Saturday 30th September 2006
F.A. Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott (Chris Lynch), David German, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Steve Brackenridge (Steve Smith), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, David Eyres (Gerry Harrison). Subs not used: Paul Armstrong, David Carnell.
Newcastle Benfield (Bay Plastics): Grainger, Baston, Lowrie, Bangura, Hutchinson, Lumsden, Rasmussen, Bell, Brodie, Graham, Atkinson. Subs: Dixon, Ward, Hay, Fuller, Walton.
This was an absolute horror show from the Tigers as they went down to a well- organised Newcastle Benfield team without any semblance of any fight or plan. The game can be summed up by the fact that Andrew Grainger, in the Newcastle goal, did not have one serious save to make. The visitors arrived at Ewen Fields an unknown force, but as soon as the game got underway the Northern league side showed they meant business.
The die was cast as early as the first minute as the visitorís Richard Brodie burst through and almost scored. From the resultant corner, Paul Hutchinsonís header was cleared off the line. The visitors wasted no time and took the lead on 26 minutes when their impressive captain, Alusene Bangura hit home a free-kick which squirmed under Craig Dootson.
The Tigers then had plenty of pressure and forced a succession of corners, but they looked suspect on the break and right on half-time Mark Atkinson burst down the left and squared the ball superbly for Mark Rasmussen to score easily at the far post. Game, set and match and there was no way back for the Tigers.
In the second period, Newcastle were comfortable and with more precision in front of goal could have had another couple of goals. Hyde huffed and puffed, but never looked like breaking down the disciplined Benfield defence as the game petered out to leave Steve Waywell and his management team plenty to think about as the Tigers again let the home fans down.