Saturday 8th October 2005
F.A. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, Nicky Hill, Steve Brackenridge, Paul Armstrong, Nicky Clee (Craig Dudley), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Chris Lynch, Wayne Dean, Phil Salt, Sean Pearson.
Barrow: Bishop, Howarth, Maxfield, Edmondson, Smith, Cowan, Flitcroft, Anthony, Anthony, Tarrant, Knight, Ridley. Subs: Rushton, Cotterill, Huffernan, Gough, Morsby.
Report by Tony Beard:
How Hyde managed to lose this FA Cup tie is beyond belief. Seemingly cruising against a very average Barrow side, the Tigers contrived to concede three goals in the last 17 minutes, but then missed at least two sitters in the last minute, which would at least have given them something from a game they looked like winning for most of a very wet afternoon. Barrow couldn’t believe their luck and to compound the felony went home £5,000 better off.
All started so well with Hyde two up in no time. Dale Johnson headed the first after good work from Matty McNeil and Matty was again the provider as Nicky Clee added number two. Lincoln Adams hit the bar and there were plenty more chances as Matty and Dale ran the Barrow back five ragged. It just seemed how many Hyde would score.
Barrow reorganised after the interval but the Tigers should have had a third when Johnson set up Paul Armstrong whose shot cannoned off a post to safety. This proved to be a turning point as ten minutes later Graham Anthony pulled one back for Barrow. Panic then set in for Hyde as they defended more deeply and continually gave the ball away. Nationwide player of the month Gavin Knight grabbed a second with nine minutes left with both goals coming from sloppy defending.
Hyde still had a chance for a winner before Graham Anthony slotted home his second with just a minute left. It looked like a clear foul on Hyde ‘keeper Jean Paul Ndjebayi, but the referee would have none of it and the goal stood. Although the ref had started well, he too, had got caught up in all the frenzy and made some astonishing decisions in the last quarter. None worse than an awful tackle on Armstrong, which could have merited a red card, but his only action was to admonish the recipient for his reaction. It summed up Hyde’s afternoon.
With an unknown amount of injury time to come, the Tigers piled forward and Johnson found himself in the clear, but his shot struck the legs of Bishop and rebounded to safety. Jamie Milligan was inches wide with a free-kick which everybody left, when it looked easier to score, and Hyde were out. Quite how will remain a mystery for a long time to come.