Saturday 10th November 2012
Ebbsfleet United: Edwards, Ada, Lorraine, Folkes (Stone), Phipp, Howe, Barrett, Soares (Azeez), Carew, Marum (Godden), Elder. Unused subs: Menz, Bellamy.
Hyde FC: Christopher Dilo, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Luke Ashworth, Ben Dennis, Alex Brown (Stefan Cox), Matthew Cassidy (Tunji Moses), Liam Tomsett, Ryan Crowther, Scott Spencer, Matthew Blinkhorn (Phil Jevons). Subs not used: Robbie Williams, David Poole.
Hyde squandered a 2 goal lead to somehow lose a game they had looked in control in after 20 minutes, leaving Scott McNiven fuming at his side’s complacency.
They got off to the perfect start in just the 5th minute when Ryan Crowther tucked it under Preston Edwards after Matty Blinkhorn chested the ball into his path.
The Tigers were playing some superb football,but their second goal was just a simple long goal kick downfield from new signing Christopher Dilo. The ball bounced all the way through to Matty Blinkhorn who calmly slotted home.
Hyde were rampant and had a good penalty shout when Tomsett looked to have been brought down but nothing was given and the home side started to believe.
They pulled a goal back when Neil Barrett headed a goal back from a cross whipped in.
Although Ebbsfleet had the lion’s share of possession, it was Hyde who had the best chance as the half closed as Alex Brown cut in and had a left foot shot which Edwards pushed away.
The second half started in the same vain as the first with Ebbsfleet having possession but not really threatening and it was Hyde who could have gone further ahead when a neat interchange of possession between Blinkhorn and Spencer brought another great Edwards great save from the latter’s shot.
The home side did equalise when Nathan Elder, who had caused Hyde problems all afternoon with his strength, calmly controlled and tucked the ball home after it had been headed back across goal.
The home side had the bit between their teeth and took the lead when Ashley Carew’s shot was parried by Dilo before Godden tucked home the rebound to send the home crowd wild.
Ebbsfleet should have been down to 10 men when Patrick Ada hauled Spencer down as he ran through on goal
However, it ended up being a day of frustration and what might have been for the Tigers as they could have gone 4 points clear of their opponents but instead ended up dropping below them.