Collingham's boss Dean Hyde says his side came of age in 1-1 draw with Newark Town
Dean Hyde claims Collingham’s young side came of age after a 1-1 draw with fierce rivals and table toppers Newark Town.
The Collingham manager was delighted to take a point from the Blues, who dropped points for just the third time this season under the lights at Station Road.
Jake Morrison rounded off a sweeping Collingham move from close range to put the hosts ahead ten minutes into the second half, but Town replied almost instantly when a Liam Moran cross took a deflection through a crowded penalty area, before finding its way past the wrong-footed 18-year-old shot-stopper Ollie Swaby.
With Collingham gaining just nine points from their opening eight games, a Town victory was a formality on paper, but Hyde’s side showed grit, determination and, importantly, composure when it mattered most, to ensure Newark left feeling blue.
“They came here as an unbeaten side at the top of the league, with a lot of quality players and with bags of goals,” said Hyde.
“From our point of view, all we wanted was for the lads to put a real good effort in and show some hard work and desire.
“And they did exactly that, so we are delighted with the performance.
“I though we defended superbly and the lads in midfielder worked tirelessly.
“Okay, we were not as good as them technically, but we matched them in lots of areas, and their front three, who will cause a lot of defences problems, were handled well by us.
“It was a really good team performance and we are delighted with the point.”
For Town, it means second-placed Dinnington can pull level should they win their game in-hand.
Last night, as the Advertiser went to press, the Blues looked to bounce back in the Senior Cup.
Should they win, they will join Newark Flowserve, Southwell City and Bingham Town in the third round.
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