Monday 13th August 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Andy Scott (Chris Lynch), Earl Davis, Peter Band, Nathan Wharton (Chris Simm), Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Dale Johnson (Paul Gedman), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Gerry Harrison, Scott Warner.
Vauxhall Motors: Lake, Moogan, Dames, Griffiths, McMahon, Holmes, Field, Page, Furlong, Smith, Taylor. Subs: Johnson, Macauley, O’Hare, Johnston, Longrigg.
This was an absolutely sensational game in anybody’s books. Even the Referee admitted it was the best game he had ever officiated in.
Past the hour mark, Hyde were 3-0 down, despite playing reasonably well and then it all changed. Firstly, on 66 minutes, Matthew Tipton headed home after Earl Davis had headed across goal. Hyde suddenly had a lifeline and six minutes later Nicky Clee curled in a free kick with the help of a deflection. The Tigers were now in full flow and four minutes later Davis headed what earlier had seemed an unlikely equaliser.
Vauxhall didn’t know what had hit them and the stage was set for substitute Chris Simm to notch a hat-trick in just six minutes. His first was a header after a brilliant cross from Tipton, his second a shot across goal and his third a deft lob over the ‘keeper. Three superb finishes to end what had been an unbelievable game with the Tigers grabbing six goals in just 23 astonishing minutes.
In the first half there was no indication of what was to come later. Paul Taylor had outstripped the Hyde defence to put Vauxhall ahead on 9 minutes and was then on hand after 30 minutes to grab number two after Davis had played a backpass short to Craig Dootson. When Tom Field scored a third on 39 minutes, it looked all over for Hyde. The Tigers had actually played pretty well but found Sean Lake in terrific form in the Vauxhall goal. They did get the ball in the net right on half time but the referee adjudged the ‘keeper had been fouled
Manager Steve Waywell introduced Chris Lynch and Simm at the interval, followed by Paul Gedman fifteen minutes later as the Tigers went three upfront. The rest is history as Hyde made it two wins out of two.