Saturday 13th January 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Paul Howarth (Chris Lynch), Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison, Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Matt Landregan (Neil Tolson), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Steve Brackenridge, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Workington: Collin, Hopper, Wright, May, Green, Henney, Hewson, Birks, Johnston, Nicholson, Douglas. Subs: Edmondson, Gulley, Carmichael, Gordon, Summersgill.
For the second year running, Hyde conceded an injury time goal to give Workington a share of the spoils. On the balance of play, the visitors probably deserved an equaliser, but nevertheless it was heart-breaking for the Tigers to give a goal away so late .
So there was no winner apart from the weather. The strong gusty wind made good football difficult and in the process had dried out the pitch to leave the surface firm on top. Not a good recipe for flowing football and so it proved.
Hyde were without Gareth Seddon and Paul Gedman, so Matty Landregan made his first start up front. Lincoln Adams replaced Earl Davis at the back as he had a reaction to a knee injury sustained the previous week. So it was a weakened Tigers team which took on Workington who themselves had been going through a lean patch.
The visitors started the stronger with the wind at their backs and Craig Dootson was forced into a brilliant save in only the first minute as the impressive Dean Douglas shot goalwards. Douglas gave Hyde trouble all afternoon and was again close minutes later. The Tigers slowly clawed their way back into the game and took the lead on 38 minutes when Dale Johnson crossed for Steve Pickford to squeeze the ball home at the near post.
Nicky Clee almost made it two right on half time but Adam Collin made a great save. The second half was a pretty drab affair with Hyde looking like they would hold out. Neil Tolson was introduced for the last five minutes to replace the tiring Landregan, who had a fine debut. As the game entered the second minute of injury time, Douglas found some space on the left and broke clear. He squared to Tony Nicholson, who made no mistake and Hyde had been punished for switching off when all the hard work had been done.