Hyde 2 Nuneaton Town 2
Saturday 2nd November 2013 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Dave Hibbert scored deep in added time to rescue a point for Nuneaton Town after they looked to be sliding to defeat to rock-bottom Hyde.
Scott Spencer thought he had secured Hyde’s first win of the season when he scored in the first minute of injury time, but Hibbert had other ideas as Boro went straight up the other end and levelled in the third added minute.
Before the late drama, new loan signing Freddie Ladapo had given Nuneaton the lead 18 minutes into his debut, only for Louis Almond to draw the hosts level shortly afterwards.
The draw, against a Hyde side who had lost their previous 13 matches, sees Kevin Wilkin’s team slip further down the Skrill Premier table to tenth, after a ninth game without a win in all competitions.
Boro started strongly and almost took an early lead as Ladapo’s shot was deflected wide, while Theo Street’s header from the resulting corner was well saved.
Ladapo only signed from Colchester United on Friday but the striker made an immediate impact, bundling in from close range after a header had been parried out.
Despite their woeful run, Hyde’s heads didn’t drop and instead they battled back to equalise eight minutes later, Reece Gray finding Almond in plenty of space to score their first goal at Ewen Fields in six matches.
Ladapo almost restored Boro’s lead just before half time, but after the interval it was the host who took control, Gray blazing over when well placed, while James Belshaw saved a long ranger effort from Adam Griffin.
Belshaw was called into again, making a terrific save as Spencer’s deflected shot looked to be looping over him.
Just as the match looked to be drifting to a draw, it exploded into life in injury time, as Spencer looked to have given Hyde a first league victory at the 17th attempt when he fired in from the edge of the box.
The wild celebrations would prove premature however, as a minute later, Boro launched a long ball into the box, which fell for Hibbert to smash in his first goal for the club.