Saturday 10th November 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Worksop Town: Holmshaw, Kotylo, Davis, A.Smith, Diggle, Gray, G.Smith, C Smith, Ludlam, Coleman, Cropper. Subs Townsend, Todd, Waddle.
Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Paul Ashwell, Neil Critchley, Dale Hawtin, Peter Band, Chris Young, Ben Obong (Martin Filson), Simon Yeo, Gareth Liddle, David Nolan. Subs not used: Lee Matthews, Martin Doherty, Josh Howard, Gavin Salmon.
It may be a familar cliche but this was definately a game of two halves. Normally we concede a couple of goals, get a half-time blasting and resume normal service in the second half. This was not the case here as the Hyde Tigers completely dominated the first half and went in at the interval a goal to the good scored by Benjamin Obong on 36 minutes following a defensive lapse and goalkeeping horror. It could and should have been more with Worksop never threatening. A second away win looked on the cards but all that changed within nine minutes of the restart as Worksop were allowed to score two sloppy goals. The usual story - set piece, man unmarked, goal! Hyde's fighting spirit was there for all to see however and ten minutes later Simon Yeo powered in to the box and was brought down. He got up to put the penalty away with ease. Anybody's game now and with ten minutes left disaster struck as Paul Ashwell waited for an offside flag which never happened and Dean Cropper rounded Richard Acton to complete his hat-trick. There was still time for Hyde to come close again as a Critchley half volley was brilliantly saved by the enigmatic Holmshaw. But this was a match which got away.
We can point to some dubious decisions from referee John Brandon (for the second time this season) and the fact that despite some blatant time-wasting and theatricals from some of the Worksop team, there was no added time, but the plain facts are we need at least another 36 points from the remaining 27 games. The effort and spirit is there but we are conceding far too many goals. Clean sheets are needed and hopefully Martin Filson's experience in defence will help. He had 20 minutes up front today but looked like a fish out of water compared to his recent defensive exploits. Rather poignant really as "Shamu" had spent the last week swimming with dolphins!
Defensively John Foster and Gareth Liddle had good games as did Simon up front, but overall a poor second half performance cost us the game and some desperately needed points.