Sunday 3rd February 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Lynch (Chris Brass), Danny Warner, David Morley, Peter Band, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright (Nathan Wharton), Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton (Neil Tolson), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Dale Johnson, Steve Bushell.
Boston United: Rayner, Matthews, Bloomer, Ellender, Crane, Weaver, O’Halloran, Gauchran, Leabon, Green, Rowan. Subs: Thompson, Beeson, Wood, Alexander
Hyde grabbed their first win in seven games with a narrow victory over Boston on Sunday in a pretty insipid game at Ewen Fields. Whether it was a change to the pre-match music or the switch to Sunday which helped, it mattered not as the Tigers registered their first win of the year but they certainly needed some luck along the way including goals in the last minute of each half.
Boston had the ball in the net three times in the second half but two were ruled out for offside by the sharp female assistant and the referee had seen an infringement for the other, so there were no major complaints. Gareth Seddon had suffered a similar fate in the first half with the assistant on top of her game.
On a cold blustery afternoon the wind always had an upper hand. Hyde had the advantage in the first period but couldn’t really make it count and went behind on 31 minutes when Kieran Leabon fired home after hesitancy in the Tigers defence. Mark Innes, recalled to the side scored an equaliser right on half time when his shot found a way through a ruck of players into the net. His first goal for the Tigers and the timing couldn’t have been better.
In the second period, the visitors took advantage of the strengthening wind and camped out in Hyde’s half for long periods, but chances were few and far between. Chris Brass replaced the injured Chris Lynch for the final half hour to bolster the Hyde defence and with Dave Morley back to his best, for once the back line stood firm.
Seddon and Matthew Tipton both worked impressively upfront with precious little service and although both went close in the final ten minutes a draw looked increasingly likely. However with just one minute remaining Lee Cartwright headed down for Nicky Clee to lash the ball home. A goal out of the blue, but just what Steve Waywell and the rest of the Hyde faithful had ordered to get the Tigers back on track.
Chris Lynch is fouled by Boston goalscorer Kieron Leabon. Pic - Chris Hilton