Monday 1st April 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Vauxhall Motors: Holmes, Aspinall, McDermott, Brazier, Haddrell, Lynch, Nesbitt, Lawton, Fearns, Young, Cumiskey. Subs: Cullen, Spellman, Stanhope
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Damien Joyce, Ben Obong, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Steve Foster, Simon Yeo, Dale Hawtin, Lee Evans. Subs not used: Martin Filson, Matty Taylor, Lee Madin.
A great display from the Tigers against the second best team in the league (according to the table), but in the end another defeat as Vauxhall scored an undeserved winner four minutes from time totally against the run of play. It was so late Ceefax missed it as it said we drew!
Hyde gave Damien Joyce his full debut, but relegated Matty Taylor to substitute. Lee Madin was also recalled to the bench.
The Tigers started sluggishly but soon got in their stride as Simon Yeo headed home a Chris Young corner on 10 minutes. Steve Foster had already burst through but hit the keeper's legs rather than the target. The lead didn't last long though as leading scorer Terry Fearns found himself in acres of space to head home an equalizer on 24 minutes. Undeterred the Tigers pressed forward with Chris Young twice going close and Lee Evans was only inches away with a long range effort.
The second half followed a similar pattern. Plenty of Hyde pressure, the Vauxhall 'keeper, Chris Holmes taking an inordinate amount of time with every goal-kick and it seemed only a matter of time before Hyde scored. We thought we had when Chris Young hammered the ball home from outside the area, but it was disallowed for offside. A harsh decision. In the Premier League it would have stood!
Worse was to follow as Yeo was carried off after getting his studs caught in the ground and twisting his knee. He left the bar later on crutches. Despite the introduction of Martin Filson and Lee Madin and further Hyde pressure, the goal would not come, and then with just four minutes left, Peter Cumiskey hit home a low shot in a rare Vauxhall attack to leave the Tigers devastated.
How many games have we lost by the odd goal and how many times have we conceded in the last ten minutes? Runcorn twice and Vauxhall spring to mind in the last two weeks alone!
So where do we go from here? Two wins for Bishops over the weekend against our two defeats certainly hasn't helped. The plain facts are that we need 3 (or more likely 4) wins from the last 6 games if we are to survive, and where better to start than the Crown Ground, Accrington.