Saturday 28th March 2009
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Chris Cooke, Neil Fitzhenry, David Morley, Farrell Kilbane, Mark Innes (Neil Tolson), David Owens (Lee Rick), Tom Manship, Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Chris Lynch (Adam Oakes), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Joel Igenoza, Craig Dootson.
Harrogate Town: Hedge, Charnley, Hirst, Ingram, Youlson, Lowe, Young, Dunning, Smith, Broadbent, Marshall. Subs – Ormsby, Mason. Ormsby for Charnley 21 mins
This was a game Hyde desperately needed to win to maintain a chance of avoiding relegation, but for all intents and purposes it was all over after just nine minutes as Harrogate raced into a two goal lead.
Neil Tolson immediately showed his frustration by withdrawing Mark Innes and David Owens and introducing Lee Rick and himself.
Harrogate’s first goal came after six minutes when Innes lost the ball in midfield to allow the visitors to break clear down the right and enable Richard Marshall to slot the ball home. Three minutes later and Eliot Bernstein in the Hyde goal brought down Daniel Broadbent and Darren Dunning made no mistake from the spot.
Daniel Douglas-Pringle had twice gone close for the home side before he gave Hyde some hope on 35 minutes when he slotted home after Nicky Clee’s shot had come back off a post.
The second half became a scrappy affair and referee, Mr Hodskinson, had to keep a tight grip as the game threatened to boil over. Hyde were pressing forward on 65 minutes when possession was lost and play switched to the other end. Bernstein came for a ball he was not going to reach and in the ensuing melee, the ball found its way into the net off the back of Marshall.
Although it was a bizarre goal, it killed off any hopes of the Tigers getting back into the game despite a well taken consolation goal from Tolson with six minutes left.
After the game Tolson showed his disappointment by saying “This was a critical game for us which we had to win, so we couldn’t afford to give Harrogate a two goal start. Although we matched them for most of the game thereafter, it was just an impossible mountain to climb”. Unfortunately the threat of relegations now looms large for the Tigers after three defeats in a week.