Saturday 26th October 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Whitby Town: Campbell, Reid, Dunning, Laws,Williams, Dixon, Veart, Swales, Zoll, Wilford, Gildea. Subs: Ure, Reed, Smith
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Mike Lomax, Rob Woodhead, Dominic Crookes, David Linighan, Dave Swanick, Mike Meszaros, Leon Smith (Tom Brookes), Steve Foster, Anthony Hargreaves, Larry Farren. Subs not used: Scott Westwood, Stuart Harkness.
Another defeat, another three goals conceded and bottom of the league by 4.45pm. Those are the blunt facts, but actually hide a different story.
The Tigers played well for much of this game. Mike Meszaros clipped the bar early on , whilst Leon Smith shot wide from a good position. However Hyde gifted a goal on 30 minutes when Peter Crookes' poor clearance allowed Aron Wilford to score the first of his three. A minute later he bagged a second, which looked suspiciously offside. However within a minute, Steve Foster had pulled one back with a neat header from a Rob Woodhead cross. Woodhead had been recalled after Matty Taylor had phoned in sick on Saturday morning. Whitby Flu?
The second half was pretty even but Whitby went further in front on sixty minutes as Wilford completed his hat trick via a deflection. Ten minutes later a superb through ball from Larry Farren, on loan from Leeds, set up Anthony Hargreaves to pull one back. A few close shaves, but Whitby held on.
This was harsh on the Tigers who deserved at least a draw. Peter Crookes after an early error performed well and was unlucky with the two other goals. His namesake Dominic had his best game for some time. Farren looked a class player in midfield and Foster was always dangerous up front. A win against Runcorn is the least we need now