Saturday 3rd February 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Damien Quigley, Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison (Chris Lynch), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Paul Gedman), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Paul Howarth, Neil Tolson.
Hucknall Town: Smith, Cooke, Cowan, Legg, Reeves, Vaughan, Wilson, Dempsey, Ricketts, Hearn, Olanipekun. Subs: Fox, Ackers, Burns, Gallimore, Powell.
The Tigers ascended to third in the league thanks to a Steve Pickford strike after just twenty seconds in an instantly forgettable game at Ewen Fields. With both teams having scored and conceded a total of over 200 goals this season, a goal feast looked on the cards, but it never materialised as the game failed to ignite.
On a gloriously sunny afternoon, despite fog close by, Hucknall kicked off and were immediately disposed by Steve Pickford. He fed Dale Johnson down the right and was then on hand to side foot home Johnson’s pinpoint cross. Hyde could not have wished for a better start in the first minute, but never capitalised as Hucknall fought back strongly and had most of the play in the game.
Gareth Seddon, for once off form, could have made in two midway through the first half and then had another chance late on as did substitute Paul Gedman but for the most part Hyde were defending a series of long balls aimed at the visitors forwards. Seddon did have the ball in the net at the end, but was ruled offside.
Lincoln Adams rightly was awarded the man of the match award for an awesome performance and he was well supported by his fellow defenders. Craig Dootson, despite the pressure, had few saves to make but he coped well when he had to. Upfront the Tigers never fired despite the probing runs of Seddon and Johnson.
It was certainly far from Hyde’s best performance of the season, but it is the three points which count now and the Tigers had done enough to move one place up the League.