Wednesday 9th October 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Bradford Park Avenue: Pfannenstiel, Daly, Quinn, Martin, Stansfield, Mitchell, Lindley, Benn, Hayward, Maxwell, Prendergast. Subs: Painter, Tracey, James
Hyde United: Steve Lyons (Tahir Sadiq), Paul McGuire (Jay Anthony), Mike Lomax, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell (Kenny Brady), Dave Swanick, Richard Eyre, Anthony Hargreaves, Steve Foster, Ged Smith, Tom Brookes
A disasterous night at the Horsfall Stadium when little went right for the shell shocked Tigers. The night got off to a bad start when Leon Smith and Lee Evans both were ruled out with injury, leaving only 14 players available to select from.
Mike Lomax was recalled in defence with Dominic Crookes moving to left back. Dave Swanick, who has apologised for his gesture on Saturday, played in front of the back four. Steve Lyons was given a full game in goal, with Anthony Hargreaves recalled up front.
A reasonable first half performance with just one error allowing Andy Hayward to knock in a loose ball. A couple of other close shaves, but overall a fair half. Paul Ashwell received a knock on his broken nose and had to be taken off immediately after half time. Paul Mc Guire followed a minute later with an ankle injury and the Tigers were forced to reshuffle with Kenny Brady at right back and Jay Anthony up front.
Bradford stepped up the pace and exploited Brady's inexperience to humiliate the Tigers in the second half. Jason Maxwell scored twice as did Rory Prendergast. Steve Lyons suffered knee problems on 67 minutes and was replaced by Steve Foster in goal. Easy to lay individual blame, but this wasn't a good performance overall. There were some high spots though. Ged Smith had a good second half, Fozzie could always be a goalie if he stops scoring, but the real highlight was a brilliant solo goal from Tahir Sadiq much to the delight of many of his friends in the crowd. He promptly won a bottle of whisky for the Hyde man of the match - not the ideal prize when you are a muslim! He kindly donated it to the team.
Plenty to ponder for Saturday, but the first priority has to be getting the injured players fit. Ashwell, McGuire, Smith and Evans are all doubtful.
Steve Foster took over in goals on 67 minutes