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Match Details:

Saturday 18th March 2006
Conference North

Hyde United1Clee (36)
Northwich Victoria3Carr (14, 76), Byrne (26)

Attendance: 667

Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, David German, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones (Lincoln Adams), Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton (Wayne Dean), Lee Unsworth, Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson, Mark Quayle (Neil Tolson). Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Danny Caldecott.

Northwich Victoria: Rogers, Battersby, Garner, Handyside, Carr, Charnock, Mayman, Elliot, Williams, Brayson, Byrne. Subs: Payne, Chapman, Roca, Gaghan, Connett

Northwich maintained their championship challenge on Saturday at Ewen Fields against a faltering Hyde side without a win in four games. The early exchanges reflected the current teams fortunes, but Hyde were rocked after just ten minutes when Nathan Wharton went down injured and never really recovered and was replaced five minutes later by Wayne Dean, but not before Michael Carr had given the Vics the lead. It was cruel on the Tigers as the build up looked yards offside with the Assistant not up with play. Michael Byrne grabbed another 12 minutes later and the game looked all over.

Steve Waywell showed his frustration at the Hyde defence by withdrawing Paul Jones after 30 minutes in an attempt to keep the lively forwards at bay and replacing him with Lincoln Adams. The strategy had an immediate impact as within five minutes Nicky Clee had run through and pulled a goal back.

The visitors then sat back and gave Hyde the opportunity to push forward and play some neat football of their own, but without Matty McNeil, the Tigers are looking lightweight upfront and although there was plenty of possession, there was nobody to seriously worry the Vics defence. Kris Rogers looked competent in goal and when Hyde did beat him, a defender headed the ball off the line.

With Hyde piling forward in search of an equaliser, the visitors had a rare break and Carr snatched his second with a wicked deflection fourteen minutes from time. There was no way back for the Tigers and with no win in five, play-off hopes have all but been extinguished. Steve Waywell needs to get them to bounce back quickly if the season is not going to fizzle out like a damp squib.

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