Tuesday 23rd March 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Ossett Town: Clark, Hudson, Brown, Price, Nugent, Briggs, Frazer, Tracey, Davidson, Walshaw, Newton. Subs: Rowe, Bloomfield, Wilkinson
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, John Gaynor, Kieran Delaney (Dale Johnson), Paul Jones, Wayne Dean, John O'Kane, Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Andy Waine, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Ian Pendlebury, Tony Ellis.
Hyde were unlucky not to come away from Ossett with all three points after another battling performance. The conditions were the exact opposite of Saturdays' after a drying wind had left the Ingfield ground rock hard. The Tigers needed to be at their best against a physical Ossett side and gained little protection from a lenient referee
The build up to the game had been overshadowed by the brutal murder of Craig Buckley's father and he was obviously an absentee as was Craig Barrowclough, who had damaged a hamstring on Saturday. Kieran Delaney , however, returned rom injury, although wasn't fully fit.
The Tigers found themselves a goal down after only seven minutes after some poor defending and a ricochet had allowed Daniel Davidson to slot home. However Hyde turned on the style for the rest of the half. Matty McNeil, who was brilliant throughout, scored seven minutes later at the near post after good work from Wayne Dean.
After 34 minutes Neil Tolson scored one of the goals of the season after Dean and Delaney had been part of a flowing move. He picked the ball up on the edge of the area and sent a screamer into the top corner. It was a goal worthy of winning any game and this looked like being the case until two minutes from time Andy Waine lost possession in midfield, Richard Tracey burst through and was adjudged to have been brought down by Nicky Hill in the box. A harsh decision, but David Briggs converted the penalty to leave the Tigers again rueing earlier missed chances and sloppy defending.