Wednesday 17th September 2003
Cheshire Senior Cup 1st Round
Hyde United: John Baker, John Gaynor, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, Anthony Kielthy, Anthony Callaghan (Steven Clegg), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Glyn Barker, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, John O'Kane.
Crewe Alexandra: Bankole, Yates, Bond, Garner, Roberts, Sorvel, Bell, Robinson, Edwards, Varney, Higden. Subs: Platt, Jones, Howard
You certainly get goals when you match the Tigers these days! Unfortunately all five here were scored by an impressive Crewe side. The Tigers had their chances, but Crewe looked likely to score on every attack. This was certainly a soccer masterclass and a rude awakening for Hyde after the excitement of the last couple of weeks.
Crewe took the lead on just 4 minutes when Lee Bell ended a neat move. On fifteen minutes, Mike Higden had made it two and the game was all over on 38 when defender Matt Garner headed in from close range following a corner. Tigers could have had a couple. Matty McNeil had a header off the line and a Phil Salt free kick was brilliantly saved by George Bankole. In fact , former Tiger George had a great game and never really looked like conceding as the game progressed.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first and the lively Paul Edwards increased the lead on 68 minutes with a deflection off Paul Jones. Higden grabbed his second with a minute to go with a sweet volley. Neil Tolson hit the bar in the second half( becoming a star at that), but unlike Saturday it did not produce a goal.
Steve Waywell has certainly plenty to think about before Saturday's game with Lincoln United. One of his main concerns must be the defence and the space they gave the maurading Crewe forwards, especially man of the match Luke Varney.