Saturday 17th August 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Gainsborough Trinity: Richardson, Knowles, Mann, Allison, Walling, Barrett, Brownrigg, Staton, Ellington, Anderson, Hurst. Subs: Allen, Brown, Nicholson.
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Dave Swanick, Rob Woodhead (Paul Lin), Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Leon Smith (Steve Nolan), Ged Smith, Lee Evans (Lee Madin), Steve Foster, Anthony Hargreaves, David Nolan
On a hot sultry afternoon, The Tigers started well but faded in the second half as two superb strikes from centre forward Lee Ellington secured the points for Gainsborough.
Hyde started well enough and Ged Smith, who had an excellent game throughout, put them in front on 10 minutes with a great half volley into the roof of the net. The Tigers continued to dominate, but Gainsborough equalised in 28 minutes in a rare attack through Mark Anderson after a neat one-two. David Nolan restored Hyde's lead two minutes before half time when he hammered home from inside the box. Another right-footer! In injury time, the inconsistent Mr Page awarded a disputed penalty and Luke Staton equalised. No time for the restart , it was so close to half-time.
Hyde had the blustery wind behind them in the second half but couldn't make possession into goals and were undone by two excellent goals from Lee Ellington who was given too much time in the box, but turned superbly to find the net and give Peter Crookes no chance with either. How he didn't win the man of the match, only the Sponsors know?
The heat began to take its toll and the Tigers, despite battling bravely, never looked like getting back into the game. Gainsborough had a better claim for a penalty than the one they got, but then again we had a strong claim in the first half when Anthony Hargreaves was bundled down.
The new ° Chryso ± balls looked lively and the new rule whereby players must leave the field after treatment, and not return until play has restarted, will both take some getting used to.
Overall this was encouraging for the Tigers, but four goals conceded is cause for concern. For the record, Gainsborough had nine new faces on show, whilst we had eight!