Monday 9th September 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Rob Woodhead, Dominic Crookes, Steve Nolan (Ged Smith), Dave Swanick, Richard Eyre, Lee Evans, Steve Foster, Lee Madin (Anthony Hargreaves), David Nolan. Subs not used: Tom Brookes.
Droylsden: Phillips, Rush, Warner, Farley, Burke, Hall, Murphy, Porter, Nazha, Wright, Haarhoff. Subs: Locke, OˇŻBrien, Salmon
Another dismal night at Ewen Fields both in terms of weather and football. Hyde left out Mike Lomax and Anthony Hargreaves after Saturday's debacle and recalled Paul Ashwell and Lee Madin as well as reshuffling the defence. Droylsden were still smarting from Saturday's nightmare too and goals were always on the cards.
Droylsden started strongly but the Tigers withstood the pressure and took the lead on 28 minutes through the persevering Lee Evans. Hyde held their own for the rest of the half, but it was a different story in the second half as Hyde collapsed (not for the first time this season), and Droylsden took control.
The equalizer came on 55 minutes when Matthew Rush found himself completely unmarked at the far-post to fire home. Darren Wright added a second on 81 minutes when his cross-cum-shot drifted over Peter Crookes. Right on full time, Droylsden broke clear and Gavin Salmon, one of three former Tigers in the team, added a third.
This was a dreadful performance from the Tigers to leave them perilously close to a relegation spot so soon in the season. Ten goals conceded in the last three games tells its own story and Dave Nolan must act quickly to stop the slide before it's too late.