Friday 16th February 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Damien Quigley, Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Nathan Wharton (Scott Warner), Gerry Harrison (Chris Lynch), Paul Gedman (Lee Rick), Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Paul Howarth, Neil Tolson.
Leigh RMI: Lamb, Unsworth, Brockley, Briscoe, Dunne, Maddox, Settle, Roscoe, Jackson, Rapley, Roberts. Subs: Simm, Owen, Coyne, Girdlestone, Filipeck.
After the excitement of the previous Monday’s game, this was a pretty turgid affair against a Leigh side who showed no ambition from the start. Nevertheless two second half goals secured the points and at this time of the season, that is what counts.
The first half was instantly forgettable although Dale Johnson did go close early on. For most of the rest of the half, Leigh took the sting out of the game whenever they could causing the referee to add three minutes added time at the interval.
The second half improved slightly after a long crossfield ball caught out the Leigh defence and allowed Nicky Clee to rifle home on 51 minutes. The Tigers never looked in any real danger, although Craig Dootson made one brilliant save.
Hyde secured the points on 81 minutes after good work by Johnson left Gareth Seddon the simplest task of back heeling home from inside the six yard box. Seddon could have added another three minutes later, but was thwarted by John Lamb, although to be fair he looked yards offside.
Hyde will have tougher games with Harrogate and Kettering the next two teams to visit Ewen Fields, so the Tigers Play-off credentials will certainly be tested over the coming weeks. They weren’t really in this game against relegation threatened Leigh, who have historically proved to be a bogey side for the Tigers.