Saturday 6th December 2008
Burscough: Dickinson, Wilson, Clancy, Moogan, Brannan, Roberts, Stepien, Goulding, Davies, Wade, Heler. Subs: Gbemie, Grogan, Evans, Stanford, Grundy.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Karl Munroe, Adam Oakes, Chris Brass, Farrell Kilbane, Chris Lynch (Paul Howarth), David Owens, Mark Innes (Lee Rick), Chris Simm, Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Tom Manship, David Morley, Elliot Bernstein.
Hyde were two goals up inside the first 32 minutes and looked likely winners but Burscough staged a dramatic fight-back in the second half and in the end the Tigers had to share the points in a match they should really have won.
Daniel Douglas-Pringle made his debut for the Tigers and got his name on the scoresheet after just twenty one minutes when he burst through the static Burscough defence and slotted the ball past Steve Dickinson. Eleven minutes later Hyde grabbed their second when Dickinson made a hash of a bouncing backpass and the league’s leading scorer, Chris Simm had the simplest task of side-footing the ball home.
The Tigers had all the play and more chances to increase their lead as the home defence struggled to cope with the pace of the Hyde’s forwards although Hyde were indebted to Chris Brass and Craig Dootson as they managed to scramble away a rare Burscough attack.
The second half was a different story as Hyde sat back and invited more pressure. The pitch was becoming more difficult with the falling temperature but the game changed on seventy minutes when Man of the match Peter Heler pulled a goal back. It was now all Burscough and eight minutes later Heler picked the ball up from a botched Hyde free-kick and out run the Hyde defence. He was brought down in the area by Brass and although the referee was miles behind play he adjudged a penalty and Brian Moogan made no mistake from the spot.
This set up an exciting last few minutes with both sides having opportunities to win but in the end the spoils were shared which didn’t really satisfy either team in their attempt to climb away from the League basement.