Saturday 5th April 2008
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Chris Brass, Andrew Teague, David Morley, Shane Killock, Lee Rick (Chris Simm), Carlos Da Garca (Lee Cartwright), Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Chris Lynch, Peter Band, Mark Innes.
Workington: Collin, Andrews, Rowntree, May, Kirkup, Hewson, Anthony, Hopper, Reed, Wright(J), Wright (A) Subs: Johnston for Hewson, Gray, Berkeley for Reed, McLuckie, Taylor.
This was a typical end of season game with little to warm the spectators on a bitterly cold afternoon. In a game of few clear cut chances, it was Workington who took advantage and rightly went home with the points to complete a double over the despondent erratic Tigers.
Hyde recalled Jean Paul Ndjebayi in goal for Craig Dootson who reported sick, but it was a close call with the Cameroon ‘keeper arriving just five minutes before kick-off in typical eccentric style.
His opposite number Adam Collin was lucky in the first minute as he clearly handled outside the area, but referee Mr Edwards waved play on.
Ndjebayi’s first piece of action came on 19 minutes when Michael Reed flicked on for Johnny Wright to open the scoring from a tight angle, but the ’keeper should possibly have done better as he could only help the ball into the net.
However he made amends on the half hour mark with two brilliant saves in a minute to thwart the dangerous Wright. Five minutes later Nicky Clee created an opening for Hyde. Collin saved but the ball rebounded to Matthew Tipton, who forced the ball home, but it needed a linesman’s intervention to confirm the ball had crossed the line.
Michael Reed grabbed Workington’s second immediately after half-time when he latched on to through ball. Hyde found it difficult to get back into the game although they should have had a penalty on 55 minutes when the linesman spotted a handball. Although clearly in the area, Mr Edwards awarded a free kick two yards outside, to sum up his overall pretty inept performance.
As the Tigers ran out of ideas, the game degenerated into a dour midfield battle, although Ndjebayi did produce another superb save as Wright burst into the area in a rare piece of goalmouth action.