Saturday 3rd March 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Lynch (Danny Caldecott), Damien Quigley, Lincoln Adams (Earl Davis), Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison, Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Paul Gedman), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Neil Tolson.
Harrogate Town: Lindley, Price, Merris, Ellerker, Timons, Dunning, Bettney, R. Hunter, Jackson, Holland, Philpott. Subs: Mc Garry, Wood, Webster, C.Hunter, Wood.
The Tigers maintained their challenge for a play-off spot with a resounding four goal victory over fellow rivals, and pre season favourites, Harrogate Town. It completed a superb double for Hyde after their victory at Wetherby Road back in November. The only disappointing feature was another desperately low crowd, which is hard to explain after Hyde’s resurgence since the start of the year which has resulted in eight victories and only one defeat in ten games.
The curse of the Manager of the Month Award was also laid to rest as the Tigers, after a sluggish start, ultimately cruised to victory against one of the League’s top sides and announced their arrival as serious play-off contenders.
Both sides had gone close in a poor opening, before Dale Johnson flicked the ball on for Gareth Seddon to outstrip the Harrogate defence before coolly slotting home. Although the visitors went close when Danny Holland was inches over, Craig Dootson was a virtual spectator behind a well organised defence.
In the second period, Hyde turned up the gas. On fifty two minutes man of the match, Nathan Wharton, set up Nicky Clee, who scored majestically with his right foot. Eight minutes later, Seddon was clearly held in the area, but the referee played advantage and Hyde’s only reward was a corner. However from Wharton’s kick, Seddon’s header was cleared off the line before Gerry Harrison lashed the ball home. The Tigers were rampant now and Clee grabbed his second on 72 minutes when Dale Johnson broke down the right before squaring to Seddon, who in turn set up the winger with the visitors defence in disarray. Clee crowned a fine individual performance by signing a new two year deal with the Tigers.
Hyde could have scored more as Seddon and Lincoln Adams both had headers cleared off the line as Harrogate capitulated against the onslaught. With big spending Kettering the next visitors to Ewen Fields, Hyde will be hoping for a similar result, but hopefully a lot more fans to see it.