Saturday 7th October 2006
Blue Square Bet North
Droylsden: Phillips, Williams, Warner, Robinson, Ruffer, Morris, Tandy, Jagielka, Fearns, Daly, Denham. Subs: Burke, Lynch, Rapley, Wolski, Howard.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, David German, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Paul Armstrong (Chris Lynch), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Paul Gedman), Gareth Seddon, David Eyres. Subs not used: Earl Davis, Steve Brackenridge, Gerry Harrison. Sent off: Danny Caldecott.
This was the match the Hyde faithful had been dreading in view of the Tiger’s current form and their fears were soon justified as Droylsden dominated the match from start to finish. They raced into a four goal lead and even had the luxury of missing a penalty before Hyde staged a belated comeback to make the scoreline more respectable. The late goals could not hide the fact that the Tigers were made to look second best in every department and had no answer to Droylsden’s pace up-front and their movement off the ball. Schoolboy errors by the back four only exacerbated the problems.
Droylsden went ahead on 27 minutes when Terry Fearns set up Steve Daly to score. Hyde fought back in more ways that one as first Paul Armstrong had a disagreement with Paul Phillips and then Nathan Wharton struck a post before a further altercation involving a number of players resulted in Steve Pickford and Gareth Morris being booked. Pickford will now miss a game after accumulating five bookings.
Lincoln Adams was booked for an innocuous tackle as the referee became more pedantic and inconsistent. Right on half-time, Danny Caldecott was lucky to escape censure as he brought down the lively Jamie Tandy in the area. Craig Dootson finger-tipped the spot-kick onto the post and the ball was cleared for a very rare Fearns miss.
Only a goal down starting the second half, Hyde felt they were still in the game, but that changed within three minutes as Chris Denham scored easily after a mistake by David Eyres. Droylsden were now in full flow and Fearns wrong-footed Adams and smashed in a third on 57 minutes. Things went from bad to worse for the Tigers as Caldecott again fouled in the penalty area. This time there was no mercy as he received a straight red card and Fearns made no mistake with the kick this time.
Hyde brought on new signing Paul Gedman up-front and Chris Lynch at the back and at last began to have some decent possession without giving the ball away cheaply. After a lovely flowing move, Pickford pulled a goal back on seventy minutes and with a minute to go, good work by Gedman set up Gareth Seddon who flicked the ball over the line.
It was too little too late as Hyde had been well beaten on the day and they have it all to do when they visit troubled Lancaster on Tuesday. Nothing less than an emphatic win will do.