Saturday 4th January 2003
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: David Fish, John Gaynor, Paul Ashwell, Dominic Crookes, Martin Diggle, Steve Gunby, Steve Flitcroft, Troy Hayder (Padi Wilson), Steve Foster, Tony Ellis, John McGill (Neil Fisher). Subs not used: Dave Swanick.
Colwyn Bay: Boswell, James, Evans, Moody, G.Graham, Jones, Lally, Lambert, Furlong, D.Graham, McIlvogue. Subs: Kissock, Stannard, Caton. Sent Off: Furlong
In this basement battle Steve Waywell gave debuts to no less than six players and another two players were only playing their second game for the Tigers. It was no surprise then it took Hyde some time to settle, but by then, Bay had scored twice in the first fifteen minutes and basically settled the tie. The first was scored by Deiniol Graham ( well he always does) and the second was a screamer from Anton Lally.
The Tigers slowly but surely clawed their way back into the game, but they always looked second best on the day and despite a lot of pressure never really looked like scoring.
One high spot for the Tigers was the performance of young John Gaynor at right back. He is with Hyde on work experience and looked to have bags of potential. It is too early to judge the other new players but all had moments to show their class and a promise of better things to come. Dave Fish handled well in goal and had no chance with the goals and Padi Wilson showed glimpses of his pace in the second half, but collected a booking for a two footed challenge.
With five minutes left, Carl Furlong unnecessarily abused a linesman, and was given a straight red. He then wanted to take issue with everybody as he slowly left the pitch. A disappointing end to a good performance by him.
Plenty for Steve Waywell to ponder, but the signs of something better to come.