Monday 13th April 2009
Gainsborough Trinity: Evans, Canoville, Drury, Peat, Lukic, Needham, mallon, Burbeary, Beckett, McMahon, Hall. Subs: Greenwood, Davies, Austin, Cullingworth, Sollitt.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Karl Munroe, Neil Fitzhenry, David Thompson, Farrell Kilbane, Aiden Kirkbride, Chris Lynch (Neil Tolson), Tom Manship, Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Leon Kelly), Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Harry Bockerie, David Owens.
The Tigers may be down in the bottom three, but they certainly arenít out as they made it three wins out of four with a hard-fought victory over Gainsborough at the Northolme.
The home side were without a win in ten games and desperate to halt their slide and the pitch was hard and uneven. Not the game and the surface Hyde would have wanted but they ground out a result and even could afford the luxury of missing a penalty.
After a pretty even first period, Hyde stepped up the pace after the break despite losing their best player of the first half, Daniel Douglas-Pringle at half time with a hamstring injury.
Chris Simm burst through on 52 minutes only to be brought down in the area by James Lukic. Simm took the kick himself but saw a weak effort easily saved by Tom Evans. Devastation for the Tigers but they put the disappointment behind them and continued to strive for the all important goal.
Neil Tolson introduced himself to go three upfront with half an hour remaining when Chris Lynch limped off and the goal eventually came on 70 minutes when Simm made up for his earlier lapse by shooting across goal following a Nicky Clee corner.
After that Hyde hung on with a superb team effort to fully deserve the points with still everything to play for.