Saturday 5th November 2005
Gainsborough Trinity: Holmshaw, Parker, Caudwell, Ellis, Pell, Higgins, Wood, Needham, Smith,Rowan, Sherlock. Subs: Trout, Steadman, Hindley, Reeves, Charles
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, Carlos Meakin, Gerry Harrison (Sean Pearson), Chris Lynch, Neil Tolson (Wayne Dean), Dale Johnson (Steve Brackenridge), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, John Gaynor.
Report by Tony Beard:
Hyde wish they could play Gainsborough every week. The first double of the season, indeed the only two wins, and two clean sheets as well!
The first half was a bit of a damp squib compared to what was to follow later. Hyde welcomed back Gerry Harrison to midfield and gave a debut to new guy, Carlos Meakin. And what a debut! He ignited the midfield from start to finish and gave the Tigers much needed impetus. Harrison, too, showed what we have been missing with a determined performance and was unlucky not to score with two rocket shots. Neil Tolson was also unlucky as his goal bound shot struck Dale Johnson. He claimed the goal nevertheless!
Dale limped off at the start of the second half to be replaced by Steve Brackenridge who began to make some sparkling runs down the right, as Hyde stepped up the pressure. Jamie Milligan went close with a swerving free kick before the fireworks really began as Hyde snatched three goals in eight minutes and then contrived to miss many more as Gainsborough collapsed under the pressure.
Tolson grabbed the first on 65 minutes after Matty McNeil's shot had ricocheted around the area. Five minutes later Milligan slotted home with his right foot and then Lincoln Adams grabbed the third as Brackenridge's shot went in off his head. The Tigers could have had more as Jamie Holmshaw was forced into a number of good saves.
It was a firecracker of a display in the second half and what the Tigers' faithful had been waiting for since the start of the season. Hopefully Hyde can build on this and re-ignite their season. It will help when all the injuries are cleared up. On the day Hyde had just 14 fit players, but they did them proud.