Wednesday 10th September 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley (John Gaynor), John O'Kane, Anthony Callaghan, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Glyn Barker), Anthony Wright, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis.
Prescot Cables: Dahl, Holmes, Smith, Chadwick, Flood, O'Donnell, Garforth, Taylor, McEwen, Rendell, Baker. Subs: Clark, Prescott, Parry.
Another great performance from the Tigers and a very entertaining game. Much more on offer here than the match down the road at Old Trafford. Prescot needed a win to go top, whilst Hyde needed a win to show Saturday wasn't a false dawn.
The Tigers keep the team which played most of the match on Saturday and were soon in their stride as Neil Tolson put them ahead after only seven minutes. The joy was shortlived as three minutes later, the Hyde defence gave Karl Rendell too much space and he scored easily.
The rest of the half was end to end with Hyde creating the better chances. On 25 minutes the perservering Matty McNeil set up Anthony Wright, but Paul Dahl made a great save. From the resultant corner, Paul Jones had a header off the crossbar. Craig Buckley then went close after being set up by Tolson, and it was that man Tolson again on 38 minutes who put the Tigers in front after good play from the impressive Wright. Neil has come a long way since being a scapegoat at Bridlington.
In the second half, Hyde continued to push forward, but Prescot were fighting hard and were always in the game. It was not until Tolson completed his hat-trick on 78 minutes with a superb goal, that the Tigers' fans could breathe easily. It was then all Hyde as first Buckley burst through to shoot wide with only the 'keeper to beat before Wright made it four to round off an excellent personal performance and a great team effort.
The Tigers are roaring again.Up to 10th now, only 5 points behind the leaders and we have played 5 teams above us. Let's hope we can tame Mossley on Saturday. On this showing, we would have beaten most teams.