Saturday 22nd October 2005
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, Paul Armstrong (Craig Dudley), Chris Lynch, Phil Salt (Steve Brackenridge), Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson (Nicky Clee), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Wayne Dean, Sean Pearson.
Worksop Town: Sollitt, Nicholson, Davies, Thorpe, Miller, Simpkins, Oldham, Dempsey, Morris, Saunders, Norton. Subs: Wilson, Hurst, Jackson, Carrington, Robinson.
Report by Tony Beard:
Hyde's inability to hold onto a lead was again evident on Saturday as they conceded yet another late goal after dominating the game until the last quarter. That makes it at least six games where points have been lost in the last ten minutes.
This was a scrappy game and not helped by a zealous referee who collected five names in his notebook when there was scarcely a tackle of note. Although being hampered by injuries to key players in the game, Hyde should have consolidated on their lead and gone on to win the game, but instead they sat back and in the end paid the ultimate price.
The first half was predominately Hyde. Chris Lynch gave the midfield strength and impetus, which the forwards caused all sorts of problems for the Worksop defence. After they took the lead on 30 minutes when Lincoln Adams glanced home Jamie Milligan's inch perfect free-kick, they failed to capitalise primarily by being reluctant to shoot in the wet conditions which made goalkeeping a treacherous occupation.
In the second half, the Tigers received a wake-up call on 54 minutes when Ben Saunders headed against the outside of the post, but they stormed forward and after brilliant play from Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil brought a stunning close range save from Adam Sollitt. Johnson had been superb despite being injured early on before he was replaced on sixty four minutes.
With Johnson gone, there was nobody to keep the Worksop defence occupied and so they pushed forward and exerted plenty of pressure on the overworked Hyde defence. Two more injuries caused more reorganisation for Hyde but just as they looked like they would hold out, substitute Richard Carrington scored from inside the six yard box from a cross either Mark Westhead or his defenders should have dealt with.
A succession of Worksop corners into injury time put the Tigers under even more pressure as they almost finished with nothing in yet another game they should have won comfortably. With only one league victory in 12 outings, the pressure is mounting.