Sunday 9th September 2007
Gainsborough Trinity: Reid, Callery, Drury, Ellis, Pell, Needham, Graves, McMahon, Clayton, Mallon, Hall. Subs: Bird, Smith, Taylor, Forbes-Swindells
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Craig Robinson, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton (Chris Simm), Gareth Seddon (Dale Johnson), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Earl Davis, Scott Warner, Nathan Wharton.
It was a pleasant sunny Sunday afternoon in Lincolnshire and the Tigers were strolling to a 3-1 victory as the game entered added time. A silly free kick was given away, the ball was swung in and Lewis McMahon slid the ball home. Still no major panic as there were only seconds remaining. Hyde took the restart, made a complete hash of it, the ball was knocked forward for substitute Dave Taylor to score an unlikely equaliser and Hyde had managed to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory.
It was an unbelievable finish to a game Hyde seemingly had in the bag. The Tigers had taken the lead on eight minutes when a superb turn and cross from Matthew Tipton allowed Nicky Clee to head home. On 21 minutes, Arran Reid in the Gainsborough goal made a mess of a clearance and Steve Pickford lobbed the ball home from fully forty yards.
A minute later Clee burst through only to be taken out by the goalkeeper. A clear penalty, but the referee gave a corner which was probably the only decision it could not have been. He later admitted he did not have a good view of the incident.
The home side made a triple substitution and pulled a goal back on 60 minutes through Liam Needham, but the Tigers restored their two goal cushion within a minute as Clee burst through to score a great solo opportunist goal.
Hyde still looked comfortable despite losing Gareth Seddon with a dead-leg and always looked likely to add to their tally until those fateful last two minutes and the rest is history.