Saturday 2nd October 2010
Harrogate Town: Keiran Gonzalez, Dominic Roma (Jake Picton), Liam Shepherd, Adam Nowakowski (Craig James), Richard Pell, Matt Bloomer, Martin Foster, Ciaran Toner, Graeme Armstrong, Liam Hardy, Wayne Phillips (Lee Ellington). Subs Unused: Aiden Savory, James Naylor
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Andrew Smart (Greg Traynor), Steve Halford, Michael Taylor, Chris Lynch (Lee Rick), Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Scott Mooney, Shaun Whalley (Ben Morris). Subs not used: Chris Rimmer, Neil Tolson.
The Tigers turned in a terrific performance at Wetherby Road and fully dererved their victory.
Despite losing Chris Lynch and Andy Smart to injury in the first half, Hyde stuck to their task with some excellent personal displays against a background of some hard physical challenges.
Both Liam Hardy for the challenge that accounted for Smart and Martin Foster for a dreadful tackle later on Shaun Whalley were both lucky to escape with just yellow cards.
Hyde took the lead on 14 minutes when Scott Mooney scored after Whalley had hit the post.
Dale Johnson added a second just after the break after a great run by Mooney and Whalley was only inches wide minutes later. Mooney should have had a penalty on 63 minutes when he was wrestled to the floor.
Referee Mr Coy, inconsistent all afternoon, would have none of it and then rubbed salt into Hyde's wounds by immediately giving the home side a very soft penalty which was converted by Graeme Armstrong.
This gave Harrogate a lifeline they didn't deserve but normal service was soon resumed on 69 minutes when goalkeeper Russell Saunders punted the ball long downfield and defender Jake Picton could only help it past Kieran Gonzalez to give Hyde a two goal cushion.
There were no further alarms for the Tigers and with a bit more luck they could have had a couple more goals.
Hyde looked a much better side on this showing with Steve Halford adding steel to the defence, whilst Johnson, Whalley and Mooney looked formidable upfront.