Saturday 14th October 2006
Worksop Town: Duffy, Thompson, Davies, Owens, Danson, Jackson, Froggatt, Robinson, Saunders, Crane, Bacon. Subs: Nicholson, Harwood, Everitt, Norton, Archer.
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Chris Lynch (Danny Caldecott), Earl Davis, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton (Lee Rick), Gerry Harrison, Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson (Steve Brackenridge), Gareth Seddon, Paul Gedman. Subs not used: Paul Armstrong, Mark Kerr.
In the battle of the Tigers, it was Hyde who were ultimately mauled at Sandy Lane despite being given a dream start within four minutes from Gareth Seddon. He picked the ball up midway in the Worksop half and then unleashed a tremendous shot into the top corner past a startled Ayden Duffy. It was just the start Hyde had been looking for but they failed to capitalise and by the end of the game they had surrended meekly.
Once again the defence was the downfall failing to show any confidence. John O’Kane was watching from the stand and what Hyde would have given for his composure on the ball. Time and time again Hyde gave the ball away or even worse gave away needless free-kicks around the area. Worksop equalised from one of these on twenty one minutes when defender Antony Jackson headed home. It could have been worse for the visitors as Steve Pickford, Hyde’s best player, needlessly fouled in the area, but Craig Dootson saved Tony Crane’s spot-kick, for his second penalty save of the week.
Hyde were grateful to still be in the game and started the second half brightly with Paul Gedman going close but they soon faded and on 65 minutes Blake Norton crossed from the left and Ben Saunders easily scored. Hyde resorted to playing the long ball but never looked like getting back in the game despite three substitutions. Worksop sealed the victory on full time when Hyde lost possession on the edge of the their area and the home side swept downfield for substitute James Harwood to score.
Another woeful performance from Hyde despite being given the impetus of a superb goal after only four minutes and another penalty save from Dootson. Steve Waywell has a busy week ahead of him to get the Tigers back on track.