Tuesday 8th January 2008
Manchester Premier Cup 2nd Round
Trafford: Read, Thomas, Bushell, Southwood, Maclean, Ahern, Mackay, Winter, Lundy, Depeiaza, Metcalfe. Subs: Barlow, Halligan, Woodford, Kielty, Harrold
Hyde United: Craig Dootson (Matthew Tipton), Chris Lynch (Chris Brass), Tom Cowan, David Morley, Craig Robinson, Mark Innes (Nathan Wharton), Lee Cartwright, Steve Pickford, Chris Simm, Gareth Seddon, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Peter Band.
Hyde progressed to the Semi finals thanks to a late winner from Gareth Seddon in a dramatic and pretty dreadful game at Trafford on Tuesday.
The sodden pitch only just passed an inspection before the start and after just seven minutes, referee Matt Bristow was leading the players off as the rain became hail and was accompanied by lightning and a gale–force wind.
After a delay of fifteen minutes, play resumed on the treacherous surface. The Tigers had most of the play for the rest of the half, despite playing against the wind, but couldn’t turn their superiority into goals as the ball skidded around the Trafford area.
The second half followed a similar pattern although by now the wind and rain had subsided. Trafford, in a rare attack, took the lead on 62 minutes when Andy Lundy scrambled the ball home. The Tigers responded immediately when Man of the Match, Nicky Clee, rifled home from the edge of the area.
As Hyde stormed forward looking for a winner, Craig Dootson was injured by a reckless challenge from Lundy and was carried off. Matthew Tipton came on to take over in goal. Coincidently his previous appearance in goal was in the last round.
The ever confident Tipton soon made an impact when his long clearance found Clee who set up Seddon for Hyde’s winner with just four minutes left. There was still time for Tipton to make a dramatic late save and the Tigers were home and dry, metaphorically speaking.
Lee Cartwright and Tom Cowan both came through ninety minutes after recent injuries, whilst Dootson fortunately only suffered bruising and should be okay for Hyde’s trip to Redditch next Tuesday.