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Tigers Find MK Dons To Hot To Handle

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On paper, Friday night`s Emirates FA Cup First Round tie between Evo-Stik League North club Hyde United and SkyBet League One side MK Dons was a potential upset in the making.

That`s why, after all, that the BBC decided to send its cameras to Ewen Fields for a prime-time slot on BBC Two.

But, once the visitors broke the deadlock, there really looked like being only one winner, although the battling Tigers didn’t disgrace themselves at all.

The gap of five divisions was always going to be a tough one to narrow – even in a competition that has provided so many of these types of shocks – but once Aidan Nesbitt opened MK Dons` account with a fine curling, first-time shot from the corner of the edge of the box, the outcome looked inevitable.

Hyde showed glimpses of the form that has helped them on a run of twenty league games unbeaten, but often, striker Matty Beadle was left isolated and was quickly surrounded by visiting defenders, leaving Phattharaphol Khamsuk`s free-kick as their only real effort of note in an opening half that got worse for the Tigers in injury-time when Chuks Aneke, schooled at Arsenal, made it 2-0 with a lovely free-kick clipped over the wall and past Hyde `keeper Peter Crook.

MK Dons had loads of the ball in the early part of the second half without being penetrating, but did kill the tie off on 67 minutes when Ethan Ebanks-Landell netted from close range after a bit of a goalmouth scramble to make it 3-0.

And 5 minutes later, the impressive Ed Upson stroked home a 20-yard effort past Crook after being set up by Aneke.

Fortunately, Hyde managed to prevent the visitors from doing any more damage and the majority in the 3,123 crowd – around ten times the norm at Ewen Fields – went home relatively happy that they`d seen a battling performance from the hosts, but the football gap was just too wide to bridge.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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