Saturday 28th October 2006
Blyth Spartans: Bartlett, Christensen, Addison, Leeson, Snowdon, Hedley, Graham, Gildea (A), Dale, Bell, Gildea (L). Subs: Forster, Lowther, Williams, Hanton, McCabe
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, David German, Chris Lynch (Paul Howarth), Earl Davis, Lincoln Adams, Nathan Wharton, Gerry Harrison, Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, Paul Gedman. Subs not used: Steve Brackenridge, Paul Armstrong, Mike Flynn, Danny Caldecott.
Hyde made the long trip to the North East on Saturday and came away from Croft Park with a fully deserved point and by the end could have had all three. It was a good result for the Tigers against the league’s early leaders and in fact was Blyth’s first draw of the season in the league. The game was spoilt by a blustery wind, but the weather was fair and the Tigers adapted well.
In a game of few chances, Gareth Seddon came closest for Hyde. He was thwarted by the legs of Blyth Keeper, Adam Bartlett just before half-time after being put through by Gerry Harrison. He again came close twice in the second half as the Tigers finished strongly with a succession of corners.
Blyth had plenty of possession but found the Tigers defence in uncompromising mood, with Earl Davis again superb with his best game for Hyde so far. The midfield trio of Harrison, Steve Pickford and Nathan Wharton all fought well in front of the back four and thereby protected Craig Dootson, who had little to do all afternoon.
The match was excellently refereed by Mr Harrington, who failed to be swayed by the partisan home support, especially in the second half as Blyth found the going tough. Hyde completed a satisfactory week unbeaten and at last are beginning to show what they are capable of. There is still some work to be done, but with a couple of new signings likely, they are well on their way.
Report by Tony Beard