Saturday 18th October 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Guiseley: Lamb, Hay, Sumner, Atkinson, Nettleton, Illingworth, Henry, Airdrie, Jackson, Stuart, Chattoe. Subs: Cooke, Shuttleworth, Shaw.
Hyde United: John Baker, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Anthony Wright (Tony Ellis), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Anthony Kielthy, Tony Watts.
The Tigers continued their fine run in the league, making it seven wins out of the last eight as they won at Guiseley with a battling workmanlike performance. There was no goal feast as in some recent games, but the Tigers fought hard on a poor pitch and fully deserved the points.
John Baker performed well in goal and made a brilliant double save in the last minute from Guiseley's first shots to ensure the Tigers came away with the three points.It should have been settled well before that. Chances were again created, but not taken. Matty McNeil had an off day for once, but Anthony Wright played well up front and scored a great opportunist goal right on half time. That was the end of the scoring, but, for once, the defence looked strong and never really looked like conceding.
Paul Jones and John O'Kane sealed the middle, whilst both full backs again found plenty of space to push forward. Hyde gave a full debut to Nicky Hill in midfield and he played well as a replacement for John Gaynor, who had a hamstring problem.
Four wins away from home, another win in the Sky kit, a clean sheet...Plenty for the many Hyde faithful in the crowd to talk about on the way home.A sterner test will come next Saturday with the visit of Gateshead.