Saturday 18th January 2003
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Barrow: Bishop, Shaw, Maxfield, Hall, Salmon, Anthony, Arnold, Gaughan, Connell, Warren, Holt. Subs: Housham, Hume, Rogers.
Hyde United: David Fish, John Gaynor, Paul Ashwell, Dominic Crookes, Martin Diggle, Dave Swanick, Steve Flitcroft, Troy Hayder (Tony Ellis), Padi Wilson, Lee Evans (James Wilkinson), Neil Fisher (John McGill)
A very poor defensive performance was the main reason why the Tigers succumbed to Barrow for the third time this season. Unable to clear their lines they were constantly under pressure from a fluid Barrow side for whom Holt and Connell were excellent. Dave Fish made some great stops, but he was let down by those around him. He deserved better as he blocked efforts, only to see the ball put back into the net.
Barrow took the lead on 30 minutes through Darren Connell after he hit home a rebound. He scored a second three minutes before half time with a superb goal into the top corner. The third came on 82 minutes, when Steve Housham scrambled the ball home. The referee blunded here ( he admitted it later) as a Barrow throw was taken about 20 yards from where it should have been. The linesman knew, but couldn't summon the courage to tell the ref. Lucky it didn't decide the game!
One high spot for the Tigers was another good performance of young John Gaynor at right back who was hampered with a back injury from quite early on. Nevertheless he showed plenty of class. Dave Swanick returned in midfield and had a good solid game. Others showed glimpses of what they could do, especially in the first half, but Steve Waywell knows he still needs several new players to get the Tigers on the road to recovery.