Monday 7th September 2009
Blue Square Bet North
Hyde United: Ayden Duffy, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven (Lincoln Adams), Ashley Eastham, Nathan D'Laryea, Chris Lynch, Daniel Douglas-Pringle, David McNiven, Scott Mooney, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Tom Manship, Lee Rick, Aiden Kirkbride, Robbie Smith.
Gloucester City: Green, Palmer, Harris (J), Baldwin, Richards, Rose, Smith, Webb, Pitcher, Symons, Ballinger. Subs: Morford (for Ballinger), Ellis (for Webb), Sykes (for Palmer), Sysum, Harris (A).
In the battle of the 'Tigers' at Ewen Fields on Monday night, Hyde were desperately unlucky as Gloucester City grabbed an injury time equaliser to snatch a point.
It was cruel on the home side after they had dominated the game for long periods once Scott Mooney had put them in front on 36 minutes. It was Mooney's first league goal of the season and hopefully the first of many for the young striker from Hyde's point of view.
Hyde started well with Daniel Douglas-Pringle starring on the left and showed no reaction to Saturday's debacle and this time they were helped by an excellent referee who played the advantage well and only interferred when absolutely necessary, although Mooney was perhaps a little unlucky not to have won a penalty just before his goal but the referee was on hand and just gave a corner to the relief of the visitors.
From the very first minute this entertaining game was played at a high tempo and the home side should have gone in at half time with more than a slender one goal lead, if they had turned their superiority into goals. Time and time again the final pass just let them down. The tempo faded a little after the break but Gloucester never gave up and were always in the game despite never really testing Hyde 'keeper, Ayden Duffy.
With Hyde hanging on going into injury time, the visitors won a fortuitous free-kick midway inside the Hyde half. Hyde were forced to make a substitution before the kick was taken to allow Scott McNiven to limp off and this seemed to unsettle the home side as they failed to deal with the kick which found its way to Mick Symons at the far post who hammered the ball home.
It was harsh on the home side in a game they should have won but full credit to Gloucester for their never say die attitude and they went away on the long trip south the much happier of the two sides.