On the back of victory at Stockport in midweek, which extended the unbeaten run to five games, Dale Belford made no changes to the starting eleven or the bench as The Lamb welcomed not only the players and officials of Hyde FC but also representatives from Tamworth twin towns Bad Laasphe and Vaujours. Courtney and Hessenthaler got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End and after a slow start, Cunnington was rewarded with a corner on the right but the visitors managed to scrap it away. On 8 Hyde captain Griffin played a suicidal freekick across the centre circle and the Lambs won a corner from which Marshall's header caused keeper Dilo some problems but a foul by Wright halted play. Wright's attempted run down in front of the clubhouse was hampered by a Hyde sandwich but the resultant freekick was not accurate enough to allow Marshall to get a strike on goal from the right of the box. A long throw by Courtney on the left on 18 was flicked on by Marshall at the near post but it dropped over Dilo and onto the top of the net. A first real attack by the visitors on 23 brought a right sided corner and Cunnington's attempted headed clearance fell to Almond who saw his snap shot blocked on the edge of the area. McCartan then made a run inside the left of the box and curled a low cross towards the far post which Brown glanced behind off a defender for a flag kick on the other side which Tamworth cleared. A foul on Wright on the left of midfield allowed Hessenthaler to fire a freekick into the box and Cunnington's diving header went wide of the mark, but it wouldn't have counted anyway as the linesman's flag was already up. Hessenthaler's left sided freekick on 33 was met well by the head of Marshall but Dilo was well positioned to collect and the linesman's flag went up again, although the referee allowed play to continue. Another niggly foul this time by Griffin on Thorpe on the right by the corner flag allowed Kelly to fire the deadball in, left footed, from the touchline and Cunnington met it well with a header but it was always going over the target. Good movement by the Lambs down the left on 38 allowed Lloyd to advance into the box and strike low for the near post, but Dilo took it fairly easily. in the 42nd minute Brown was booked for a foul down by the clubhouse and Hessenthaler swung the freekick in but it was cleared by McCartan and Hyde pushed forwards only to find Gudger in no mood to allow the ball over the halfway line. Hessenthaler's attempted shot on 44 was blocked, and the ball came back in for Wright to try a close range header, but he found himself off side and Dilo's save was a mere formality. The offside flagwent up against Wright once again in the one minute of added time at the end of the half which drew to a close all square.
HT: Tamworth 00 Hyde FC
Hyde got the second half underway with the Lambs now attacking the Meadow Street end of the ground. A foul on Gudger allowed Kelly to put the ball into the box and when the Hyde defence only half cleared, Courtney struck the ball towards goal and Oji flicked it over the keeper with a deft header to open the scoring. (1-0, 51 mins) And six minutes later when Lloyd cut into the box from the left wing and hit a shot towards goal it took a wicked deflection off Wright and rolled unhindered into the net to double The Lambs advantage. (2-0, 57 mins) Kelly became the second Lambs player to go into the book on 65 following a challenge on the half way line after Lloyd had been booked earlier in the half. Hyde forced a couple of corners around the 67 minute mark but didn't really look like threatening from the set pieces. A ball over the top of the Lambs defence caused a few problems on 71 but Marshall was happy to see it go out of play. After initially being booked for protesting the first Tamworth goal, a second booking for Sedgewick following a bad challenge on Wright on the half way line on 73 meant the visitors would finish the game with 10 men and Belford made his first change on 78 swapping Kelly for Byfield. Byfield released Lloyd through the left channel on 80 but the shot from the latter rose over the target and the referee showed Hyde their fifth yellow of the game on 87 when Ashworth made a rash challenge in front of the shed. 5 minutes added time were shown at the end of the game which ended with The Lambs on top, but without testing Dilo again.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Marcus KELLY (Darren BYFIELD 78), Tom MARSHALL, Adam CUNNINGTON (Stuart HENDRIE 83), Tommy WRIGHT, Duane COURTNEY, Jake HESSENTHALER, Connor GUDGER, Daniel LLOYD, Jonathon THORPE, Sam OJI Subs: James WREN (GK), Richard TAIT, Michael WYLDE
Hyde FC Team:
Chris DILO (GK), Josh BRIZELL, Adam GRIFFIN (c.), Tom ANDERSON, Luke ASHWORTH, Alex BROWN, Kelvin LOMAX (Grant SPENCER 63), Chris SEDGEWICK, Liam TOMSETT (Tunji MOSES 80), Louis ALMOND (David McNIVEN 66), Shay McCARTAN Subs: Matt CASSIDY, David CARNELL (GK)