Saturday 11th March 2006
Redditch United: Anstiss, King, Whitcombe, Rea, Creighton, Field, Hollis, Scheppel, Wilding, Clarke, Palmer. Subs: Taylor, Thomas, May, Adams, McGrath.
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, David German, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Lee Unsworth, Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson, Mark Quayle. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Danny Caldecott, Neil Tolson, Wayne Dean, Lincoln Adams.
The Tigers conceded a goal two minutes into injury time to have victory snatched from their grasp at the Valley Stadium on Saturday. The conditions were difficult, not helped by the infamous sloping pitch and Hyde battled all the way against the very direct style of the home side, but were probably disappointed by the end not to have taken all three points after getting so close.
Redditch took the initiative from the start, but it was Hyde who had the clearest chances in a pretty even first half. Nathan Wharton rounded the ‘keeper on eight minutes but saw his shot go inches wide whilst Nicky Clee went agonisingly close. From the resultant corner, Wharton struck the bar with the diminutive Richard Anstiss beaten.
Clee came more into the game in the second half and gave full back Ian King a torrid time, but not before the defender had escaped punishment for a dreadful tackle, which left the winger prostrate on the floor. The referee deemed no foul, but in realising the extent of the injury stopped play and then restarted with a dropped ball. Clee was again in the action on 66 minutes when he was inches wide after finding space in the box. He continued to torment King, who resorted to lunging tackles to stop him and was rightly booked.
Paul Jones was booked for his first foul of the game, but then popped up at the other end to scramble the ball over the line after Mark Quayle had flicked Clee’s free kick goalwards. The goal stood thanks to an eagle-eyed assistant. Anstiss produced a superb save to thwart Quayle, but then Jean Paul Ndjebayi made a sensational save from a free-kick. As the seconds ticked away, Redditch had yet another corner and Simon Rea forced the ball home after Ndjebayi had failed to clear cleanly. It was hard on the Hyde defence who had battled superbly on the day against an aerial onslaught from the home side.
A draw was probably a fair result, but Hyde were left to rue the missed chances that cost them victory. There was no faulting the effort and commitment on the day though in pretty inhospitable conditions.