Saturday 14th January 2006
Workington: Collin, Hopper, Cowan, May, Gray, Henney, Hewson, Birks, Johnston, Arnold, Hoolickin. Subs: Green, McCluskey, Goulding, Gordon, Summersgill.
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Lincoln Adams, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Wayne Dean (Steve Brackenridge), Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson (Neil Tolson), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Nicky Hill, Paul Armstrong, Mark Westhead.
The Tigers made the long trip to Workington on Saturday, but came away with nothing from a game they struggled to really get into. Although the weather was spring-like in West Cumbria, the pitch was very heavy and didnít really suit the football Hyde wanted to play. They will have to adapt quickly as they will encounter another heavy pitch at Stafford on Saturday.
Hyde started promisingly enough with Nicky Clee causing problems to the Workington defence every time he got the ball. Nathan Wharton went close on seven minutes when Adam Collin saved with his knee after the ball had come through a bunch of players. The Tigers should really have had a penalty when the ball struck a Workington defenderís hand, which was raised above his head. A poor decision from the referee, which was compounded later when for a similar offence against Nicky Clee, he awarded a free-kick. In fact the ref didnít have the best of days. He seemed at odds with his assistants and frequently seemed influenced by appeals.
By the end of the half, Hyde were happy to hear the whistle as Workington had come back strongly and taken the lead when David Hewson headed home on 26 minutes. Jean Paul Ndjebayi was forced into a couple of excellent saves as Hydeís early dominance had disappeared.
At the start of the second half, the Tigers forced a number of corners, but never really looked like threatening the Workington goal, although Clee did come close. For once, Matty McNeil and Dale Johnson looked at odds with the world and never really looked like adding to their goals tally. With just five minutes left it was Lincoln Adams, who came closest to scoring when he struck the woodwork, but to be honest Hyde never really got into their stride after their early flourish, although on the day, there was nothing between the sides apart from, perhaps, the home side adapted better to the conditions.