7:45pm - TuesdayTue 17th SeptemberSep 2013
| Att: 387

0 - 2


Cards target away points

Brian Caffarey
5:43pm, Sun 15th Sep 2013
Hyde v Woking
7.45pm on Tuesday 17 September 2013

There have been distinct signs of improvement in the Cards’ form in the last couple of games, helped on Friday evening by the encouraging debut of loan signing Scott Rendell. Garry Hill’s side now face two away trips to Hyde on Tuesday evening and, next Saturday, to Macclesfield Town, neither of whom has recorded a win so far. Neither game will be easy but they provide a great opportunity, if the Cards can seize it, to produce a decisive turnaround in early season fortunes.


The Cards ought to go into Tuesday’s game in reasonably confident mood. They played some good football on Friday evening in spite of the atrocious conditions and, in contrast to most of their previous games, created plenty of openings, with Rendell providing the attacking focal point which had been largely missing. But for some awful defending with a few minutes to go they would have deservedly left the pitch with all three points.

It seems likely that, barring any new injuries (Brett Johnson’s hamstring injury will rule him out for some while yet), the Cards will line up as against Tamworth.


The Tigers’ season started with an 8-0 mauling at Forest Green Rovers, followed by a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Southport. Two decent 2-2 draws followed at home to Hereford United and away to Wrexham. But their very tough run of games continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Grimsby, 3-2 away to Barnet and 1-0 at home to Cambridge United. On Saturday they travelled to Kidderminster Harriers, going down 2-1, although, in the view of manager Scott McNiven, they dominated much of the game. Playing Woking at home must look like a very ‘winnable’ fixture in comparison with most of their previous fixtures. The Tigers are as desperate as Woking to notch a win, so the Cards will need to work very hard – and avoid stupid mistakes – to come out on top.

The Tigers’ summer signings included former Morecambe striker Danny Carlton, although he missed the Kidderminster trip with a knee injury. Also joining from Morecambe was experienced central defender Will Haining, with over 250 League appearances on his cv. Hyde are another club to have benefited from Stockport County’s implosion, with midfielders Matty Mainwaring and Tom Collins (formerly also with Hayes and Yeading) joining in the summer. The Tigers have two promising young players on loan from Blackpool in midfielder and top scorer Liam Tomsett and striker Louis Almond, but Tomsett will be suspended on Tuesday. Two more summer signings were pacey winger Connor Hughes, who made eight appearances for Oldham last season, and Adam Blakeman, a young left-back released by Bolton Wanderers. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe is a 19 year-old striker on a youth loan from Sheffield Wednesday. Among players retained was capable striker Scott Spencer, whilst the manager’s brother, 35 year-old David McNiven, provides emergency cover up front.


Ewen Fields
Walker Lane
SK14 2SB

Official website: www.hydefc.co.uk

By coach

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.

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

A train journey would involve an overnight stay. The nearest station is Newton for Hyde. You’d need to take a train from Euston and change at Manchester Piccadilly. The 16.00 from Euston would get you to Newton for Hyde at 18.32, whilst the 16.20 would arrive at 19.02. The ground is a 10-minute walk/half a mile from the station.
Look up www.trainline.com or www.nationalrail.co.uk for more details.


Terraces (standing)
Adults: £14
Over 65s and Students with a valid NUS card: £8
Under 16s: £5

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


If the Cards need any extra motivation for Tuesday’s trip they need only be reminded of the extraordinary 7-0 thrashing they received in last season’s corresponding fixture on 1 December 2012. What was even more remarkable about that scoreline was that the Cards had just beaten Farnborough by the same score in an FA Trophy tie. Woking lost Billy Knott on the half-hour mark with an injury but the turning point seemed to be Brett Johnson’s dismissal after 38 minutes. Phil Jevons, who was to end up with four goals, scored just before the break to give Hyde the lead. The Tigers tore at the Woking defence after the interval, quickly notching two more goals. The Cards’ defence continued to take a battering but, with just over 10 minutes to go, the scoreline remained 3-0. However, Hyde ran in four more goals before the final whistle. Three days later the Cards travelled to Lincoln City and battled their way to a terrific 2-0 win.

Woking gained a measure of revenge at Kingfield in the return fixture on 2 February this year. Billy Knott opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a superb ‘curler’ from just outside the penalty area. Blinkhorn equalised for a battling Hyde side midway through the first half but Knott pounced shortly after the break to rob a defender and slide the ball home for what proved to be the winner. It was Woking’s fifth victory in six outings, taking them up to 11th in the table.


The Cards travel to Macclesfield Town next Saturday. The next home game is a very attractive encounter with Luton Town on Tuesday 24 September, swiftly followed by another home game the following Saturday (28 September) against high-flying Nuneaton Town. Make sure you’ve got the home games firmly in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

Betsy's double banishes past Hyde horror

Malcolm Wyatt
9:49am, Wed 18th Sep 2013
Hyde 0 Woking 2
Skrill Premier
17th September 2013

Memories of last term’s Tameside capitulation were well and truly put to bed by a commanding second-half performance at Ewen Fields on Tuesday night. Kevin Betsy got off the mark for the season with two timely strikes as Garry Hill’s battlers secured a much-needed win in East Manchester. The Cards’ victory not only vanquished a 7-0 drubbing last December, but also saw them rise to 18th place, while Hyde remain rock-bottom.

The experienced midfielder got on the end of two fine attacks in the closing stages of an end-to-end autumnal affair, capping an impressive second-half by the Cards. Betsy’s first goal arrived in the 74th minute, the ex-Fulham man in the right place at the right time at the back post to chest home first-half sub Anthony McNamee’s deep free-kick from the right. And while Hyde had a couple of chances to get back into the game from there, a Scott Rendell strike proved too hot to handle for home keeper David Carnell, who could only palm it across his area, with Betsy first to react, drilling confidently home.

It was no more than Hill’s side deserved for their overall endeavour, although this was no walkover, and you had to feel for the East Manchester hosts. They’ll play worse than this and get at least a point, but in a clash of two under-performing sides, Woking appeared to have more stamina and desire to succeed.

After a tentative opening, Gavin Williams was in the thick of the action, an early chance deflected for a corner from which he set up Mike Cestor, only for the roving defender to head over. Hyde had chances of their own, Tom Collins proving a particular handful, with nice touches from Emmanuel Dieseruvwe too.
But second-choice keeper Sam Beasant was well protected and certainly looked the part in the Woking goal.

Lee Sawyer proved busy, but was struggling to serve main striker Rendell, while Hyde were always quick to counter, Jack Parkinson having to juggle deep in his area to thwart one attack.

There was plenty of build–up from the hosts, but you got the feeling that confidence was an issue, no one seemingly able to apply a finishing touch.

Four minutes from the break, the Woking boss seemed to have seen enough, sacrificing Sawyer – always busy but arguably ineffective on the night - and introducing McNamee. The well-travelled winger was almost in soon after but for a poor lay-off from Williams, while Beasant again denied Collins, while Adam Newton cleared the last attack of the half.

Half-time: Hyde 0 Woking 0

It was a far more potent Cardinals that came out after the break, McNamee making that right channel his own and finally giving Rendell the service he craved.

The home team were still quick to break, Woking’s offside trap denying Collins’ next opening, while Williams drilled just wide from a visitors’ free-kick. The dependable Mark Ricketts stood his ground to deny Connor Hughes before John Nutter put Louis Almond’s follow-up behind, as the home pressure mounted. Newton headed away from the resultant corner, with Hughes again denied from the next delivery, while Cestor showed a good touch to rob Dieseruvwe.

The Tigers were increasingly stretched by McNamee’s right-wing raids, and Williams, Rendell and Betsy were noticeably afforded more space as Woking stepped up a gear. Following half-chances for Betsy, Ricketts and another Williams set-piece, Josh Payne played in Rendell, but the flag was raised.

Parkinson had to be switched on as Hyde hit the Cards on the break again, but the decisive moment was about to arrive. The catalyst was a typical Ricketts interception and incisive pass, with nice touches from Williams and Newton before McNamee was felled on the right. And from the winger’s free-kick, Betsy opened the scoring, the Hyde defence outwitted and the 35-year-old taking advantage, albeit with a somewhat untidy chested finish.

Home boss Scott McNiven changed things around, bringing Scott Spencer on, with Beasant soon at the Tigers’ mercy. He made important blocks as Almond caused confusion with a low shot, the visitors helped by another raised flag. Josh Brizell and Collins made further incisive deliveries as the Cards defence started to look uneasy, memories of recent dropped points surfacing. Parkinson had to clear off the line at one end before Rendell might have ended the agony on the counter, but was again blocked out as the action continued to flow. And while Collins couldn’t finish the next home break, impressive Cards debutant John Goddard tested Carnell after Betsy put away Rendell and he cut back to the late sub.

Then came Betsy’s decider, confidently blasting home as the keeper looked to recover from his initial fine stop from Rendell. With that, he celebrated with the handful of brave travellers behind the goal, more than making up for their earlier traffic woes.

And while Hyde fought to the last, the damage was done, the Cards having at least blocked out part of the memory of last season’s surrender.

Woking: Sam Beasant, Adam Newton, John Nutter, Mark Ricketts ©, Mike Cestor, Lee Sawyer (Anthony McNamee 41), Jack Parkinson, Gavin Williams (John Goddard 82), Kevin Betsy, Josh Payne, Scott Rendell (Joe McNerney 88).

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Giuseppe Sole

Hyde: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin ©, Will Haining, Luke Ashworth, Adam Blakeman, Louis Almond, Alex Brown, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Scott Spencer 75), Tom Collins, Connor Hughes:

Unused subs: Adam Thurston, Matty Mainwaring, Andy Fitzgerald, David McNiven.

Cautions: Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Adam Blakeman, Adam Griffin

Attendance: 387

MOTM: Anthony McNamee – His late first-half introduction on the right wing proved to be the inspiration that Woking needed on the night.
20Dieseruwve ('75)
9Spencer ('75)
18Sam Beasant
2Adam Newton
3John Nutter
8Jack Parkinson
15Mike Cestor
4Mark Ricketts
7Lee Sawyer ('41)
20Josh Payne
11Kevin Betsy
9Gavin Williams ('82)
21Scott Rendell ('89)
1Aaron Howe
5Joe McNerney ('89)
14Anthony McNamee ('41)
22John Goddard ('82)
10Giuseppe Sole

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