Hyde FC

Sat 24th Nov 2012    FA Trophy R1     Hyde FC   1-1   Barrow AFC Att: 438
My after-game forum comments:
The bad news - we were atrocious today. The good news - Hyde were a order of magnitude worse. Much, much worse. No idea how they knocked three past Newport last week; there was no evidence they had that in them on today's performance.

Their goal was god-awful, the usual not clearing the ball despite countless opportunities, and thus allowing a tap in. Despite this, we had a hatful of chances with Joe Jackson coming very close twice, one occasion looked like a penalty to me when he fired over despite a hefty push in the back, and another 1-on-1 when the goalkeeper smothered. At the end of the first half which we dominated I was non too concerned, believing that sooner or later we would click into gear.

The second half I expected us to kick on, but it was more even in a non-threatening no-one is going to score kind of way. Hyde were extremely useful at diving and milking every opportunity to waste time. It was therefore no surprise when 5 minutes injury time was signalled. Being honest, it was probably more like 7 or 8 minutes but few referees have that amount of courage.

The equaliser was bleeding marvellous - in fact it was reminiscent of Gascoigne's goal against Scotland in Euro 96. True, Flynn didn't flip the ball over Hendry's head, but he did chest the ball down 20 yards out to wrong foot the defender, before firing an unstoppable shot into the bottom left corner of the net. Cue scenes of delirium on the terraces. I went on a personal racing up and down the steps and screaming campaign whilst Si Nichols could be seen provoking the Hyde fans. The last time I went so mental was the equalizer at Wembley.

As for performances, I thought Almond was brilliant during the final 20 when Hyde were tiring and he ended up running the show. Alex Harvey played the best game I've ever seen from him, and Boyes and Baker were steady. Beyond that there were few stand-outs. I thought Peo looked pretty dire along with Hessey and Flynn (94th minute excepted). Aldred looked very comfortable and he was the best at the back.

Did we deserve to lose? No, we were the better team over 90 minutes so the fact we grabbed a draw was totally justified. It's such a shame we didn't convert some of the many chances we created in a game we bossed without hitting any level of quality.

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