Saturday 7th February 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones (Andy Waine), Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Kieran Delaney (Tony Ellis), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: John Gaynor.
Ossett Town: Clark, Hudson, Brown, Smith, Nugent, Hanby, Bloomfield, Gray, Rowe, Walshaw, Davidson. Subs: Painter, Lambert, Hayden.
Hyde overcame some poor defending and nervousness in front of goal to ultimately beat a spirited Ossett by some margin. However for much of the game a victory was not guaranteed and it was only in the last quarter that the Tigers gained the initiative as Ossett lost their discipline.
Ossett opened the scoring on 23 minutes through James Walshaw, but two minutes later Neil Tolson headed home a Ian Pendlebury cross. Another two minutes and Tolson was there again , this time to head home Steven Clegg's cross. Michael Clark in the Ossett goal look suspect on crosses and Hyde should have had more goals and the game sealed before Rodney Rowe rifled an equaliser in first half injury time.
On 60 minutes Steve Waywell shuffled his pack and replaced Paul Jones with Andy Waine, with Nicky Hill going into the back four and just a minute later, Tolson completed his hat-trick when he slotted home a Craig Buckley cross. As Ossett became increasingly frustrated Robert Nugent was booked for dissent and a minute later scythed down the irrespressible Matty McNeil, a second yellow and an early bath. A minute later Waine was on hand to head home another Pendlebury cross.
It was now all Hyde and with three minutes to go, Clark hacked down Mc Neil in the area and was promptly booked. He was probably lucky to stay on as he had already carried the ball out of the area and avoided a booking, and then after fouling McNeil, stood on his face, with Matty having the stud marks to prove it.
Phil Salt slotted home the penalty to take the Tigers to the top of the league having learnt Matlock had lost.
Indeed only Hyde out of the Top 10 had won, so we certainly had gained a march on our rivals. Let's hope we can stay there.