Monday 23rd October 2006
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Chris Lynch, Earl Davis, Lincoln Adams, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison (Paul Armstrong), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Paul Gedman. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Mike Flynn, Paul Howarth, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Vauxhall Motors: Lake, Moogan, Dames, Griffiths, McNulty, Field, Garrity, Lawless, O’Donnell, Whittaker, Martindale. Subs: Macauley, Rooney for Moogan, Wright for Whittaker, Furlong for Field, Longrigg.
An equaliser deep into injury time prevented the Tigers taking maximum points in a game they should have had in the bag. It was a poor goal at that, as Karl O’Donnell put in a long cross from the right which eluded everybody to finish in the back of the net. It was hard on Hyde who once again battled well and with more luck in front of goal could have secured victory earlier in the game.
Paul Gedman rounded off a great move involving Dale Johnson and Gareth Seddon to put the Tigers in front on 22 minutes and almost scored again right on half time, but was thwarted by a good save from Sean Lake. The main highlight of the first period was the substitution of Tom Field for the visitors. After an altercation with Gerry Harrison, he completely lost his head and after a lunging tackle on resumption of play, he was immediately substituted. After removing his shirt, he then wanted to argue with the crowd as he was walked languidly to the dressing room.
Seddon has the ball in the net twice early in the second half, but was ruled offside, whilst Gedman again brought the best out of Lake. Hyde were forced back although Craig Dootson was never tested. With tempers becoming a little more frayed, Earl Davis, Paul Armstrong and Nathan Wharton were all booked in quick succession. Just as it looked like Hyde would hold out, the visitors snatched an equaliser they didn’t really deserve.
This was another improved performance from the Tigers. They also had new signing, defender Paul Howarth on the bench and with a couple of more signings in the offing should continue their climb up the table. However Blyth on Saturday will be anything but easy.