A non-descript opening period saw the game lack any real urgency from both sets of players. New signing Declan Bacon having Gainsborough's best opening of the first period, but his shot didn't trouble Sam French in the home goal. Tom Pratt whistled an effort millimetres over Lloyd Allinson's cross bar from 20 yards as sloppy play in the defensive third threatened to undo the Blues' hard work. Allinson was the busier of the two 'keepers in the first period. A series of corners swung into the near post were beaten away. Half time: Hyde United 0 Gainsborough Trinity 0.
At the break, Curtis Woodhouse looked to add fresh impetus to his side, changing the shape as he replaced George Green with November Player of the Month, Curtis Morrison. The change didn't reap instant reward, in fact, things got worse inside five minutes of the restart, Jack Dyche rifling home from the edge of the box, the early strike catching Allinson off guard. Shortly after the goal, Micheal Williams went down injured. Cue the introduction of Shane Clarke. Clarke, quickly into the action, was just unable to apply the finishing touches after a good centre from Ross Hannah, French grasping the ball on his line.
Bacon then picked out Hannah as he cut in from the left, but the flag saved Ross' blushes as he couldn't find the target from close range. Hannah was closer to the target when he stepped up to swing a left footed free-kick agonisingly wide of the upright, ruffling the side netting en-route. Liam Tonge went close for Hyde, as his effort was into the side netting, before the move of the match yielded a neat finish from Mitchell Dunne, for his first Gainsborough goal. Shane Clarke picked out Ross Hannah, who's layoff found Kingsley James. The midfielder splitting full back and centre back with a sublime through ball. Dunne doing the rest, to slot past the advancing 'keeper.
Thirteen to play and Trinity sprang to life, going in search of a winner. Bacon was denied by the feet of French as the forward tried a near post finish. Before French beat away a fierce Bacon drive and Dyche flung his body in the way of a Shane Clarke pile driver to ensure this one ended in stalemate. Full time: Hyde United 1 Gainsborough Trinity 1.
Hyde United: Sam French, Brad Roscoe, Kyle Brownhill, Liam Tonge, Tom Dean, Jordan Fagbola, Tom Pratt (Jamal Crawford 72) Alex Starcenko, Dan Turner, Jack Dyche, Paddy Lane. Subs not used: John McCombe, Aidan Winterbottom, James Nield, Jack Gibney.
Hyde Goal: Jack Dyche (50)
Hyde Booking: Kyle Brownhill
Gainsborough Trinity: Lloyd Allinson, Kingsley James, Jamie Green, James Williamson, Joe Maguire, Will Thornton, George Green (Curtis Morrison 46) Micheal William's (Shane Clarke 52) Declan Bacon, Ross Hannah, Simon Russell (Mitchell Dunne 65). Subs not used: Brodie Litchfield, Billy Chadwick.
Gainsborough Goal: Mitchell Dunne (77)
Gainsborough Bookings: Joe Maguire and James Williamson (Fouls)