Monday 11th August 2008
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Wayne Maden, Chris Lynch, David Morley (Chris Brass), Karl Munroe, Mitchell Bailey (Gerry Harrison), Lee Cartwright, Mark Innes, Matthew Tipton (Lee Rick), James Dean, Chris Simm. Subs not used: Elliot Bernstein, Matty Bunting.
Burscough: Hibbert, Moogan, Bowen, Armstrong, Bowes, Grogan, Parry, Olsen, Evans, Smart, Robinson. Subs: Cass, Roberts, Brooks, Roscoe, McCulloch.
Steve Waywell announced an unchanged team for the visit of Burscough to Ewen Fields on Monday in the hope that the encouraging signs in the second half on Saturday would bear fruit.
However he was to be bitterly disappointed as the Tigers produced an inept display against a workmanlike, but hardly outstanding, Burscough team. It should be noted that just five weeks previous the visitors had lost their manager and most of their players to Southport.
Hyde started marginally the stronger and a brilliant piece of skill by Matthew Tipton almost brought a goal on 15 minutes, but once again it was Craig Dootson at the other end who produced two superb saves before Hyde conceded their obligatory goal from a set piece on 21 minutes. Dootson had no chance as Michael Grogan, completely unmarked from a corner, headed home.
Nothing significantly happened then for the next hour or so with Hyde’s midfield frequently overrun and outplayed and looking devoid of ideas. It was only in last ten minutes or so that the Tigers mounted any serious pressure.
Chris Simm came close with an exquisite lob, superbly saved by Zak Hibbert and in the dying seconds James Dean struck a post in a scramble. In between Simm was brought down in the area for what looked like a clear-cut penalty but referee, Mr Nolan, poorly placed, waved play-on to complete a poor personal performance from himself and a miserable show from the Tigers. Once again it was too little too late and left Waywell plenty to ponder.