Saturday 20th September 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Cooke, Chris Lynch (Jamie Tandy), Chris Brass, Karl Munroe, Nathan Wharton, David Owens (Lee Rick), Lee Cartwright, Matthew Tipton, Chris Simm (Joel Igenoza), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Chris Coward, Elliot Bernstein.
Vauxhall Motors: Coates, Owens, Dames, Brannan, Griffiths, Hannigan, Holden, Burke, Noon, Rooney, Noone. Subs: Brannan, Wright, Hannagan.
Chris Brass and Neil Tolson rung the changes for Hyde giving debuts to three players in their first home game since taking over. The formula worked as the Tigers registered their first win for five weeks and gained revenge for their recent Setanta Shield result.
Nathan Wharton returned to Hyde on loan from Ashton United, whilst reserves Chris Cooke and David Owens started for the first time. Two more reserves were on the bench for a new look Hyde.
Two goals midway through the first Half set Hyde on their way, but Karl Noon kept Vauxhall in the game with a goal just before half-time.
A through ball from Chris Simm set up debutant David Owens for Hyde’s first on 27 minutes and then four minutes later Simm found the net himself after a defensive mix-up. Hyde could have had more before Noon pulled one back.
Nicky Clee scored for Hyde immediately on the restart when James Coates could only parry Lee Cartwright’s shot. Vauxhall thought they had a penalty ten minutes later after Chris Lynch appeared to bring down Noon and referee Bramley pointed to the spot. However his assistant intervened suggesting a dive and the decision was reversed.
That was Vauxhall’s last chance as Simm hit a post and Owens had a thirty yard screamer against the bar as the Tigers produced a much improved performance after recent reversals.