Monday 12th January 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Andy Waine, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Nicky Hill, Kieran Delaney, Neil Tolson, Lee Madin, Jamie Milligan. Subs not used: Anthony Kielthy, John Gaynor, Mike Meszaros.
Stocksbridge Park Steels: Siddall, Knowles, Schofield, Middleton, Hobson, Colley, Ring, Smith, Curtis, Bates, Hindley. Subs: Brookes, Culliver, Riley
Stocksbridge lived up to their nickname of the °Steelers ± as a stole a point from Monday's game at Ewen Fields they barely deserved. It could have been worse as the Tigers were just six minutes from a defeat which would have been a total injustice, as they put up a great show in a really good game.
Hyde almost paid the price for a catalogue of missed chances which should have been the game beyond Stocksbridge before half-time. In a thrilling first half, man of the match, Kieran Delaney caused havoc every time he got the ball and with more controlled finishing could have had a hat-trick. But by half-time all Hyde could show for their efforts was a stream of attacks and a couple of strikes on the woodwork. Richard Siddall in the Stocksbridge goal looked suspect, but was never tested directly.
The second half began the way the first half ended with Hyde on the attack, but disaster struck on 50 minutes when a long clearance caught the Tigers defence exposed and Scott Bates couldn't miss, although he did his best too!
Stocksbridge then had a good ten minute spell and the writing looked on the wall for the suspension and injury ravaged Tigers, but they rallied and a shot was cleared off the line before Lee Madin struck a post. It looked like one of those nights until six minutes from time, Neil Tolson headed home a Jamie Milligan corner. Craig Buckley then had a chance to seal it for the Tigers but blazed over.
In the end it was a point rescued, but the Tigers should have won by a mile and dropped home points could prove costly, come the day of reckoning.