Tuesday 11th March 2008
Workington: Collin, Andrews, Rowntree, Gray, Kirkup, Hewson, Anthony, Hopper, Berkeley, Wright (J), Wright (A). Subs: Reed, Johnston, Mc Luckie, Hardman, Taylor
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Andrew Teague, Peter Band, Chris Brass, Shane Killock, Gareth Morris, Steve Bushell (Mark Innes), Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee (Gareth Seddon). Subs not used: Danny Warner, Gerry Harrison, Neil Tolson.
All the excitement and action for Hyde’s encounter in deepest Cumbria on Tuesday was off the pitch with high winds and torrential rain making travel northwards difficult. It was even worse on the way home as the winds had increased and the Tigers had turned in another abject performance against a team with four straight defeats and only one win in ten and kissed goodbye to any lingering hopes of making the play-offs.
Although conditions were obviously difficult Hyde could have no excuses after a second half collapse. Playing against the wind in the first half the Tigers did actually have the better of things. Chris Simm and Nicky Clee both went close before Steve Pickford hit the post with a deflected shot.
After the break it was a completely different story as despite the strengthening wind at their back, Hyde capitulated for the second time in a week and allowed the home side to dominate.
Graham Anthony grabbed Workington’s first on 60 minutes when his speculative shot got caught in the wind and went over a stranded Craig Dootson. David Hewson added another three minutes later and the Tigers had literally been blown away.
The introduction of Gareth Seddon made no difference as the Tigers failed to register a meaningful attack in the last thirty minutes and were lucky not to concede another couple of goals.