Saturday 11th October 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: John Baker, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, John Gaynor, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Tony Ellis), Anthony Wright, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Anthony Kielthy, Tony Watts.
Kendal Town: Ward, Corcoran, Galley, Burrow, R.Close, Hayton, Stuart, Dixon, J.Close, Adjet, Sheppard. Subs: Clitheroe, Prosser, Skeoch
The Tigers are back! A clean sheet - by defination, no goals conceded from a set piece! This was a hard earned, but fully deserved victory. It was never a great game and a card happy referee didn't help. He finished with seven yellows and a red, with the three worst tackles in the game going unpunished. Kendal's James Sheppard got the red in the last minute for two yellows. He couldn't complain as he should have received one about an hour earlier for a ghastly tackle on John O'Kane.
Matty McNeil got the only goal when he headed home an Ian Pendlebury corner on 30 minutes. For the rest of the time, the Tigers battled, created their usual hatful of chances, but couldn't score again. Phil Salt came the closest near the end when he rattled the bar. Anthony Wright again did well and on another day could have had a couple as could Bugsy. But with just a single goal advantage, Hyde had to defend well and Kendal were always in the game.
McNeil was the pick of the forwards and always a danger. He was booked for a harmless tackle and only the referee knows why. The fact he, himself, was fouled nearly every time he went for the ball is academic I suppose.
O'Kane showed his class at the back and Hyde looked more composed with the return of Steven Clegg at right back. Overall a staisfactory performance after 3 defeats on the bounce. We will need to be at our best this week though, with trips to Bamber & Guiseley.