Tuesday 18th September 2007
Southport: Whiteside, Beeley, Newton, Hocking, Lee, holland, Duffy, Blakeman, Gray, Powell, Prince. Subs: Prout, Smith, Houghton for Prince, Watt for Beeley, Noon for Gray.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Craig Robinson, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright (Chris Simm), Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon (Dale Johnson), Nicky Clee (Nathan Wharton). Subs not used: Scott Warner, Earl Davis.
18-09-07 SOUTHPORT 2 HYDE UNITED 1 Lge att. 802
The Tigers were desperately unlucky at Haig Avenue on Tuesday as they conceded twice in the last five minutes after leading for much of the game. On Saturday it was Hyde who scored right at the death but this time it was Southport centre half, Kevin Lee who grabbed the points for the home side in the third minute of injury time.
For the second successive away game the Tigers looked comfortable once Matthew Tipton had put them in front after 30 minutes. They were the better team for the first half with some excellent flowing football but after the interval Southport stepped up the pace and Hyde started to give the ball away cheaply.
Hyde’s defence stood firm with some excellent individual performances, especially against a succession of corners, but were not helped by an injury to Craig Dootson which restricted his movement and ability to kick.
The Tigers could have increased their lead on 75 minutes when Richard Whiteside failed to hold Tipton’s free kick, but Gareth Seddon was just unable to score the rebound.
With five minutes remaining, substitute Karl Noon scored with his first touch after Hyde were forced to defend a corner with 10 men with Chris Brass off the field following treatment. Southport piled forward and then Lee broke the travelling fans hearts with his last gasp header well into the five minutes added time.
Another what might have been for the Tigers, but now Hyde have lost by the odd goal to three teams likely to up there come the end of the season. With their next two games against teams yet to lose, the Tigers have plenty to do.