Saturday 9th September 2006
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott (Chris Lynch), Nathan Wharton, Mike Flynn, Earl Davis, Neil Prince (Gerry Harrison), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, David Eyres (Steve Brackenridge). Subs not used: Nicky Hill, David Carnell.
Gainsborough Trinity: Sollitt, Purkiss, Wood, Ellis, Pell, Lancaster, Trout, Hanson, Graves, Mallon, Lill. Subs: Parker, Caudwell, Snodin, Thorpe, Barlow
By Tony Beard
Before the game the omens were good that this would be the Tigers first league win of the season. Last season Hyde played Gainsborough with just a cup win against Vauxhall under their belt and went on to register their first league victory of the season. This season the Tigers had already secured the cup win against Vauxhall, so it followed on that the visitors would again be the fall-guys and so it proved.
However that doesn't tell the whole story. A three-goal victory looks comfortable enough, but the scoreline flattered Hyde as two goals came in injury time. For much of the game, the Tigers were on the back foot as the visitors completed dominated midfield from start to finish putting the Hyde defence under tremendous pressure at times. It must be said that despite all the pressure, Craig Dootson had hardly a save to make. In fact, it was his opposite number, Adam Sollitt who had all the saves to make on rare Hyde breakaways.
On a gloriously sunny afternoon in front of a desperately low crowd of just over 300, it was the visitors who took the initiative from the kick-off before Nick Ellis made an elementary error to allow Dale Johnson to run through and score on eleven minutes. Hyde were on the defensive for much of the rest of the half, but almost snatched a second when a superb cross field ball from David Eyres found Neil Prince who set up Gareth Seddon, but Sollitt made a great save.
In the second half it was again the visitors who held the upper hand in what was a pretty woeful game, not helped by some eccentric decisions from the Officials. It seemed like it was only a matter of time before Gainsborough snatched an equaliser but it never came. Steve Waywell had introduced three subs to stem the tide and right on full time, Seddon found space to score a screamer into the top of the net past a stunned Sollitt. Hyde were now home and dry and seconds later Steve Brackenridge and Seddon combined well on the right to allow Johnson the simple task of slotting the ball home to give the scoreline a flattering look.
Lets hope the luck the Tigers had here is the impetus they needed to kick start their season.