Monday 7th February 2011
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Chris Lynch, Andrew Smart, Steve Halford, Scott McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove (Scott Mooney), Mark Lees, Ashley Young, Dale Johnson, Lee Rick, Tom Manship. Subs not used: Dean Stott, Ben Morris, Chris Rimmer, Will Burns.
Nuneaton Town: Danny Alcock, Rob Oddy, Eddie Nisevic, Simon Forsdick, Gareth Dean, Danny Spencer, Adam Walker, Kyle Storer, Justin Marsden, Lee Moore, Guy Hadland. Subs: Chris Dillon, Robbie Burns, James Armson, Ed Matthews, Stuart Pierpoint.
Hyde met league leaders Nuneaton Town for the second time in a fortnight and once again pushed them all the way at Ewen Fields on Monday to fully deserve a draw.
Neil Tolson stuck with the same team who had battled so well at Redditch, but it was the visitors who set the pace from the start and had twice gone close before Adam Walker put them in front on 26 minutes with a cool finish.
The Tigers fought back strongly with Dale Johnson causing all sorts of problems for the visitor’s defence helped by Lee Rick and Kevin Holsgrove on the flanks and fully merited their equaliser on 48 minutes.
An excellent free-kick from Andy Smart was superbly saved by Danny Alcock but from the resultant corner Chris Lynch was on hand to slot the ball home.
After that the game opened up with both sides going flat out for the winner. There was plenty of excitement for a disappointing crowd and either side could have clinched the winner. Both sides had penalty claims, but referee Mike Salisbury, who handled the game well, probably got the decisions right.
Hyde were indebted to man of the match Smart who produced a brilliant last ditch tackle as Nuneaton threatened a last gasp winner, but at the final whistle both sides were probably happy with the point in an exciting game.
After the game, Tolson said “we have taken four points in two weeks off the league leaders and also won at Redditch where we have never won before. It is important we now build on this and move away from the relegation zone and show what we can do”.