Saturday 23rd August 2008
Droylsden: Mawson, Roche, Newton, Byrom, Halford, Sorvel, Burbeary, McGuire, Gedman, Townson, Burns. Subs: Meadowcroft, Brownhill, Brown, Lamb, Ellis.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Wayne Maden, Chris Lynch, David Morley, Karl Munroe, Mitchell Bailey, Lee Cartwright, Mark Innes (Lee Rick), Chris Simm, James Dean, Jamie Tandy (Nicky Clee). Subs not used: Gerry Harrison, Joe Shelmerdine, Elliot Bernstein.
The Tigers produced a competent performance at the Butcher’s Arms but not for the first time succumbed to a last minute goal and came away with nothing. It was tough on Hyde who were well organised and had battled well throughout despite the absence through injury of Chris Brass and Matthew Tipton.
The first period belonged to the Tigers and they went deserved in front on 17 minutes when Chris Simm set up James Dean for the opener. The Tigers had already lost Mark Innes to a bad tackle by Lee Roche which earned him a yellow card. On another day it could have been red. Innes was taken to hospital and needed a number of stitches in a serious leg wound.
Dean almost increased Hyde’s lead on 35 minutes, but Kevin Townson did hit the bar for Droylsden with a dipping shot on 24 minutes.
The home side increased the tempo in the second period and Craig Dootson had to be at his best with a string of good saves. for the Tigers. Overall the team looked a much more cohesive unit, but disaster struck on 74 minutes when Aaron Burns volleyed home after a defensive header went astray.
There was still time for the Tigers to put the home defence under more pressure but the forwards could not get the decisive touch. With time running out, Dootson made a tremendous save to thwart Sean Newton but could do nothing a minute later as Newton lashed in the ball into the roof of the net with just seconds remaining of normal time.
It was hard on the Tigers who had fully deserved a point with a spirited performance in which Wayne Maden had his best game and Lee Rick did well after coming on to replace Innes, whilst Simm was always a threat upfront.