Tuesday 14th November 2006
Harrogate Town: Lindley, Price, Merris, Ellerker, Timons, Dunning, Bettney, R Hunter, McGarry (C Hunter), Holland, Philpott. Subs: L Wood, Thomas, M Wood
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Chris Lynch, Earl Davis, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Paul Armstrong (Danny Caldecott), Paul Howarth, Dale Johnson (Steve Brackenridge), Gareth Seddon, Paul Gedman. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Gerry Harrison.
Hyde arrived late at Wetherby Road but soon made up for lost time with an impressive first half performance. Despite playing up the slope, the Tigers kept the home side on the defensive with Gareth Seddon twice going close. The defence again looked solid with the central defensive pairing of Michael Taylor and Earl Davis looking formidable. The whole team worked hard to keep high flying Harrogate at bay.
Nathan Wharton returned for Hyde after suspension, but Steve Pickford was unavailable through illness. Paul Armstrong replaced Gerry Harrison in midfield as the only changes from Saturday’s defeat at Hucknall.
Disaster struck for the Tigers four minutes after the break when Danny Holland was not closed down and his shot was deflected past Craig Dootson. Hyde were still playing well and equalised after 68 minutes as Seddon rifled the ball home from fully 25 yards. Yet another candidate for goal of the season from the striker who specializes in spectacular goals.
The Tigers continued to put the home side under pressure, never letting them settle on the ball. The pressure paid off with just three minutes to go seconds after Steve Brackenridge had replaced Dale Johnson. Paul Gedman intercepted a mis-hit back pass and poked the ball home to give Hyde the victory they deserved. An inspired substitution or just good fortune? It mattered not as the large contingent of Hyde fans went home happy.
Hyde moved up to 11th in the league with this win and despite a patchy start to the season are still in touch with the leaders. Nuneaton are the visitors on Saturday and can the Tigers get two wins in a row for the first time this season?