Monday 9th April 2007
Barrow: Speare, Bond, Butler, Jones, Bayliss, Ridley, Stringfellow, Sheridan, Walker, Rogan, Potts. Subs: Black, Timms, Flitcroft, Taylor, Doughty.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Chris Lynch (Danny Caldecott), Earl Davis, Michael Taylor (David German), Nathan Wharton, Scott Warner (Paul Gedman), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Damien Quigley, Danny Pollitt.
The Tigers kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a smash and grab victory at a very dry Holker Street on Monday. For much of the game, Hyde were second best but their workrate never relented and they made Barrow pay dearly for missed chances when Gareth Seddon smashed home a free kick from twenty five yards with seven minutes to go to give Hyde an unlikely three points.
Steve Waywell rung the changes after the defensive shambles against Farsley with Dave German and Damien Quigley relegated to the bench with Steve Pickford and Chris Lynch preferred. Centre back Michael Taylor was pushed forward to midfield in place of the injured Gerry Harrison.
Hyde started poorly and went behind on five minutes when former Tiger, Paul Jones glanced home a needless free-kick. The Tigers equalised on sixteen minutes with an identical goal, but this time it was Jones’ colleague Steve Ridley, who found the back of his own net.
Seddon almost put Hyde in front three minutes later after he picked up a quick throw from Nicky Clee. Clee’s incredibly long throws were causing Barrow all sorts of problems, but the Tigers general play lacked drive and they were frequently under the cosh.
Within two minutes of the restart, Lynch was adjudged to have brought down Nick Rogan in the area. It looked a soft penalty and justice appeared to be done as Andy Bond smashed the spot kick against the bar and to safety.
The Tigers were still well off the pace, but they never gave up. Nathan Wharton suffered a nasty gash on his head, but after running repairs and a touchline strip reappeared with new shirt and shorts. His commitment increased and at last his efforts began to motivate his colleagues in midfield. Clee burst through on 80 minutes and was brought down in the area. It looked a stronger penalty claim than Barrow’s but a corner was given.
When Hyde looked like they may just hold on for a point, up stepped Seddon to smash the ball into the top corner to send the travelling Tigers’ fans wild and an unlikely three points back down the congested M6.
Own Goal by Steve Ridley