Saturday 24th November 2007
F.A. Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Vauxhall Motors: Murphy, Owens, Dames, Field, McMahon, Brannan, Heler, Griffiths, Wright, Marsh, Evans, Taylor. Subs: Smith, Notte, Wignall, Clarke, MacAuley
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Brass, Earl Davis, Craig Robinson, Peter Band, Nathan Wharton (Mark Innes), Dale Johnson (Chris Simm), Steve Pickford (Gerry Harrison), Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: David Morley, Chris Lynch.
This was another nightmare performance from the Tigers in a Cup competition as they succumbed at the first hurdle for the fourth time this season, three of them, including this one, without troubling the scorers as they say.
Matthew Tipton and Gareth Seddon were recalled upfront, with Chris Simm demoted to the bench despite being leading scorer and three goals in his last two games, At the back, Chris Brass replaced the injured David Morley, although both he and Chris Lynch found themselves on the bench, although only likely to be used in an emergency. Nathan Wharton retained his place in midfield at the expense of Mark Innes, who was given a rest.
Despite the rights and wrongs of the line up, Hyde soon had to reshuffle as Peter Band suffered a neck spasm and had to come off. Wharton went to full back with Innes, after the shortest rest imaginable took over in midfield.
It all turned out to be immaterial as Hyde produced a woeful performance being unable to string together any passes. Having played against the wind and kept it to no score at the break through good fortune and Craig Dootsonís excellent saves, a better performance was anticipated in the second period by the Hyde faithful who outnumbered the locals in a meagre crowd of 199.
Unfortunately it was not forthcoming as Vauxhall took the lead five minutes after the break through Peter Heler, who slid the ball home at the near post. Former Tiger Anthony Wright almost made it two ten minutes later, but was thwarted by Dootsonís brilliance. The closest Hyde came to an equaliser was on seventy five minutes, when Tipton and Simm tried to force the ball home in a melee.
As Hyde tried to press for an equaliser in the closing stages, leading scorer Paul Taylor had two glorious chances to increase Vauxhallís lead, but he missed them both, despite rounding Dootson for one of them, but it didnít matter as the Tigerís failed to exert any pressure on the Vauxhall back line.
The old adage that Hyde can now concentrate on the league was mooted at the end, but with nine defeats already this season in all competitions, the talented Tigers have to show more consistency and get results even in adversity, if they are to be taken seriously.