Monday 16th August 2010
Hyde FC: Craig Mawson, Dean Stott, Chris Lynch, Christopher Lynch (Lee Pugh), Michael Taylor, Carlos Logan, Kyle Wilson (Greg Traynor), Matty Burke, Ashley Stott (Scott Mooney), Lee Rick, Andrew Smart. Subs not used: Ben Morris, Mark Stewart.
Workington: Taylor, Langford, Rowntree, May, White, Vipond, McLuckie, Hewson, Wright (J), Arnison, Wright (A). Subs: Tinnion for Wright (A), Tymon for Wright (J), Hindmarch for Arnison, Ruttledge, Main.
Another disastrous defensive performance from the Tigers in the first half saw them three goals down at the interval and on their way to a second successive heavy defeat. However two substitutions at the break changed fortunes for Hyde and in a spirited second half showing they probably deserved a point by the end. It was so near yet so far and left manager, Neil Tolson with plenty to ponder before Alfreton arrive at Ewen Fields on Saturday.
Hyde have never beaten Workington in Blue Square North but a bright opening from the Tigers made it look like it was going to be their night, but two goals from the visitors in a five minute spell midway through the half put paid to any positive thoughts. Firstly David Hewson scored a screamer from long distance and then Jonny Wright grabbed a second after poor defensive play. When Phil McLuckie lobbed home on 41 minutes the game was as good as over.
Tolson removed Ashley Stott and Christopher Lynch at half time and suddenly the Tigers began to believe in themselves. Michael Taylor was inches wide with a header after just a minute and substitute Scott Mooney pulled a goal back on 61 minutes with a well taken finish. Greg Traynor was inches over minutes later and suddenly Hyde were back in the game. Gareth Arnison missed an absolute sitter for the visitors on 70 minutes and when Hewson was sent off for a second yellow a minute later, the Tigers sniffed they had a chance.
Aaron Taylor had to produce two brilliant saves to thwart Carlos Logan as Hyde tried to take advantage of the extra man and Lee Pugh gave them a glimmer of hope as he lashed a cross shot home on 90 minutes. The excellent referee, Mr Lucas, added four additional minutes but Hyde just failed to grab the elusive equaliser as Workington grimly held on.