Saturday 7th November 2009
Gloucester City: Green, Mustoe, Harris, Richards, Hamblin, Rose, Smith, Palmer, Morford, Symons, Seavill. Subs:- Pitcher for Symons, Sykes, Baldwin for Morford, Marshall for Smith, Preece.
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Chris Lynch (David Thompson), Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Ricky Mercer, Dean Stott, Scott Mooney (Paul Barratt), Tom Manship, David McNiven (Lee Rick), Kevin Holsgrove, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Ben Rowbotham, Will Burns.
Gloucester City made Hyde pay dear by taking their chances, whilst the Northern Tigers will again rue a series of missed opportunities, especially in the first half. To compound a miserable day out at Cirencester Chris Lynch and David Thompson both suffered injuries to force them from the field late in the game.
It was clear it was not going to be Hyde’s day when Scott Mooney was fouled in the box in only the third minute, but referee Mr Smith would have none of it. There were two more appeals for penalties before a Gloucester defender clearly handled in the box. Again Mr Smith rejected the appeals and with it went Hyde’s chances of pulling back Lee Smith’s well taken goal on 20 minutes.
Chances came and went with David McNiven twice failing to beat Mike Green when faced with a one on one and Dean Stott was unlucky to see his effort scrambled off the line with Smith beaten. Mooney went close right on half time but that was it as far as Hyde were concerned.
In the second period Gloucester were happy to sit back and threaten Hyde on the break and when Smith grabbed his second on 68 minutes it was all over. Jack Pitcher later struck a post for the home side with a tremendous effort.
Lynch had to leave the field with a broken nose, whilst Thompson suffered a serious leg injury to complete a thoroughly depressing afternoon for Hyde and leaving Manager Neil Tolson plenty to think about before FA giantkillers, Northwich Victoria visit Ewen Fields on Sunday.