Saturday 6th April 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Accrington Stanley: Speare, Cavanagh, Hart, Halford, Smith, Burns, Williams, Robinson, Procter, Mullin, Carden. Subs: Buggie, Flitcroft, Bell
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Damien Joyce, Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Steve Foster, Lee Madin, Dale Hawtin, Lee Evans. Subs not used: David Nolan, Tom Brookes, Ben Obong.
Accrington has never been a lucky ground for the Tigers, but the omens seemed slightly better this time around, although we were missing Simon Yeo. It was a beautiful day for football, Lutel James was suspended and Accrington had a cup-final on Wednesday. No such luck. Accrington swept into lead on twelve minutes through the impressive Paul Mullin and never looked back. A further goal from Procter three minutes before half-time confirmed their first half superiority. It was a dreadful half for the Tigers, who never got going, and indeed a dreadful match, not helped by a pedantic referee, who was always too far away to see what happened. Two goals from within the six-yard box summed up the defending.
The second half was slightly better. Steve Foster, harshly booked in the first-half, was inches wide when he beat Jamie Speare to the ball, but by then Accrington had scored again through Robbie Williams. Foster did get on the scoresheet five minutes later to give the Tigers some hope, but it was to no avail as Mullin added another with eight minutes left.
Overall a poor performance with the spirit showed at Altrincham a fading memory. Three defeats on the bounce and some awful goals conceded, either from set pieces or from within the six yard box or both. We are definitely missing Felgate's direction and Filson's organisation at the back.
We have just 5 games left, with 4 at home. We need at least three wins and even then that would only probably get us a play-off place, but on current form we would take it. Nothing less than a confidence-boosting win on Wednesday will do.