Saturday 10th November 2007
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Chris Lynch (Tom Cowan), Earl Davis, David Morley, Mark Innes, Dale Johnson, Steve Pickford, Lee Cartwright (Chris Simm), Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Peter Band, Craig Robinson, Nathan Wharton.
Southport: Whiteside, Lever, Barratt, Hocking, Lee, Holland, Houghton, Blakeman, Robinson, Powell, Prince. Subs: Prout, Noon, Smith, Watt, Dugdale
In mid-September the Tigers visited Haig Avenue and were desperately unlucky not to come away with a victory. In the return match at Ewen Fields on Saturday, Hyde contrived to produce a dreadful performance for the second week running and were never in the contest.
In the first half they gifted the visitors three goals and from that point onwards there was only going to be one winner. The second half fizzled out with the Tigers unable to exert any pressure on Southport and it was the visitors who always looked likely to snatch another goal.
Southport took the lead on 16 minutes when Mark Houghton broke free on the right. His harmless looking cross was turned past Craig Dootson by Tiger’s skipper, Chris Brass. The visitors added another five minutes later when Hyde failed to deal with an in-swinging corner from Neil Prince. They had plenty of opportunities to clear, but after a game of ping pong, the ball fell to Chris Holland who rifled it home.
Hyde pulled a goal back on 35 minutes when a harmless looking shot from Mark Innes was deflected into the patch of Dale Johnson, who made no mistake from fifteen yards. This was a lifeline for Hyde they hardly deserved, but they then contrived to shoot themselves in the foot right on half time.
Houghton again found space on the right with half the defence statuesque waiting for an offside flag, the others played the forward on. His shot was going straight into the arms of Dootson before the luckless Earl Davis inextricably dived full length to head the ball past the disbelieving ‘keeper.
It was certainly becoming the game of bizarre goals and fans waited excitedly over the half time break to see what the Tigers could conjure up in the second period. An early shot from Johnson was about the sum total of it as the game faded badly with Southport in total control and Hyde left to rue the fact that they had defended abysmally and paid the price.