Monday 22nd October 2007
Manchester Premier Cup 1st Round
Hyde United: Richard Humphries (Nicky Clee), Lee Hampson (Chris Lynch), Tom Cowan, Craig Robinson, Peter Band, Nathan Wharton, Dale Johnson, Scott Warner, Matthew Tipton, Chris Simm, Adam Williams (Lee Rick). Subs not used: Steve Pickford, Mark Innes.
Glossop North End: Fielding, Hollin, Lugsden, Young, Parker, Gorton, Morris, Bailey, Lunt, Monks, Hodges. Subs: Yates, Hind, Westmeirland, Williams
This was a terrific game for the neutral, but it must have been exasperating for the respective managers, who saw their sides concede a succession of comical goals most of which could have been avoided.
The fact that it was 4-4 by half time says it all. The second period did not quite live up to the first and was marred by a serious injury to Hyde goalkeeper, Richard Humphries who after lengthy treatment on the pitch was rushed to hospital with a serious hip injury. That gave the fans the opportunity to see Matthew Tipton in goal, although he did not have a save to make, his kicking was a revelation.
Seven goals came in the first thirty three minutes. Firstly, on 6 minutes, Chris Simm took a high ball with a clever flick and turn that bamboozled Jay Gorton, as he drove a great finish past Steffan Fielding.
3 minutes later, Glossop were level when Dave Young picked up the ball 40 yards out in midfield. He was allowed to stride forward 15 yards before curling a lovely shot into the bottom corner.
On 11 minutes, North End had the lead. Dave Morris controlled a long ball at the corner of the box, and looped an overhead shot goalwards. He was unlucky to see the ball bounce off the bar, but Steve Lunt was liveliest in the area to head in the rebound.
Less than a minute later, Simm might have had another when he shot over on the turn, but the Tigers did level on 17 minutes, when a corner was poorly cleared and Tom Cowan, returning from injury, got a strong header in from 10 yards that when through Fielding’s hands.
Parity lasted just 4 minutes until Dave Hodges got down the left for Glossop and put in a deep cross for Lunt. He mis-controlled slightly, but this fooled the defender, allowing him the yard he needed to blast home.
How long would this lead last then? Less than a minute, as Simm controlled and shaped to shoot, but instead of hitting it with his left foot, he accidentally knocked it sidewards with his right, directly into the path of Tipton, who netted easily.
The next goal came on 33 minutes when a cross from the right was spilled by Fielding, and Tipton had a simple tap in, but Glossop did not give up and on 41 Young played Lunt in on the right. His shot was blocked, but ran to Rick Bailey on the left, and he netted well from a tight angle.
The second half was never going to be as open as the first, although had Humphries not got down well to tip Lunt’s early header round the post it might have been. North End held their own until Humphries’ horror injury on 63 minutes.
After the enforced break, Hyde began to assert, and Fielding was forced to tip over a dangerous free kick. When the goal came though, it was a controversial one. On 72 minutes, Young felt he was fouled breaking from defence, but the referee waved play on whilst the Glossop man awaited treatment. Hyde switched the ball wide to Adam Williams, and from over 25 yards out he spotted Fielding off his line, and lobbed a beauty. Young continued his protestations and was booked for abusing the linesman, adding insult to his painful injury.
The Tigers finally took control, and Dale Johnson went very close. There was still time for a scare when Karl Monks shot just wide with a looping shot, but a low cross to waiting forwards may have been a better option as Glossop failed to test Tipton.
Instead it was the Tigers that sealed their progress into the next Round when Parker brought down Chris Lynch in the box.. Tipton may have liked the opportunity to complete his hat-trick, but he was too far away to influence Simm, who scored with a better penalty than Saturday.
Matthew Tipton took over in goal for Hyde