Saturday 10th January 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Belper Town: Ingham, Hudson, Butler, Crookes, Kennedy, Jones, Gummer, Bullimore, Collins, Roberts, Ashley, Subs: Allsop, Moran, Lambert
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Andy Waine, Nicky Hill, John O'Kane, Kieran Delaney, Phil Salt (Craig Buckley), Neil Tolson, Lee Madin, Jamie Milligan. Subs not used: John Gaynor, Mike Meszaros.
The Tigers recorded their first victory of the New Year, to get their championship challenge back on course, after disappointing results over the festive period. The Tigers team was depleted with three key players missing through suspensions. Lee Madin signed for a second spell with the club in midweek from Accrington making his debut.
As the old saying goes that football is a game of two halves, then that is true off this game. Belper could have taken the lead as early as the first couple of minutes with Richie Butler and Darren Roberts going close with headers.
This was the start of a great attacking spell for The Tigers, with Kieran Delaney causing problems on the right for the home defence, he and Neil Tolson linking up, ending with Tolson's shot blasting over the bar. Nicky Hill hit the post with a header in the sixth minute.
The Tigers took the lead in the 32nd minute when a Kieran Delaney cross into the box was headed back by Tolson for debutant Lee Madin to head home over the keeper.
In the second half The Tigers should have gone 2-0 in front when a Neil Tolson effort hit his shin onto the woodwork with an open goal at his mercy. The home side then started to dominate and could have equalised but for poor finishing and some excellent saves from Tim Mullock keeping the Tigers in the game. Ian Pendlebury also clearing a Wayne Bullimore effort off the line.
There was more good news after the game, with the news that the other sides in the top five had all dropped points. The only black spot of the day was Phil Salt limping off with a recurrence of the injury he picked up against Leek and must make him very doubtful for the game against Stocksbridge on Monday with the squad already down to the bare bones.