Monday 19th April 2010
Hyde United: Will Burns, Dean Stott, Mark Lees, Scott McNiven, Chris Lynch, Ricky Mercer (Scott Mooney), Matty Burke (Chris Rimmer), Daniel Douglas-Pringle (Lee Rick), David McNiven, Kevin Holsgrove, Nathan Arnold. Subs not used: Domaine Rouse, Ben Rowbotham. Sent off: Kevin Holsgrove.
Workington: Not available
For the third match running and twice in a week against Workington, Hyde suffered at the hands of a bizarre refereeing performance, which ultimately had a direct bearing on the result.
From the kick-off, Mr Dermot wanted to impose himself on the game and began to fill his notebook up as early as the tenth minute. Thereafter he finished with nine bookings with two for the luckless Kevin Holsgrove, who was sent off five minutes before the break. His crimes were an innocuous tackle and rolling the ball away. This in the context of a game without a serious tackle, which made the referee’s decisions all the more curious.
Workington had already qualified for the play-offs and used the opportunity of fielding some fringe players, whilst the Tigers were just completing the season. Nothing at stake and that’s how the game panned out.
Workington took the lead in the fifth minute when Gari Rowntree lashed the ball home from twenty five yards. The visitors clinched a second in injury time when Anthony Wright scored from close range. In between Hyde tried to get their passing game under way but were frequently thwarted by Workington’s speed on the break and constant stoppages and lectures from the referee.
The closest Hyde came to scoring was on 52 minutes when Nathan Arnold and David McNiven combined well to set up Matty Burke, but his shot rebounded off the bar. Dean Stott went close minutes later, but that was about it. Workington withdrew two of their players on yellow cards to protect them in case of another and the game fizzled out, as Hyde couldn’t summon the energy or inclination after what had gone on earlier, especially with a one man disadvantage.