Saturday 31st October 2009
Hyde United: Michael Jones, Paul Barratt (Scott Mooney), Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Ricky Mercer, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Tom Manship, David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove (Lee Rick), Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Ben Rowbotham, Neil Tolson, Will Burns. Sent off: Ricky Mercer.
Vauxhall Motors: St Louis-Hamilton, Moogan, Noone, Lane, Holmes, Holden, Noon, Egerton, Hine, Wilson, Grice. Subs: Hannigan for Grice, Wright for Egerton, Smith for Holden.
This was a game that Hyde desperately needed to win but Vauxhall snatched a dramatic equaliser well into injury time through a Brian Moogan penalty to share the spoils at Ewen Fields after the Tigers had looked set to claim all three points. in the build up Hyde had ample time to clear the ball downfield but eventually lost possession before the ball was passed out to the speedy Josh Hines who was promptly brought down by Mark Lees just inside the area.
The penalty decision did not end there as first Hyde's Kevin Holsgrove had to receive attention for cramp before an altercation on the edge of the area saw Ricky Mercer receive his second yellow card and a trip to the dressing room. Hyde then made a substitution as Holsgrove limped off but Moogan kept his composure to rifle the ball home after a five minute delay.
The visitors had shaded the first half after Karl Noon had put them in front on 38 minutes. Michael Jones was unlucky as he had saved twice before the ball found the net. He had also made two excellent saves to keep Hyde in the game, before Mercer struck a post right on half time. The game changed however once the home side had brought on Scott Mooney ten minutes into the second period.
His pace caused all sorts of problems for the Vauxhall defence and he immediately went close before Dean Stott headed Hyde level on the hour mark. It was now all Hyde and no surprise when Mooney crowned a cameo performance by putting them in front on 76 minutes with the aid of a deflection. Another excellent effort saw him turn the visitors defence inside out before unleashing a shot which rebounded back off the angle and just when Hyde thought they were home and dry came the injury time drama.
Unfortunately it was the third time this season Hyde had squandered points in injury time, two of them to penalties and it may cost them dear come the end of the season.