Monday 22nd January 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Chris Lynch, Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison (Lee Rick), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon (Steve Brackenridge), Nicky Clee (Paul Gedman). Subs not used: Matt Landregan, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Lancaster City: Brindle, Rigby, Marshall, Henry, Cudworth, Uberschar, Mulholland, Helliwell, Gierke, Love, Williams. Subs: Gailey, Cunnerton, Durnan, Havey, Roberts.
The Tigers hammered five goals for the second successive game to take their total to a massive 24 this year so far as they easily beat troubled Lancaster City at snowy Ewen Fields on Monday. It could, and probably should, have been more but the young Lancaster side put a spirited performance and tried to play good football whenever they could. Hyde moved up to the dizzy heights of third with the victory. Thanks must also go to the ground staff who had worked tirelessly throughout the day clearing as much snow from the freak storm as they could to ensure the match went ahead.
Hyde started strongly and took the lead after just four minutes when Nicky Clee hammered the ball into the roof of the net. A minute later he set up man of the match Steve Pickford, but James Brindle saved well. Gareth Seddon tried to get in on the act but he was frequently thwarted by the battling Lancaster Defence. He did hit the post with a glancing header before he broke clear on twenty five minutes to be unceremoniously fouled as he rounded Brindle. Referee Hughes amazingly produced just a yellow card and Pickford was booked for pointing out his obvious error. Justice was partially done as Nathan Wharton, again an inspirational skipper, curled the ball into the top corner. It was now all Hyde as Dale Johnson hit the bar on the half-hour mark.
Johnson did score three minutes after half time before Gareth Seddon touched in Lincoln Adamís effort with twenty minutes to go. Adams himself got in on the action five minutes later as he headed home a Wharton free-kick. As Hyde pressed forward they could have had more but Brindle produced a good performance in the Lancaster goal to keep the score to respectable levels.
Although the fans would have liked more, you canít complain at ten goals in three days and 24 in the last 6 games!