Saturday 2nd February 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Gainsborough Trinity: Ingham, La Rocca, Hall, Hurst, Brown(D), Gonshall, Stanhope, Brown(P), Ellington, Williams, Lewis. Subs: Unknown
Hyde United: David Felgate, Tom Brookes (Neil Critchley), Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Ben Obong, Simon Yeo, Lee Evans (Steve Foster), David Nolan. Subs not used: John Foster.
The Tigers gained their first point of the season at home to Gainsborough and more points were there for the taking at the Northolme, but in the end they were beaten by a 41st minute fortuitous strike by Phil Brown which left 'keeper David Felgate all at sea in the atrocious conditions. Hyde were without Martin Filson who was still suffering from a previous injury and how we missed him on the pitch .
When Hyde arrived in Gainsborough the sun was shining and the day was more akin to early May than February. However this soon changed and by 3pm there was driving rain down the length of the pitch. The first half then belonged to Hyde with plenty of possession with the strong wind and rain at their backs but they couldn't create clear cut chances. Then disaster struck four minutes before half-time as Brown was not closed down and let fly from 22 yards. A deflection, a bobble, a swerve, who knows.. but it finished in the back of the net.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with plenty of possession for the Tigers but it was always Gainsborough who looked more likely to score. Felgate showed "Luke and Tom" that he can dive after all with three superb saves including a penalty after Ben Obong had made a rash challenge. It was all to no avail as despite increasing pressure, Hyde could not find the net. The nearest they came was a header from Dominic Crookes which fell to Simon Yeo in the six yard box. He did everything right only to see it strike a defender on the line and be cleared to safety. The posing Andy Page infuriated both teams with a string of poor decisions but although he turned down a couple of penalty appeals, we couldn't really blame him. It was just not Hyde's day and then it was compounded with Hucknall, Whitby and Bamber all securing the most unlikely of wins against Top 4 opposition. This is definately a game which got away. We can't afford many more.