Tuesday 13th April 2010
Blue Square Bet North
Workington: Not available
Hyde United: Will Burns, Ricky Mercer, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Chris Lynch (Lee Rick), Nathan D'Laryea (Chris Rimmer), Matty Burke, Scott Mooney (Daniel Douglas-Pringle), David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Domaine Rouse, Ben Rowbotham. Sent off: Scott McNiven, David McNiven.
This game will not be remembered for the football, but for the perforrmance of referee Barry Cropp, who incensed Hyde with a series of debatable decisions and left the Tigers with a player in hospital, another carried off and the McNiven twins both sent off.
Having said that Hyde showed great resiliance and gained a creditable draw in adversity despite playing over half the game with just ten men. This was against a side who had seven straight wins under their belt and needed a win to ensure a place in the play-offs. The return match at Hyde on Monday now has added spice.
Hyde went ahead after just two minutes when Gari Rowntree handled in the area and David Mc Niven made no mistake from the spot. On 22 minutes David Hewson went in high on Nathan D'Laryea after the ball had gone but only received a yellow card,when a red seemed appropriate. D'Laryea was rushed to hospital and returned later on the team coach with his leg in plaster.
That was the first of a series of controversial decisions from the referee and he then sent off Scott McNiven just before the break for retaliation after Shaun Vipond got away scot free with a stamping offence.
Things got worse for the Tigers on 52 minutes when Chris Rimmer was adjudged to have handled in the box and Jonny Wright converted from the spot. It was an incredible harsh decision as it seemed the ball struck Rimmer in the chest.
The home side then pressurized Hyde's ten men and grabbed a second on 67 minutes when centre back Kyle May headed home from close range. It looked all over for the Tigers, especially when Lynch was carried off, but Hyde rolled up their sleeves and fully deserved an equaliser on 75 minutes with a brilliant solo goal from Daniel Douglas Pringle. Hyde went for the jugular playing just three at the back and two in midfield but couldn't find an elusive winner. The referee was still the centre of attention by finding five minutes added time and then continuing his nightmare by sending off David McNiven for a second bookable offence, when he seemed to be sinned against.
A night certainly to remember for Hyde, but not necessarily for all the right reasons, whilst Workington certainly knew they had been in a game.