Friday 14th April 2006
Hyde United: Mark Crossley, David German, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Lincoln Adams, Neil Tolson, Gerry Harrison (John O'Kane), Nicky Clee, Dale Johnson (Steve Brackenridge), Cayne Hanley. Subs not used: Wayne Dean, Paul Armstrong, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Barrow: Bishop, Hefferman, Ridley, Cotterill, Dawson, Howson, Rushton, Heininger, Tarrant, Knight, Flitcroft. Subs: Smith, Kewley, Forde, Burgess, Morsby.
Barrow staged a dramatic second half fightback to secure a point at Ewen Fields on Friday in front of a bumper holiday crowd. It looked all over for the visitors when Neil Tolson put the Tigers ahead on 35 minutes and then grabbed another a minute before the break. For the first he was quickest to react in the box, whilst the second was a sweet finish after Dale Johnson had headed on.
Both sides went into the game suffering from a dip in form. Hyde hadn't won at home since early February, whilst Barrow had lost three games on the run and it showed in the early stages as both sides battled for supremacy on a pleasant sunny afternoon. Hyde just about shaded the first half, but it was a different story after the break.
Barrow stepped up the pace in the second half and pulled a goal back on 55 minutes when full back, Steve Ridley found the back of the net after the ball had rebounded back to him off Hyde 'keeper, Mark Crossley. The visitors pressed for an equaliser, but Hyde still found time to create chances of their own on the break and should have had the match won. However Barrow's pressure ultimately paid off with three minutes left when Gavin Knight steered the ball past Crossley.
This set up a grandstand finish and in three minutes of added time, Simon Bishop in the Barrow goal, struggling with a foot injury, twice thwarted Nicky Clee as he burst through and then in the final seconds prevented Tolson notching his hat-trick
A draw was probably a fair result and it is interesting to note that in three meetings this season between the two sides, the team taking a two goal lead has never gone on to win the game.