Saturday 11th February 2006
Lancaster City: McMillan, Eckersley, Scott, Stringfellow, McMahon, Elderton, Smith, Uberschar, Taylor, Jones, Sullivan. Subs: Greenwood, Feeney, Foxcroft
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, David German, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Wayne Dean (Steve Brackenridge), Gerry Harrison (Paul Armstrong), Danny Caldecott, Dale Johnson (Neil Tolson), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, Nicky Clee.
Another super away-day for the travelling Tigers. Hyde started strongly and never looked back and ultimately were a tad disappointed they had only managed three goals, such was their superiority.
Dale Johnson, Hyde's hero on Tuesday, again played superbly as did his strike partner Matty McNeil. Lancaster could find no answer to their pace and movement, as the Tigers looked dangerous every time they attacked.
However it was midfielder, Danny Caldecott, the smallest man on the pitch, who headed Hyde in front after 25 minutes following a Mike Flynn free-kick. Ten minutes later, McNeil was bundled to the ground in the area, and Nathan Wharton made no mistake from the spot. The game was then over as a contest as Hyde piled forward, but just couldn't find the killer touch.
The second half continued in the same vein and Johnson added a third on 60 minutes with a great finish. He could have had a couple more, as could McNeil as they continued to terrorise the home defence, Wharton and substitute Paul Armstrong both brought the best out of home 'keeper Tony McMillan as Hyde totally controlled the game.
Lancaster pulled an unlikely goal back when Alex Taylor prodded the ball home in a melee, but that was the only hiccup in an otherwise excellent team performance from the Tigers who continue to go from strength to strength. With relegation now a distant memory, Hyde can now enjoy the rest of the season.