Saturday 27th April 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Steve Lyons, Lee Madin, Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young (Damien Joyce), Steve Foster, Lee Evans (Kenny Brady), Dale Hawtin, David Nolan (Gavin Salmon)
Emley: Clark, Nicholson, Crossley, Hardy, Hatto, Adams, Day, Ryan, Bambrook, Coleano, Manousios Subs: Thorpe, Prasher, Smith
In their final game of the campaign, the Tigers continued with their Jekyll and Hyde form by giving Emley ( wearing our red shorts and looking like a mixed wash accident) a three-goal start and then fighting back and probably should have won by the finish. Alas like so many other games it was not to be and Dave Nolan was left rueing all the chances that has been missed. Steve Foster missed a couple early on, and another later. Dominic Crookes and Matty Taylor both missed sitters.
Hyde recalled the players who had been suspended for the last three games as well as Stephen Lyons in goal. It turned out to be a nightmare for Steve as he picked the ball out of the net three times before he had made a save. In addition Simeon Bambrook had hit the bar with a free-kick. Half -time three goals down and playing like it.
However within eight minutes of the restart, Hyde, with Damien Joyce having replaced a disappointing Chris Young, had pulled two goals back through a superb strike by Lee Madin and a Nolo header. No more goals came but the chances did and on reflection it was lucky we didn't have to win the game. Frustrating though as Thommo's Bradford hammered five past Colwyn Bay and Bishop's lost on their travels again. So near yet so far and so to the end of an era.
The lasting memory of the season is not all those chances, but 87 goals conceded. Most of them bad ones!