Saturday 30th December 2006
Vauxhall Motors: Lake, Moogan, Dames, McMahon, McNulty, Griffiths, Garrity, Furlong, Rooney, Field, Lawless. Subs: Addo, O’Donnell, Whittaker, Macauley, Dittmer
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Chris Lynch (Dale Johnson), Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, David Flitcroft, Steve Pickford, Paul Gedman, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Lee Rick, Matt Landregan, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
After the excitement and drama of the Stalybridge game, this was a damp squid. Steve Waywell was forced to make three changes, but even so the Tigers should have won at rain-soaked Rivacre Park, but contrived to miss a series of chances. The nearest they came was on 84 minutes when Paul Gedman headed against the crossbar from close range, but there were plenty of other chances which on another day, Hyde would have put away.
For once the referee was not the centre of attention, although he did miss a bad challenge on Chris Lynch, which eventually forced him to come off. It was while he was struggling that Tom Field, hastily withdrawn in the fixture at Hyde, snatched the only goal when put through down the right on 57 minutes. Otherwise Craig Dootson did not have a save to make as Hyde’s defence looked strong despite missing the suspended Earl Davis.
There was little atmosphere from the spartan crowd and matters were made worse as the main stand was cordoned off as ‘unsafe’, so it was standing room only. Hyde started as dreadful as the weather, but eventually found their form as Gedman was inches wide on 19 minutes following a Nicky Clee free kick. Clee was again involved later, twice going close himself and then setting up Gareth Seddon who forced a fine save from Sean Lake.
In the second period Clee was again involved in most Hyde attacks, but he could not find the finishing touch and despite plenty of pressure, the Tigers just could not snatch the all important goal they deserved. Dale Johnson was introduced with 20 minutes to go, but despite some forceful runs, he, too, could not find the all-important breakthrough. A game to instantly forget.