Saturday 21st August 2010
Hyde FC: Craig Mawson, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch (Ben Morris), Mark Lees, Michael Taylor, Carlos Logan, Shaun Whalley (Lee Pugh), Matty Burke, Ashley Stott (Scott Mooney), Lee Rick, Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Greg Traynor, Daniel Pollitt.
Alfreton Town: Gamble, Law, Shaw, Flint, Stride, Wilson, Moult, Brown, Clayton, Wilson, Arnold. Subs: Ross, Hall (J), Hearn for Arnold, Hall (C) for Clayton, Turner.
Hyde conceded five goals for the second week running as their poor start to the season continued. This time it was Alfreton who continued with their own strong start to the season with their second 5-1 away victory of the week and a repeat scoreline of the game at Ewen Fields last year.
The Tigers contrived to give the visitors a two goal start within the first eight minutes and that was it against probably the League’s best team. Chris Shaw put the visitors in front on 5 minutes when he bent a free kick around the wall, which just squeezed in at the far post. Three minutes later Aden Flint scrambled home a corner and Hyde had a mountain to climb.
It looked bleak for the Tigers as Alfreton continued to play all the football but Hyde got a life-line on the half hour mark when Matty Burke was adjudged to have been fouled in the area and Andrew Smart made no mistake from the spot.
The visitors had two much stronger penalty claims before the break and were then thwarted by two brilliant saves from Hyde ‘keeper, Craig Mawson. Hyde managed to keep themselves in the game after half time but it was only a matter of time before Alfreton’s excellent approach play was rewarded and when Chris Lynch limped off for Hyde with ten minutes remaining, the floodgates opened..
Mawson had produced a series of superb saves late in the game to keep the score down before Hyde capitulated under the strong Alfreton pressure and he could do nothing when Anthony Wilson, who had twice gone close before, bagged a brace in the last ten minutes. Substitute Liam Hearn scored at the death to make the scoreline more realistic on the balance of play and on this showing Alfreton will be serious title contenders after going so close last term.
On the other hand Neil Tolson has plenty to do to kick-start Hyde’s dreadful run of three defeats and thirteen goals conceded.