Saturday 1st November 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Colwyn Bay: Parry, Porter, McMahon, van Blerk, Glendenning, Dwyer, P.Johnson, Kevan, Spink, Thomas, Evans. Subs: Dews, M.Johnson and MacLeod
Hyde United: John Baker, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, Nicky Hill, John Gaynor, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Anthony Wright (Kieran Delaney), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Anthony Kielthy, Tony Ellis.
Not for the first time this season, the Tigers paid the penalty for not converting their chances as Colwyn Bay snatched an injury time equaliser. The match should have been over by half-time as the Tigers completely dominated the first half with some great football, creating at least four chances they should have taken. Only Craig Buckley's effort actually made the target, but Matthew Parry lived up to his name as he parried it over. Colwyn had one half chance as a shot deflected off Nicky Hill and hit the outside of the post.
Hyde were without John O'Kane with Hill switching to the back, whilst Phil Salt returned in midfield. New signing Keiran Delaney, from Curzon Ashton made an appearance as a second half substitute.
The second half followed a similar pattern although Colwyn were now seeing more of the ball. Hyde's strikers could not hit the target, let alone find the net, and it was left to Steven Clegg to show how it should be done on 64 minutes as he lashed home a cross-field pass from 20 yards, after the referee has played a good advantage.
Colwyn pushed forward and had a goal disallowed for pushing as the Tigers defended valiantly. In the last ten minutes panic set in, including the referee, who had until then had an excellent game as he became influenced by the crowd and the home team's desperation. Hyde conceded free kick after free-kick on the edge of the area. Even John Baker, who had a pretty quiet afternoon, held onto the ball too long and was penalised. But just when it looked that Hyde would hold out, another free-kick, another blocked effort, but it fell to James Glendenning on his home debut, and he hammered it home in the first minute if injury time.
It was hard on the Tigers, but they have only themselves to blame as the goal drought continues (excluding the Flixton game). Colwyn Bay who were all at sea in the first half, and should have been drowned under an avalanche of goals before half-time.