Saturday 14th February 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Lincoln United: Conroy, Hone, Brown, McDaid, Wilkins, Gilbert, Buckthorpe, Bull, George, Williams, Hall. Subs: Gowshaw, Simmons, Walters.
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, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, John Gaynor.
Hyde began as bright as their new flourescent yellow kit and should have been ahead by a mile by half-time on their first ever visit to Lincoln. In the programme notes, the Lincoln chairman said that any crowd over 100 was a bonus, so he must have been pleased that the visiting Tigers had helped swell it by 70%.
This was a match the Tigers should have won. They created many chances in the first half, with Neil Tolson (twice), Matty McNeil and Kieran Delaney all going close when they should have done better. One off the line and one off the post was all the Tigers had to show for an excellent first half performance.
The rain that had fallen all the way from Leeds became heavier, the pitch became muddier and Lincoln started the second half in spirited fashion. Within three minutes Gary Bull had escaped his marker and put them one ahead. Still the Tigers pressed forward, but a sloppy free kick on 62 minutes allowed Ian Williams to intercept and chip Tim Mullock. Although he got his hand to it, the ball fell agonising over the line. Lincoln then had a purple ten minute spell, but the Tigers came back strongly , but despite chance after chance couldn't find the net.
The only good news was that many of the chasing pack had failed to capitalise.