Tuesday 13th November 2007
Setanta Shield 2nd Round
Tamworth: Clarke, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, Bains, Smith, Richter, Nurse, Robinson, Wright, Sheridan. Subs: Williams, Sheldon, Ebdon, Law, Leonard.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass (Chris Lynch (Neil Tolson)), Tom Cowan, Craig Robinson, David Morley, Mark Innes, Peter Band, Nathan Wharton, Chris Simm, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Dale Johnson, Earl Davis, Gerry Harrison.
Hyde were desperately unlucky at Tamworth on Tuesday night when they went out of the Setanta Shield in the closing seconds of extra time. It was hard on the Tigers who had given their all, but they paid the price for a series of missed chances.
The Tigers were rocked before the game as Lee Cartwright and Steve Pickford were ruled out through injury, and although Gerry Harrison and Dale Johnson were named as subs, both were sick, and unable to take part. To make things worse, Chris Brass and Chris Lynch both sustained injuries during the game and had to come off. Tamworth too were without highly rated ‘keeper, Jose Veiga, who had dislocated his shoulder the previous day.
The game started sensationally when Tamworth’s Anthony Robinson contrived to miss an open goal from just two yards in the second minute. The ball was cleared upfield and stand in ‘keeper, Dave Clarke brought down Gareth Seddon in the area. No card for Clarke surprisingly, but Seddon made no mistake from the spot.
Three minutes later, Seddon had the ball in the net again after a flowing move, but was ruled marginally offside. It was a tight call and film evidence later suggested the linesman had got it wrong.
Tamworth struck a post before Jonathan Richter floated in a cross on twenty seven minutes and under pressure from Jake Sheridan, Brass headed past Craig Dootson. Two own goals in two games. Not a good week for the Hyde skipper and made even worse minutes later as he was forced to come off with a back injury.
On 33 minutes, the recalled Nathan Wharton struck a post for Hyde, but Tamworth immediately broke upfield and Nick Wright converted from close range. Seddon had a couple of chances before the break, but Hyde went in a goal down after a pulsating first half.
The Tigers should have levelled immediately after the break with Wharton twice going close before Chris Simm struck a post with a neat header and he struck the post again on 66 minutes as Hyde searched for the equaliser.
The home side were reduced to ten men on 83 minutes when Chris Nurse was shown a second yellow for a dreadful challenge on Lynch. It probably should have been a straight red, but either way he was off as was Lynch who was carried off. Enter Neil Tolson and within five minutes he had equalised to send the tie into extra time.
Seddon had an early chance and it was still Hyde who dominated the extra period after being in charge for much of the second half. Wharton was just over with a screamer before the inconsistent referee produced a flurry of yellow cards in the second period. There was then heartache for the Tigers as Adie Smith headed in Des Lyttle’s disputed free kick with just seconds remaining. The linesman had indicated a throw for Hyde, but was overruled by the referee who was thirty yards further away, It was desperately cruel on Hyde who had given so much in adverse circumstances, but nevertheless a third defeat in a row.