Saturday 14th February 2009
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David Morley, Adam Oakes, Lee Rick, Farrell Kilbane, Neil Fitzhenry, Chris Lynch (Paul Howarth), Tom Manship, Chris Simm (Joel Igenoza), Mark Innes, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Chris Cooke, Karl Munroe, Elliot Bernstein.
Hucknall Town: Lindley, Walters (C), Walters (T), Ward, Simons, Sucharewycz, Wilton, Mitchell, Farrell, Bacon, Liburd. Subs: Kettle for Farrell, O’Brien for Ward, Meikle for Sucharewycz, Baxter, Smit
This basement encounter was settled with two goals less than a minute apart right on half-time by the Tigers, and allowed them to climb out of the relegation zone.
The game was crucial to both sides but it was Hyde who grabbed the all important goals which allowed them some breathing space in the second period as Hucknall stepped up the pressure. Hyde had been rocked before kick-off with the news that Carl Lomax had moved to FC United of Manchester and that Daniel Douglas Pringle was sick. Nicky Clee played upfront alongside Chris Simm and went on to win the man of the match award with a sterling display
Hyde started strongly and should have been in front on eight minutes when Clee set up Lee Rick. He missed his kick with the goal at his mercy, but the ball fell to leading scorer Simm who looked in horror to see his shot scrambled off the line.
Hucknall responded and Cashel Walters had a pile-driver against the outside of the post, but this was really Hucknall’s only chance as Hyde turned the screw. With just seconds remaining of normal time in the first half, Simm’s effort was handled by the unlucky Walters in the area and he made no mistake from the spot.
Within 30 seconds Hyde had grabbed another. A short corner found Adam Oakes whose pinpoint cross was glanced home by defender Dave Morley.
Hucknall came more into the game after the break but Craig Dootson in the Hyde goal was never tested as the defence stood firm and it was the Tigers who looked most likely to score. Tom Manship had a free kick against the bar on eighty minutes and just seconds later Simm scuffed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.
After the match Hyde manager, Neil Tolson said “it was a great result in a very important game for us. We did enough early on to settle the game, but it was not until we went in front, we really took control of the match. I thought our back four performed really well today and gave us a solid foundation.”