Saturday 31st March 2007
Moor Green: Lewis, Follett, Midworth, Collins, Sanders, English, Morrison, Middleton, Davidson, Bridgwater, Trainer. Subs: Motteray, Faulds, Briscoe, Moore, Penny.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Damien Quigley, Earl Davis, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison (Paul Gedman), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Chris Lynch, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
At a very dry and bumpy Solihull on Saturday, both teams were desperate to take all the points in their respective quests for a play-off place, but in the end the spoils were shared. Hyde had enough opportunities to win and may live to rue a succession of missed chances.
Moor Green had offered free admission for children and concessions, but despite this, Hyde spectators formed the majority of the crowd and saw the Tigers get off to a cracking start with Gareth Seddon, Dale Johnson and Nicky Clee all going close in the first quarter of an hour with Daniel Lewis making a series of excellent saves.
The game erupted three minutes before half-time when David German brought down Daniel Davidson. He took exception to the tackle by retaliating and was promptly sent off with German receiving a yellow for the original foul.
Playing against ten men and down the slope, things looked favourable for Hyde and on 53 minutes Seddon struck a post when well placed with Nathan Wharton hitting the rebound against the bar. This seemed to give the home side some encouragement and in a rare attack they took the lead on 66 minutes when Darren Middleton took advantage of some sloppy defending to give them an unlikely lead.
Their joy was short-lived as six minutes later Seddon scored at the far post for the Tigers. Hyde pressed forward and forced a number of corners but just couldn’t find that killer touch in front of goal to grab a winner. This was certainly a case of two points lost.
Report by Tony Beard.