Friday 6th April 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German (Chris Lynch), Damien Quigley, Earl Davis, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison (Scott Warner), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Paul Gedman, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott.
Farsley Celtic: Cuss, Stabb, Serrant ( R), Iqbal, Crossley, Serrant ( C), Watson, Bambrook, Reeves, Grant, Stamer. Subs: Morgan, Allanson (55 – Stamer), Knowles (85 – Reeves), Midgley, Sugden (88 –Watson).
For the second match running at Ewen Fields, Hyde scored three goals but failed to take any points as Farsley grabbed the spoils in a cracking game. The Tigers still have a mathematical chance of the last play-off place, but it is now looking unlikely. Hero for Farsley was goalkeeper Paul Cuss who made a string of superb saves to keep Hyde at bay, whilst the home side will rue a series of defensive howlers.
In front of a large crowd swelled by juniors from both teams, the visitors took the lead after just three minutes when Simeon Bambrook scrambled home a corner. Hyde replied strongly and Dale Johnson produced a fine save from Cuss as he burst through on fifteen minutes. Three minutes later Cuss again thwarted Hyde as he beat away a shot from Gareth Seddon.
The home side thought they had equalised on thirty minutes when Gerry Harrison forced the ball home. Seddon was prostrate near the goal in an offside position when the ball was adjudged to have touched him on its way to the net. It was certainly a close call and needed a discussion between the referee and his assistant before being ruled out.
The second half started sensationally as Hyde scored twice in the first ten minutes to take the lead. Johnson nipped in at the near post to grab the first and then he produced a strong run before squaring to Steve Pickford who made no mistake. The Tigers thought they now had the points in the bag, but Farsley came back strongly, and equalised two minutes later through Andy Wattson.
The game was now end to end and Cuss produced a stunning save to prevent Nathan Wharton putting Hyde in front. Back came the visitors and Damien Reeves put them in front on 65 minutes. Ten minutes later, substitute Ashley Allanson found himself in acres of space and easily beat Craig Dootson to give them an unlikely two goal cushion.
Hyde still looked good up front with Nicky Clee causing problems on the left and after a series of close calls, Johnson set up Seddon to score with a minute left to set up a tense finale. Farsley hung on to ensure it was certainly a good Friday for them and Hyde were left to ponder how they could again take nothing from a game they probably should have won.