Hyde United v Matlock Town
Saturday 29th August 2015 15:00hrs
Evostik League, Premier Division
Venue: Ewen Fields
Contender ready? Gladiator ready? 3…2…1…
It’s time to welcome The Gladiators of Matlock Town to Ewen Fields for our next Evostik League match of the season. Whilst Wolf, Hunter and Jet may not be travelling over from Causeway Lane, Mark Hume’s squad will provide a stern test for The Tigers.
Midweek fixtures saw Hyde falter at home to Marine, losing 2-0 to a solid but unadventurous visiting team and continuing an indifferent start to the season. Matlock however won 3-2 away at previously unbeaten Rushall Olympic and currently sit sixth in the league table with Hyde in fourteenth.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the five goals Matlock had scored this season had arrived in the final ten minutes of matches and they have now won three and lost one of their four games. They defeated Frickley Athletic, Whitby Town and Rushall Olympic and were defeated by Salford City where former Tigers Gareth Seddon and Chris Lynch both scored for The Ammies.
Gary Lowe’s Hyde team will be looking to restore pride after a poor performance against Marine and will be hoping for another good crowd after encouraging attendances in their first two home games.
Hyde United: LWLD
Matlock Town: WWLW
So far, there have been 37 meetings between the two sides, the last of which was in 2011 as Adam Griffin scored a last minute free kick at Causeway Lane to seal a 1-0 win for Hyde. Prior to that, the sides met in the NPL Shield in 2005 with Hyde coming out 2-0 winners with goals from Steve Brackenridge and Dale Johnson. Matlock’s last league win over Hyde came in 1991 at Causeway Lane where despite Hyde leading for an hour through Mike Stephens, a Glenister penalty levelled things up before Haycock won it with five minutes left. The first meeting between the sides I can find was in 1982, an FA Trophy clash at Matlock where despite two Peter Coyne goals, The Galdiators won 5-2. Appearance wise, Terry Megram made 12 against Matlock with Steve Johnson and Russ Hooton both with 10. Phil Chadwick (not from the club shop) and Ged Kimmins both netted six times against our opponents to lead that particular chart.
Hyde Wins 22
Matlock Wins 8
Hyde Goals 74
Matlock Goals 55
Previous Games on 29th August
Our last game on this day was in 2011 where Matt Berkeley and Danny Broadbent scored in a 2-0 win at Gloucester City. A mixed bag really with results as follows.
29/08/2011 Gloucester C (A) Conf North 472 2-0 Berkeley (27 pen), Broadbent (55)
29/08/2009 Blyth S (H) Conf North 349 0-3
29/08/2005 Alfreton T (H) Conf North 433 2-3 Salt (41), Brackenridge (88)
29/08/1998 Gateshead (H) NPL P 371 3-0 Richardson, Wilson, Page
29/08/1994 Buxton (A) NPL P 435 2-1 Kimmins (65, 74)
29/08/1992 Frickley A (H) NPL P 278 0-0
29/08/1988 Buxton (A) NPL P 2-1 Nisbett (2 goals)
29/08/1987 Gainsboro’ T (A) NPL P 1-1 Johnson
29/08/1983 Mossley (H) NPL P 1-3 Golder
29/08/1981 Chorley (H) CCL 2-0 Daniels, Golder (pen)
29/08/1980 Curzon Ashton(A) CCL 2-0 Golder, Holt