Saturday 23rd February 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Andrew Teague, Chris Lynch (Peter Band), David Morley, Shane Killock, Mark Innes, Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton (Nicky Clee), Gareth Seddon, Chris Simm (Dale Johnson). Subs not used: Danny Warner, Gerry Harrison.
Worcester City: Belford, Clarke, Gill, Smith, Munday, Price, Ward, Nwadike, Webster, Wilding, Clegg. Subs: Walker, Dinshore for Webster, Wood for Price, Colley, Burtoft.
Hyde at last discovered their pre-Christmas form and dominated much of this game and ultimately took the points against an impressive Worcester side mainly due to sharper finishing.
The Tigers started the stronger and after twelve minutes Cameron Belford saved well from Gareth Seddon’s header. The ‘keeper had no chance six minutes later when David Morley rose superbly to head home Mark Innes’ corner. Minutes later Belford produced a great save after Chris Simm’s shot had been deflected goalwards. Not to be outdone, Craig Dootson then produced a brilliant save at the other end from Craig Wilding.
Simm increased Hyde’s lead on 35 minutes when he pressurised Chris Smith into an error and then calmly slotted the ball into the top corner. Hyde continued to dominate with Morley and man of the match, Shane Killock outstanding at the heart of their defence, whilst Steve Pickford and Innes produced probing runs in midfield.
However they did have a piece of luck right on half time when Adam Webster’s shot hit the base of the post and rebounded to safety.
Troy Wood replaced Jamie Price for Worcester at the break and immediately began to cause Hyde problems on the left, as the visitors pushed forward, but it was the Tigers who continued to create chances and after 60 minutes Seddon was just wide with a screamer before he grabbed Hyde’s third three minutes later after good work from Simm. Worcester were struggling to tame the Tiger’s forwards, but came more into the game as Simm and Tipton tired.
Belford made another excellent save from Dale Johnson before Worcester burst upfield and pulled back an opportunist goal on seventy six minutes from substitute Matthew Dinshore, who had only been on the field three minutes. It could have been better for Worcester two minutes later, when Wilding only succeeded in heading against the bar, when he should have scored.
As the entertaining game finished on a high tempo, Belford again thwarted Johnson in the closing stages and at last the Hyde fans had a good performance to savour on their way home.
"Goal Machine" Gareth Seddon wraps up the points by slotting home a third for the Tigers. Pic - Chris Hilton