Monday 31st August 2009
Harrogate Town: Hernandez, Harrison, Sturdy, Wood, Weaver, Bloomer, McTiernan, Scott, Broadbent, Dutton, Coleman. Subs: Burrell, Thomas, Durrell, Maloney, Lamb.
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Aiden Kirkbride (Lee Rick), Chris Lynch, Scott McNiven, Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Robbie Smith, Tom Manship, David McNiven (Paul Gedman), Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Nathan Arnold (Lincoln Adams). Subs not used: Dean Stott, Scott Mooney.
After Saturday's poor second half showing, Neil Tolson expected Hyde to bounce back on Monday at Harrogate. However the Tigers never really threatened once they had fallen behind to a 11th minute goal.
Hyde replaced the injured Michael Jones with Eliot Bernstein in goal and the home side did likewise drafting in Stephen Hernandez. As it turned out neither 'keeper was severely tested, althoigh Hernandez did handle well.
Hyde started well but their heads dropped once Rory Coleman's defelected free kick had given the home side the lead.
Tolson tried different combinations upfront, but Hyde never got their passing game together and frequently resorted to the long ball which were easily dealt with by the uncompromising Harrogate defence.
The Tigers could only muster a couple of half chances before Dan Broadbent found himself in oceans of space to put the home side two up.
There was now no way back for Hyde as Harrogate saw it through by taking the pace out of the game and running down the clock.