Saturday 15th October 2005
Blue Square Bet North
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, Nicky Hill, Steve Brackenridge, Phil Salt, Paul Armstrong (Craig Dudley), Dale Johnson (Neil Tolson), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Wayne Dean, Chris Lynch, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Lancaster City: McMillan, Eckersley, Scott, McMahon, Swann, Bond, Bauress, Morris, Taylor, Black, Elderton. Subs: Rogan, Uberschur, Howson, Shaw
Report by Tony Beard:
If the FA Cup tie with Barrow the previous week had been a hard pill for the Tigers' faithful to swallow, this match was actually worse. Hyde were two goals up inside half an hour as well as creating a hatful of chances and one off the line. It just seemed how many the Tigers would score. Lancaster were in disarray. Problems at the club had reduced the playing staff so only four substitutes were named and when Iain Swann was carried off after 20 minutes, the future looked bleak.
Hyde had taken the lead on ten minutes when Matty McNeil chased a back pass and Tony McMillan in the Lancaster goal made a hash of it and Matty stroked the ball home. Dale Johnson added another on the half hour after linking up with the superb McNeil. Paul Jones had a header of the line and the visitors had been on the backfoot throughout. That was until a minute before half time when Nicky Hill misshit a needless backpass and the sharp Ryan Black nipped in to score.
The Tigers stormed forward at the start of the second half and Johnson hit the post after Phil Salt's shot had been deflected, but seconds later Lancaster had a rare attack and Black grabbed his second. Hyde were stunned but within ten minutes the Tigers had struck the bar, so it still looked like the Tigers would go on and win. Neil Tolson was introduced for the first time this season and he soon had a header cleared off the line.
However as in previous games, Hyde faded in the last quarter and suddenly Lancaster, who had looked decidedly average, started to believe in themselves. It was now Hyde in disarray as Nick Rogan, an impressive substitute, pounced on a Danny Caldecott error to put Lancaster in front with seven minutes remaining and it was him again who again punished the luckless defender to add another deep into injury time to give the match a surreal final score.
Lancaster had created virtually nothing and basically had only a handful of attacks, but finished up with four goals, whilst Hyde had the majority of play, created chance after chance, but finished with two goals less. Plenty for Steve Waywell to contemplate with ten goals conceded in the last four home league games. The composure of John O'Kane is being sorely missed but the defence is constantly under pressure with the Hyde midfield unable to take a stranglehold on the game. With just one victory in ten league games, the alarm bells are ringing.