Saturday 14th March 2009
Workington: Collin, Langford, Rowntree, May, Andrews, McLuckie, Vipond, Armison, Wright (J), Cook, Wright (A). Subs Ė Robinson, Hardman, Gordon, Edmondson.
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Paul Howarth, Adam Oakes, David Morley (Lee Rick), Farrell Kilbane, Karl Munroe, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship, Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Neil Tolson), Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Mark Innes, Andrew Shevlin, Joel Igenoza. Sent off: Chris Simm.
Hyde gained a point at Borough Park on Saturday but were probably disappointed not to have secured all three with another all action display in adversity. The Tigers have yet to beat Workington in the Conference, but they went mightily close.
Craig Dootson and Neil Fitzhenry were still absent and Hyde lost Dave Morley on 37 minutes with a back injury, but despite this and another couple of players carrying knocks, the Tigers showed tremendous workrate and commitment.
Unfortunately the match was all about referee Richard Clark, who had made the long journey from Northumberland. Most of those present wished he hadnít as he contrived to fill his notebook with seven names in a match played in good spirit throughout. He was inconsistent from the start and made a pretty poor match dreadful with incessant stoppages and lectures. To compound a sorry afternoon he sent off Chris Simm for twice allegedly kicking the ball away, whilst Johnny Wright did exactly the same for the home side without censure.
Simmís dismissal was particular galling as he had kept the ball in play with some neat footwork and broke clear on goal only for the linesman belatedly to rule it had crossed the line. It was a poor decision and probably cost Hyde the game.
The Tigers had twice fought back in the game after Andy Cook has put the home side in front on 32 minutes with an attempted header which went in off his shoulder to give Eliot Bernstein no chance. Daniel Douglas Pringle levelled just before the break after Simm had set him up. Gareth Arnison put Workington back in front after 58 minutes only for Nicky Clee to lash the ball home for an equaliser two minutes later.
Pringle was through on goal only for a bad bounce to thwart him and as Hyde piled forward in the latter stages, despite being a man down, some good skill from Lee Rick set up Neil Tolson only for the excellent Adam Collin to produce a great save. So close, but still a good point for the Tigers against a team that had scored nine goals in their previous two games.