Saturday 17th September 2005
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, Steve Brackenridge, Nicky Hill (Phil Salt), Nicky Clee (Craig Dudley), Dale Johnson (Wayne Dean), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Chris Lynch, Paul Armstrong.
Gainsborough Trinity: Holmshaw, Ellis, Reeves, Steadman, Wood, Parker, Burley, Pell, Sherlock, Cauldwell, Needham, Subs: Marcelle, Rowan, Holmes, Higgins, Trout.
Report by Tony Beard:
Hyde recorded their first league victory of the season at Ewen Fields on Saturday, but not only that they also kept their second consecutive clean sheet and the first one in the league. The Tigers gave a debut to new signing Danny Caldecott who had a steady debut in defence.
The Tigers got off to a dream start after only three minutes when Jamie Milligan opened the scoring volleying the ball into the roof of the net after a flick on by Matty McNeil. Liam Needham and Matty Cauldwell caused problems for the home defence but Gainsborough were unable to seek a equaliser.
Hyde could have increased their lead when Dale Johnson had a chance cleared off the line and the resulting follow up from McNeil hitting the post. Nicky Clee also made a great run from the heart of midfield only to see his shot go past the post.
Liam Needham scored directly from a corner for the visitors only for referee Mr Tierney to disallow the goal for a push on keeper Mark Westhead.
Hyde doubled their lead on 55 minutes when keeper Jamie Holmshaw parried a shot from Johnson and McNeil picked up the rebound to tap home. Substitute Craig Dudley almost made it three late on in the game crashing the ball against the cross bar from 15 yards in the dying minutes and Johnson going close with the follow up effort.
It was just the tonic that the home fans needed, with other results seeing the Tigers climb out of the relegation zone, and it will hopefully be the springboard to move up the league.