Monday 28th August 2006
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Gerry Harrison (Nathan Wharton), Mike Flynn, Earl Davis, Steve Brackenridge (Steve Smith), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Neil Prince. Subs not used: Lee Rick, Liam Shirley, Neil Tolson.
Barrow: Speare, Eckersley. Butler, Jones, Cotterill, Howson, Wilson, Bond, Pope, Taylor, Stringfellow. Subs: Rogan, Flitcroft, Smith, Brown, Heffernan.
In a free flowing game on Bank Holiday Monday, Hyde and Barrow shared the points, but both teams will feel they had done enough to win. Barrow shaded the first half, whilst the Tigers had the better of the second.
Both teams had early chances before the visitors deservedly took the lead on 37 minutes through Alex Taylor following a corner. Before then Craig Dootson had made two superb saves to keep Hyde in the game.
The half time team talk from Barrow and the ubiquitous Phil Wilson will have been hold on to what we have, but that went out of the window within 30 seconds as Steve Brackenridge punished slack defending to score an equaliser.
The game was now anybody's and as Hyde stepped up the pace with Steve Pickford inspiring the midfield, although Barrow were still dangerous on the counter-attack but found Dootson in top form with another three astonishing saves.
Not to be outdone, Jamie Speare at the other end produced three great saves to thwart the Tigers as they launched a late onslaught. However, Paul Jones returning to Ewen Fields, stood firm in the centre of the defence and Barrow held out.
A pleasing game with a minimal amount of free-kicks and little interference from the Referee, but it left Hyde still searching for that elusive first victory.
Report by Tony Beard.