Monday 11th February 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: David Felgate, Neil Critchley (Lee Evans), Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Steve Foster, Simon Yeo, Martin Filson, David Nolan. Subs not used: Ben Obong, Tom Brookes.
Marine: Clarke, Gelling, Douglas, Lally, Wareing, Gautrey, Bainbridge, Hussin, Black, Townsend, Randles. Subs: Morgan (for Hussin), Robinson, Dolan
An equaliser six minutes from time was all the Tigers had to show from this gripping
encounter, but it should have been so different as they carried on the form they showed last
Friday for the first 45 minutes.
Hyde started strongly and went on to produce a dazzling first half performance but just
couldn't find the net. At least six guilt edge chances went begging and then when they got
some on target, they found 'keeper Chris Clarke in fine form. Martin Filson headed against
a post and that was the nearest we came. Marine must have been mightily relieved to hear
the half time whistle.
The Tigers were then to pay dearly as two defensive mistakes allowed the impressive
Richie Townsend to score two opportunist goals within 18 minutes of the restart. Instead of
having the match won, the Tigers found themselves unbelieveably two goals down. Much of
the first half fluency had deserted the Tigers as Marine went from strength to strength
helped by some inept refereeing by Mr. Brittain. He had already booked Peter Band (for a
tackle with the Assistant waving for free-kick to Hyde) and Chris Young for petulance after
the ref had missed a bad tackle on the midfielder moments earlier. In addition Hyde should
have had a penalty when a defender went 'over the top' on David Nolan but the ref waved
play-on as Nolo was left in agony in the area. He was to extract revenge minutes later as he
floated a free kick into the area and in the resultant melee, the ball found its way into the
net without another touch. A lifeline at last. The fluency returned and with six minutes to go
David Nolan jumped like a salmon to head home. Still time for some anxious moments at both ends
before David Felgate producing a superb save at the death to save a point for the Tigers.
Once again it should have been three, but it could have been none. Felgate has struggled
throughout the game with a back injury picked up in the warm up. It mainly affected his
kicking, but when he had to do the business and, not for the first time, he produced the
This was definitely a match we should have won. How many times have we said that this season? If the Tigers are to survive, they have to start converting some of the many chances they create