Saturday 1st April 2006
Hyde United: Mark Crossley, David German, Chris Lynch (Danny Caldecott), Lincoln Adams, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Lee Unsworth (Paul Jones), Steve Brackenridge (Neil Tolson), Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson, Cayne Hanley. Subs not used: Wayne Dean, John O'Kane.
Hinckley United: Haystead, Cartwright, Platnauer, Lavery, Heeley, Hitchen, Lewis, Jackson, Kelly, Proffitt, Lenton. Subs: Shilton, Whitman, Story, Manship, Muggleton.
This was a typical end of season game and had a no score draw written all over it, until Mike Flynn attempted to softly lay the ball back to Mark Crossley, but found the back of the net instead, nine minutes after half-time.
There were no last minute goals for the Tigers on this occasion. In fact they never really created a chance. Nicky Clee went close in the first half, whilst Lincoln Adams clipped a post in the second, but that was as close as they came. Neil Tolson came on for the last half hour and although he brought a smart save out of Dan Haystead, he never really found his form of Wednesday night. Crossley produced a brilliant save on 75 minutes, and that just about sums up the meaningful action.
Hyde gave a debut to seventeen year old Cayne Hanley, on loan from Burnley, and although he showed some nice touches, long balls which Matty McNeil would have thrived on, were no use to him and he faded in the second half, as The Tigers midfield overall had a woeful afternoon.
The Tigers have now gone seven league games without a win and on this form they will struggle to get another. With five games left Steve Waywell has plenty to do in preparation for next season and number one priority must be a McNeil replacement.