Saturday 26th January 2008
Tamworth: Not available
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Chris Lynch, Danny Warner (Neil Tolson), David Morley, Peter Band, Lee Cartwright, Steve Bushell (Mark Innes), Steve Pickford, Matthew Tipton, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison.
This was a much improved performance from the Tigers, but luck deserted them when they needed it most and another narrow defeat was all they had to show for their second trip of the season to Tamworth.
Chris Brass was on duty with Bury, whilst Dale Johnson and Chris Simm were absent through injury. The latter having sustained a serious injury at work which may well keep him out for the season. So it was a much changed Tigers team who took on full time Tamworth. The pitch was in good shape and contributed to an excellent game of football.
Tamworth had the early pressure, but Craig Dootson made a couple of excellent saves before Hyde settled down and played some neat football. However another sloppy goal conceded from a corner on thirty two minutes gave the home side the ascendancy when Jamie Reed back-heeled home. However the Tigers fought back strongly and Dave Morley was unlucky with an header which bounced down off the bar and was then cleared off the line.
Hyde conceded again five minutes after the break when Danny Warner’s clearance ricocheted off a Tamworth player, who immediately crossed for the impressive Colin Marrison to toe poke the ball home. A freak goal but indicative of Hyde’s luck at the moment.
Steve Pickford had a screamer blocked on sixty minutes, possibly by a hand, but the referee would have none of it, although not for the first time, he was too far away from the action. He was closer two minutes later and spot on when Gareth Seddon and Matthew Tipton combined before Seddon was felled in the box. He coolly converted the penalty to get the Tigers back in the game.
Marrison almost grabbed another for the home side with a sublime piece of skill, but his shot rebounded to safety off the bar. With ten minutes remaining, Neil Tolson was introduced for the Tigers and he immediately had an impact winning every ball in the air against the hesitant Tamworth defence. On eighty two minutes he headed on for Seddon to fire home, but the linesman ruled the goal out for offside, but it was hard to see who it was and the official’s hesitancy afterwards suggested he may have got it wrong.
More pressure in the final minutes from Hyde, but they had left themselves too much to do and came away with nothing to show from a pretty reasonable performance apart from another two poor goals conceded.