Saturday 15th August 2009
Hinckley United: MacKenzie, Mace, Giddings, Lavery, Collins, Franklin, Hall, Gooding, Webster, West, Dillon. Subs:- Cartwright for Hall (46), Eribenne for West (61), Hamilton for Dillon (75), Taylor, Lister.
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Dean Stott (Mark Lees), Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Robbie Smith, Tom Manship, David McNiven (Paul Gedman), Scott Mooney (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Lincoln Adams, Aiden Kirkbride.
An inspired substitution by Neil Tolson just nine minutes into the second half turned this game on its head with the introduction of Daniel Douglas-Pringle. He came off the bench and within a minute Nathan Arnold had the ball in the Hinckley net for the second time only for it to be again ruled offside, but two minutes later Arnold set up Pringle to burst clear and he made no mistake. He added a second seven minutes from time after a great run by Arnold allowed him to rifle the ball into the corner of the net.
Hyde had a patchy first half after falling behind to Matt West’s early goal after a defence header went awry but were spurred on a tongue lashing from Tolson at the break who pointed out that Hinckley’s Manager, Dean Thomas had said that Hyde were a team Hinckley should be beating easily if they had any ambition.
Immediately after the break Michael Jones made a brilliant one handed save to thwart Adam Webster and that worked as a catalyst for the Tigers to take the game to the opposition and control the second period.
After Douglas-Pringle’s goal it was all Hyde and MacKenzie had to make two brilliant saves to keep the Tigers at bay. First Robbie Smith saw his great effort tipped over and then Douglas-Pringle went close after a mazy run. The ever impressive Arnold caused all sorts of problems down the left and set up the winner seven minutes from the end. He made a superb run from deep in the Hyde half before laying a ball off to Douglas-Pringle, who drove his shot home from the edge of the area.
By the end Hyde were deserved winners, despite their poor first half showing, and with a hard-working and never beaten ethos throughout the team, they should not be underestimated after twice fighting back in a week to take valuable points.