Monday 15th August 2005
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Chris Lynch, Simon Garner, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, Steve Brackenridge, Phil Salt, Nicky Clee (Wayne Dean), Dale Johnson (David Moore), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Paul Armstrong, Nicky Allen, Gerry Harrison.
Workington: Collin, Hewson, Green, May, Gray, Henney, Johnston, Hopper, Hamilton, Arnold, Dillon. Subs: Archibald, Graham, Goulding, Gordon, Summerskil.
Report by Tony Beard:
In an entertaining game at Ewen Fields last Monday, Hyde gained their first point in Conference North against Workington, but will have been disappointed not to have taken all three with the visitors equalising in the first minute of injury time.
Last season encounters were all close and this was no different with chances coming thick and fast after Dale Johnson had given Hyde the lead on 9 minutes. Hyde failed to capitalise on their early advantage and were later made to pay for not increasing their lead. Matty McNeil was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty and John O'Kane should have done better when well placed.
In the second half, Workington stepped up the pace and Mark Westhead, after his nightmare on Saturday, produced three great saves to keep the visitors at bay. Adam Collin at the other end was also on top form as the game ebbed and flowed. Substitute Wayne Dean was flattened in the box, but the referee waved away appeals for a penalty and Hyde were forced back. Entering four minutes of added time, Wayne Gordon broke down the left and squared across for Tony Hopper to bundle the ball home.
It was hard on Hyde who had showed a much improved performance on Saturday, but they were left to rue not capitalising when they were on top in the first half. With five regulars still missing, there is plenty of room for hope for optimism in the coming weeks.