Monday 23rd September 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Paul McGuire, David Nolan, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Dave Swanick, Richard Eyre, Lee Evans, Steve Foster, Ged Smith, Tom Brookes (Steve Nolan). Subs not used: Leon Smith, Mike Lomax.
Lancaster City: Thornley, Fensome, Atkinson, Sparrow, Kilbane, Love, Yates, Brown, Whittaker, Welch, Bennett. Subs: Haddow, Norbury, Perkins
After the poor performance of last Saturday, the Tigers gave it their all in this game, yet not for the first time came away with nothing as Lancaster snatched a last minute winner.
Hyde were forced to make changes as Julian Dowe reported unfit and although Anthony Hargreaves was given permission to play by the referee with his hand /wrist strapped up, a fitness test proved too painful and he too was left out. Hyde played a 4-4-2 with Dave Nolan at left back and Steve Foster up front. Fozzie had a superb game. He scored a screamer for the first on fifteen minutes and looked sharp and dangerous throughout. Lee Evans also gave his all ( as always), and the Tigers had a great first half. Shame they could not have taken one or two more chances.
Right on half time , Lancaster 'keeper Mark Thornley sustained a knee injury and did not appear for the second half with outfield player Phil Brown taking over in goal.
However Hyde did not take advantage for the first 20 minutes of the second half as first Andy Whittaker headed home and then Chris Perkins took a well taken goal to put Lancaster in front. The Tigers regained their spirit and all of a sudden the Lancaster goal was under siege. Evans headed home a Nolan free kick on 78 minutes to set up a grandstand finish. Seconds later Nolan rattled the crossbar, but then right at the death, Brian Welch scored with a delightful chip to stun the home side.
This was a great game with some brilliant football from both sides and it was a shame there had to be a loser. The Tigers played very well, apart from just after the interval, with the resources available, but again had no luck when it mattered.