Monday 24th March 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch, Lee Rick, Shane Killock, Carlos Da Garca (Bobby Gee), Peter Band, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton (Andrew Shevlin), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Mark Innes, Chris Cooke, Adam Williams.
Gainsborough Trinity: Sollitt, Greenwood, Drury, Parker, Dudgeon, Needham, Callery, Austin, Mallon, McMahon, Hall. Subs: Pell, Wood, Burley, Bird, Jackson.
After four successive defeats, the Tigers roared back to form with an emphatic victory over Gainsborough at Ewen Fields. The omens didn’t look good for Hyde before the kick-off with Dave Morley, Andrew Teague and Chris Simm all ruled out with injury and Manager, Steve Waywell suffering a severe bout of ‘flu..
However the reshuffled team never looked in any danger once Gareth Seddon had fired them into the lead on twelve minutes. His first shot was blocked, but when the ball came back to him he squeezed the rebound home at the near post with the help of a deflection.
Hyde could already have been a goal down at this stage as Craig Dootson had saved brilliantly tipping onto the bar before somehow scrambling the rebound off the post, but once the Tigers had their noses in front, the confidence oozed back. Nicky Clee back to his best had a shot saved onto the bar by Adam Sollitt and was only inches wide minutes later.
Lee Rick started a League game for the first time this season and he was joined by Portuguese trialist, Carlos da Graca. Both injected much needed energy into midfield, which had sadly been lacking in recent games. Rick had an excellent game providing the front men with a succession of through balls which both Seddon and Matthew Tipton thrived upon.
It was Tipton who grabbed Hyde’s second with another exquisite finish five minutes after the break and Seddon sealed the points five minutes when the referee allowed good advantage after a foul on Rick, for him to run through and score.
The confidence came flooding back as Hyde could have grabbed more goals and although the play-offs now look a far off dream, the Tigers showed what might have been with more consistency since Christmas.