Monday 20th February 2006
Droylsden: Phillips, Williams, Warner, Halford, Ruffer, Morris, Tandy, Lynch, Fearns, Talbot, Denham. Subs: Sturdy, Fitzpatrick, Brodie, Cameron, Rapley
Hyde United: Jean-Paul Ndjebayi, Lincoln Adams, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Mike Flynn, Nathan Wharton, Wayne Dean, Gerry Harrison, Nicky Clee (Steve Brackenridge), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Danny Caldecott, Neil Tolson, Danny Hooper, Lee Unsworth.
In front of a bumper crowd, Droylsden just edged a thrilling Tameside Derby on Monday with a spirited second half display. Hyde were not disgraced by any means and still created plenty of chances, but failed to convert any.
On a much-improved playing surface at the Butchers Arms, courtesy of former Hyde Groundsman, Tony Durose, the first half was pretty even after Wayne Dean had been booked after just three minutes as the temperature rose from the start. Kevin Lynch was lucky minutes later when he raised an elbow, but escaped censure. Otherwise the game was played in good humour, with plenty of exciting play, with both sides going close.
After the break, Droylsden stepped up the pace (so to speak), putting the resolute Hyde defence under severe pressure, but not before Matty McNeil had rounded Paul Phillips only to see his effort go wide. The goal came on 62 minutes after an almighty scramble in the Hyde box, before Jimmy Williams scrambled the ball home. It was hard on the Tiger's back four, who had defended stubbornly with Mike Flynn outstanding.
It could have been two when Terry Fearns rounded Jean Paul Ndjebayi, but Lincoln Adams cleared off the line. Still time for Dale Johnson to complete a mazy run to set up McNeil, but he screwed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy. It was that sort of night for the Tigers, but on the whole, the Bloods were just about on top.