Saturday 7th January 2012
Gainsborough Trinity: Michael Emery, Adam Watts, Kevin Sandwith, Gavin Cowan, Luke Waterfall, Shane Clarke, Jonathan D'Laryea, Levi Reid, Ryan Kendall, Paul Connor, Lee Ridley. Subs: Andrew Boyce, Leon Mettam, Darryn Stamp, Jamie Yates, Ryan Williams.
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Danny Hall, Gianluca Havern, Andrew Pearson, Tunji Moses (David Poole), Callum Byrne, James Ellison (Danny Broadbent), Scott Spencer, Reece Gray. Subs not used: Sean Williams, Harry Winter, Nathan Martin.
Report by Luke Edwards
Hyde fell to their first defeat in 11 games, and only their third in the league this season, at Gainsborough Trinity.
After the euphoria of the New Year’s Day victory over Stalybridge this was a little bit like “after the Lord Mayor’s Show” as they were hit by 2 set-pieces and then struggled to break down the resolute home defence at the other end.
Hyde named an unchanged line up from that victory at Bower Fold and it was the Tigers who started the brighter as Michael Emery in the home goal had to race out smartly to deny Reece Gray early on.
It was the home side who took the lead though a quarter of an hour in when Hyde twice failed to clear a corner and Ryan Kendall fired home.
Hyde did respond when Lee Ridley was penalised for handball right on the edge of the area and Adam Griffin’s wicked free-kick was flicked just past his own post by Luke Waterfall.
For the rest of the first half it was the Tigers who had the majority of the possession, but they couldn’t find a way through the well marshalled defence.
Gainsborough doubled their lead early in the second half when Kendall’s header was tipped over by Dave Carnell and, from the resultant corner, Gavin Cowan poked in unmarked at the far post to leave Hyde with an uphill task.
Normally so strong at defending set-pieces, here it was proving to be their Achilles heel as Cowan again got free but this time headed straight at Carnell.
Gainsborough were once again happy to sit on their lead and Hyde to their credit were still trying to play football as Scott Spencer and Callum Byrne both had shots which were comfortably saved by Emery.
The Tigers huffed and puffed, but after 90 minutes there was little damage done as results elsewhere mean that they are still 11 points clear at the top of the Blue Square Bet North.