Saturday 4th April 2009
Hinckley United: MacKenzie, Roma, Franklin, Lavery, McIlwain, Platnauer, Cartwright, Gooding, Webster, Dozie, Lloyd. Subs: Taylor, Storer, Smith, Pollard, Hamilton.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David Morley, Neil Fitzhenry, David Thompson, Farrell Kilbane, Aiden Kirkbride, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship, Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Neil Tolson), Leon Kelly, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Harry Bockerie, David Owens, Mark Innes.
The Tigers had never achieved a point at Hinckley despite leading in both previous games with just minutes left and the Hyde faithful were again on the brink in this close encounter, but the Tigers superbly marshalled by Farrell Kilbane, held on for three most valuable points.
This was a dreadful game (but nobody cared afterwards), not helped by a pedantic referee, Mr Meeson, who refused to let the game flow and made a series of decisions which baffled both sides. None more so that on 13 minutes when Dave Morley jumped for a header only to be penalised and a penalty given to everyone’s astonishment and to compound the felony he collected a booking as well.
Craig Dootson, recalled for the injured Eliot Bernstein, made a superb save from Adam Webster’s spot-kick and justice was seen to be done. Neither the game or the refereeing improved and Mr Meeson appeared to fill his note book for every tackle.
The all important goal came on 68 minutes when Daniel Douglas Pringle headed home Nicky Clee’s corner. After that it was a great rearguard action which secured the points for the Tigers, including another stunning save from Dootson. Debutant David Thompson was a tower of strength at the back which belied his eighteen years, whilst Aiden Kirkbride, another 18 year old debutant, also showed up well. Leon Kelly, signed days before from Bromsgrove Rovers also kept his former team mates from Hinckley busy at the back and all in all it was an excellent team performance from the under pressure Tigers.
After the game, Neil Tolson, praised his squad by saying “it was a fantastic team effort and fully deserved, especially as Chris Simm had let us down before kick-off by failing to meet the coach “ The Manager’s attitude suggested a significant fine for his wayward striker, but on the day they had done perfectly well without him.