Tuesday 30th October 2007
Leigh RMI: Lamb, Goulding, Roberts, Unsworth, Maddox, Ellison, Settle, Heald, Lugsden, O’Neil, Smyth. Subs: Hill, Kelly, Brockley, Jackson, Chetcuti
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch (Tom Cowan), Earl Davis, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Dale Johnson (Chris Simm), Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon (David Morley), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Craig Robinson, Nathan Wharton.
The Tigers produced a brilliant all round display at Hilton Park on Tuesday to send them up to second in the League. Steve Waywell must have been doubly pleased as this was his first victory at the ground since leaving Leigh five years ago.
At a ground lacking any atmosphere it was Hyde who took the initiative from the start and could have scored before Dale Johnson set up Steve Pickford for the first goal on 10 minutes. On 26 minutes Gareth Seddon picked up a through ball, rounded John Lamb in the Leigh goal and coolly slotted home. Johnson himself grabbed the third five minutes before the break as Hyde threatened to run riot.
Seddon almost made it four immediately after the break, but Lamb produced one of many fine saves to keep the rampant Tigers at bay. However he could do nothing
on 50 minutes when Johnson’s through ball found Matthew Tipton who scored with an exquisite lob.
The home side were struggling to get to grips with Hyde’s midfield players Mark Innes, who was voted man of the match, and Pickford, whilst Nicky Clee and Johnson caused havoc on the flanks. Upfront Seddon and Tipton caused the overworked defence all sorts of problems throughout the game.
Leigh pulled a goal back through Kieran Lugsden on 61 minutes following a corner, but the Tigers were not done and Tipton grabbed his second and Hyde’s fifth on 90 minutes to round off an excellent team performance.