Monday 22nd April 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Damien Joyce, Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Gavin Salmon, Lee Madin, Simon Yeo (Martin Filson), Dale Hawtin, David Nolan. Subs not used: Kenny Brady, Mike Meszaros. Sent off: Dale Hawtin.
Whitby Town: Naisbett, Anderson, Williams, Graham, Wilford, Dunning, Wood, Veart, Robinson, Skelton, Gildea Subs: Goodchild, Key, Williams (Gildea Sent Off)
A draw against a battling Whitby team was not enough to prevent the Tigers being relegated for the first time in their long history. A victory was needed to hang on to the faintest of hopes for the play-offs, but at least now we don't need Droylsden to do us a favour in their last match. This was a pulsating game as Whitby fought hard to gain a point they needed to be safe from the play-offs themselves. The Tigers were ravaged by suspensions and injuries. Simon Yeo, Matty Taylor and Peter Band all went through the pain barrier to play. Simon will wish he hadn't as a knee in the mouth despatched him to Tameside General for stitches after 66 minutes. I guess his last game for Hyde.
The match itself really encapsulated the season. Rank bad luck( Bandy hit the woodwork twice), indiscipline at times ( four more bookings and a sending off), some great football and the conceding of an awful goal from a weakly hit free-kick. The goal from Craig Veart did at least set up a grandstand finish for the last twenty minutes. Lee Madin pulled one back with seven minutes remaining, plus an extra five for injury time, Possibly should have been more, but at the end of the day, chances were missed and that sums up the whole season.
Effort could not be faulted on the night from the walking wounded and the Tigers left the pitch to a standing ovation. Dale Hawtin had left the pitch minutes earlier after an error needed him to commit a professional foul to prevent a goal-scoring opportunity. Alex Gildea for Whitby had been sent off ten minutes earlier for a second bookable as he feigned injury after a spat with Paul Ashwell.
At the end of the day we have conceded too many goals [ 84 ] (only Bamber have conceded more), given away points to teams near the bottom, and paid the ultimate price. Our goalscoring (despite the missed chances) is not too bad. Emley in 7th position have only scored two more. Time for a complete review all round when the emotion has died down me thinks.