Saturday 1st February 2020
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Matlock Town: Jon Stewart, Adam Yates, Dwayne Wiley, Luke Dean, Spencer Harris, Bailey Gooda, Piteu Cruz, Nathan Valentine, Chib Chilaka, James Tague, Dan Bramall. Subs: Tomas Poole, Sam Scrivens, Ben Gordon, Ben Morris.
Hyde United: Lloyd Allinson, Bradley Roscoe, Kyle Brownhill, Ashley Young, John McCombe, Jordan Fagbola, Chris Sutherland (Tom Dean), Liam Tongue, Tom Pratt, Iliman N'Diaye (Chris Sharp), Paddy Lane (Reece York). Subs not used: Alex Starcenko, Daniel Turner. Sent off: Kyle Brownhill.
On an afternoon where fitting tributes were paid to Jordan Sinnott, the two sides shared the points after a 1-1 draw at the Proctor Cars stadium.
The hosts had the first chance when Bramhall cut inside onto his favoured right foot but his shot curled wide of the post.
Shortly after Hyde took the lead when Ndiaye was fouled roughly 30 yards from goal. Tongue stepped up and fired his free kick low and hard at Stewart who parried the ball into the path of Tom Pratt who made no mistake in finding goal.
Brownhill received his first booking of the game as he pulled the lively Crouz down as he was rushing towards goal. The aforementioned winger could have put Matlock level a matter of moments later but he blazed a volley over the bar inside the box.
Just before half time the tigers broke away 2 v 1 from a Matlock corner as Sutherland won the ball on halfway, Ndiayes pass for the run of Lane looked perfect with the pitch bobbly, the ball ran away from Lane and he stumbled before the ball went for a throw in.
Hyde’s aim for 3 points was made tougher 5 minutes after the restart as Brownhill was cautioned for the second time after tripping Crouz just outside the area.
After struggling in the moments after when Crouz and Chilaka clattered shots from distance against the bar, the tigers recovered well after changing formation. This limited Matlock to few chances and Allinson rarely had much to do. A good point of the road given the circumstances, setting it up nicely for the Scarborough game next Saturday.
By George Rothwell