Tuesday 28th November 2006
F.A. Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Chasetown: Bryan, Branch, Huckfield, Slater, Thompson, Wright, Parsons, Newall, Bullimore, Smith, Horler. Subs: Staene, Turner, Thomas, Edwards, Evans
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German (Danny Caldecott), Paul Howarth, Earl Davis, Gerry Harrison, Nathan Wharton, David Flitcroft, Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Nicky Clee), Gareth Seddon, Paul Gedman (Steve Brackenridge). Subs not used: Paul Armstrong, Neil Tolson.
Hyde progressed to the next round of the FA Trophy, and an attractive tie at Halifax, with a thoroughly professional performance in this delayed tricky tie at Chasetown.
David Flitcroft made his debut and had a superb game, as did Gerry Harrison standing in for the absent Michael Taylor. Indeed the whole team played well on a difficult heavy pitch against physical opposition.
The Tigers started well and never took their foot off the gas as they took a two goal lead within the first 25 minutes. First Flitcroft made a great run down the left to leave Steve Pickford an easy chance to score at the far post and then Paul Gedman was brought down in the area and Gareth Seddon calmly slotted the ball home for number two.
Just before the break, Craig Dootson was injured by a terrible challenge which went unpunished whilst David German and Pickford picked up bookings for trivial tackles in comparison.
Gedman headed home three minutes after the break, but the goal was disallowed and only the referee knows why, but seven minutes later Dale Johnson headed home Nathan Wharton’s corner for number three as Hyde cruised to victory.
Flitcroft inspired Wharton and Pickford around him and put through some excellent balls for the three lively Hyde forwards. Nicky Clee, out all season, came on for the last 15 minutes with Steve Waywell’s squad now having a formidable look about it as the Tigers made it three wins in a row against tough opposition.