Tuesday 1st November 2005
Manchester Premier Cup 1st Round
Abbey Hey: Molloy, Jones, Watson R., Watson A., Ryan, Simpson, Broklehurst, Carroll, Moore, Bailey. Cahill. Subs: Wilcock, Ruddy, Baird, Kennedy, Lomas.
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Nicky Clee (Steve Brackenridge), John Gaynor (Gerry Harrison), Chris Lynch, Wayne Dean (Jamie Milligan), Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Sean Pearson, Phil Salt.
Report By Tony Beard:
Hyde secured their first win in eight games at Abbey Hey on Tuesday and progressed to a second round tie at Curzon in January. This was a poor game on a difficult pitch, but in their current form, it is the result that counts, but nevertheless the Tigers did it the hard way.
First half misses by Dale Johnson and Neil Tolson set the tone as the impressive Joe Molloy in the Abbey Hey goal saved everything which came his way. After 65 minutes he felled Johnson as Dale headed for goal. A clear penalty and obvious red card, but the card stayed in the referee's pocket and Molloy promptly parried away Jamie Milligan's kick to rub salt in the wounds.
The Tigers eventually took the lead on seventy minutes when Johnson pursued a long ball. Goalkeeper and defender collided and he was left with the simple task of tapping into an empty net. Hyde, at last, started to exert some sustained pressure and ten minutes later, Matty McNeil scrambled the ball home after Tolson had hit the bar.
Substitute Chris Wilcock grabbed a consolation for Abbey in injury time, but Hyde had a win at last, which will hopefully give an element of confidence for Saturday's visit to Gainsborough.. However John Gaynor and Nicky Clee both limped off to add to Steve Waywell's woes.