Saturday 25th September 2010
F.A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Andrew Smart, Scott McNiven, Michael Taylor, Chris Lynch, Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Scott Mooney (Carlos Logan), Shaun Whalley. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Kyle Wilson, Greg Traynor, Ben Morris, Chris Rimmer, Neil Tolson.
Droylsden: Phillips, Roche, Brownhill, Byron, Hardiker, Brown, Kileen, Connors, Kilheeney, Smith, Holden. Subs: Gardner, Towns, McNiven, Kerr, Cryan, Beck, Banim.
In a tense local derby at Ewen Fields, honours finished even in a game that won’t live long in the memory. By the end both sides were happy to stick with what they had and try again at the Butchers Arms on Monday night.
Both Hyde and Droylsden had opportunities to seal a victory but in a match of few clear cut chances, it was always going to be close. It was Hyde’s first clean sheet of the season and Manager, Neil Tolson was pleased with the performance after the debacle of the previous week and felt his side just shaded the game. For Droylsden, Dave Pace said he was frustrated by the referee who frequently did not allow the game to flow.
With chances at a premium in a pretty poor game, referee Ben Toner did not help by constant breaks in play and collecting eight bookings in the process. As usual in these situations, the most serious offences went unpunished.
Michael Taylor went close for Hyde early on and new signing Matt Smith (hat-trick hero the week before for Redditch) did the same for Droylsden, but it was really after the break when both sides had the better chances to score, Shaun Whalley was just wide for Hyde before Dale Johnson put through Scott Mooney with a clear run on goal. However John Hardiker managed to get back to clear with a desperate tackle with Hyde appealing for a penalty.
Substitute Dan Gardner should have done better with a header for Droylsden just after coming on before Mark Lees went close for Hyde with ten minutes left. Although both sides applied late pressure neither could find that elusive goal.