Tigers lose out in basement battle
Friday 31st January 2014 @ 13:00 by Lisa B

Hyde 0 Tamworth 3

Skrill Premier

Injury-hit Hyde were very much the masters of their own destruction in this basement battle at Ewen Fields on Saturday.

The Tigers handed a debut to former Scotland under-21 goalkeeper Chris Kettings after Lawrence Vigoroux returned to Tottenham Hotspur following the end of his loan spell.

The visitors arrived just two places above Hyde in 22nd position but with games in hand following long cup runs in both the FA Cup and Trophy.

The Lambs were first on the attack, captain Wayne Thomas seeing his fifth minute effort scrambled around the post by Kettings, while at the other end, Connor Hughes forced Cameron Belford into action to palm away his effort.

Hyde’s Liam Thomsett battles for the ball.    Picture by PAUL PROLE

Hyde’s Liam Thomsett battles for the ball.
Picture by PAUL PROLE

The sides were looking evenly matched, but with 10 minutes on the clock, Nick Chadwick was allowed to ghost in behind a static home defence and knock Andy Haworth’s cross goalwards, although it was Richard Peniket who applied the final touch just before the ball crossed the line.

This setback did not seem to unduly unsettle the home side and both Josh Brizell with a free-kick and Danny Carlton had efforts that just missed the target.

Hughes caused some problems for the Lambs down the left flank and another dangerous break on 33 minutes needed a good block from a defender as the winger shaped to shoot.

Two minutes later, though, Hughes really should have levelled after a loose ball fell to him to the left of goal just five yards out.

He had time to control the ball, but he instinctively snatched at it and blazed wide.

As half-time approached the wind started to swirl around Ewen Fields, a fact illustrated by Haworth’s 38th minute free-kick that spun around in the air before eventually needing a tip over the bar from Kettings to prevent a freak goal.

The second half saw the home side dominate the opening exchanges as they sensed that there may be a wind advantage.

As the Tigers cranked up the pressure they were hit by a 59th minute sucker punch.

A through ball was pursued by sub Justin Richards, but Kettings raced off his line for a routine clearance. However the stopper missed his kick, leaving Richards with the easiest goal he will surely score in his career as he rolled the ball into the empty net.

Then once again with Hyde pressing they were caught on the counter. Nick Chadwick sent a lob goalwards but the flight deceived Kettings and it nestled in the back of the net.

Attendance: 369.

by Dave Edler