Monday 18th August 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: David Fish, Lee Prior (John Gaynor), Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Anthony Kielthy, John O'Kane, Craig Buckley, Phil Salt, Lee Evans, Glyn Barker (Tony Ellis), Anthony Callaghan. Subs not used: Greg Challender.
Farsley Celtic: Morgan, Place, Stabb, Shields, Henderson, Brewer, Austin, Iqbal, Hillier, Midwood, Spence. Subs ¨C Brown, Freeman, Newton
A half-time roasting and an improved second half performance secured the Tigers their first point of the season and by the close were probably unlucky not to snatch all three as the perservering Craig Buckley hit a post in the last five minutes.
Hyde were still without Tony Watts, whilst Robert Trees and Neil Tolson were injured from Saturday. Lee Evans led the attack with Glyn Barker and although there was no shortage of effort, the Tigers looked short of fire power up front. John O'Kane moved into midfield and had a much better game than Saturday with Buckley also recalled.
The first half was a pretty mundane affair. The nearest Hyde came was when O'Kane went close with a free kick. Farsley snatched a goal right on half-time with Michael Midwood lashing the ball home after good work by the impressive Amjad Iqbal. A dreadful time to concede a goal.
The Tigers were better in the second half driven on by the Greg Challender, who had come on at half time and the impressive Phil Salt and it was he who scored a screamer with 13 minutes left. More pressure resulted in some last ditch defending by Farsley, but despite the late flurry, Hyde had left it too late and had to settle for a point in a match they would have expected to win..