Saturday 18th September 2010
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Michael Taylor, Carlos Logan, Kyle Wilson (Dale Johnson), Matty Burke, Mark Lees, Lee Rick (Mark Stewart), Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Marcus Calvert, Greg Traynor, Ben Morris. Sent off: Scott McNiven.
Redditch United: Ambrusic, Spence, Timmins, Fitzpatrick, Hull, Jones, Pead, Warner, Smith, Addagio, Ravenhill. Subs: Quaynor for Addagio, Gayton, Richards for Ravenhill, Green, Bussey.
The Tigers produced an abject performance against a Redditch side which had conceded 28 goals in seven games. The weather was dismal and so was the play, with the only brightness being the new floodlights.
This game was all about Matt Smith who scored a brilliant hat-trick to give Redditch their first win of the season and take them off the foot of the table at the expense of Hyde. Once the visitors went in front they always had too much for an out of sorts Tigers, who possibly thought it was too easy and frequently gave the ball away in the middle of the park.
Smith grabbed his first on 34 minutes when he headed home unmarked in the area. He could have scored earlier but Michael Taylor scrambled the ball off the line to thwart him. His second came on 75 minutes when Mark Stewart lost possession in the Redditch half and could only watch in disbelief as the visitors broke away to score. His third was again an unmarked header in the last minute. Marco Adaggio grabbed a goal in between on 77 minutes after Redditch took full advantage of the extra man after Hyde skipper, Scott McNiven was sent off on 65 minutes for two yellow card picked up in less than a minute. The decision seemed harsh, but referee Mr Powell additionally collected six bookings in an afternoon without a bad challenge, which only made a bad game worse.
Hyde struggled to get their game together and failed to take their chances until Dale Johnson came off the bench to grab a late opportunist goal. There was a couple of minute spell as Hyde threatened another, but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as Redditch were always in control and fully deserved their victory.
Hyde left the field to a chorus of boos with Neil Tolson admitting his team fully deserved it. He now has plenty to do if Hyde are going to respond in the Cup on Saturday. On this showing it is back to the drawing board and using players in their natural positions.