Saturday 28th December 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Blyth Spartans: Gilmore, Morton, Myhill, Brumwell, Forster, Keegan, Williams, Pepper, Robson, McMahon, Stewart. Subs: Hutton, Emersden, Boddy.
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Mike Lomax, Paul Ashwell, Dominic Crookes, Martin Diggle, Troy Hayder, Jason Tee, Andy Shelton (Mike Meszaros), Steve Foster, Lee Evans (Matthew Wright), Rick Whelan. Subs not used: Scott Westwood.
In his first match in charge, Steve Waywell managed to do what we had failed to do in the previous 19 league games - get a victory! And fully deserved it was too.
The team performed exceptionally well on an extremely heavy pitch and against the backcloth of a very partisan crowd. It was never going to be easy, but the Tigers stuck to their task and although riding their luck at times, still managed to create chances and always looked likely victors as the match went on.
Hyde made two changes from the 'Bridge game. Paul Ashwell was recalled at right back with Mike Lomax moving to left back. Rick Whelan replaced Ryan Hevicon, who fell out with Gordon on Thursday and failed to show. The whole defence played brilliantly and had to withstand severe pressure in the second half on the worst part of the pitch.
Spartans took the lead on 38 minutes through Phil Brumwell. (Could the timekeeper please check as Steve Waywell and myself had 39 and 40 for the golden goal?). Within a minute, Hyde were level as Jason Tee slotted home a quick free kick.
After spending the first half in midfield, Steve Foster moved upfield with Lee Evans dropping back into midfield for the second. Both had storming second halves as did Troy Hayder. Foster put Hyde ahead on 62 minutes as he found the corner of the net as he burst through. With five minutes to go he added a superb second after Hayder had done brilliantly to set him up.
All in all a perfect start. Long may it continue.
Steve Waywell's first game as manager.