Tuesday 24th March 2009
Vauxhall Motors: Coates, Hannigan, Dames, Marsh-Evans, Griffiths, Holmes, Holden, Burke, Noon, Field, Furlong. Subs: Egerton, Mustafa, Wright.
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Chris Cooke (David Owens), Adam Oakes, David Morley, Farrell Kilbane, Mark Innes (Neil Tolson), Chris Lynch, Tom Manship, Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee (Lee Rick). Subs not used: Joel Igenoza, Craig Dootson.
For the second time in four days the Tigers conceded a goal in the last minute to rob them of a point they richly deserved. In fact on the balance of play they probably deserved all three.
For a wet and windy night on the Wirral, Neil Tolson had few selection options. Paul Howarth was suspended and Neil Fitzhenry and Karl Munroe unavailable, so Chris Lynch, Farrell Kilbane and Dave Morley formed the backbone of the defence, although the latter two were clearly not 100% fit.
Once again Nicky Clee was the star of the show until he limped off on sixty four minutes to add to Tolson’s woes, but the team’s commitment and effort could not be faulted and once again they were desperately unlucky. It probably goes with the territory when you are in the relegation places.
Hyde had taken the lead on 12 minutes after Daniel Douglas Pringle had rounded ‘keeper James Coates, only to see his shot cleared off the line, but Chris Simm was on hand to steer the ball home. Lee Furlong equalised for the Motormen on 36 minutes when he headed home Karl Noon’s cross. Noon had looked well offside when he collected the ball, but the Assistant would have none of it and the goal stood.
Clee and Morley both went close before the break whilst Eliot Bernstein made two great saves at the other end.
The second period was pretty even although it was Hyde who created the better chances. Tom Manship was close with a free kick and Clee and Simm both had good chances to put Hyde back in front before Tom Hannigan scrambled home the killer goal with just a minute remaining.