Saturday 19th August 2006
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Chris Lynch, Nathan Wharton, Mike Flynn, Earl Davis, Steve Smith, Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, David Eyres (Gerry Harrison). Subs not used: Nicky Hill, Liam Shirley, Lee Rick, David Carnell.
Worksop Town: Wilson, Nicholson, Davies, Downey, Dawson, Simpkins, Thompson, Robinson, Harwood, Crane, Norton. Subs: Parton, Owens, Evertett, Froggatt, Jackson
This should have been a stroll for the Hyde Tigers compared to the previous week but despite a promising start, Hyde faded badly and were not helped by a debatable penalty awarded when the ball appeared to be out of play. The Worksop Tigers took full advantage and went home with the points.
Hyde took the lead on 20 minutes when Earl Davisí header was deflected past Steve Wilson. Another chance off the line and everything was looking good until Lee Thompson caught the home defence square and slotted past Craig Dootson five minutes before half-time.
Worksop went in front from the penalty spot on 57 minutes through Tony Crane after Dootson was adjudged to have fouled. A harsh decision, made worse by the fact the ball had gone out of play. Although Steve Pickford hit a post and Hyde had a strong penalty claim themselves turned down, by the inconsistent referee, it was too much for Hyde to get back into the game.
Steve Waywell can point to a handful of injuries, but the players out there should have been enough to win the game on the day. The crowd was a woeful 349 and there has to be much improvement with home form if the Tigers are not going to start like they did last year. With play-off aspirations, there is no time to lose. There was some good news as Hyde Reserves playing their first ever game in the Lancashire League won 2-1 at Ossett Albion.