Thursday 24th October 2002
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
Hyde United: Steve Lyons, Scott Westwood, Matty Taylor, Mike Lomax, Danny Webster (David Linighan), Stuart Harkness, Richard Eyre (Kenny Brady), Mike Meszaros, Steve Foster, Tom Brookes, Rick Whelan (Dominic Crookes)
Trafford: Newbrook, Phillips, Flood, Harris, Wagstaff, Atherton, Cooney, Ryder, Beech, Daniel, Cowley. Subs: Shillito, Sutcliffe, Johnson
'A win is a win is a win' as they say and after six straight defeats, some welcome relief. In his first match in permanent charge, Gordon Hill used to game to give him a look at some of the fringe players, welcome back Matty Taylor and also introduce three new signings. Larry Farren has been signed on a month's loan from Leeds United and he will make his debut on Saturday, whilst Danny Webster was released after the game so he can join David Nolan at Kidsgrove. Changes are obviously afoot.
Back to the game. With both teams having what could politely be called 'disappointing starts', this turned out to be an exciting end to end game with the Tigers hanging on at the finish to ensure progress into the next round. It started well for Hyde with Steve Foster scoring a stunning goal on eight minutes from out near the touchline. However Trafford pulled level on 36 minutes with a well-taken goal from Tom Beech. Just before half-time (when we generally concede), Mike Meszaros capitalised after woeful defending, to put us back in front, when he scored from a tight angle.
The second half was pretty even with both sets of forwards looking lively and finding plenty of space. Steve Lyons was called on to make a number of good saves as the game went on and despite a few close shaves the Tigers held on for a memorable victory. Memorable because there have been so few recently! The only black spot for Hyde was a booking for Foster, which means he has now accumulated five and will miss the game with Hucknall on November 9th.