Saturday 17th January 2009
AFC Telford United: Young, Adams, Meredith, Cowan,Turner, Blakeman, Trainer, Vermiglio, Carey-Bertram, Brown, Moore. Subs: Fearns, Edwards, Whitehead, Lewis, Naylor
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Lynch (Chris Cooke), Adam Oakes, Chris Brass (Mark Innes), Farrell Kilbane, Neil Fitzhenry, Lee Rick, Tom Manship, Karl Lomax (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Paul Howarth, Elliot Bernstein.
In view of recent results and performances, this was nothing less than sensational as the Tigers came out victors at the New Bucks Head stadium. It was only Telford’s second defeat of the season at home and left many of the 1,888 crowd shocked and stunned as Hyde grabbed a last minute winner.
The first half was pretty even with Karl Lomax going close for Hyde before Craig Dootson made a stunning save to thwart Lee Moore. Danny Carey-Bertram grabbed a goal for the home side on 31 minutes after an exquisite shot on the turn.
The half time team talk for the Tigers was all about belief, but Neil Tolson couldn’t have dreamt that substitute Daniel Douglas Pringle would score with a crisp finish minutes after the restart and then Hyde would take the lead eight minutes later. Tom Manship’s free kick was headed down for Chris Simm to score. In fact Simm was a thorn in the side for Telford throughout with his blistering pace and his ‘have a go’ attitude. He was booked minutes after his goal and could have picked up another, but his never say die attitude could not be faulted.
As the tempo increased there was a succession of bookings as the Tigers held on. The defenders frequently put their body on the line and none more so than Farrell Kilbane who had a great game. As Telford chased the game Simm and Douglas Pringle kept their back four busy before the introduction of Terry Fearns for the home side,
Fearns always seems to score against Hyde and was twice stopped by stunning saves from Dootson before heading the home side level with six minutes remaining from one of their many corners. It looked like Telford would grab a last minute winner before Hyde broke away and Nicky Clee hit the bar with the goal at his mercy. As the ball came back he volleyed home a much more difficult chance to secure the points. Hyde had to withstand four additional minutes and numerous more corners but they did and came away with three points. Unbelievable!