Monday 17th January 2011
Hinckley United: Deakin, Mace, Giddings, Gooding, Bains, Hooman, Kerry, Strachan, Ricketts, Clarke, Reid. Subs: Gray, Belcher for Strachan, Newton for Giddings, Fairclough, Dozie for Ricketts.
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Andrew Smart, Steve Halford (Rob Turner), Scott McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove (Chris Lynch), Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Scott Mooney (Lee Rick), Ashley Young, Tom Manship. Subs not used: Will Burns, Ben Morris.
In a match they desperately needed to win to pull away from the relegation zone, Hyde found themselves two goals down within fourteen minutes and after that there was no way back for the injury ravaged Tigers.
Already without Dale Johnson, Chris Lynch and Shaun Whalley through injury, Steve Halford limped off after 21 minutes to complete a miserable night at a very murky Greene King Stadium. Russell Saunders was unable to kick following an injury picked up late in the game on Saturday to add further pressure onto the Tigers backline. The one good point for Hyde was the return of Kevin Holsgrove on a season long loan, but even his pace down the left couldnít be capitalised upon.
Hinckley started strongly and took the lead on 5 minutes when James Reid cut in from the right and squeezed the ball past Saunders. Gary Ricketts wreaked havoc in the early stages and nine minutes later his strong run set up Kerry Lloyd to score the second. It looked like there would be an avalanche of goals, especially without Halford, but the Tigers hung on with some desperate defending and eventually took the sting out of the home sideís aggressive forwards.
The Tigers played without conviction throughout and when Ian Deakin in the Hinckley goal made a complete hash of a back pass, there was nobody there to take advantage. Matty Burke, one of the few positives for Hyde was unlucky immediately after the break when his shot hit a post and was cleared. In the last minute an absolute screamer from Andy Smart was inches wide with Deakin beaten but in between Hyde didnít have a shot on target despite plenty of possession and never really looked like getting back in the game after a dreadful first half performance.