Saturday 17th November 2007
Hucknall Town: Reid, Asher, MacPherson, Wilson, Sucharwycz, Cooke, Cullingworth, Mayman, Saunders, Bacon, Graves. Subs: Kistell, Howell, Robinson, Timons, Smith.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Craig Robinson, Tom Cowan (Earl Davis), David Morley, Peter Band, Mark Innes (Gerry Harrison), Dale Johnson (Adam Williams), Steve Pickford, Chris Simm, Nathan Wharton, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Neil Tolson, Gareth Seddon.
The Tigers arrived at Watnall Road on the back of three defeats, whilst Hucknall were in the midst of a good run and had won at Boston on Wednesday. Although another potential banana skin for Hyde, the Tigers dominated the game from start to finish and the result was never in doubt.
Hyde took the lead after just three minutes when a long throw from Nicky Clee was flicked on and Dale Johnson made no mistake from close range. Nathan Wharton, who was Hyde’s best player, had a shot deflected inches wide before he volleyed Hyde’s second on 29 minutes after good work from Johnson.
Despite the fact Matthew Tipton (suspended) and Gareth Seddon (injured) were missing the Tigers looked dangerous in attack with Chris Simm causing the hesitant Hucknall defence all sorts of problems all afternoon. Wharton and Pickford were back to their best in midfield, whilst at the back, Hyde finished with all four centre halves playing after Tom Cowan had gone off injured midway through the first half.
He really came into his own in the second half after he lashed home Hyde’s third goal on 53 minutes after bursting clear to put the game beyond Hucknall’s reach. He then grabbed a second eight minutes later when he hammered the ball home after some poor defending.
It was now all Hyde who maintained control and could have had more, especially as Hucknall ‘keeper, Aaron Reid was injured in a challenge with Simm. Although they had a reserve goalie on the bench, the home side had already used all their subs.
Substitute Ian Robinson grabbed a late consolation for Hucknall in injury time, which was one of their few efforts on target, but it was definitely Hyde’s day with an excellent team performance.
A nice touch at the end as Craig Dootson helped carry off his counterpart after his team-mates had abandoned him in the goal and gone to the dressing room, presumably for a roasting from the irate Hucknall management team.
Dale Johnson tries to find a way through the Hucknall rear guard. Pic - Chris Hilton