Saturday 18th August 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Tom Cowan, Earl Davis (Paul Gedman), Peter Band, Nathan Wharton, Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford (Dale Johnson), Matthew Tipton, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Chris Lynch, Gerry Harrison, Liam George. Sent off: Tom Cowan.
Tamworth: Veiga, Lyttle, Langdon, Briscoe, Bains, Mills, Storer, Smith, Robinson, Thorpe, Sheldon. Subs: Heggs, Williams, Bampton, Pedro, Donaghey.
For the second time in the week Hyde staged a dramatic fightback, but this time Tamworth held out due to a fair share of fortune and some excellent goalkeeping from Jose Veiga.
The Tigers were desperately unlucky by the end, but they can only blame themselves for giving the title favourites a two goal start in this pulsating game.
The game was marred by an horrendous two footed challenge on Tom Cowan by Anthony Robinson on thirty nine minutes. He was shown an immediate red card as was the injured Cowan for retaliation as he was carried from the pitch. One had to feel some sympathy for Cowan as he was the innocent party with the tackle totally unnecessary in an otherwise excellent game.
Both sides had earlier claims for penalties, but Hyde’s looked the stronger as Chris Simm appeared to be pushed in the area before Gary Mills volleyed Tamworth ahead on twenty four minutes.
Tamworth had marginally shaded the first half, but it was the Tigers who stormed back after the interval. Simms brought a superb save from Veiga, but the Tigers were still vulnerable at the back and Mills missed an open goal on 62 minutes. He atoned two minutes later when he set up Dave Bampton to slot home a second for the visitors.
Substitute Dale Johnson immediately pulled one back for Hyde and Simms then had the ball in the net only to be penalised for a foul. The game was now end to end with both ‘keepers making brilliant saves. Nicky Clee clipped the bar as the Tigers staged a grandstand finish.
Veiga made another great save from a Matthew Tipton free kick as Hyde piled forward in the closing minutes. There were plenty of close shaves, but Tamworth held out for the points much to the disappointment of the Hyde faithful.