Saturday 7th December 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Steve Lyons, Dave Swanick, Matthew Wright, Dominic Crookes, Martin Diggle, Phil Lockett (Lee Evans), Jason Tee (Mike Lomax), Andy Shelton (Paul McGuire), Steve Foster, Kevin Hulme, Rick Whelan
Harrogate Town: Connor, Curtis, Kerr, Sturdy, Aspin, McNaughton, Turley, Bonsall, Donaldson, Whellans, Hunter. Subs: Merris, Sykes, Richardson.
It is difficult to find words to describe this performance from the Tigers. Rather fortunate to be one goal up at the break, they conceded five second half goals to condemn themselves to one of their biggest home defeats in recent years.
Nobody can take any credit from the game, with the exception of Stephen Lyons, who was standing in for the injured Peter Crookes. He made a string of good saves to prevent the Tigers from complete annihilation.
Hyde gave debuts in midfield to Jason Tee and Andy Shelton, whilst Martin Diggle and Phil Lockett were making their home debuts. None of them could stop Harrogate in the second half when they stepped up the pace.
Steve Foster had given Hyde the lead on 12 minutes with a well taken goal. For the rest of the half it was a matter of hanging on. They could easily have been two or three down at the break. The second half is history with James Turley grabbing a hat-trick and Robbie Whellans getting a brace as the Tigers were completely outplayed. It was as simple as that.
Twelve goals conceded in the week! And that after the euphoria of the game with Accrington. That seems long gone as the Tigers are facing relegation and its only just December. We need a saviour .well it is getting that time of year but it may take more than Jesus with a performance like this.