross was taken down by Neil Hall but Dave McCarthy in the Hucknall goal made a good save. Three minutes later McCarthy again made a good save to deny Simon Yeo after Matty Taylor's cross. Even though it was all Hyde at this stage Hucknall served a reminder that they were still ahead on 43 minutes when Danny Mayman fired a powerful shot just wide of the upright. Hyde's bombardment continued after the break and Neil Hall couldn't stretch enough to meet John Foster's cross on 47 minutes. On 57 minutes Dale Hawtin met Josh Howard's cross but couldn't direct his header on target. Two minutes later Howard and Gareth Rowe combined on the right but Rowe's finish was weak and the ball rolled wide. The 65th minute was a nightmare for the Tigers, having had a penalty appeal turned down a Hucknall defender took issue with Simon
Yeo and no doubt frustrated by Simon Brown climbing all over him for the last hour with no protection from the referee, Yeo pushed the said defender in the face and was promptly and correctly sent-off. Provoked or not, you can't raise your hands on the pitch and expect to stay on. Despite being reduced to ten men the home sides domination continued, Gavin Salmon raced down the right and crossed for Steve Foster but the substitutes effort was somehow kept out on the line by McCarthy. On 77 minutes McCarthy again saved from
Foster after Neil Hall had played him in. On 80 minutes as Hyde went for all or nothing they almost got nothing as Leroy Chambers raced away from his marker but amazingly shot wide with just Richard Acton to beat. Hyde kept on pressing forward but it just wouldn't happen and their frustration turned into Hucknall's second goal as Phil Bignall broke away to round Acton in injury time to settle the game. Hyde are now rock bottom having lost all four games and conceding 12 goal in the process, yet somehow I'm not too worried. The three performances that I have seen have all been very promising but a couple of mistakes and no luck have cost us. Take today's game, Hucknall goalie Dave McCarthy was my man of the match but he didn't hold a shot all day, he got just enough on everything and either had defenders to clear his parries or grasped the ball at the second attempt. On another day these things would have dropped at a strikers feet. Obviously the longer we go with
no points it gets worrying but we just need a lucky break and I'm sure things will turn around

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