Wednesday 24th September 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Kidsgrove Athletic: Mullock, Spellman, Mountford, Alexander, Coverley, Ashton, Giggs, Baker, Twigg, Robinson, Eyre. Subs: Ward, Draper, Quinn.
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Steven Clegg (Anthony Kielthy), Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, John Gaynor, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Anthony Wright, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Watts, Tony Ellis.
This was another tough game for the Tigers, but they came out of it well with two goals in a minute midway through the second half. Hyde were still without Anthony Callaghan but John Gaynor had a sound game as his replacement. In fact the whole team played well. Paul Jones and John O'Kane were strong at the back, whilst Craig Buckley was full of running in midfield. Phil Salt again orchestrated everything from midfield. The three forwards were again a handful for an overworked defence.
In the first half, Anthony Wright, Buckley and Matty McNeil all went close, but it was Hyde who unluckily went in behind as Darren Twigg had headed home on 26 minutes from inside the six yard box.
Hyde continued to have all the play in the second half and eventually struck in the 68th minute when Neil Tolson hammered home after McNeil headed on. Tolse should have scored a few minutes earlier after a great run was foiled by a good save, although a yard either side would have been a goal. Within a minute, Hyde were in front. The referee played a good advantage after a very late tackle by Twigg had left Steven Clegg prostrate. Salt sent in a screamer, Tim Mullock failed to hold and McNeil slotted home. Twigg was lucky to escape with a yellow, as Clegg was carried off with an ankle injury, making him very doubtful for Saturday.
There was no holding the Tigers now as they finished strongly to record their fourth successive win in the league to take them to fifth in the table.