Saturday 18th February 2006
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, David German (Lincoln Adams), Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Wayne Dean, Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Danny Caldecott, Neil Tolson, Danny Hooper.
Hucknall Town: Lindley, Asher, Winder, Sucharewycz, Timons, Cooke, Smith, Rowland, Ward, Gill, Colkin. Subs: Robinson, Harding, Hollis, Morris, Kearney
A glorious mild and sunny day, a good pitch and a match against play-off contenders. Everything was set for an enjoyable game, but unfortunately it never materialised and the game fizzled out in the second half and in all honesty it looked like a no score draw from pretty early on with both defences being strong and uncompromising, and the game wasn't helped by a whistle happy referee.
True there were chances, especially in the later stages, and either side could have snatched it. Peter Ward brought a stunning save out of Jean Paul Ndjebayi, whilst Matty McNeil, through on goal, brought a good save from James Lindley. But those apart, it was just half chances in and around the box for both sides.
Nathan Wharton had a couple of good attempts midway through the first half, whilst Ward was always a threat on the break. For once McNeil and Dale Johnson didn't really fire on all cylinders, whilst Nicky Clee struggled on his first game back from injury.
Two months ago a draw would have been a good result against one of the league's better sides, so ultimately it was probably a point won, especially as none of the other teams around Hyde in the league could force a win. There is still plenty to play for.