Saturday 29th October 2005
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan (Nicky Clee), John Gaynor (Sean Pearson), Chris Lynch, Phil Salt (Steve Brackenridge), Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Wayne Dean, Gerry Harrison.
Redditch United: Solly, Flynn, Charlton, Pearce, Dann, Taylor, Hollis, King, Clarke, Wilding, Rickards. Subs: Creighton, Scheppel, Doyle, Moore.
Report by Tony Beard:
This was a dire performance from the Tigers. From the very first minute Hyde were poor and were never really in the game, despite having a strong wind behind them in the first half. Only Matty McNeil and substitute Steve Brackenridge can take any credit from a most inept performance, which leaves the Tigers plenty to do if they wish to climb away from the relegation zone.
Redditch arrived at Ewen Fields on the back of a 6-3 thrashing at home by Workington and the Manager's resignation in the Chairman's pocket. They had reacted quickly and gave debuts to defender Scott Dann and striker Jermaine Clarke. Clarke, signed from Evesham United, was a revelation winning everything in the air and running the Tigers ragged all afternoon. Paul Jones and Lincoln Adams could find no answer.
Hyde welcomed back John Gaynor from injury but he looked well off the pace and Redditch took full advantage. They took the lead on 17 minutes when Craig Wilding scored from a tight angle past the despairing Mark Westhead. They increased their lead on 30 minutes when Sean Flynn nipped in to score with Westhead and his co-defenders rooted to the spot. A desperate goal to give away.
Jamie Milligan went close with a twice taken free -kick, but he was immediately substituted as Steve Waywell showed his frustration with the midfielders, who had failed to make any impact whatsoever. Nicky Clee came on and McNeil went into midfield to combat the aerial strength of the Redditch strikers.
The second half promised some hope with a reorganised team but that fell apart within two minutes as Simon Hollis chipped a superb goal with the Tigers defence again found wanting. Phil Salt, struggling to find his form, immediately limped off. Steve Brackenridge came on and immediately pulled one back with a well-taken goal. The possibility of a Tigers fight-back loomed, but not a chance as Clarke continued to wreak havoc at the back every time he touched the ball. Near the end Mc Neil had a goal disallowed for offside and Adams had a header off the line, but it was too little, too late and on the day, Hyde were well beaten by a team that started the game below them.
The alarm bells are ringing and changes are required without delay to halt the slide that has seen Hyde take just two points from four consecutive home games. Saturday's game at Gainsborough all of a sudden takes on massive importance as they are the only side Hyde have beaten in the League this season.