Saturday 6th September 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Wayne Maden, Chris Lynch, David Morley, Chris Brass, Gerry Harrison (Nicky Clee), Lee Cartwright, Mark Innes, Matthew Tipton (Chris Simm), James Dean, Karl Munroe. Subs not used: Chris Cooke, Lee Rick, Elliot Bernstein.
Hinckley United: Mackenzie, Bonner, Franklin, Cavery, Platnauer, McIlwain, Hall, Gooding, Murphy, Webster, Lloyd. Subs: Kelly for Murphy 67, Roma, Butcher, Birch
Hyde failed to score for the third time in the last four games as they couldn’t break down a resolute Hinckley defence.
With just one victory in eight games the pressure is mounting on Hyde's boss Steve Waywell and this performance will do little to satisfy the impatient home fans, especially with a second successive home goalless draw in front of another sparse crowd. Since Hyde topped the league just before Christmas last year they have had just five victories at home and two away from 30 games . In addition they have now failed to score in three of the four games so far this season.
Craig Dootson made two good saves in the first period to thwart the Hinckley forwards, but the second period was mainly Hyde but they failed to make the all important breakthrough.
James Dean did have the ball in the net for the home side but was ruled offside, whilst on another day Hyde could have had a penalty for handball as they increased the pressure. Otherwise a no score draw was always the likely outcome in a reasonably entertaining game short of real goalmouth action.
On this showing both sides will have to increase their firepower and potency in front of goal if they are to remain in a comfortable league position.