Saturday 4th September 2010
Gloucester City: K Sawyer, M Green, T Parrinello, M Richards, T Hamblin, D Mullings, M Tambling, M Rose, W Morford (D Mehew), M Symons, L Archer (O Barnes). Subs: W Morford, C Preece, N Mustoe
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott (Chris Rimmer), Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Michael Taylor, Carlos Logan, Shaun Whalley, Matty Burke, Mark Lees, Neil Tolson, Andrew Smart (Lee Rick). Subs not used: Greg Traynor, Ben Morris, Mark Stewart.
Match played at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Hyde’s failed to find the target for a second time in the week and went down to the only goal of the game at well-appointed Whaddon Road. The Tigers had signed Dale Johnson during the week, but he had to sit this one out after picking up an injury in training. With Kyle Wilson still injured, Scott Mooney suspended and Ashley Stott transferred to Witton, Neil Tolson played himself. He did well but Hyde’s lack of goals is now a real concern with just three in the last five games and two of those were penalties.
The match followed a similar pattern to recent games. The Tigers had much of the play but failed to capitalise when on top and then fell to a sucker punch just after the break when Mike Symons ran through a static defence to slot past debutant Russell Saunders. It was one of few chances the home side created, but they took advantage of it.
Hyde struggled against Gloucester’s route one tactics but had much the better of the first half after a shaky start. Shaun Whalley created all sorts of problems for the home defence, but couldn’t find the net. Kevin Sawyer produced two good saves and when he was beaten Whalley’s shot came back off the inside of a post. Just before the break it was Whalley again who appeared to be fouled in the corner of the area, but the referee waved play on.
Gloucester got their all important goal and Hyde just couldn’t get an equaliser despite continuing to have most of the possession as a very poor game fizzled out with the home side happy to run down the clock