Saturday 24th February 2007
Scarborough: Wilberforce, Lyth, Davis, Cartwright, Hotte, Ingram, Dalton, Vermiglio, Hackworth, Beadle, Thornton. Subs: Perry, Blott, Amos, Patterson.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Damien Quigley, Lincoln Adams, Michael Taylor, Scott Warner (Chris Lynch), Gerry Harrison, Paul Gedman, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Paul Howarth, Earl Davis, Danny Caldecott, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
An injury time goal from Gareth Seddon secured the points for the Tigers in a hard fought encounter at the McCain stadium. It was Seddon’s second goal after he had converted a 54th minute penalty to bring the visitors level.
Hyde were without midfield kingpins Steve Pickford and Nathan Wharton, but Gerry Harrison and Scott Warner proved able deputies on the very heavy pitch. At the back, Michael Taylor and Lincoln Adams were both superb, whilst Damien Quigley had a tremendous second half.
The Tigers started well with Dale Johnson and Paul Gedman both going close in the early on, before the home side clawed their way back to hit the bar on 16 minutes. Disaster struck on twenty two minutes when Craig Dootson made a hash of a back pass. The ball ran free to Ged Dalton who set up Lee Cartwright to score an open goal. This gave Scarborough the impetus they had lacked in the early stages and Hyde failed to regain their rhythm for the rest of the half.
The second half was a different affair and Hyde equalised on 64 minutes when Gedman was brought down as he turned. Initially the referee waved play on, but his assistant intervened and a penalty was rightly awarded. Seddon made no mistake from the spot, but was subsequently booked for his celebration.
The Tigers were now in the ascendancy but a draw still looked the likely result. However two minutes into injury time, Dootson released Nicky Clee. After a storming run, he exchanged passes with Seddon before unleashing a shot across the face of the goal. Mark Wilberforce could only parry and that man Seddon was on hand to scramble the ball home. Substitute Ryan Blott made a valiant attempt to keep it out, but only managed to help the ball into the net.
Seven wins and only one defeat since the turn of the year and the Tigers are certainly roaring. Their hope is that the fans respond with a good turn out on Saturday for the game with Championship contenders and pre-season favourites, Harrogate Town.