Saturday 7th September 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Altrincham: Moore, Murphy, Scott, Rose, Talbot, Ryan, Woodford, Band, Young, Craney, McDonald. Subs: Maddox, Gallagher, Tunnicliffe
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Dave Swanick, Rob Woodhead (Ged Smith), Dominic Crookes, Steve Nolan, Mike Lomax, Richard Eyre, Lee Evans, Steve Foster, Anthony Hargreaves (Lee Madin), David Nolan. Subs not used: Tom Brookes.
On the face of it, this looks an embarrassing defeat, but it doesn't really tell the true story as Hyde hit the woodwork twice and had two off the line, before Altrincham had even scored. Two goals in injury time gave the score an incredibly flattering look, but at the end of the day the Tigers still conceded four and that must now be worrying David Nolan.
Hyde dominated the first half and after seven minutes Nolan was put through. His shot was half saved and then cleared off the line. The Tigers were even more unlucky on 27 minutes when, first Nolan hit a post, and then Richard Eyre then hit the rebound against the underside of the bar.
The second half started in a similar vein and after 58 minutes, the unlucky Nolan again had a shot off the line. Disaster struck two minutes later as Peter Band was put through to slot past Peter Crookes. Nine minutes later Mc.Donald added a second after sloppy defending and the wheels had come off. Dominic Crookes pulled one back on 75 minutes with a crisp shot from the edge of the area - right footed as well! The expected grandstand finish did not materialise and it was Altrincham who snatched two more goals in injury time. First, Neil Ryan hit home a penalty conceded by Dave Swanick who was booked for denying a goal scoring opportunity, and then in the final seconds Chris Young scored after more sloppy defending.
A disappointing end to a game the Tigers had controlled for at least 60 minutes. However the stark facts are that 4 points from a possible 18 isn't good enough and it is only by grace of God a couple of teams haven't got any and lie below us in the league.