Monday 19th August 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Dave Swanick (Danny Webster), Paul Lin, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Leon Smith, Ged Smith, Lee Evans, Steve Foster, Anthony Hargreaves (Lee Madin), David Nolan. Subs not used: Steve Nolan.
Bradford Park Avenue: Armstrong, Holmes, James, Martin, Stansfield, Mitchell, Quinn, Benn, Hayward, Maxwell, Prendergast. Subs: Painter, Lindley, Atkinson.
After the disappointment of Saturday, the Tigers bounced back to secure a great victory over a strong Park Avenue side. Just one change from Saturday with Paul Lin replacing Rob Woodhead.
It didn't look good for the first 30 minutes though as Bradford took control after Steve Foster had headed against the post on four minutes. The impressive Andy Hayward gave Park Avenue the lead on eight minutes with a shot which bounced down off the crossbar twice before crossing the line - if it did. The assistant referee had no doubt and the Tigers were up against it as Bradford's long ball tactics troubled the central defence. The new balls are light and encourage long range passing. By the end of the half, however, Hyde had come back into the match and Lee Evans was close with a screamer just over the bar.
Danny Webster was introduced at half time to replace the injured Dave Swanick with Paul Ashwell moving to right back. Hyde turned up the pressure and on 60 minutes, Webster headed home a corner on his debut. The Tigers were roaring now and seven minutes later, Foster burst through to score in the corner with a fine finish. Some desperate defending was needed now as Bradford stepped up the pace, but the reorganised defence stood firm. Dominic Crookes picked up a rare booking after his own error, but right on time, Lee Madin chased a long ball, kept it in well and squared it back to Ged Smith, who made no mistake to seal the points.
Overall this was an excellent result for the Tigers with some impressive performances. Webster looked good in central defence in the second half whilst Ashwell made some surging runs from right back. Crookes got over his Saturday nightmare whilst the midfield trio all played well once they had got a grip on the game. The team is looking more confident now and have already laid to rest the thought of a start like last year. Five goals in two games - who needs Yeo?