3:00pm - SaturdaySat 1st DecemberDec 2012
| Att: 429

7 - 0


Cards look for points from their travels

Brian Caffarey
6:45pm, Thu 29th Nov 2012
Hyde v Woking
3pm on Saturday 1 December 2012

Garry Hill’s side will hope that their effervescent display last Saturday, when they demolished Farnborough 7-0 in the FA Trophy, will carry through into the league, where they have two testing away fixtures in a row. Some points are needed from the next few games if they are not to get dragged into a battle to avoid the relegation places.


The Cards have played some terrific football this season, so it’s hard to believe that they sit in 17th place in an admittedly congested table, only three points above Hyde, who currently occupy 20th position but with a game in hand. The table is so tight, though, that a couple of wins could send any side shooting towards a top ten spot. The Tigers, Blue Square North champions last season, are likely to be one of the teams struggling to avoid the drop, so it would be especially helpful for Garry Hill’s side if they could come away with at least a point from this trip.

If they show the form they displayed last Saturday, it’s hard to believe that it will be a wasted journey. A midfield of Kevin Betsy, Lee Sawyer and Billy Knott provides a wonderful combination of industry and skill, whilst Jayden Stockley and Brett Williams have struck up such a promising partnership up front that Garry must be tempted to start with them again. But it’s equally, if not more, important that the Cards’ defence remains solid for a second game running: Woking have conceded more goals than any other side – which explains why they have also lost more games than anyone else this season in spite of their excellent goalscoring record.


The Tigers started the season poorly, not picking up a win till their 8th league game, a resounding 5-2 home victory over Hereford. Garry Hill will be aware that their recent form, though, has been much better. November’s results include impressive wins over Grimsby Town (3-2 at home) and Newport County (3-1 away). On Tuesday night the Tigers travelled to Barrow for an FA Trophy replay but lost 1-0 after drawing 1-1 at the weekend. At home in the league Hyde have won three, drawn four and lost two, with 15 goals scored and 13 conceded.

The Tigers’ best-known player is experienced striker Phil Jevons, who’s played in all five League divisions. Other players to note include fellow striker Scott Spencer, who’s a current selection for the England C side; Matty Blinkhorn, a very useful winger who’s turned out for Luton Town and York City amongst other clubs; and David Poole, who started his career at Manchester United’s Academy and whose previous clubs include Yeovil and Stockport. Loan players include keeper Chris Dilo from Blackburn Rovers; Chris Sedgwick, a Scunthorpe midfielder; and Ryan Crowther from Fleetwood.


Ewen Fields
Walker Lane
SK14 2SB

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By coach

The Cards Trust’s coach leaves Kingfield at 9.30am. The cost is £23 for members and £30 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop or email to book your place.

By car

Leave the M60 at Junction 24 and take the M67 towards Sheffield. Leave the M67 at Junction 3 and, at the traffic lights at the top of the slip road, turn right towards Hyde town centre. At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Mottram Road. Pass a Morrison’s store on your left and at the first set of lights turn right onto Lumn Road. At the top of the road there is a T-junction, where you turn left onto Walker Lane. The entrance to the ground is down on the left just past Hyde Leisure Pool. There is car parking available at the ground or street parking.

By train

The nearest station is Newton for Hyde. You’d need to take a train from Euston and change at Manchester Piccadilly. For example, the 11.00 from Euston would get you to Manchester at 13.07, where you can pick up the 13.18 to Newton for Hyde, arriving at 13.33. There are trains back at 23 and 53 minutes past the hour. Check out or for more details.
The ground is a 10-minute walk/half a mile from the station.


Terraces (standing)
Adults: £14
Over 65s: £7
Under 16s: £4

It is £2 extra to sit in the Main Stand.


The Cards are away to Lincoln City on Tuesday 4 December. Their next home game is against Stockport County on Saturday 8 December. The following Saturday (15 December) Woking are at home to Welling United in the FA Trophy (with reduced admission prices).

Come on, you Cards!

Cards humbled at lowly Hyde

Phil Batts
2:34pm, Sun 2nd Dec 2012
Hyde 7 Woking 0
Blue Square Bet Premier
Ist December 2012

Woking came down to earth with a bump after last week's emphatic 7-0 victory against local rivals Farnborough in the FA Trophy, suffering defeat by the same margin to a skilful
and energetic Hyde team who, from the outset, adapted better to the difficult pitch conditions and belied their position in the bottom four of the league.

The Cards set up in an attacking 4-4-2 formation (as did Hyde) with a back four of Newton, McNerney, Johnson and Nutter. The midfield comprised Ricketts, Sawyer, Betsy and Knott, with the two big men Williams and Stockley up front.

The opening quarter of an hour was very even as both teams grappled to come to terms with a boggy playing surface, which hinted at the problems Woking were to have, as the game progressed, to impose their attractive and fluent passing game.

As the first half wore on, there was little incident of note although Hyde were slowly but surely starting to take control of the game and Aaron Howe had to be alert on a number of occasions to thwart the lively opposition front runners Phil Jevons and Scott Spencer with a couple of smart saves.

Hyde were starting to win the midfield battle as the Cards appeared to be struggling as a result of playing four in midfield to accommodate the extra forward. That said, the team was holding its own and enjoying their fair share of the ball without managing to create any real danger for the Hyde defence to deal with.

Woking then suffered a blow on the half hour when the hard-working Billy Knott had to be replaced by Dean Sinclair following what appeared to be a head injury.

At this point, it seemed as though the half was meandering to an uneventful close until a game-changing moment occurred in the 38th minute. An innocuous ball was played over the top of the Woking defence by Hyde captain Adam Griffin. Brett Johnson seemed to misjudge the flight and Scott Spencer stole in in front of him. In his attempt to retrieve the situation, the Woking player tangled with his opponent and Spencer went to ground. The referee deemed the challenge a foul one and, having done so, had no alternative but to send Johnson off as he was the last man. A harsh decision maybe but it was now imperative that Woking did not concede before half-time.

Mark Ricketts immediately switched to the middle of defence and Gavin McCallum came on for Brett Williams as the formation changed to 4-4-1. Alas, the objective was not achieved as the dangerous Jevons was played in by David Poole on 44 minutes and calmly slotted the ball home low to Howe's left. One suspected at this point that the Cards were in for a long and tough second half.

Half-time: Hyde 1 Woking 0

The Cards had looked unsettled and strangely ill at ease throughout the first half, even before the sending off, as they struggled to find their customary rhythm and fluency. Any hopes that they might be able to dig in and somehow battle their way back were quickly dispelled in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half as the Tigers tore at the Cards and effectively ended the game as a contest with two further goals. Firstly, Spencer converted on 51 minutes following a slick move, before Jevons easily beat Woking's offside trap to calmly notch the third just after the hour.

It was now damage limitation only for Woking as Hyde sensed the opportunity to dramatically improve their goal difference ratio. The Cards defence continued to take a pounding as the team became more disjointed as they attempted to repel wave after wave of attacking play from their opponents.

Despite this battering, a rare Woking breakaway produced their only clear-cut chance of the match when Kevin Betsy broke clear, only to be thwarted by the 'keeper as he tried to round him when a shot might have been the better option.

With just over 10 minutes to play, it looked as though the Cards might at least keep the score respectable but a final surge saw the Tigers add a further four goals through Matthew Harris, David Poole and two more from the impressive Jevons, giving him four for the match. The final whistle could not come quickly enough for Woking who trudged off a dispirited and well-beaten team.

It is difficult to take any positives from a result like this. Although Hyde looked slightly the better team in the opening exchanges, at 0-0 Woking were well in the game and there is no doubt that the sending-off was the pivotal moment of the match. On another day, Brett Johnson might have been dealt with more leniently by the referee but, as we know, the game is all about 'ifs' and 'buts'.

Hopefully, without taking anything away from Hyde, who were excellent, this will prove to be a freak result. Garry Hill's and Steve Thompson's powers of motivation will now be tested to the full as this reversal will have dented the team's confidence and they have slipped to nineteenth in the league, just a few points above the relegation places. I wonder if we will see a return to the tried and tested 4-5-1 formation for Tuesday's difficult away fixture at Lincoln.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Joe McNerney, Brett Johnson, Mark Ricketts, Lee Sawyer (Mike Cestor 69), Kevin Betsy, Billy Knott (Dean Sinclair 30), Brett Williams (Gavin McCallum 42), Jayden Stockley

Unused Subs: Sam Beasant, Bradley Bubb

Cautions: Nil

Sent Off: Brett Johnson (38)

Hyde: Chris Dilo, Kelvin Lomax, Adam Griffin (Josh Brizell 65), Luke Ashworth, Ben Dennis, Alex Brown, Liam Tomsett, David Poole, Chris Sedgwick (Tunji Moses 62), Phil Jevons, Scott Spencer (Matthew Harris 73)

Unused Subs: Stefan Cox, Matthew Blinkhorn

Goal(s): Phil Jevons (44, 62, 89, 90+3), Scott Spencer (51), Matthew Harris (79), David Poole (86)

Cautions: Nil

MOTM: Mark Ricketts. Gave 100% and did his best to motivate those around him.

Attendance: 429
35Christopher Dilo
3Adam Griffin ('65)
5Luke Ashworth
16Kelvin Lomax
23Ben Dennis
6Alex Brown
7David Poole
21Liam Tomsett
37Chris Sedgwick ('62)
9Scott Spencer ('75)
10Phil Jevons
2Josh Brizell ('65)
11Stefan Cox
13Tunji Moses ('62)
20Matthew Blinkhorn
25Matty Harris ('75)
1Aaron Howe
2Adam Newton
26John Nutter
5Joe McNerney
16Brett Johnson
11Kevin Betsy
24Billy Knott ('31)
4Mark Ricketts
15Lee Sawyer ('70)
14Brett Williams ('42)
25Jayden Stockley
18Sam Beasant
3Mike Cestor ('70)
17Dean Sinclair ('31)
19Gavin McCallum ('42)
9Bradley Bubb

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