Saturday 13th September 2003
F.A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Mossley: Melville, Brown, Shiel, Phillips, P Taylor, Coyne, Heaton, Howard, Carroll, Bailey, Headley. Subs: M Taylor for Headley, Brookes, Todd for Shiel, Coote for P Taylor, Ellison
Hyde United: John Baker, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley (John Gaynor), John O'Kane, Anthony Callaghan, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Glyn Barker), Anthony Wright (Tony Ellis), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Anthony Kielthy, Lee Prior.
Another sensational performance from the Tigers taking their goal tally in the week to a staggering15.
The Tigers keep the team which played on Wednesday for what on paper was going to be a difficult afternoon. Mossley thought it was going to be easy as they were scoring freely too and in the programme Jason Beckford said they had nothing to fear from Hyde.
He must have changed his mind pretty quick as the Tigers stormed into a three goal lead within 28 minutes. John O'Kane got the first on 17 minutes after Neil Tolson had hit the bar. A minute later Craig Buckley slipped the ball home after Matty McNeil had hit the post with a brilliant overhead kick. Ten minutes later the hard working Anthony Wright slipped home the third.
On 39 minutes Alan Bailey pulled one back in a rare attack, but within a minute Ian Pendlebury was brought down in the area. Tolson struck the kick sweetly, but Phil Melville got down well to save.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first and the Tigers extended their lead on 59 minutes when the unlucky Tolson hit the bar again, but the irrepresible Wright was on hand to score. McNeil at last made the scoresheet on 70 minutes when he scored easily after a long kick from John Baker. It was nothing less than Matty deserved as he has already laid on about ten goals for others in his short stay at Ewen Fields!
Still the Tigers were not finished and with five minutes left, Tony Ellis set up Buckley for his second, which he took well. Bugsy was all over the field and fully deserved his two goals. Having said that, everybody contributed to another superb team effort.
Two FA Cup ties, and two 6-1 victories. Nine goals in three league games in between. Steve has certainly got the Tigers roaring again. Let's hope the fans return quickly. There was great support at Mossley and hopefully they will come back to Ewen Fields on Wednesday.
Tolson missed penalty (40)