Saturday 7th January 2006
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Wayne Dean, Gerry Harrison (Chris Lynch), Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Paul Armstrong, Neil Tolson, Danny Hooper, Steve Brackenridge.
Harrogate Town: Price, Dunning, Clark, Wood, Stoneman, Ellerker, Grant, Hunter, Jones, Holland, Philpott. Subs: Smith, Nogan, Ryan, Lennon, Sutcliffe.
Report by Tony Beard:
The Tigers continued their surge up the Conference North table after fighting back against high flying, Harrogate Town. Hyde made it seven wins out of the last eight league games with three goals midway through the second half in a thoroughly entertaining game.
Harrogate were on top for most of the first half, being particularly impressive on the break with Ben Jones up front showing lightning pace. He was instrumental in Harrogate's goal on 13 minutes when he chased a long ball and after a couple of deflections, squared to Lee Philpott who couldn't miss. The nearest Hyde came to scoring was through Dale Johnson, who rounded the 'keeper, but his goalbound effort was cleared. At the other end, Jean Paul Ndjebayi was again impressive with a couple of smart saves as well as causing problems for the Harrogate defenders with his long kicks.
Hyde stepped up the pace in the second half and started to put the Visitor's defence under pressure. The equaliser came on 60 minutes when Michael Price in the Harrogate goal made a mess of a cross from the right and Nicky Clee was on hand to force the ball home. Clee began to torment the Harrogate defence with his close control and it was he who set up the second on 74 minutes when he ran half the length of the pitch before crossing for Johnson to score with a superb glancing header. One of the goals of the season.
The home side, and Clee in particular, were not finished yet and three minutes later, Clee's goalbound shot was charged down and Wayne Dean was on hand to hit the ball home. There was no way back now for the visitors now as Hyde calmly played out time and extended their impressive run which has taken them from close to the bottom at the beginning of December to sixth after this impressive victory against one of the league's top sides.