Friday 21st December 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Matty Taylor, Neil Critchley, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Ben Obong (Steve Foster), Simon Yeo, Kevin Leadbetter (Lee Evans), David Nolan. Subs not used: Dale Hawtin.
Barrow: Bishop, Shaw, Maxfield, Hall, Hume, Anthony, Housham, Gaughan, Duerden, Warren, Ellison. Subs: Doherty, Peverell, Rogers.
Hyde were desperately unlucky in Friday night's game as Barrow scored a superb winner with just ten minutes to go to leave the Tigers pointless and on a run of six successive defeats.
Barrow opened the scoring on 23 minutes through Housham after a Tigers attack had broken down and the ball cleared downfield. There was almost an immediate equaliser as a Chris Young shot took a wicked deflection but Bishop made an outstanding save. The rest of the half belonged to Hyde ( as usual) but there was little penetration despite the presence of on loan striker Kevin Leadbetter. Star man for Barrow was left back Simon Maxwell who controlled everything at the back and looked dangerous going forward.
After 62 minutes, Steve Foster was brought on and with his first touch slotted the ball past Bishop for a deserved equaliser. Everything to play for now, but it was Barrow who took the points. A hopeful ball downfield found Ellison who laid it off brilliantly for Gaughan to hammer past Acton. It was cruel on the Tigers who deserved something from the game, but the plain facts are that with half their league games now completed, they only have 13 points with probably 45 needed for safety. Leadbetter made his debut in this game with another new signing Lee Evans on the bench. Experienced 'Keeper David Felgate has also been signed on three months loan. It is imperative Hyde start to string a run of wins together and they must start keeping clean sheets. Hopefully the return of Martin Filson and Felgate will help, but there are a couple of suspensions pending and another three players just one booking away, its going to be hard...