Saturday 19th November 2005
Hinckley United: Haystead, Cartwright, Lenton, Lavery, Heeley, Piercewright, Storer, Jackson, McGregor, Cluzel, Colkin. Subs: Story, Bonar, Brown, Shilton, Platnauer.
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, James Barrow, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Carlos Meakin, Steve Brackenridge (Wayne Dean), Phil Salt (Gerry Harrison), Neil Tolson, Jamie Milligan (Paul Armstrong), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Sean Pearson, Tony Ellis.
Report by Tony Beard:
The injury ravaged Tigers put up an excellent display at the well-appointed Marston Stadium and looked likely winners until Hinckley snatched two goals in the last two minutes to send Hyde to an underserved defeat on a bitterly cold afternoon.
The turning point of the game was on 83 minutes when Neil Tolson was through but screwed his shot wide. A second goal then would have killed the game dead. Seconds earlier Wayne Dean had struck the 'keeper's legs and there were other chances too after Gerry Harrison had come off the bench to hammer Hyde in front with just his second touch on seventy nine minutes.
Hyde started the game without seven regulars but gave a debut to on-loan signing James Barrow at full back. Further problems occurred as Steve Brackenridge had to be withdrawn through injury at half-time, but they were quickly in their stride with Tolson and Matty Mc Neil causing problems for the Hinckley defence. All square at half-time was just about right, but it was the Tigers who stepped up the pace after the break and it was no surprise when Hyde went in front. Once again though it was the inability to hold onto a lead, which cost them dear.
With just two minutes left Brad Piercewright hammered a screamer, which went in off a post and then right at the death, substitute Sam Shilton headed an unlikely winner for the home side. It was desperately cruel on the Tigers, who had played well throughout, but it once again showed what a thin line it is between success and failure. The alarm bells are ringing and getting gradually louder as Hyde continue to fail to kill teams off when well on top.