Standard sports editor Duncan Browne reflects on today’s match...
MATCH RESULT: Boston United 3 Hyde 1.
WHAT WE EXPECTED: A comfortable-enough victory for the home team. Boston may have suffered a slump of late, but Hyde are in a woeful rut with just three league wins from their past 64 matches... and that hat-tricks of victories have been spread over three different seasons.
WHAT WE GOT: A comfortable-enough victory, supplemented by a hat-trick, a red card and a left back in goal. Bonkers, but very entertaining.
MAGIC MOMENT: Latching on to Greg Tempest’s long ball Dayle Southwell guided the ball home to complete a memorable treble. Amazing scenes.
MAN OF THE MATCH: There were so many candidates. Greg Tempest made two assists before making two saves. Zak Mills was his usually dependable and effective self. Southwell left with the match ball. However, the tenacious Conor Marshall was just superb and gets the nod.
GOAL OF THE GAME: Southwell’s first was from close range but the cross from Tempest was spot on. It also proved pivotal.
ONE TO WATCH: Although technically a Manchester City player, Billy O’Brien was head and shoulders above the rest of the Hyde team. Were it not for a number of fine stops from the keeper, Boston would have had the game wrapped up by the interval.
REF WATCH: Tom Bramall has made numerous trips to York Street as an official, but this is his first season as a referee. He handled the game well and didn’t shy away from Vince’s red card.
RATINGS: Vince 5, Marrs 7, Steer 7, Marshall 9 (Felix 83, 5), Garner 7, Piergianni 7, Mills 8, Piergianni 7, Hollingsworth 8, Southwell 8, Robinson 7, Tempest 8; Subs (not used): Galinski, Fallah.