Saturday 6th November 2010
Hyde FC: Russell Saunders, Dean Stott, Andrew Smart (Ben Morris), Steve Halford, Chris Lynch, Kevin Holsgrove, Mark Lees, Matty Burke, Dale Johnson, Shaun Whalley (Scott Mooney), Tom Manship (Lee Rick). Subs not used: Chris Rimmer, Marcus Calvert.
Harrogate Town: Cook, Roma, Craig, Toner, Picton, Bradley, Foster, Bowey, Armstrong, Ellington, Hadley. Subs: Bloomer, Phillips for Foster, Nowakowski, McPhillips, Gonzalez.
Hyde had to withstand late pressure from Harrogate to earn a hard-fought victory and register a league double over their Yorkshire rivals at Ewen Fields on Saturday. It was a victory the Tigers deserved after recent games had contrived to go against them. In the process they had a clean sheet for the first time in the league this season.
That wasn’t really the whole story as referee Alan Young made a series of decisions which incensed managers and fans alike. Hyde’s boss Neil Tolson was removed from the touchline on 20 minutes after complaining about two late challenges, whilst his Harrogate counterpart Simon Weaver thought they had won a penalty for handball in the dying seconds, but Mr Young having been adamant in pointing to the spot, then brought play back for offside.
There were plenty of other incidents which had the fans talking. Dale Johnson was manhandled throughout and received absolutely no protection from the referee, who probably wasn’t helped by Assistants who played little part in the game apart from when one flagged Johnson offside for offside when the ball was played through by a Harrogate defender. The referee hesitated twice before eventually stopping play having first let Johnson run 30 yards. When Johnson eventually won his first free-kick late in the game, the referee received a full minutes’ applause, which probably said it all.
The only goal of the game came on 32 minutes when Hyde midfielder Dean Stott slotted the ball home from just outside the area. Shaun Whalley had already twice gone close for Hyde before the goal but the home side just could not turn their superiority into goals and should have been further in front by the break.
In the second period Harrogate came back strongly but Hyde, without suspended defenders Michael Taylor and Scott McNiven defended stubbornly. Hyde’s left back Andrew Smart and midfielder Tom Manship both limped off in the space of five minutes after the break forcing a further reshuffle at the back which didn’t help. However Hyde held on to take all three points and move off the foot of the table, to bring some relief to their be-leagued manager.