Saturday 22nd February 2003
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: David Fish, Dave Swanick, Matty Duffy (Dominic Crookes), Jason Lydiate, Nicky Spooner (Paul Ashwell), Mark Sertori, Steve Flitcroft, Steve Gunby, Padi Wilson, Tony Ellis, Gary Evans (Lee Evans) Sent off: Jason Lydiate.
Gainsborough Trinity: Pettinger, Knowles, Brown, Allison, Timons, Staton, Camm, Eshelby, Ellington, Lucas, Grant. Subs: Jones, Scaife, Fallows.
After waiting so long for a game, most observers would have wished they hadn't as the Tigers produced a most inept display, and went down 5-1 to Gainsborough, having played most of the second half with 10 men.
With the midfield non-existant, it was only a matter of time before the defence gave way under so much pressure and so it proved as the impressive Gareth Grant put Trinity ahead on 34 minutes. Luke Staton added a second five minutes later and it was all over.
The Tigers changed formation in the second half and Lee Evans was introduced to add fire power up front, which he did, but Gainsborough added a third on 54 minutes when Lee Ellington slotted home a penalty after debutant Jason Lydiate had handled in the area and got a red card for his trouble.
Lee Evans pulled one back for the Tigers on 71 minutes. ( our first goal of 2003), to give a flicker of hope, but this was immediately extinguished as Grant added a couple more opportunist goals.
Steve Waywell gave debuts to three players and there was only Dave Swannick in the line up from the start of the season. On this performance, there is certainly some way to go. A winning formula seems a long way off. The end of the season cannot come quick enough, but at least Fozzy will be back on Tuesday after serving a suspension lasting 8 weeks.