Tuesday 30th March 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Workington: Thompson, Gray, Wharton, Varty, Henney, Lynn, Ennis, McCluskey, Murray, Archibald, Johnston. Subs: OˇŻNeill, Potts, Goulding
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, John Gaynor, John O'Kane (Wayne Dean), Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Dale Johnson, Kieran Delaney (Tony Ellis), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Mike Meszaros.
Under the starry skies of West Cumbria on a warm spring evening, the Tigers produced an excellent performance in what, on paper, was their toughest remaining fixture. However the real star of the night was Matty McNeil who produced a five star display after Hyde had to battle back from going a goal behind on 17 minutes, after John Wharton had headed in a needless corner.
The rest of the first half was pretty even with both sides having a couple of chances in an entertaining game. At half time, Wayne Dean replaced the struggling John O'Kane and he provided the impetus as the Tigers stepped up the pace after the break.
The second half was all Hyde. Mc Neil and Dale Johnson were a constant threat, but when the goal came, it was from substitute Tony Ellis, who with his first touch, deflected the ball past Neil Thompson. Thirteen minutes remained for the injury hit Tigers to press home the advantage, but despite some close shaves, Workington hung on.
This was a tough encounter, but once again Hyde showed what they were made of, and by the finish, were desperately unlucky not to come away with all three points. A number of players are carrying knocks, but hopefully most will be fit for Saturday. Definitely missing though will be John O'Kane, Andy Waine and Neil Tolson who all have potential longer term injuries, whilst Steve Waywell hopes to welcome back Craig Buckley after his recent family tragedy.