Saturday 20th October 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Earl Davis, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Dale Johnson (Scott Warner), Steve Pickford (Nathan Wharton), Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon (Chris Simm), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Craig Robinson, Gerry Harrison. Sent off: Matthew Tipton.
Barrow: Deasy, Woodyatt, Butler, Bayliss, McNulty, Henney, Bond, Sheridan, Thompson, Rogan, Brown.Subs: Jones, Walker, Elderton, Fowler, Wilson. Sent Off: McNulty (90)
Substitute Chris Simm was the hero for Hyde when he converted a penalty in the fourth and final minute of injury time to secure the points for the Tigers. Not for the first time this season, Hyde were involved in injury time drama, but this time it went in their favour as Simmís strike went straight down the middle to find the back of the net.
Despite a beautiful autumn afternoon and the pitch in fine shape, the match for the first hour failed to ignite. It was becoming an increasingly frustrating afternoon for the Tigers. Barrow battled all the way and prevented any service to the Hyde forwards and could have had a couple of goals themselves, but for some fine goalkeeping from Craig Dootson.
Everything changed on the hour mark though. With Dale Johnson about to be substituted, he burst through on the right and unleashed a rasping shot which Tim Deasy in the Barrow goal could only help into the net. It was only a temporary reprieve for Dale as two minutes later, the substitution took place.
Four minutes later, Matthew Tipton let his frustration get on top of him after being fouled by Chris Butler. His aggressive retaliation left referee Peter Bankes no option but to produce a red card for the Hyde striker and he will now miss four games. Butler was booked for his part in the incident and could have no complaints.
Barrow now felt they could get something from the game and Steve Waywell brought off Gareth Seddon and replaced him with Simm with ten minutes remaining. Just as it looked like the Tigers would hold out, Paul Brown struck a sweet shot into the corner of the net right on full time.
With four additional minutes to be played, the visitors sensed an unlikely victory until a moment of madness from former Tiger, Paul Jones, himself a late substitute, cost them dear. Jones won possession in his own half but then gave the ball away by a long ball which went straight through to Dootson. With the seconds ticking away, Dootson punted the ball upfield and Jones completed the felony by wrestling Simm to the floor and was promptly booked.
From the resultant free kick, Nathan Whartonís shot rebounded to Nicky Clee. His cross-cum shot took a deflection, before striking the Steve McNulty on the arm. A red card for the unlucky centre back and a penalty for the Tigers.
The irrepressible Simm was calmness personified as his shot hit the back of the net to send Hyde up to second place in the League, but it was hard on Barrow who literally paid the ultimate penalty for losing concentration in the final minute.