Saturday 11th August 2007
Worcester City: McDonnell, Hodnett, Burley, Smith, Clarke, Gill, Ward, Nwadike, Danks, Webster, Clegg. Subs: Walker, Wilding, Wood, Colley, Abbassi.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Tom Cowan (Chris Lynch), Earl Davis, Peter Band, Nathan Wharton, Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Dale Johnson (Chris Simm), Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Paul Gedman, Michael Taylor, Liam George. Sent off: Matthew Tipton.
The Tigers started their 2007 League campaign with a comfortable victory against fancied Worcester City at St Georgeís Road. The Blue Square odds favoured the home side, but it was Hyde who took the points and the plaudits after an excellent team display despite having Matty Tipton sent off with thirty five minutes to go.
After an entertaining opening in which both sides had chances, man of the match, Earl Davis headed goalwards for Tipton to apply the finishing touch on 24 minutes. Dale Johnson was through seven minutes later but finished weakly before Danny McDonell tipped over Tiptonís header. Craig Dootson then made a brilliant double save as the game ebbed and flowed.
The pitch was in perfect condition with the sun blazing down and floods seemed a distant memory as Hyde snatched a second five minutes after the break. Davis met Nathan Whartonís corner with a powerful header into the top corner. But the Tigerís joy was shortlived as Tipton, already booked, showed petulance on the touchline and received a second yellow.
Dale Johnson was immediately sacrificed upfront to be replaced by the lively Chris Simm. The ploy worked as Simm caused all sorts of problems to the Worcester back line as they attempted to push forward. Hyde defended resolutely but still looked the more likely to score. Simm should have had a penalty when he was held in the area in the final minutes.
The home side threw men forward in the closing stages, but the Tigerís back four held firm with a tremendous display. Dootson was commanding behind them as Hyde fully deserved the points.
Matthew Tipton sent off after 55 minutes of his debut.